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    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
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      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
      or neutered.

      Proper socialization, supervision, humane training and safe
      confinement also are said to be important components of responsible
      dog ownership and bite prevention.

      lynne
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