Responsible, conscientious dog owners tend to share a feeling: that their pet is like a member of the family. Responsible dog owners also know that a dog doesn’t automatically become “man’s best friend” without proper training, socialization and care.

Unfortunately, not all dog owners take their responsibilities seriously.

If you live in the Austin area, then you may have seen headlines about a recent dog attack in Kyle. A woman was taking her dog for a morning walk when she and her pet were attacked by four other dogs.

Police arrived on the scene, and an ambulance took the injured woman to a hospital for treatment. Sadly, her pet did not survive. The dog died at a veterinary clinic while undergoing surgery for injuries suffered in the attack.

Authorities believe that the other four dogs somehow escaped a fenced back yard. Their owner was cited for not having proof of vaccinations, and police believe the incident may result in additional charges.

The owner of the four attacking dogs surrendered them to animal control to be euthanized and tested for rabies.

If you have been injured in a dog attack, then explain your situation to a personal injury lawyer. Dog bite victims are often entitled to compensation.

The reality is that thousands of people are injured in dog bite incidents each year in the United States. A recent report shows that insurance claims for dog bites averaged more than $32,000 in 2014, with about 16,550 claims filed. Dog bites can cause serious, lifelong injuries, and often victims require surgery and are left with disfigurement.

Not all dog-related injuries involve biting, however. Knock-down injuries are also common. Cyclists, children and seniors may be especially vulnerable to being knocked down by a dog that hasn’t been trained not to jump up.

For more on obtaining compensation for medical bills, lost wages, disfigurement and other costs resulting from a dog attack, please see The Levine Law Firm’s overview of dog bite litigation.