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Dog attacks reduced when pets are spayed

Though there is no guarantee that any one particular step will prevent all dog bites and attacks from occurring, certain steps could significantly reduce the numbers of such incidents occurring. It is estimated that 92 percent of fatal dog attacks involve male dogs, and 94 percent of those male dogs were not neutered at the time of the attacks.

There are approximately 4.7 million dog bites that occur every year, and a significant amount of these attacks happen in the California area. Many dog attacks result in visits to the emergency room, and the average cost of treatments when that occurs can be several thousand dollars. Yet these sorts of dog attacks are easily avoidable if the pet owner takes the steps of taking the pet to the veterinarian.

San Francisco now requires pit bulls be sterilized as pit bulls filled many of the dog shelters. This resulted in far less pit bulls being impounded, and the numbers of pit bulls that required being euthanized also was greatly reduced.

Though this has not been reported, it's extremely likely that responsible pet owners will more likely have their dogs neutered to begin with. Unfortunately, this also means that dogs responsible for a great number of attacks probably belong to owners that are neither greatly concerned about the health of their dogs or the safety of the surrounding neighborhoods.

Negligent pet owners can be held liable in premises liability types of lawsuits when animal attacks take place. Attorneys will look to hold such pet owners responsible under the homeowner's insurance policies.

Source: Huffington Post, "Spay/neuter Ordinances Should Be Adopted Nationwide," by Ruth Steinberger, Dec. 31, 2012

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