If an animal bites you, you may be immediately worried not only about your injuries, but the bacteria and viruses that could have been transmitted to you. If a dog has bitten you and it was a family pet, you may already know that it had vaccinations. However, if you didn't know the animal and have to be treated, the owner needs to be found to verify the pet's vaccination record. If this isn't possible, you'll need to be vaccinated against a number of potential diseases, such as rabies.
If you've been bit by a dog belonging to a neighbor or other person, then you may need to seek medical attention. If the dog wasn't tagged or you don't know which vaccines it's received, then you're in a position where you may have to have ongoing medical care for months to make sure you don't fall ill. Who is going to cover that cost? The owner of that animal should in most cases.
New Hampshire readers should be aware that if your dog bites someone, you could be liable for any expenses that come about due to medical bills. The same goes for if you're bitten; you may be able to seek compensation for the attack and your injuries. A Dec. 20 report claims that a dog has been shot and killed due to two related dog bite injuries. It was reported that both an animal control officer and postal worker were injured by the animal.