Pit Bull Victim Awareness Day Honored With Rally

An activist group known as the Responsible Citizens for Public Safety held a rally on the steps of the Michigan State Capitol last week in honor of Pit Bull Victim Awareness Day. The group says they’re working to heighten awareness about pit bull attacks, but also the reality of what life is like for victims post-bite. While media coverage of the pit bull controversy has taken center stage for years, it is the victims who deserve our attention, the group says.

Life After a Pit Bull Attack

While minor bites and wounds may heal quickly, many dog bite victims suffer lifelong injuries and emotional scars from their attacks. Some victims develop post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of their bites, and others experience phobias about dogs of all sizes and breeds. Treating the physical trauma of a dog attack can be a lifelong journey, too. Facial scarring can lead to self-esteem issues, and cause many dog bite victims to seek corrective surgeries to repair the damage.

Pit Bull Dangers

However you feel about pit bulls, there’s no denying they’re bigger and stronger than many other dog breeds. When their jaws lock down on a victim, the dogs become nearly impossible to fend off. The Responsible Citizens for Public Safety are working towards breed safety laws that include neuter and spay requirements. While broad legislation regulating the breed is unlikely any time soon, many apartment communities have already begun banning pit bulls from their property.

Virginia Dog Bite Lawyer

The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC has helped victims of personal injuries for over 30 years. If you were attacked by a dog because of someone else’s negligence, contact our Virginia dog bite lawyers for a free consultation.