It only takes a second for a seemingly-friendly encounter with a dog to turn violent. An animal running loose in the park could knock you or your child to the ground and cause severe injuries. Your friend's pet may suddenly become defensive, biting and maiming you or a loved one when you visit. It's even possible for a dog to jump over a fence or out of a vehicle and attack you without warning.
All you wanted was to have a fun day at the beach, but it was promptly ruined as soon as some people brought their dogs out to play. At first, you thought they'd be fun, since you'd expect pets to be well-behaved in public. Soon, you found they were aggressive and snippy any time you got too close to where the people had sat down.
California's dog bite law states that owners are strictly liable for the actions of their dogs. If their dogs bite another person, the owner is liable for those injuries. The law does have its exceptions.
The last thing you expected to deal with today was an injury from a dog biting you. You take the same route to run every day, but today you ran across a dog that looked like it was injured. It had a collar, so you called to it.
Dogs are man's best friend, and sometimes considered part of the family. That doesn't change the fact that they have teeth, and they sometimes use them. While any dog can bite, certain dog breeds such as Pit Bulls and Rottweiler's can be particularly deadly.