Friday, February 27, 2009

Any dog can bite but most don't

Dog bites happen, but they don't happen often, and many bites are preventable. That message, delivered Thursday at a forum in Denver, was gleaned from data taken in Colorado over a year-long period. The Coalition for Living Safely With Dogs, made up of Colorado veterinarians, animal-control officers, animal-care professionals and others presented the data at the group's second annual forum. "The data shows that any dog can bite but most don't," said Nick Fisher, a coalition member. The dog-bite surveys were taken from July 2007 to July 2008 and covered 17 "districts" in Colorado. The coalition study tallied 2,060 bites. That's about 1 bite for every 350 dogs, less than one-third of one percent. Of the 2,060 bites, Labrador retrievers made up the biggest percentage on the bite list. Labs accounted for 13.3 percent of the reported bites; pit bulls, 8.4 percent; German shepherds, 7.8 percent; Rottweilers, 3.9 percent; and Chows, 3.5 percent. Source

12 comments:

mandapanda said...

And most of those bites are self-defence too. Kids (and adults) poke and tease dogs to no end, then when they're bitten wonder why and blame the dog. Also, people trespassing are often bitten. Hello people, the signs "no trespassing" "Private property" or "beware of dog" are there for a reason!! Then again sometimes it really is just the dog.

Stephen said...

This is one of those situations that needs to be handle by one of the better Los Angeles dog bite attorneys. When someone has done something wrong, they have to pay for it.

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