A few weeks ago, I discussed Dallas’ dog problem and the way in which the city has struggled to get it under control after a shocking death.
In researching this issue, the Dallas Morning News reported that “almost 8 in 10 dog bites happen in neighborhoods with below-average household incomes. And close to three-quarters of victims were black or Latino.”
As a Memphis dog bite lawyer, I’ve seen how these attacks disproportionately affect minority communities. The numbers play out similarly in Memphis, and for a number of reasons:
- Wealthier, often white, neighborhoods can afford better animal control.
- Surgery to spay or neuter one pet can cost about $100, which is prohibitive in poorer communities.
- Even when available for free, spay-and-neuter isn’t as common a practice in some areas and would require public outreach to make happen, which also costs money.
And then along with all these problems, poorer victims struggle more when tragedy strikes. A dog attack can cause terrible injuries and even death, and if God forbid someone is attacked, it can be financially as well as physically devastating.
This is a grave injustice, and it often requires the courts to make sure victims get what they need in order to recover.
If you or someone you love has been injured by a dog, don’t hesitate. Contact me today online or call me at 901-327-1212 to discuss your situation for free.