Entirely too many people get bitten by dogs each year. Many of these bites could have been prevented with better training, better education, and better understanding of animal behavior. Our hope is that in educating, we can improve the safety of our community. Approximately 4.7 million dog bites occur annually, with nearly 20% of victims requiring some medical attention.
Since 2005, the number of fatal dog attacks has increased by 17%! It is important that the public be aware of the issue and some of the behavioral motivations behind dog bites so they can better protect themselves, their loved ones, and their pets from these situations.
McIntyre Law, P.C. have compiled the following infographic to help the public understand fatality statistics for dog attacks, and state dog bite laws. While certain breeds have historically been cited in more dog bite incidents, it's important to keep in mind that any dog can potentially bite.
The important thing is to remember to treat strange dogs with respect and caution, and to teach children to not approach strange dogs, since most dog bites that affect children are more severe. A child's face is closer to a dog's mouth. Keep your children safe by educating them on how to interact with all dogs safely and gently.