Dog attacks are a nationwide issue and pose a double tragedy to the victim and the fate of the dog.
In 2018, there were 17,300 dog bite insurance claims and 670,000 dogs were euthanized. The CDC reports nearly 350,000 people were treated at hospital emergency rooms for dog-related injuries in 2017. Children and babies are at the highest risk for injury.
National Dog Bite Prevention Week is April 7 –13, and Fear Free and I are joining State Farm, the AVMA, and other organizations in helping spread the word about how to make our communities safe for humans and our canine family members alike.
I’m at the Anti-Cruelty Society in Chicago right now with Heather Paul from State Farm, trainer Victoria Stilwell, and members of the Dog Bite Prevention Coalition.
Additionally, on April 8, you are invited to attend a frere webinar on preventing dog bites with Victoria and Heather. All the details you need to join us are here!