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When a dog becomes a source of injury, Des Moines dog bite injury lawyers step in as steadfast allies for the victims. Specializing in the nuanced legal landscape surrounding animal-related incidents, these legal advocates navigate the complexities of liability and compensation to ensure that those harmed find justice and healing.

In the early 1900s, over 100 people annually died from rabies infections. However, by the 1990s, that number had dramatically decreased to one or two rabies deaths per year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This significant reduction is largely due to stringent laws ensuring that pet owners vaccinate their animals, thereby preventing human rabies infections from dog bites.

Des Moines Rabies Vaccination Law

Iowa Annotated Statute § 351.33 mandates that dog owners vaccinate their dogs against rabies. The statute specifically states: “It shall be unlawful for any person to own or have a dog in the person's possession, six months of age or over, which has not been vaccinated against rabies.”

If a dog is found running at large and is unvaccinated, local health boards or law enforcement officials have the authority to impound the dog. The owner has one week to reclaim the dog and provide proof of vaccination or have the dog vaccinated immediately. Failure to comply results in the dog being euthanized.

Exemptions from the Rabies Vaccine for Dogs

Iowa law provides several exemptions to the rabies vaccination requirement:
- Dogs under six months of age.
- Dogs kept in kennels and not allowed to run at large.
- Dogs in transit and in Iowa for less than 30 days.
- Dogs being exhibited and in the state for less than 30 days.
- Dogs assigned to research facilities.

Despite these exemptions, it is advisable to keep all dogs current on their rabies vaccinations. Unvaccinated dogs are at risk of contracting rabies if they encounter a wild, rabid animal.

Administering the Rabies Vaccination for Dogs

Only licensed veterinarians are permitted to administer rabies vaccinations in Iowa. The vaccine must be approved by the state department of agriculture and land stewardship. After vaccination, the veterinarian issues a certification of vaccination, which owners must keep accessible as proof of compliance. Additionally, a rabies tag must be attached to the dog’s collar at all times.

Addressing PTSD in Children After a Dog Bite Attack

A dog bite can cause severe physical injuries and long-lasting emotional trauma, particularly for children. If your child has been attacked by a dog, it's crucial to seek both medical and legal help to address immediate and future costs associated with the attack.

Injuries and Damages

Dog attacks can result in:
- Torn and bloody clothing
- Scratches and bruises
- Deep cuts and puncture wounds
- Loss of tissue or limbs
- Broken or crushed bones
- Disfigurement

These injuries often require extensive medical treatment, including surgeries, medications, and therapy, which can be both costly and time-consuming. Additionally, emotional distress from a dog bite attack may necessitate psychological therapy and medications to help the child cope with persistent fears.

Common Reasons for Dog Bite Attacks

Dogs generally bite for three main reasons:
Dominance: Dogs may attack small children to assert dominance, viewing them as easy targets.
Defense: Dogs are territorial and may bite to protect themselves, their owner, or their property.
Security: Dogs may bite if they feel threatened or distrustful of a person.

Tips to Avoid Dog Bite Attacks

To reduce the risk of a dog bite attack, consider the following tips:
- Distance yourself from unfamiliar dogs.
- Don’t run from an aggressive dog.
- Remain calm and still when encountering an unfamiliar dog.
- Avoid disturbing a dog while it is eating, sleeping, or caring for puppies.
- Don’t approach a dog from behind or startle it.

For the complete list of things you should do if bitten by a dog you can request our FREE book, "Iowa Consumer's Guide to Dog Bites- Secrets to Not Get Bitten by Your Case" which is available to you with no risk or obligation by clicking here or by calling 641-792-3595

Why offer a Free Dog Bite Book?  Since 1997, I have been representing injured Iowans, including many dog bite victims from central Iowa and throughout the state.  I have heard too many horror stories about people making costly mistakes, causing them to lose thousands of dollars.  Before you talk to the insurance company you should know your rights and perhaps more importantly your responsibilities.   

If you need immediate assistance, contact us online or call us at (641) 792-3595. If you are not local to us, we will come to you.