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What to do if Your Dog Bites Someone

Human decency can go a long way: if you are calm, nice, and concerned about the person who was bitten, that person may decide not to pursue legal options against you at all. Ensure that your dog is secure and cannot bite anyone else. Bring the bitten person to the hospital or to a doctor, and offer to pay medical bills. Get the name, address, and phone number of the bitten person, as well as from any other witnesses. Do not make statements about the attack because there can be legal consequences for doing so.

Following the attack, if you are faced with legal proceedings, you may be charged criminally or civilly. There are many factors that determine if you should hire an attorney as the dog's owner, including whether your dog has bitten someone before or not, whether your dog has been treated for rabies or another disease, if the victim has asked you for money, and/or whether you are insured, among other considerations.

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