While owning a pet certainly brings much joy into a person’s life, dogs can also cause severe injuries to others. Accordingly, the City of San Bernardino takes animal bites very seriously, such as by requiring mandatory quarantine of any animal that breaks the skin of a person during an attack.
It is crucial that both pet owners and others understand how to avoid animal attacks whenever possible. Here are a few things to keep in mind.
How to prevent dog bites
If you see a dog on a walk with its owner, always ask for permission before petting. When petting an unfamiliar animal with the owner’s permission, approach slowly and cautiously to let the animal get used to you. If a dog approaches you, remain in place. Do not run or scream, and do not make direct eye contact, as the animal may consider this a challenge.
If you encounter an animal that is eating or sleeping, do not attempt to interact with it. If you have children, make sure they understand not to approach unknown dogs. In the event of an attack where you lose your footing and end up on the ground, roll into a ball while covering your head and neck with your arms.
What pet owners must do
All dog owners must have proper fencing to keep their animals secured. This includes a locking gate that keeps unwanted visitors off the property. Spaying and neutering pets is another important step, as this will prevent the animal from escaping from home and wandering the streets.
Proper obedience training is also vital, as it will provide the pet with an even temperament. Pet owners should never play with their dogs aggressively or teach them to attack, as this can lead to serious injuries to others.