With the weather warming up, New Jersey pet owners and others may want to take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. While doing so can be both healthy and fun for people and pets alike, it also can increase the chances of a dog bite.
While oftentimes people may suffer disfigurement and unexpected medical expenses in connection with a dog attack, for one New Jersey family, a dog attack has left their infant in critical condition. The child was being treated at a nearby hospital.
In a story that may be of interest to our readers here in New Jersey, a woman from another state lost both of her legs and her fingers after she broke up a dog fight between her two pets. Her family thought initially that she had simply sustained an insignificant dog bite on her finger and a scratch; however, her family took her to the hospital after she began vomiting and suffering a fever a couple of days after the bite.
A retired sheriff's deputy now spends his time traveling the country investigating dog attacks. While the man did not report having ever visited New Jersey to investigate a dog bite, he has worked with law enforcement, prosecutors and attorneys from many states who were interested in his opinion on different types of dog bite claims.
While towns and cities in New Jersey traditionally handle aggressive dogs, state law prohibits local public officials from taking certain actions that they might feel are both necessary and justified. Each town must comply with New Jersey's Vicious and Potentially Dangerous Dog Act, which the state passed after several months of debate amongst various groups.