Instead of hearing important information about the patterns associated with violent dog attacks, so that they might be avoided, the public is often told that these events are like the strike of lightning, without rhyme or reason, something totally out of the blue that could never have been anticipated. That is actually rubbish.
An article published today in a Colorado newspaper states that the savage mauling of 74-year-old Judy McGruder was something “we have never seen,” according to the local sheriff. In fact, the McGruder attack was almost by-the-book, exhibiting no less than four very common characteristics associated with these horrifying incidents. It is a great disservice to give the public the impression that there is no way to predict and thus avoid such attacks.