San Francisco Bay Area residents love to walk, run and hike with their dogs. Unfortunately, some of those dogs become aggressive and bite.
Dogs bring so much joy and companionship to our lives. They give their owners another reason to walk around the block a few times, say Hello to our neighbors, and socialize with other dog owners.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) develops in people that have experienced or seen a dangerous or shocking event. We often hear of war veterans that develop PTSD from witnessing and experiencing life-threatening combat. Indeed, between 11 and 20 percent of Iraq War veterans developed PTSD in a given year, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
"He just wants to play," the dog owner says, but dog bites are nothing to play around with. In California, the owner of an animal that bites another is strictly liable for injuries caused to the victim regardless of whether the owner had reason to believe the dog was dangerous. Strict liability applies whether the attack occurs on public or private property, provided the victim was lawfully on that property.