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DOG BITE FACTS: Deaths and Injuries


There currently are 74.8 million dogs in the USA. (CDC)

► Every year 4.7 million Americans are bitten by dogs, 60% of these victims are children. (CDC)

► Each year nearly 800,000 dog bites require medical attention. Of those, approximately 386,000 people require treatment in an emergency department. (CDC)

► Approximately 12 people die from dog bites every year. (CDC)

► Almost half of typical dog bite victims are children younger than 14 years of age. (CDC)

► Injury rates are highest for children age 5-9 years, especially boys. (CDC)

► In recent years, among purebreds, Rottweilers were most commonly involved in fatal attacks, followed by Pit bull-type dogs, German Shepherds, Huskytype,and Malamute.5 Among crossbreds, Wolf- Dog Hybrid and Mixed breeds were the most commonly involved in fatal attacks. (CDC)

► Un-neutered dogs are more than 2.6 times more likely to bite than neutered dogs. Male dogs are 6.2 times more likely to bite than female dogs. (CDC)

► Hospital expenses for dog bite-related emergency visits are estimated at $102.4 million. (CDC)

► Dog bites send nearly 368,000 victims to hospital emergency departments per year (1,008 per day). (CDC)

► Every year 2,851 letter carriers are bitten.(USPS)

► Manufacturers Association estimated that there were approximately 73.9 million owned dogs in the United States, with thirty-nine percent of all U.S. homes, or 43.5 million households, owning at least one dog.

► Most dog bites victims are children. In 2000, dog bites ranked twelfth among the causes of non-fatal injury treated in emergency departments for all age groups in the United States, but for children aged 14 and younger, dog bites ranked fifth. (CDC)

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