Train Your Pet, Fence Your Pet

Categories: Reducing Liability

There’s nothing cuter than new puppy, right? Well, partially right. New puppies are cute, but they grow up to be dogs, and without the proper training and environment, your cute little puppy could grow up to be your neighborhood’s biggest nuisance.

Believe it or not, it is not uncommon for a dog bite to escalate into a lawsuit that costs a pet owner thousands of dollars. Dog bites are serious business, as you can surely attest if you’ve ever been bitten.

While many homeowners get dogs for protection, there’s a fine line between protection and aggression.

As a personal injury attorney, I have represented individuals who have been the victims of dog bites. In most cases, the attack by the dog was unprovoked and my clients were on their own property or on public property. If a dog leaves its yard and attacks someone, the owner most certailnly could be liable for a suit. Circumstances may change if a dog bites someone when entering that other person’s property. The facts of the situation and a good attorney can help you determine which way such a complaint might go.

No matter what, it’s important that if you own a dog, you keep your dog properly fenced and you train your dog to respond to your commands. It is possible to have both a good guard dog and a friendly pet, but training is the key. If you or someone you know has been the victim of a dog bite, contact David Van Sant, an Atlanta personal injury attorney.