Out of the 4.5 million Americans who experience dog bites per year, 885,000 require a serious degree of medical attention for their injuries. Such procedures entail anything from sterilizing a wound, shots and stitches to correcting tissue damage and disfigurement with repeat surgeries.
According to figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 4.5 million dog bites occur annually in the U.S., with 900,000 resulting in infection. While many get bit by a dog they know, strays are part of this total. If you find yourself in this situation, what should you do?
Statistically, about 60 percent of all dog bites occur in the home, with a family or friend’s dog involved. For the remaining 40 percent, dogs lunge, bite or injure someone in a public space – on the street, in a dog park, in front of a store and anywhere else away from personal property.
As the saying goes, a dog is a man’s best friend. Just as we expect our human friends to be respectful and well-behaved when out in public with us, dogs should be trained to act the same. How can a dog owner accomplish this? Through the process of socialization.
One measure across the United States to prevent dog attacks and related fatalities is a breed ban, also known as breed-specific legislation (BSL). These laws, usually implemented at the city or town level, regulate or ban certain breeds, usually associated with a high bite or attack rate. Although breed bans aren’t universal, they nearly always…