A recent report shows that Staten Island ranks first among New York's five boroughs in dog bites per capita. In 2014, every 64 out of 100,000 residents of Staten Island were bitten by dogs, contributing to 6,373 trips to the emergency-room throughout the City.
A New York State judge in Nassau County recently ruled that a plaintiff can go to trial in a case where she was injured by a dog that was admittedly non-violent in the past and loved people.
Tragedy unfolded in Florida last month when an alligator at a Disney hotel resort lagoon attacked a two-year-old boy vacationing with his family. Although the boy's father heroically attempted to rescue his son and save it from the animal, the boy was later found drowned. This week, authorities in Florida announced that they had euthanized the killer alligator.
Recent news reports have shown that over the past two years there have been 1,400 complaints have been received by the New York City Department of Health. The complaints were made on the 311 hot line and its Web site. Complaints came from all across New York with 482 calls coming from Brooklyn, 360 coming from Jamaica, 195 coming from The Bronx, and 183 coming from Manhattan.