Are Labs Good With Cats Or Are They Likely To Chase Them?
The question whether are dogs good with cats or not is one of the most debated topics among pet owners. Some say that they are not, while others claim that their pets will chase them away if given enough time. The truth lies somewhere in between these two extremes.
Dogs have been known to be very friendly towards children, but it’s not always easy for them to do so. A child may even get too close and start chasing the dog instead.
You don’t want your dog chasing after a small kid because then what happens?
The child gets hurt!
So how does a parent keep their little ones safe from such dangers?
There are several ways parents can protect their children from getting injured by a dog. One way is to simply teach your child never to play with a dog, which would mean no playing with the family pet. Another method is to train your child not to run into the path of a potential attack. If you’re lucky, your child won’t even get bitten at all!
But what if that doesn’t happen? What if the worst happens and the dog bites him/her?
What If My Dog Bites a Child?
If you have a dog that has bitten someone, more often than not the animal will be euthanized. This is especially true if the victim is a child, since some may believe that the animal should’ve been better trained to behave in public. After all, no one wants their child put at risk because of an untrained animal.
If you do find yourself in this unfortunate situation, there are still ways to help your pet. One of which is to fight tooth and nail to keep your dog alive. This means getting a lawyer who has experience with animal abuse cases. You’ll need to prove that the animal was provoked somehow (maybe the child tortured it for an extended period of time) or that the bite wasn’t severe enough to warrant killing the dog.
Another thing you can do is try to make sure that the dog is never adopted out to the public again. If you live in an area where they need to be put down, you can always request that your dog be given to a private owner (like a friend or family member) or transferred to a non-profit organization.
Occasionally, especially if the case is more clear cut, some jurisdictions will offer the dog’s owner a deal. For example, if you live in a city then the authorities may say they’ll give the dog to a farm or something similar where it can run free.
Of course, there is always the chance that no one cares about what happens to the dog and it will be put down immediately. This is especially true of insurance companies where the judgment is less likely to care about the innocent animal.
If this happens then you can either have the dog cremated so you can lay it to rest or you can try to adopt it out to a family that will take better care of it.
What You Should Do If Your Dog Bites Someone
If your dog has bitten someone severely enough that the authorities are called, you’ll probably be asked to stay away while animal control or the police assess the situation.
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