The companionship of a four-legged friend is often extremely rewarding. Dogs give their owners love, affection, attention, friendship, exercise, protection, and more. Since dogs do their best to take care of us, we should do our best to take care of them. One important part of ethical dog ownership is encouraging and promoting ethical dog breeding. In part, this means patronizing responsible breeders who are knowledgeable and conscientious about their chosen breed. Backyard breeders and puppy mills who do not know, care, or understand their breed can contribute to over breeding – a potentially dangerous problem for dogs and their owners. If you or loved one has suffered serious injury after being bitten by a dog, contact a Denver personal injury lawyer to discuss your case.
“Over breeding” refers to the practice of breeding animals excessively without taking the necessary steps and caution to ensure that only healthy and desirable traits are passed on. When a breed of dog becomes popular, unethical breeders hoping to capitalize on the popularity, breed dogs irresponsibly and unscrupulously in order to get a lot of animals to sell without regard to their health and ‘quality.' This means that a dog with bad genetic qualities, like aggression or a physical defect, may pass on these traits to its offspring, and on down the line. Some examples of “over-bred” breeds and the problems it's created within them are: Labrador Retrievers, who often suffer from hip dysplasia, bloat, and a degenerative eye disease. Golden Retrievers, who struggle with heart problems and epilepsy among other issues. Dachshunds who carry diabetes and back problems in their breeding.
If you're looking to add a dog to your family, make sure you are not contributing to the problem of over breeding by buying your pet from an irresponsible breeder. Buying from an unethical breeder could be problematic for you and your family, as you may wind up with a dog with unsatisfactory health and/or temperament. Never purchase a dog from a pet store. Instead, refer to theHumane Society checklist about how to identify a responsible and knowledgeable dog breeder. Never buy a companion animal from someone who does not meet these criteria. You owe it to yourself and your four-legged family member!
If you've been injured by an aggressive dog, contact a dog bite lawyer to discuss your case. The Law Firm of Jeremy Rosenthal has the dedication and the experience to effectively handle your personal injury claim. Please call 303-825-2333 to schedule your free consultation.