Rare or exotic pets are attractive to people for many reasons. Some people are fascinated with a particular breed or species, while others simply want a pet that no one else has. Unfortunately, there are many risks involved in owning a rare animal – to the animal, to its owner, and to the community in general. If you are considering purchasing an exotic pet, please think carefully about your choice.
Pet owners are considered legally responsible for any harm their animals do to others. If you have been hurt by a pet that was not being properly kept or restrained, you could be able to win compensation for your injuries. To learn more, call the Iowa exotic pet injury lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at (515) 705-0233.
Risks to Consider
Keeping a large cat, poisonous reptile, primate, or another rare animal on your property can be dangerous in many ways. Some commonly cited risks include:
- The spread of diseases. There are many serious viruses and bacteria that can be passed from animals to humans. Many exotic pets are transported to the US via the black market. It is very difficult to get reliable information about where they have been or what illnesses they may carry.
- Lack of domestication. Wild animals have not evolved a relationship with humans the way dogs or other domesticated species have. They are difficult or impossible to train, depending on the species. There is no way of predicting how well an individual animal will get along with humans.
- Defense mechanisms. All animals have developed ways to inflict harm, either in defense or while hunting. Many exotic pets have sharp teeth, venom, claws, or just brute strength that can badly hurt or kill a person. Even a seemingly calm animal may use these natural weapons when threatened, nervous, or unsure of its surroundings.
An attack from an exotic pet can cause major injuries, potentially resulting in death or permanent disability. Our Iowa animal attack attorneys can provide you with more information about compensation for such losses.
The Iowa animal attack lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. strive to help victims of negligent pet owners. To discuss what we can do for you, contact us at (515) 705-0233.