- In the United States, more than 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs each year, requiring nearly 1 in 5 of those individuals to seek medical attention for subsequent injuries or infections.
- Children are at a higher risk of being bitten by dogs, and are likely to sustain more severe injury from dog bites.
- Younger children, particularly ages 5-9, account for the highest incidence of dog bites.
- The majority (61%) of dog bites will occur in the dog’s home or in a familiar place with most (77%) of the biting dogs belonging to the victim’s family or friends.
- An unneutered dog is 3x more likely to bite.
- Any dog of any breed may bite. There is no way to know if a dog is a biter by only their breed, size, or age.
- Bites from cats, dogs, bats, and other wild animals can result in:
- Bacterial infections
- Physical injury or impairment
- Mental injury such as PTSD
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