We are a nation of dog owners and our pets bring us joy, unconditional love and years of companionship. Unfortunately, about 1 in every 60 people is also seriously bitten by a dog each year in the United States. Nearly a million victims will seek medical attention and more than 30,000 will undergo reconstructive surgery as a result of dog bites this year. Young children are among the most frequent victims.Massachusetts
has one of the nation's toughest dog bite laws, especially when it comes to the protection of children. In most cases, a dog owner is strictly liable for injuries sustained in a dog attack, except in cases where the victim was trespassing or abusing the dog. Children under 7 are presumed to have done nothing to warrant an attack.