What People Need To Know About Dog Bites
July 20, 2016
Although dogs are known to be man’s best friend, they are still animals, and they will never lose that instinct. While some dog lovers may frown on reports of dog attacks, the reality is they do happen. Though the notion that certain dog breeds are more likely to attack people is hotly debated, what is commonly agreed upon is that people significantly influence the behavior of dogs. Take for example two dogs of the same breed. The first dog is taken care of and shown affection by its owners. The second dog is trained to attack (whether people or other dogs). It’s fairly obvious that dog number two is more likely to attack people.
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Here are some facts that people should know about dog bites.
i) On an average, more than 4.5 million in the United States are bitten by dogs. That’s approximately 2 percent of the population.
ii) The average deaths from dog bites jumped from 15 to 17 in the 1980s and 1990s, to 25 to 26 in the 2000s.
iii) Over three-fourths of dog bites are from pets, and around half of dog attacks happen where the dogs live.
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iv) An overwhelming percentage of dog attacks that lead to a person’s death on an owner’s property are committed by pit bulls.