Of all the breeds of dogs that bite, pit bulls seem to have the worst reputation. A sizable proportion of all reported dog bites that require medical treatment are caused by unneutered pit bulls. However, this fact does not necessarily indicate that pit bulls are the most vicious of breeds.
First, consider the size of a pit bull compared to most other breeds. The sheer size and power of these dogs means that when moved to attack, they are capable of causing serious damage to the human body. A Yorkshire terrier in the same blind rage simply cannot cause a comparable level of injury.
Further, for some owners, the appeal of the pit bull seems to be their rumored tendency for aggression. They are often used as guard dogs or fighting dogs. Dog fighting is animal abuse, and using a pit bull as a guard dog simply shows a lack of understanding for the breed. Pit bulls were bred to be companions for humans. Because they are large, well-muscled, and imposing, some people assume they are mean or aggressive, but like any other dog, pit bulls are social pack animals. They crave love and attention.
Leaving them out alone or chained wears away at their resolve and natural tendencies to show affection. Before too long, a companionable pet becomes a dangerous animal, and the fault can only be placed with the humans who performed such treatment or neglect, treatment that, arguably, caused the dog to be prone to attack.
This is why the responsibility for the attack rests with the dog owner. In Missouri, dog lawyers no longer have to establish previous aggressive behavior of the animal in question. The fact is, dogs bite when they feel scared or threatened. If the dog’s owner had the poor judgment to abuse the animal so badly that it is cowed and antisocial, and thus prone to biting, the fault is all theirs.
It’s important to remember that while most dogs seem harmless, they can still bite. If you or your child has been bitten by a dog in Missouri, contact a hard-working St. Louis dog bite lawyer at Page Law, LLC. We can help you determine whether the dog’s owner can be held liable for your injuries. Call us today at 314-322-8515 for a free consultation.