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Dog Bite Related Deaths and the Owner of the Dog

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Dog Bite Related Deaths and the Owner of the Dog


In our previous dog bite related deaths articles we covered statistics of the person who had been bitten and the dog that bit. Let’s now take a look at the owner of the dog, since many dog bites can be traced back to improper training from the dog’s owner.

Characteristics of the Owner and Dog Bite Related Deaths

From a study taken on dog bite related deaths, there were many owner factors that went into why the dog bit. Let’s take a closer look at the categories of each factor.

Duration of ownership: This factor had three categories of 90 days and under, over 90 days, and unknown. Over 90 days suggests the dog was an established dog with the owner.

  • 78.1% of owners had had their dog for over 90 days
  • The last two categories of 90 days and under and unknown were split equally at 10.9%

Status of dog in household: This factor was also broken into three categories. The first was if it was a family dog, implying that the dog had positive relations with its owner and the owner’s family. The second was if the dog was a resident dog, which meant the dog was isolated from positive human interactions. The third category was unknown.

  • 76.2% of dog bite related deaths occurred from a resident dog
  • 15.6 occurred from a family dog followed by 8.2% in the unknown category

Location dog kept in: A whopping nine categories came with this factor. The study looked at whether the dog was kept in the home, indoors but isolated from people, both indoors and outdoors, loose in an enclosed yard, loose without a fence, allowed to roam about the neighborhood, in a pen, on a chain, and unknown. Surprisingly each category was fairly even.

  • 28.9% of the dogs were kept on a chain
  • 14.5% were kept both indoors and outdoors
  • 13.7% were loose in a fenced yard

Location of dog: There were four categories to determine where the dog was at the time of the bite. On the owner’s property, off the owner’s property, both on and off owner’s property, and unknown were considered.

  • 74.2% were on their owner’s property
  • 19.9% were off their owner’s property

Previous incidents: This factor looked at how the owner handled previous bites and whether or not the owner allowed the dog to run at large. The categories were yes, no, and unknown.

  • In 43.8% there was no evidence of previous incidents
  • 37.5% did have previous incidents

Owner neglect or abuse: Neglect was defined as not allowing the dog access to food, water, shelter, and medications, and abuse was allowing the dog to starve, beating their dog, or dog fighting. The categories were yes, no, and unknown.

  • • 66.4% of dogs experienced no abuse or neglect
  • • 21.1% of dogs experienced some abuse or neglect

Owner present: This factor looked at whether or not the owner was in the presence of the dog at the time of the bite. The categories were yes, no, the owner was the victim, and unknown.

  • 87.1% of bites occurred when the owner was not present
  • 6.6% of bites occurred where the owner was the victim

Dog bite related deaths are generally the extreme of dog bites. Most bites do not end in death, but without proper treatment there is always the risk. If you’re worried about who will pay for your treatment when you are bitten, call The Advocates. You will be immediately connected to an experienced dog bite attorney who will fight for you. Don’t wait—call today!