Because the pit bull breed is responsible for upwards of 66 percent of all vicious dog attacks, it is easy to forget that the Rottweiler can be equally as lethal. The second-most dangerous dog in the United States, based on the number of dog attack fatalities, the Rottweiler can leave behind a trail of death and destruction if it’s so inclined. Like all aggressive dogs, children are often the target of the Rottweiler’s ire—which is exactly what the parents of a 7-month-old baby found out this week.
The San Diego Police Department and animal control responded to a 911 report that a family dog had picked up a 7-month-old baby and shook it. Police responded to San Diego’s Nestor neighbourhood to investigate. The 911 caller also suffered a bite injury to the leg, says SDPD. Although the bite to the baby was “only superficial,” an animal control officer with the Humane Society of San Diego took the dog away; its fate is unknown at this time.
How Dangerous are Rottweilers?
Rottweilers are responsible for more fatal dog attacks in our country than any other dog breed, with the exception of the pit bull. They are so dangerous, in fact, that in some countries, including Ireland, Portugal, and Poland, they are banned altogether.
Rottweilers are well-muscled dogs and very strong for their size. This ancient breed became popular during Roman times when they accompanied the Roman army and served as guards for herds of livestock. Throughout history, they’ve been beloved for their strength; Rottweilers were once used to help butchers pull their cartloads of meat through city streets, and the police have even tapped them for use in the past.
However, the Rottweiler is a territorial and jealous dog. If they sense danger to themselves or to someone they love, they can react with ferocity, and this often spills over like a dog attack. Rottweilers are very protective of their “families,” and they see all strangers as a threat. Absent proper training, this is a seriously dangerous dog.
Because of its sheer size and strength, the Rottweiler can inflict a lot of damage when it attacks. It is not unusual for such an attack to be marked by deep cuts, often going down into the bone and muscle and necessitating immediate medical attention. Broken bones are not uncommon in a Rottweiler attack. Many victims of this dog are left with lifelong scarring and permanent disfigurement, despite the surgical correction.
Bitten by a Dog?
In California, dog owners are strictly responsible for any injuries caused by their animals. This includes medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. If you have been bitten or attacked by a dog, then you may have grounds for a dog bite claim. Our San Diego personal injury lawyer provides aggressive representation for our injured clients. Reach out to the Law Offices of Eugene G. Bruno at 888-278-6688 to speak with our legal team and set up your free, no-obligation case review now.