As much joy as we get from living with dogs, and being their guardians and owners, there are real risks in doing so. Most people are not aware of the serious nature of these risks, or seriously underestimate them, according to Humane Education authority and former Los Angeles Animal Cruelty Prosecutor, Bob Ferber. Each year about 850,000 people get medical treatment for dog bites, and 5 million instances of dog bites are reported. Hence there are huge medical, legal, financial and emotional consequences that we need to understand. These include permanent scarring, emotional trauma, legal action, financial ruin and even incarceration. Bob provided numerous examples from his years as a prosecutor and rescuer illustrating the serious trouble dogs can cause when people act irresponsibly or carelessly. He discussed how we can protect ourselves, others and dogs from disasters, big and small.
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