There are approximately 77.5 million dogs in the United States, according to the American Pet Products Manufacturing Association. Because of the number of dogs in the US, there are a lot of dog bites that occur. About 2% of the US population suffers a dog bite in any given year and on average, people will suffer a dog bite at least once in their lifetime.
Earlier this year, we wrote about a 63 year old woman who was mauled to death by four dogs. Recently, it was reported that the owner of those four dogs was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for the second-degree murder of Pamela Devitt.
The owner of the dogs, Alex Jackson of Littlerock, CA, was found to be keeping the dogs, along with a firearm, to protect his marijuana growing operation on his property. This, along with the unprovoked nature of the attack, led to the murder conviction.
Dogs are often viewed as beloved pets that keep us company, and are prominently found in neighborhoods around the world. However, dog bites can occur and can be quite serious. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, more than 4.5 million Americans are bitten by a dog each year. Dog bites cannot only cause physical distress, but can also cause immense emotional distress.