Dog Bites

German Shepherd

The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) conducted a study and concluded that German Shepherds were one of the most dangerous breeds based on bite severity and frequency of biting. This is not surprising given the fact that German Shepherds have one of the most powerful bites of all breeds. The study also concluded that large dogs with short, wide heads ...

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Dog

Rottweilers, over the last fifteen years, are responsible for the second highest number of serious dog attacks in the country. The number of serious injuries caused by this breed is highly disproportionate to the number of Rottweilers in the United States. Over a twelve-year period, Rottweilers were responsible for over 10% of fatal dog attacks even though they are less ...

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Dog posing

The O’Hara Law Firm has handled many dog bite cases, and the overwhelming majority of claims are Pit bull bites. Pit bulls and Pit bull mixes have a reputation for being aggressive because of the disproportionate number of catastrophic dog attacks involving Pit bulls. Historically, Pit bulls were selected and bred for their fighting ability. This selective breeding increased their ...

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Dog snarling

A homeowner association may be liable for a dog attack that occurs on its property. An attorney experienced in handling dog bite cases will consider HOA responsibility if the dog bite occurs on HOA property. The O’Hara Law Firm has successfully resolved cases against HOAs for clients who were members of an HOA and attacked on HOA common property. There ...

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Dog

Allowing employees to bring pets to work has increased in popularity over the last decade. Proponents of pets at the workplace contend that pets at the office lower stress levels, increase happiness and foster a more comfortable work environment. However, business owners should consider the risks associated with allowing pets at work or on the premises....

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Lazy Cop

Harris County and City of Houston law enforcement have a poor history when it comes to protecting citizens from dangerous dogs. On multiple occasions, I have observed government officials not protecting citizens from aggressive dogs. In my own neighborhood in Spring, Texas, a loose dog charged pedestrians as they walked in front of its owner’s home. I called the Harris ...

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Dog at Computer

Harris County has passed regulations regarding the ownership and treatment of animals. These regulations address topics such as the sale of animals, vaccinations, restraint, licenses and dangerous dogs. Several of the regulations specifically address dog owner responsibilities...

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Houston

The City of Houston Municipal Code contains ordinances regarding animal ownership in Houston. Chapter 6 of the Code of Ordinances contains seven articles that address different aspects of ownership such as animals at large, care of animals, livestock, disease control and enforcement. Several of the chapters address dog owner responsibilities...

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April 8-14 is National Dog Bite Prevention Week. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimates that 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year in the United States. The Insurance Information Institute estimates that one third of all compensation paid for homeowners liability claims were dog-related injuries in 2017. Approximately $700 million was paid for dog-related injuries by insurance ...

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This week in Spring, Texas, two children were bit by an animal that appears to be a wolf or wolf hybrid. The animal escaped from the owners’ backyard and attacked two boys aged 8 and 11 that lived nearby. Investigators with animal control stated that this is the fourth reported attack by the animal since December 2017. If the victims ...

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