Dog Attack Infographic

Dog Bite Attacks (beware of dog)

Why Owners Have a Duty to Keep Control Over Their Animals

Common Area for Bites

  • Face
  • Nose
  • Lips
  • Hands
  • Arms

Dog Bites Fact Sheet

  • An estimated 4.7 million dog bites occur in the U.S. each year
  • Approximately 25% of fatal dog attacks involved chained dogs
  • 71% of bites occured to the extremities (arms, legs, hands, feet)
  • 800,000 dog bites require medical attention
  • 24% of human deaths involved unrestrained dogs off their owners’ property
  • 92% of fatal dog attacks involve male dogs, 94% of which not neutered
  • The insurance industry pays more than $1billion in dog bite claimed each year
  • 25 different breeds have been involved in the 238 dog bite-related fatalities in the U.S.

8 Breeds Most Common to Attack & Cause Injury

  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Rottweiler
  • Huskey
  • Bullmastiff
  • German Shepherd
  • Akita
  • Chow
  • Doberman

Tips to Prevent Dog Attacks

  • Don’t run past a dog
  • If a dog threatens you, don’t scream
  • Avoid eye contact
  • Try to remain motionless until the dog leaves, then back away slowly until the dog is out of sight
  • Don’t approach a strange dog, especially one that is tethered or confined
  • People who choose to pet dogs should let the dog see and sniff them before petting the animal
  • If you believe a dog is about to attack you, try to place something between yourself and the dog, such as a backpack or bicycle

Sources: USPS.com / DogsBite.org / ChicagoDogBiteInjuryLawyers.com / AmericanHumane.org

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