Did you know that 94% of fatal dog attacks involve male dogs who were not neutered? Or how about that the insurance industry reportedly pays out more than a billion dollars annually in dog bite injury claims, and an estimated 4.7 million people are attacked by dogs each year – almost 13,000 per day?
These are just a few of the many surprising facts about dog-related attacks published in an insightful infographic released by the American Humane Association. We encourage you to take a moment and check out the full infographic for yourself to learn more about the real dangers and risks of animal attacks, as well as what preventative measures you can take to avoid a dog-bite incident.
Here are some of the highlights:
- Around 71% of bites occur to the extremities (arms, legs, hands, and feet)
- Nearly two-thirds of bites happen on or near the victim’s property, and most people know the dog
- At least 25 different dog breeds have been involved in 238 dog-bite fatalities in the U.S.
- Many communities have enforced BSL (breed-specific laws) to prohibit ownership of certain aggressive breeds – for instance, Aurora, Denver, Castle Rock, and La Junta have placed ordinances against owning pit bulls.
- 70% of dog-bite-related deaths are children under the age of 10
- Unsupervised newborns are 370 times more likely than an adult to be killed by a dog
- Boys under the age of 15 are much more likely to get bitten than girls the same age
- Never approach a dog you don’t know
- Parents – educate your children about leaving strange animals alone and how to properly meet a new dog
- Pet owners – spay or neuter your pet, obey local leash laws, and take care to properly fence in your yard
- If a loose dog approaches you, stand still and look away – and above all stay calm.
Dog owners have a legal responsibility to do everything they can to keep their pet from potentially hurting another person. If you or a loved one suffered a grievous injury from another person’s dog because its owners failed to properly restrain the canine, then you may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. Talk to a Colorado dog bite lawyer today to discuss your case.