National Dog Bite Prevention Week

Did you know that next week, May 15-21, is National Dog Bite Prevention Week?

Last year, nearly 5 million people were bitten by dogs in the United States, and nearly a million people, more than half of them children, require medical attention for dog bites every year. To help educate the public on how best to prevent dog bites, the AVMA is again teaming up with the American Academy of Pediatrics and the U.S. Postal Service to sponsor the 17th annual National Dog Bite Prevention Week, held this year from May 15-21.

An article on Property Casualty 360 addresses a State Farm press release (It’s Not the Breed, It’s the Bite … California Leads Nation in Dog Bite Claims“) sent out earlier this week. The release states that State Farm paid $90 million on approximately 3,500 dog-bite claims across the nation in 2010. You know what is awesome about the story? State Farm does not discriminate based on breed, except in Ohio due to state law.

Interestingly, though pit bulls are not covered by State Farm in Ohio, the state still ranks third in dog-bite claims to the insurer. – Property Casualty 360

Love-A-Bull advocates responsible ownership for all dogs, regardless of breed.

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