With many dog parks shuttered during the mandated pandemic lockdowns, pets forced to remain at home may have experienced an increase in aggressive tendencies. As reported by Business Insurance, a nationwide study of dog bites during 2020 noted a record number of 3,100 incidents.
The rise in bites appears to have resulted from understandably stressed owners remaining indoors with their dogs for long periods of time. Pent up animals may act out any of the resulting anxiety by biting, barking or destroying property.
A lack of socialization may cause aggression in recently adopted dogs
The isolation felt during lockdowns moved many new stay-at-homes to adopt or rescue a puppy from a shelter. Without the ability to regularly visit the park for exercise, however, some newly adopted dogs may not have learned how to socialize with other animals and humans safely.
A nervous or frightened young dog may go on the attack when approached by an unknown individual. If the animal grows up with uncontrollable biting habits, it may classify as “dangerous” and require its owner to control it. This may also require keeping it enclosed on the owner’s property.
Dangerous dog owners owe a duty to prevent bites and attacks
The City of Albuquerque’s website claims a dog may become “dangerous” after it has spent too much time alone in a backyard or chained. Walking by a lone and chained canine may result in an unprovoked incident. The dog may also become aggressive when an owner takes it for a walk; it may suddenly charge, attack or bite as it releases its pent-up nervous energy.
Under New Mexico law, dog owners owe a duty to prevent their animals from attacking. An owner may face liability for any harm or injuries to a human or another animal caused by his or her pet.