Have you ever thought that dogs are very dangerous for people? Every week we see in the news how dogs kill or maim people. But what’s the reason? Who is guilty, who is responsible and who should be punished for that?
Dogs are followed by their instincts and become uncontrolled, so their owners can’t do anything. When dogs become out of control, they can cause damage for people’s health and property. Nowadays, there are a lot of cases when someone’s pet kills neighbors or guests just because some dogs can not allow other people to break in their property. For example, in the last news in Guardian is said: “Two women have been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter after an elderly man died following an attack by a dog at his home in Liverpool.
The women are believed to have been neighbours of Clifford Clarke, 79, who was found by police lying in his garden in Clubmoor on Saturday night.”
Those cases were connected with adults mostly, but dogs can also hurt children, because they are the most defenseless and weak. Dogs can attack children when the latter try to play with pets. But, moreover, dogs can injure and kill little babies. People suppose that such dogs’ aggression is caused by jealousy. “Last November in Telford, a week-old boy, Harry Harper, died of head injuries after being attacked while sleeping in his cot by the family pet, a seven-year-old jack russell described as “mild-mannered”, one of several recent reports of deaths after attacks by legally owned dogs on private property.”
We should not forget about stray dogs also, because they can be even more dangerous than pets. They are not surrounded by love and care and this may be the reason why they become cruel. But the only thing that people and Government can do is to make laws which allow killing homeless dogs. One of such laws is: “(A) Subject to divisions (A)(2) and (3) of section 955.261 of the Revised Code, a dog that is chasing or approaching in a menacing fashion or apparent attitude of attack, that attempts to bite or otherwise endanger, or that kills or injures a person or a dog that chases, threatens, harasses, injures, or kills livestock, poultry, other domestic animal, or other animal, that is the property of another person, except a cat or another dog, can be killed at the time of that chasing, threatening, harassment, approaching, attempt, killing, or injury.<…>. Nothing in this section precludes a law enforcement officer from killing a dog that attacks a police dog as defined in section 2921.321 of the Revised Code.”
On the other hand, dogs do not tend to attack people. They need to be provoked. So, in the most cases people are guilty by themselves. Firstly, people should control themselves and avoid dogs’ attacks connected with people’s defiant behavior. Moreover, people should pay much more attention to their pets, to train them carefully and never forget to put a muzzle on their pets.
1. Maev Kennedy, The Guardian, Sunday 26 May 2013 09.40 BST <http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/may/26/women-arrested-liverpool-dog-kills-pensioner>
2. Press Association, guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 9 April 2013 13.29 BST. <http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/apr/09/baby-died-bitten-jack-russell>
3. Lawwriter, 09-30-2008. <http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/955.28>