When talking about animal bites, one would be remiss in not touching on rabies. Even in the modern world, this terrible illness can wreak havoc on animals and humans alike. Many people living in Arizona believe that rabies is a thing of the past, but this condition can still pose a serious health risk to the public.
People across the nation love animals. They provide companionship, joy and love. Most of the time, animals pose little risk of injury but sometimes an animal, even a friend's trusted pet, can nip or bite humans.
In the vast majority of cases, animal bites come from domesticated animals like cats or dogs that are kept as pets. Many are very safe.
All dogs have the potential to bite -- and the bite from a chihuahua can be as dangerous due to infection as the bite from a bulldog.
The horror is unimaginable. Far from us in Phoenix, a three-week-old girl was killed when one of her family's three pit bulls attacked her.
Americans love dogs. There are tens of millions of dogs kept as pets in all corners of the nation, including right here in Arizona. But as everyone knows (or should know), any dog can bite.
Imagine you are walking through your neighborhood with your child. You are enjoying the fresh air and the sunshine when suddenly you notice that your neighbor's dog, which is usually kept inside or fenced in the backyard, is sitting in the front yard. As you get closer to the house, the dog sees you and runs at you. Luckily, your child is safe but you wind up with a small bite wound.
Whether you are out in public or were invited to someone's private property, it is a good idea to be wary of dogs since they can be unpredictable. Animal bites can cause serious injuries and infections, and you could require significant medical attention, lose income and sustain other damages as well depending on the severity of the injuries. You do have legal options in this case, and Arizona law imposes what is called "strict liability" on dog owners.