This is from the newspaper where I live
- 4.7 million people in U.S. bitten by dogs each year
the reporter staff
Letter carriers with dogs attached to their ankles have been the
subject of jokes and cartoons for years, but there is nothing funny
about dog bite injuries to the more than 4.7 million victims, mostly
children, who are bitten each year.
The Fond du Lac Humane Society joins the Humane Society of the
United States (HSUS) in observing National Dog Bite Prevention Week
from May 18-24.
In most cases, bites are not caused by "bad dogs," but by
irresponsible dog owners, according to Humane Society officials.
Dogs that have not been properly socialized to other people, are not
supervised or safely confined, are not sterilized, or receive little
attention and handling are those that often bite.
Although particular breeds of dogs are often accused of being most
likely to bite, other characteristics are better predictors of
canine biting behavior.
Dogs that have not been spayed or neutered are three times more
likely to bite. For this reason, the Humane Society officials said
the first step to prevent your dog from biting is to have it spayed
Proper socialization, supervision, humane training and safe
confinement also are said to be important components of responsible
dog ownership and bite prevention.