Dog Owners’ Responsibilities

Posted on behalf of Gordon & Doner on Jul 29, 2013 in Personal Injury

According to the World Canine Organization there are 339 recognized breeds of dogs, which are divided into 10 groups based on their purpose, function or size of the dog.

A dog is a type of animal which is considered to provide people with an unmatched devotion, loyalty and friendship to their owners.  This is probably why the old saying “A dog is a man’s best friend” came about. Of course, with this companionship comes a great responsibility. A dog requires food, shelter, exercise, training, and several other things to keep them happy and healthy.

Unfortunately, no matter what type of dog you may select, a dog bite may occur which can have some repercussions. At Gordon & Doner our dog bite attorneys believe that when a negligent owner’s dog causes harm to an innocent individual, that negligent owner and dog must be dealt with.

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Commitment to the Dog

When you choose to purchase your dog, this means that you are choosing to be a responsible dog owner and making a commitment to this animal. Unfortunately, many dog owners leave their dog to fend for themselves, which may ultimately lead to the death of this poor animal.

Some commitments a dog owner must make include:

  • Bathing your dog
  • Dog proofing your home
  • Exercising the pet daily
  • Feeding your dog
  • Finding a home that allows dogs
  • Finding a veterinarian
  • Getting a rabies vaccination
  • Getting proper id tags
  • Having your dog licensed
  • Scheduling time for the dog
  • Spay and neuter your dog
  • Provide shelter to dog
  • Train your dog
  • Socialize your dog

All dog owners must recognize that having a dog is a large responsibility and there are many things these animals require. In addition, there are also many costs associated with owning a dog.

Costs Associated With Owning a Dog

Before purchasing a dog, make sure you have proper finances set in place to assure it gets the proper care it deserves. Also take into account that a larger dog will require more food than a smaller dog and may also cost more to maintain its general health.

Some costs associated with owning a dog include:

  • Bed for sleeping
  • Collars and leashes
  • Dog care books
  • Dog crate
  • Dog sitter costs
  • Dog tags
  • Fence or chain
  • Grooming fees
  • High quality food
  • Medication costs
  • Obedience classes
  • Toys and bones for chewing
  • Veterinarian costs

Many of these costs will be monthly expenses, thus a dog owner must be sure they can afford these expenses. In addition, there may be some negative consequences of individuals who fail to properly care for their dogs.

Injuries Caused By Dog Bites

Many times, a dogs personality will reflect that of their owners, thus when dogs are treated badly they will be more prone to biting other dogs and humans. These injuries can cause significant damages depending on the size and age of the person and how aggressive the dog bite attack was.

Some dog bite injuries include:

  • Broken bones
  • Concussion
  • Contusions
  • Facial injuries
  • Infections
  • Lacerations
  • Psychological damages
  • Puncture wounds
  • Rabies
  • Scratches
  • wrongful death

In addition to these injuries to humans, injuries to other dogs may occur as well. In any case, if you have been injured by a dog bite, it is highly advised to seek medical attention at once. This medical attention will prevent further injuries from occurring and provide our attorneys with the necessary documents to formulate a case against these injury causing and negligent dog owners.

Contact an Experienced Palm Beach Dog Bite Attorney Today

At Gordon & Doner, our attorneys have deep sympathy for those injured by an attacking dog. As most people recognize dogs as friendly and compassionate, in some cases these animals can be aggressive and cause injuries. Our law firm has over 150 years of combined legal experience and is prepared to fight for your rights in the court of law.

With offices throughout South Florida in Martin, Palm Beach, and Broward Counties, we are able to serve the entire state and elsewhere.

A few local areas our attorneys serve include:

  • Belle Glade
  • Boynton Beach
  • Indiantown
  • Lake Worth
  • Pahokee
  • Pompano Beach
  • Riviera Beach
  • Wellington
  • Westgate
  • Weston

To learn more about our law firm, or to schedule your free no-obligation case review, our attorneys welcome you to contact our firm at 1 (855) 722-2552 today. Here, a member of our staff will collect information about your dog bite and quickly connect you with one of our attorneys ready to help you with your specific case.

Begin now by completing the “Free Case Evaluation” form on this page. All information entered will remain completely confidential and will not cost you anything.


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