This week is National Dog Bite Prevention Week, which is meant to raise awareness of the problem of dog bites and possible solutions. A Bangor Daily News article reports that the United States Postal Service is helping to promote the event, hoping to prevent the thousands of dog bites that affect its employees each year.
Over 2,800 postal employees in the United States reported being bitten in 2009. In addition, according to a veterinary organization, over 333,000 people are admitted to the E.R. each year for dog-related injuries. Almost one-half of the victims are under twelve years old. People with dog-related injuries that end up in the E.R. cost over one hundred and two million dollars per year.
Letter carriers are allowed to limit delivery to a home and force people to pick up mail at the post office if they fear for their security because of a dog. Additionally, a postmaster can choose to cut back mail delivery to neighborhoods where dogs are allowed to go free if letter carriers that deliver there feel threatened by the neighborhood’s dogs.
The post office recommends some steps for dog owners to take to stop their dogs from biting. Dogs should be kept inside and away from the front door when a letter carrier arrives. Children should not be allowed to accept mail from carriers in the presence of a dog. Dog owners should teach obedience training and give their dogs plenty of attention. Spaying or neutering dogs also helps prevent biting.
Dog bites in Missouri can be very serious. Pet owners can be held liable for medical expenses, as well as other costs if a dog attacks someone and causes serious injury. If you or someone you know has been injured by a dog, contact the St. Louis dog bite attorneys at Page Law today by calling 314-322-8515. We will work hard to protect your rights and ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.