Dog bites have several risks that have to be addressed. They may lead to infection, significant bleeding and blood loss, damage to the bones, tendons, ligaments and joints and many other serious outcomes. Even a bite from a small dog can lead to significant injuries if it is left untreated.
Dog owners need to understand that they are responsible for their animals. If a dog attacks someone like a neighbor, post officer, runner or another party on or near the property, then the owner may be held liable for their dog’s actions.
Do Alabama’s laws require leashing?
While some people may believe that their pets will return when called or that they’re no danger to others, the truth is that there is always a risk. That’s why Alabama requires owners to keep their dogs confined to their property or the premises where the dog is regularly kept at all times. A violation of that rule leads to a fine of up to $50.
Additionally, your local area may have specific rules about leashing. In most places, walking a dog without a leash, even if the owner is present, is still considered to be allowing it to run “at large,” which is against the law.
What do you do if you’re bitten by a dog without an owner in sight?
The good news is that you may be able to locate the owner if the dog is captured and taken to a local vet. If it has tags, the owner goes to look for it at the local pound or the dog has a microchip, then the owner will be informed about the attack and be held responsible for allowing the dog to run loose.