Street Dog and Feral Dog Attacks in NJ

A stray dog (sometimes called a free-ranging dog) is any dog that is not contained, whether feral or wild, whether unowned, separated from their owners, or simply allowed to come and go as they please by their owners. The term encompasses various loose categories relating to ownership and descent of such dogs, including street dogs, village dogs, stray dogs, feral dogs and wild dogs. Stray and street dogs are responsible for a large number of dog attacks every year.  In fact, stray dog bites are becoming a growing problem in many cities and urban areas where street dogs are able to find food and shelter.

How to Avoid Stray Dog Bites

There are several things that you can do to help avoid getting bit by a New Jersey stray dog:

  1. Never approach a stray dog;
  2. Do not try to feed a street dog;
  3. Never attempt to intervene in a stray dog fight; and
  4. Avoid behaving like prey (i.e. running away).
If you see a stray dog keep your eye on it and continue walking by.  When you have reached a safe distance you can contact animal control to report the location in New Jersey of the stray dog.

Dangers of Stray Dog Bites

Aside for the ordinary dangers associated with every do bite, getting bit by a stray dog poses additional risks not normally associated with getting bit by your neighbor’s dog.  Because stray dogs are more likely to be disease-carriers it is crucial that you seek medical attention immediately if you are bitten.  Specifically, stray dogs are much more likely to have Rabies or Parvovirus (Parvo), which can be transmitted to a human as a result of a dog bite.  If treated immediately, these infections can be cured rather easily.  However, once the rabies virus reaches the central nervous system and symptoms begin to show, the infection is effectively untreatable and usually fatal within days.

Contact a New Jersey Stray Dog Attorney

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury caused by a stray dog attack, then you may have legal recourse against the person or entity responsible. Contact a New Jersey Stray Dog Bite Attorney today.  Mr. Mendelsohn will review your injury claim for free, and represent you on a contingent fee basis, which means you don’t have to pay any attorney fees unless you recover on your claim. We’ll fight to ensure that you and your family are fully compensated.