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Rabies stalks Northern California

Many people have the sense afoot that rabies is a thing of the past, a storybook disease like smallpox or leprosy. But as a recent case from Calaveras County shows, rabies is alive and well in our region, and people need to take it very seriously.

Can a dog be a criminal?

An elderly Coalinga woman was attacked last month by a pit bull. It was an ugly attack, in which the dog bit several of her fingers off, and also caused tearing injuries to her arms. After the attack, the dog returned to the scene and had to destroyed by police.

Former police dog attacks man who offers water bowl

On July 3, a man in California was attacked by a dog that had once worked for a law enforcement agency in Los Angeles County. On the night of the dog attack, the 20-year-old victim had seen the German shepherd loose in Eastvale. The man gave the dog some water before the dog put both of its paws on his chest, bit him and dragged him onto the road.

The costs of a dog bite

May 15 was the start of National Dog Bite Prevention Week, which aims to teach dog owners how to keep them from biting. It is sponsored by the U.S Postal Service, insurance companies and animal enthusiasts themselves. While dog owners may think that their insurance will cover the bill, some in California could be charged with a misdemeanor as well as risk being dropped by their insurance company.

Rabies awareness campaign aims to educate about the deadly virus

People who live in California may have less risk of contacting rabies than those in some other parts of the world, but rabies is a possibility for anyone who comes in contact with animals. Since 2007, Sept. 28th has been designated as World Rabies Day to raise awareness about this deadly disease.

Hand injury due to cat bites

As some California pet owners may know, animal bites account for about 2 percent of emergency room visits in U.S. hospitals. While most of the animal bites are from dogs, 10 to 15 percent are cat bites. According to information from the Mayo Clinic, cat bites are serious and hospitalization may be required.

Research suggests dog attacks are unpredictable

Dog bites are the cause of serious injuries in California every year, especially to young children. Scientists at the University of Liverpool found that dog bites may not be as preventable as previously thought. The team interviewed dog bite victims to learn about what the victims perceived about the attacks in order to learn more about why dog bites occur.

California dog bite victims could be awarded punitive damages

California dog bite victims who believe that they are not entitled to punitive damages may find interest in a 2015 Pennsylvania court ruling. The case involved a dog with multiple incidents of alleged past aggression, including an incident in which the owners admitted to failing to restrain the dog after the animal had bitten a child. Neighbors reportedly complained to the defendants about their dog's aggressive behavior and a lack of restraint.

Diseases that can be transferred from animals to humans

California residents may be surprised to learn that 60 percent of the infectious diseases that affect humans originated in animals. Three quarters of all emerging infectious diseases are also zoonotic. Most people are aware of the dangers of zoonotic conditions such as rabies, but there are a number of other conditions that can be contracted by contact with wild animals or pets.

What caused the deadly balcony collapse in CA this week?

At this point, most Roseville readers (and Californians in general) are well aware of the tragedy that occurred in Berkeley earlier this week. During a birthday party at an apartment complex near the UC-Berkeley campus, a fourth-floor balcony collapsed suddenly, dropping 13 people down about 50 feet onto the street below.

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