The pandemic has had a dramatic impact on all our lives, but one little known consequence has been the huge increase in dog ownership. According to a UK survey there are 12 now million dogs across the country, compared with just 9 million in 2019.
While our pets are a tremendous source of love and affection, helping us get through some very tricky times, there is a downside to this trend – the rise in the number of people being injured in dog attacks.
The Daily Mail has recently published a piece on this issue, featuring the work of our specialist dog injury team who are are now dealing with three times as many enquiries than they were prior to lockdown.
Team leader, James McNally, was interviewed by the newspaper and is quoted as saying that children at home are particularly vulnerable, as are adults walking in parks and delivery drivers visiting people’s homes.
James also told the Daily mail that he was dealing with more serious injuries because people were buying larger dogs.
The article focusses on the experiences of the Morris family who we are representing after their daughter was badly mauled by a Staffordshire Bull Terrier earlier this year. The attack occurred without any warning while the family were visiting a friend’s house in Herefordshire.
The dog bit the young girl on her mouth, leaving her with permanent scarring and requiring cosmetic surgery. Her mother blames the owners rather than the dog and has called for tighter controls to be introduced so that others do not have to suffer in the same way.