A baby in Ohio is dead following a tragic dog-related incident. The 3-month-old girl was in the living room of the family home when two pet dogs, both purebred Shiba Inus, attacked her.

Dogs are often referred to as man’s best friend, but in many cases they can be man’s worst enemy. In fact, more than 4 million people are bitten by dogs every year nationwide. This can result in serious injuries, such as deep lacerations, permanent scarring or even death.

Most dangerous dog breeds

Any dog can bite. However, some dog breeds are more likely to cause brutal injuries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted a study that ranked the nation’s most dangerous dog breeds based on attacks over a two-decade span. The study concluded that the following purebreds were involved in the greatest number of bite incidents:

  • Pit Bull — 66 fatal bites
  • Rottweiler — 39 fatal bites
  • German Sheppard — 17 fatal bites
  • Husky — 15 fatal bites
  • Malamute — 12 fatal bites

How to prevent a dog bite

These tips can reduce the risk of a dog bite for both children and adults. You should never make contact with a dog you do not know. Ask the dog’s owner whether the dog is safe to approach. With the owner’s approval, move slowly and let the dog sniff you. Whether a dog is known or unknown, never bother it while it is sleeping, eating or nursing puppies.

Liable parties in a dog bite lawsuit

Under California law, a dog owner is strictly liable if a dog bites a non-trespasser or a trespassing child. Furthermore, there may be other liable parties, such as the property owner or landlord where the dog bite incident occurred.

If you or a loved one is the victim of a dog bite, contact a seasoned Pasadena dog bite lawyer. Call our office today to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your case.