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When guard dogs attack, know your legal options

Dog bites and attacks often lead to some of the most horrific injuries a human might ever experience, including massive tissue damage, scarring and disfigurement. In small children, dog bites are often fatal.

Business owners in Jacksonville and other Florida regions are turning to the use of trained guard dogs (they can buy or even rent them) to shield their premises against burglary and vandalism. It is understandable to want to protect your property but not at the risk of harm to innocent victims.

Unknown factors can increase the risk of guard dog bites

It is safe to say that business owners do not want anyone harmed by dogs on their property. They simply want to avoid theft and property damage. However, it is risky to rely on trained dogs without investigating their background.

Unless the business owner raised and trained the dog personally, they likely have no idea how the animal will react when people arrive on the property. Two other unknown factors to consider include:

  • Type of training. Some dogs are trained to inflict severe harm on trespassers, but they cannot tell the difference between customers and unwanted visitors.
  • Animal health. Mistreated or injured dogs and those with medical issues may react more aggressively due to their pain and overall discomfort, again putting you at risk of an attack.

Speaking logically, these and other unknowns could lead to catastrophic dog bite injuries if you visit a guard dog-protected property. If you see an unfamiliar dog or signs indicating the presence of a guard dog, please be careful around the animal. If you or a family member suffers a dog bite or attack, it is wise to learn about the legal options available to Florida victims.