Dog Bites

Denver Banned Dog Breed Law Seeks to Prevent Injuries & Related Liability

The city and county of Denver does not allow for ownership, possession, transportation, or sales of pit bull dogs. Denver defines a pit bull as being an American Pit Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, or dog that exhibits the bulk of the physical attributes of these breeds, according to the American Kennel Club or United Kennel Club standards. The ban was originally implemented in 1989 and was soon after challenged by those claiming the ban was not constitutional.
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$600 Million Awarded in Dog-Related Insurance Claim in 2016

In 2016, the number of dog bite-related insurance claims continued rising. Over 40% of U.S. households now own a dog. The homeowner’s insurance industry is certainly feeling the impact, as an estimated 20% of claims are related to dog bites. It appears that the prevalence of incidents indicates that pet owners are not properly training, controlling, or supervising their canines when they relate with unfamiliar people and children. Claims topped $600 million for the year, and an analysis of the
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Postal Service Workers Report 6,755 Dog Attacks in 2016

The United States Postal Service (USPS) released their annual report regarding dog attacks on U.S. mail carriers. Approximately 6,755 postal employees were attacked by dogs in 2016, a 3% increase from 2015. Denver reportedly ranked #7 on the list with 47 incidents. USPS spokesman Mark Saunders says that larger cities have the highest frequency of incidents, attributed to greater population density. The Center for Disease Control estimates that 4.5 million dog bites occur annually. Nearly one of every five of
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Kentucky Supreme Court Reverses Landlord Liability in Tenant Dog Attacks

In 2012 the KY Supreme Court ruled that landlords may be subject to liability in incidents where a dog owned by their tenant bites someone. The decision includes the property landlord as a “dog owner” in such cases, even if they were unaware of the presence of a dog on the property. This week that ruling was reversed, limiting liability to solely the owner of the animal. Supporters of the reversal cited that landlords were unfairly being subjected to increasing
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Dog Bites By The Numbers

Knowing, they say, is half the battle. With dog bites, education is 99% of the battle, if not more. At The Law Firm of Jeremy Rosenthal, we’re celebrating National Dog Bite Awareness Week with a series of posts designed to educate people about the severity of dog bite attacks in this country and how utilizing safety strategies when around dogs can help reduce the number of dog bite victims nationwide. Dog Bite Statistics Did You Know? Check out these dog
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What You Need To Know About Colorado’s Dog Bite Laws

Dog ownership is extremely popular and a way of life for many people. However, if your dog bites another person, you may be liable for thousands of dollars in damages. If you own a dog, are considering getting one or have been injured by a dog bite, here’s what you need to know about Colorado’s dog bite law(s). Colorado Dog Bite Law While the majority of states either use a “strict liability” or “negligence” rule in dog bite cases, Colorado
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How to Stay Safe Around Aggressive Dogs

In Colorado, hundreds of thousands of people own dogs. Most dog owners are responsible people, aware that they need to keep their dogs leashed and in control at all times. Other dog owners aren’t as vigilant about dog safety meaning an encounter with an un-leashed dog can happen anywhere at any time.  If that encounter is with an aggressive dog, it is frightening and at its worst, can turn into a very dangerous situation. Common Signs of Aggressive Dogs Excessive
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