Dog bite statistics you may not know:
1.An estimated 4.8 million dog bites occur every year in the United States.
2.Nearly 1 million dog bites require medical treatment.
3. Approximately 95% of fatal dog attacks involve male dogs,the majority of which were not neutered.
4. Approximately a quarter of all fatal dog attacks involved dogs that were chained.
5.Approximately 75% of bites occur to the arms,legs,hands and feet.
6. Approximately 75% of dog bites happened on or near the victim’s home and the majority of the victims were familiar with the dog.
7. The insurance industry pays out more than $1 billion in dog-bite claims each year.
8.At least 26 different breeds of dogs have been involved in the over 300 dog-bite-related fatalities in the United States.
9. Approximately a quarter of dog bite deaths involved unrestrained dogs that wandered off of their owners’ property.
10. Approximately one half of dog bite deaths involved unrestrained dogs on their owners’ property.
Educate yourself and your children. Studies have found that the number-one dog-bite prevention measure is education. Children who understand how to act around dogs, how to play with dogs, when to leave dogs alone and how to properly meet a dog are much less likely to be bitten.
Safety rules of behavior around animals for children are as follows:
1.Don’t treat a dog unkindly.
Never hit, kick, slap or bite a dog or pull on his ears, tail or paws.
2.Don’t bother a dog when she is busy.
Never bother dogs with puppies or dogs that are playing with or guarding toys, eating or sleeping. Always leave service dogs alone while they are working.
3.Don’t approach a dog you don’t know.
4.Never approach a dog that is tied up, behind a fence or in a car.
5.If you find an animal, call the police or animal control for help.
6. If you want to meet a dog, first ask the owner for permission. If the owner says it’s OK, hold out your hand in a fist for the dog to sniff. If he’s interested, you can give him a little scratch under the chin (not over the head) and say hello.
7.Do be calm.
Always talk in a quiet voice or whisper — no shouting — and take a “time out” if you feel angry or frustrated.
8.Do be still.
If a loose dog approaches you, stand still like a tree. Keep your hands at your sides, and stay quiet and calm. Look away from the dog.
If you are on the ground, curl up into a ball, like a rock. Keep your knees to your chest and your hands over your ears. Stay quiet and calm. Look down at your knees, not at the dog.
9.Always make slow movements, set things down carefully and don’t run when you’re around dogs, as this gets them excited and they may accidentally hurt you.
10.Spay or neuter your dog.
Neutering reduces aggression, especially in males. Un-neutered dogs are more than 2 times more likely to bite than neutered dogs. Female dogs in heat and nursing moms are much more dangerous than spayed females, and their behavior can be unpredictable.
11.Supervise your dog.
Dogs left on their own may feel uncertain and defensive, or even overly confident, and this poses risks to your dog, as well as to other people and dogs. Eighty-eight percent of fatal dog attacks among 2-year-olds occurred when the child was left unsupervised.
12.Train and socialize your dog.
Be sure your dog interacts with and has good manners around all members of the family, the public and other animals. It is essential that puppies between 8 and 16 weeks old be exposed to a variety of people, places, dogs and other animals.
13.Restrain your dog.
Twenty-four percent of fatal dog attacks involved loose dogs that were off their owner’s property. Dogs that are allowed to roam loose outside the yard may perceive your entire neighborhood as their “territory” and may defend it aggressively.
14.Unchain your dog.
Chained dogs are 2 times more likely to bite. Tethering or chaining dogs increases their stress, protectiveness and vulnerability, thereby increasing the potential for aggression. Fencing is the better solution.
If you or your family have followed these rules you should avoid dog bite but if not call a trusted attorney to get you just compensation.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a dog bite injury call me at 800 320-0080 or visit me in my offices in either Rockville or Baltimore today.