Each year, over four million dog attacks take place in the United States. The American Humane Society (AHS) reports that there are approximately 4.7 million dog attacks that take place each year with 800,000 of the attacks requiring medical attention. Half of the attacks are on children and nearly 386,000 of those injured require emergency services. Texas is the leading state in the number of fatal dog attacks. This year alone, there have been five reported deaths in Texas involving a vicious dog attack. Several more attacks resulting in serious injuries have also been reported.
Emotions run high when the subject turns to pets in general, and dogs in particular. A local paper in Houston is carrying a story about an incident in San Francisco in which a jogger's kick killed a dog.
As most families are going shopping for Christmas gifts, and planning for holiday events, one man and his loved ones hope that he does not have to endure an amputation of his leg. The 59-year-old man was attacked on Wednesday by two pit bulls. He was rushed to Ben Taub General Hospital, and later listed in stable condition. Animal control authorities took the dogs into custody.
The community was saddened to learn of the death of a woman in Liberty County due to an attack by a dog. This case reminds us that, while dogs can be treasured members of our families who provide loyal companionship, when uncontrolled, they can also pose a serious hazard.