Did You Know Its Dog Bite Prevention Week?

by Carmen Dellutri on May 14, 2012

Port Charlotte personal injury attorneyMay 15-22 is National Dog Bite Prevention Week. As Fort Myers injury attorneys, we want to join the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) in spreading the word about dog bite prevention.

"Veterinarians recognize, while there are 72 million good dogs in the United States, any dog can bite if it is frightened or feels threatened, even the family pet.  Unfortunately, children are most often the victims," says Dr. Larry M. Kornegay, AVMA president.

In fact, nearly 5 million dog bites occur every year. Of those victims, injury rates are highest among children between the ages of 5 and 9 years old. In most cases, victims know the attacker. In victims younger than 18 years old, the family dog inflicts 30 percent of all dog bites, and a neighbor's dog is responsible for another 50 percent of these bites.

"The AVMA urges all families to start early in educating children about safety around dogs, even if you don't own a dog," Dr. Kornegay says. "We have numerous engaging educational programs for children starting as young as preschool to teach children the right and the wrong way to interact with dogs."

We invite you to check out our previous posts for tips for preventing dog bite injuries and a list of high-risk breeds more prone to attack.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has suffered a Florida dog bite injury, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Fort Myers injury attorneys for a free consultation.

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