A pit bull attack in the Mount Meridian, Indiana area has turned the spotlight on dangerous dog breeds.
According to officials, 23-year-old Bobbi Belognia was on foot along U.S. Route 40 with her dog. Reports indicate that another dog, described as a pit bull, then approached Ms. Belognia.
Investigators say the animal attacked Ms. Belognia's dog, then attacked her when she attempted to intervene. A witness observed the attack and got the pit bull to release its grip on Ms. Belognia's ankle by hitting it with a flashlight.
Indications suggest that the pit bull was not properly restrined. Paramedics responded to the scene and transported Ms. Belognia to a nearby hospital where she underwent surgery.
The pit bull's owner reportedly asked for the animal to be euthanized and no criminal charges are being pursued. America is a country of dog lovers, but the law is very clear that dogs must be carefully controlled in order to protect the general population.
Pit bull advocates, however, have been adamant in their opposition to policies targeting their favorite breed. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pit bulls are among the 10 dog breeds most likely to attack, alongside:
- German shepherds
- Alaskan malamutes
- Doberman pinschers
- Great Danes
- Saint Bernards
While some breeds are more powerful than others, none is inherently more aggressive. Any dog, regardless of its size, can become dangerous.
DogsBite (www.dogsbite.org) reports that more than 700 cities in the United States have passed laws targeting specific dog breeds over the past 30 years. For all their destructive power, lovers of pit bulls insist that no animal is more loyal or protective.
The CDC adds that the breed is unknown in 10 to 20 percent of dog attacks. An estimated 885,000 Americans required medical attention every year for injuries suffered in dog attacks.
Information collected by DogsBite indicates 32 dog-related deaths in 2013. Pit bulls were reportedly a factor in 78 percent of those attacks, despite accounting for just 6 percent of the total dog population in the United States.
Mail carriers have the reputation of being the profession most attacked by dogs. According to the United States Postal Service, 4,879 of its employees were attacked by dogs in 2012.
All pet owners bear the responsibility of keeping their animals under control. Owners also have a duty to ensure that their pets are up-to-date on all shots and vaccinations to help prevent the spread of deadly diseases.
Contat the law officers of Keller & Keller to talk to an Indiana dog bite attorney.