Oklahoma City Woman Killed in Pit Bull Attack

Though any dog can bite or attack if provoked, certain dogs show a proclivity toward aggression and are thus known as "dangerous dogs."  An Oklahoma dog bite lawyer may represent a person injured by a bite from any type of dog, but breeds that are frequently involved in attacks include Pit Bull, Rottweiler, German Shepherd, huskies, Malamute, Doberman Pinscher, Chow, Great Dane, Saint Bernard, and wolf hybrids.  Owners of these dogs say that their dogs, if cared for properly, are as gentle as any other breed, and that these "dangerous dogs" get a bad reputation as a result of poor breeding and neglect.  However, according to statistics by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Pit Bulls and Rottweilers were responsible for more than half the dog-bite related fatalities from 1980-2000.  An Animal People report looking at the number of maimings and deaths from pure-bred animal attacks in the United States and Canada between 1982 and 2009 shows that there were 2,683 registered Pit Bulls kept as pets.  These were responsible for 819 maimings and 159 deaths. Though the majority of fatal dog bite attacks occur by unrestrained dogs on their own property (58%) and unrestrained dogs not on their owner's property (24%), a large number of fatal attacks occur by restrained dogs on their own property (17%).  This is the case in a fatal mauling that occurred Wednesday night in Oklahoma City. Police say that 60-year-old Nellie Davis was killed by her granddaughter's Pit Bull when it became agitated during the evening's thunderstorms and broke free from its crate.  Davis's 22-year-old granddaughter, who was staying with her grandmother, discovered the body when she returned to the apartment at The Highland Apartments, 12700 N. Pennsylvania, at approximately 11:30 p.m.  When police arrived, the young woman was holding the animal because the lock on its crate was broken.  Police attempted to restrain the animal by wedging the crate door and tying it closed, but ended up shooting the pit bull when it continued to be aggressive and could not be safely restrained. According to family members, the pit bull responsible for the fatal mauling had a history of becoming nervous and aggressive during thunderstorms.  They say that the dog may not have recognized Davis, who had returned from a hospital stay only a few days before. Though this attack by a restrained pit bull left a woman dead in  her own home, it is important to remember that most dog bites occur by unrestrained animals.  It is important that dog owners properly leash and restrain their pets, keeping in mind that all dogs are capable of biting or attacking, and that children are the most frequent victims.  In fact, a six-week-old Labrador puppy was responsible for the death of a two-month-old baby in Tulsa in 2008. From a simple bite to an aggressive mauling, dog bites require prompt medical attention.  The owner of an aggressive dog may be held accountable for resulting injuries.  Contact a personal injury attorney for help with your dog bite claim.

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