Dog attacks on the rise
Earlier this year it was reported that the number of people admitted to hospital after dog attacks in Wales had risen. NHS figures showed that on average, a person a day was sent to hospital as the result of a dog attack – a 60 per cent increase from a decade previous. The swell in dog attacks in Wales is expected to be representative of trends throughout the United Kingdom.
What is causing the rise in dog attacks?
Explanations for the increase in dog attacks are generally cultural. It is argued by many that the emergence of a gang culture that popularises aggressive canine behaviour is the phenomenon’s root cause. This view is particularly strong among animal rights groups who see the blame lies not with the dogs but the owners. ‘It is such a shame for these poor dogs’ one vet lamented.
Responsible dog owners are also irked by the foul behaviour of a disruptive minority, fearing for their own dogs’ lives. A 72-year-old pensioner had to watch in horror as his Yorkshire terrier was mauled to death outside his London home. ‘A neighbour’s dog went for my dog’s neck. She volunteered to have her dog put down but the police have yet to do anything about it’.
It appears that cases such as the one above are causing responsible dog owners to be among the most vociferous critics of the glamourisation of canine violence that that is seemingly propelling dog attack figures higher and higher. Conservative politician Andrew Rosindell, the MP who described the rise in dog attacks as a ‘national calamity’, is a proud owner of a Staffordshire bull terrier.
Naturally, the increase in dog attacks is accompanied with a similar glut in dog attack claims.
Making a dog attack claim
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Dogs can pose a significant threat to horses and their riders, who during an attack, can become vulnerable to both the dog bites and the horse’s reactions.
A report carried out by the veterinary charity PDSA in 2012 revealed that 1 in 3 dog owners had been bitten or attacked by their dog.
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Dog attacks in cities are on the rise as recent reports show that people are more likely to be bitten by a dangerous pet dog in a busy city than anywhere else. These findings are related to the gang culture which gravitates towards the centres of the UK’s cities.
Gangs often keep pet dogs as the gang pet and use them threateningly to try to intimidate other gangs or other members of the public. Dog attacks happening in cities are obviously not always associated with gangs, though it is the cause of the heightened likelihood of getting bitten in a city.