Facts about Dog Bites and Bite Prevention Tips
You may have seen the sad story on the Monday night news– a toddler in Fort Worth was mauled by four of his family’s seven dog. Reports indicate the parents were asleep in the home when the child crawled out the doggie door into the back yard where the dogs were playing. The child was hospitalized and four of the dogs were taken into custody by
Fort Worth Animal Care & Control. The four dogs were reportedly Boxers. At least one of the dogs was a male and was not neutered. All four were euthanized late yesterday.
According to the American Humane Association:
- Approximately 92% of fatal dog attacks involved male dogs, 94% of which were not neutered.
- Approximately two-thirds of bites occurred on or near the victim’s property, and most victims knew the dog
- The Centers for Disease Control reports that unsupervised newborns were 370 times more likely than an adult to be killed by a dog.
- At least 25 different breeds of dogs have been involved in the 238 dog-bite-related fatalities in the U.S
What can you do to protect your child? American Humane has these simple tips for dog-owners with young children:
- Supervise your children
- Spay or Neuter your dog
- Properly train and socialize your dog
- Teach children how to be safe around dogs
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