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Dog Bite Incidents in California

Dog Bite Startles Woman

A dog bite attack is one of the most common incidents involving animals. A local reporter was able to be at the aftermath of a dog bite incident by accident. She was there to cover the aftermath of some severe storms, but her story turned into her recovering after a dog attacked her in Oceano.

The dog’s owner had him in a car due to the family’s backyard being flooded. For whatever reason the dog escaped the car and bit the reporter, Amanda, on the leg.

The dog’s owner then came running with an axe to remove the dog from her leg. The owner luckily only suffered wounds to his hands.

The dog had to be taken away by the animal control. They are now investigating what might have caused the attack. Police are unsure about what will happen to the dog.

Police Dog Attacks and Kills a Man

Police dogs are primarily used to protect people, however that isn’t always the case. A former police dog attacked and killed a sixty-four year old man. The K-9 once bit an officer on the hand as well. The bite wasn’t considered a “serious misstep” by the dog. The Exeter Police Department records indicate that the only issue the K-9 had during training was that he wouldn’t listen to the “stay” command, during only a few sessions.

Sources within the police department told local news that the K-9 had some training and behavioral issues. Also, the dog’s handler, Alex Geiger had less experience that is usually required for officers who work int he K-9 units.

Geiger purchased Neo as a pet but quickly tried to talk his Chief, John Peters to create a K-9 unit.

On December 13th Neo attacked eighty-five year old, Betty Long. Betty’s neighbor tried to assist her. The neighbor man suffered from two severe bites to his arteries in his arm.


How to Treat a Bite Wound from WEBMD


Bite wounds are common: In the U.S., half of us will be bitten by an animal or human at least once. Most of those bites will come from household pets.

There are about 5 million dog bites a year in the U.S. Cats are the second most common biters, but their bites pose a higher risk of infection because they can cause deep punctures and lacerations. A dog bite, on the other hand, typically causes a crushing-type wound because of their rounded teeth and strong jaws. Human bites — from children and adults — usually cause bruising and a shallow tear.

Bites that break the skin may cause a variety of bacterial or viral deep-tissue infections — including rabies, in rare instances. Infections arise from tiny organisms in the mouth of the biter and on the victim’s skin.

It’s important to care for a bite wound or injury quickly. Although you may be able to treat a superficial bite at home, you should call your doctor for advice. Deeper bites, lacerations of the skin, and cat bites often require medical care. Bites on the hand are also of particular concern because there is a higher risk of infection. Close attention to caring for the wound is one of the most important steps in treating a bite.

Here’s what to do when you, your child, or another person is bitten.

First Aid for Fresh Bite Wound

If there is minor bleeding, the skin is barely broken, and there is no risk of rabies:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before and after treating the wound.
  • Wash the area with mild soap and running water to reduce the risk of infection. Pat dry.
  • Apply antibiotic ointment and cover with a clean bandage or sterile dressing.
  • To reduce swelling, apply an ice pack wrapped in a towel or a cold compress (cloth soaked in cold water) to the bruise for 5-10 minutes.
  • Call your doctor to see if you need to have the bite examined. Always seek medical attention when a child has been bitten in the head.


Of course WebMD is great as a suggestion but if the bite is severe it’s best if you go get checked out by a professional doctor in your area.  Dog bites can be pretty serious and infection is not something to play around with.


Daniel A. Gibalevich
Law Offices of Daniel A. Gibalevich

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