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Watch out, even leashed dogs can bite

It's a beautiful time of year, and many people take the time to get their pets out of the house. They may take them to the beach for a run or walk them through the city.

Although most people find leashed dogs acceptable throughout the city, they can cause real problems if they aren't monitored. Two dogs passing too closely to one another could fight and cause each other injuries. A dog that doesn't like an approaching stranger could suddenly pull away and attack.

There's no guarantee that a leash will prevent an incident, so it's important for pet owners to be on guard. Pet owners can be held liable for their dogs' actions, even if they are leashed at the time of an incident.

How can you avoid dog bites?

As someone who may see a dog or two during the day, it's a good idea to stay aware of your surroundings. If you see someone walking a dog ahead of you, it's okay to cross the street or stop and let them pass without approaching them yourself.

If you see a stray dog approaching and acting oddly or a dog on a leash appears scared or aggressive, you should back away. Try not to make eye contact, but pay attention to the animal. You want to put distance between you. Do not run, since this could lead to the dog chasing you and attacking.

If you are attacked by a leash-aggressive dog while in Miami, the owner can be held liable for your injuries and the care you need during your recovery.

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