An animal attack is a very serious offense. Pet owners in New Jersey have a responsibility for their animals, especially if they are violent. An unprovoked attack can have terrible consequences for the victim. From broken bones to severe bites, an animal attack can put someone in the hospital. Animal bites can even lead to reconstructive surgery if they are vicious enough. Owners are responsible for their animals if they bite or injure someone.
Many New Jersey residents have pets. These same individuals also often invite friends and family over and have them interact with the pet. Most of the time, the pet is well-trained, or at least trained well enough, to prevent injuries from occurring. But other times the animal will snap and attack a defenseless houseguest. Such an attack can leave the victim seriously injured and may give rise to legal action.
In the warmer summer months, New Jersey residents and their pets are out and about more frequently. Whether it is walks around the neighborhood, a trip to the beach or a hike at a state park, people are coming in contact with unfamiliar dogs and other pets. With this increased exposure, comes an increased risk of animal bites.