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Dog breeds, aggressiveness and the law

On Behalf of | Feb 12, 2018 | Uncategorized |

Dogs are humans’ best friends for a reason. However, that reason can become unclear when a furry friend turns unexpectedly. These situations are certainly heartbreaking for the owner, but are outright dangerous for the victim; after all, just one attack can come with deadly costs. For Mississippi residents, the law is the law when it comes to dangerous dogs and protecting neighborhoods. 

WLOX News shared a dog bite story from just last month, where one grandmother from Moss Point suffered serious injuries while attempting to visit a friend in the neighborhood. While knocking on the door of a friend’s house, a Pit Bull approached the woman and began biting her ankle; the woman continued to run from the dog, but to no avail. The dog, owned by a man in the area, had been roaming the neighborhood for weeks. The dog managed to rip tendons from the woman’s arm, as well as inflict serious damage to her legs and torso. The first officer on the scene shot the dog. The local grandmother has undergone multiple reconstructive surgeries as a result of the attack. As for Mississippi’s laws surrounding dog bites, WLOX noted that the state does not currently restrict any specific breeds. Despite this side of the law, some cities have enacted their own laws on dangerous dogs. Although these local regulations have sparked debate, they allegedly judge a dog based on its behavior instead of its breed.

Many pet owners and residents alike might be wondering, what are the widely recognized “dangerous breeds”? When it comes to liability, Psychology Today states that 14 different breeds have been blacklisted by insurance companies — some companies refuse coverage altogether simply because of a dangerous dog. The following dogs made Psychology Today’s dangerous breeds list:

  • Akitas
  • Wolf-hybrids
  • Pit Bull Terriers
  • Rottweilers
  • Mastiffs

There are additional breeds Pyschology Today lists as dangerous, but most insurance companies look to the U.S. National Center for Injury Prevention and Control for updated information on risky dogs. Although much argument surrounds the stigma and blacklisting of specific breeds, some companies claim that a breed with the potential for aggressiveness is one not worth bargaining with.