Animal Control officer gives tips for avoiding dog bites
Posted By: Bayley Bischof Channel 8 Eyewitness News
Animal Control Officers deal with dog bites almost every day.
"The majority of dog bites are minor bites,” Scott Lowry, longtime officer with Animal Control said.
But recently two people have been hospitalized because of dog bites.
On Friday, police say a landlord was picking up a rent check from a tenant's home when a dog bit him in the face and leg.
Last week, a pit bull attacked his owner, biting her on the stomach and hands; she was in the hospital for a few days.
After a dog bites, Animal Control opens an investigation into why the dog bit and whether or not it is an ongoing danger.
Lowry said part of the concern is rabies.
"By state law, dogs must be quarantined for rabies concern for ten days to ensure they don't show any signs,” he said.
There are ways to keep incidents like these from happening.
Lowry said a key way to reduce aggression is to socialize your dog from a young age so it's comfortable around other dogs and people, not afraid, or threatened.
Also, he said don’t approach a dog you don’t know, especially if it isn’t with its owner.
"If you're walking down the street and you encounter a dog and it seems very intent on watching you or seems very focused on you, has stiff body posture, tail may be still and it may be growling or having some kind of vocalization it's probably not happy with your presence and feeling territorial,” Lowry said.
Lowry said there is no one breed that's more likely to bite you.
"I've been an animal control officer since 1997 and any dog is capable of biting, inflicting serious injury,” he said.
While the top three breeds responsible for dog bites in Lincoln are lab mixes, pit bulls and german shepherds, Lowry says there are more of them in the city, so they will show up in statistics more often.
If you are ever bitten by a dog, first seek medical attention, and then report it to Animal Control, so the investigation and quarantine can begin.