People acquire domesticated pets either for companionship or just for their love of the animals. There are also those who buy exotic or even wild animals because of their fascination and admiration for the said animal or their intention to build a zoo.
However, different animals vary on how they should be treated and taken care of. There are animals which would need minimal maintenance and attention and there are those that would require the owner do laborious tasks.
Even if so, each owner needs dedication in caring for their animals. They must ensure the safety of their animals at all cost. Owners are also liable for any damage or injury that their animals have caused.
Effects of Animal Attacks
Depending on the severity of the animal attacks, there is much harm that could result from it. There are injuries that are treatable and there are also those that could even result to death.
- Bites, Scratches, and Wounds.These are minor and treatable results of animal attacks.
- Emotional Distress. The victim can suffer from a life-long trauma of animals.
- Disfigurement. Big, wild animals in zoos can inflict massive damages to a person's appearance. Animals like bears, alligators, and lions in zoos are examples of vicious animals that could attack a person and result to his disfigurement. However, there are also pets that could attack violently and cause severe damages.
- Rabies / Venom. These are poisonous components of an animal's saliva. Victims obtain it from animal bites. These can cause a person different internal injuries. The animal bite must be administered immediately with proper antidote to prevent further harm.
Death. It is the most devastating effect of
any attack. There are about 18 people who die in the
because of animal bites and attacks. USA
Prevention of Animal Attacks
To avoid any accident, safety measures should always be observed by anyone near an animal.
- Avoid unnecessary or sudden movement near an animal as this might scare him and cause him to attack.
- Avoid wearing a perfume near an unfamiliar animal. As animals have great sense of smell, strong scents might agitate them.
- Do not feed an animal with or on your hands. Wild animals might associate your hand with food and thus, bite it.
- Avoid being too close to a wild animal even if its trainer is beside you.
- Do not provoke an animal. There are people who would tease or hurt an animal for their own pleasure. This would threaten an animal and thus, cause it to attack.
- When a wild animal is near you, avoid making movements or any noise that would draw its attention to you.
After an Animal Attack
When you find yourself attacked by an animal, it is important to:
- Seek Medical Attention. After any accident, it is important to have yourself checked by medical professionals for any injuries that are not apparent and immediate treatment for injuries sustained.
- Obtain a copy of the police report. It is important to report the accident to the authorities and ask for a personal copy of the police report as this would prove the strength of your claim.
- Document the attack. If possible, get photographs of the animal and injuries sustained. Also, get the contact details of witnesses and the owner of the animal in case you want to file an animal attack claim.
In different areas, there are different laws that prevail regarding Animal Attack cases. The victim could also file for claims for the damages and injuries caused by the attack.