Missouri dog owners are responsible for their pets, many of whom are affectionately considered more like family members than animals. In addition to providing food, water and veterinary care, a dog owner must also adhere to any regulations, such as leash laws, that may exist in his or her town. If a dog bites someone, resulting in personal injury, the owner may be liable for damages.
There are certain breeds of dogs that are known to be more aggressive than others. However, any dog may become aggressive at any time. It is helpful to be able to recognize signs of aggression in a dog, which, in some cases, may help a person avoid an attack.
Before a dog bites, it might show early signs of aggression. One of the most common signs that a dog is not at ease is growling. A dog’s body might stiffen before an attack as well. Also, looking away is another early sign of aggression in dogs, as well as drawing back its lips as if forming a smile. Whether a dog exhibits fear or aggression, it instantly becomes a threat to anyone nearby.
If a Texas resident suffers personal injury because of a dog attack, it may be possible to seek financial recovery in court. A dog bite wound may require surgery or, perhaps, physical therapy to heal, depending on what part of the body was bitten and how severe the injury is. In past cases, the court has ordered dog owners to pay restitution when their negligence was a causal factor in a particular dog bite incident.