Raising Awareness for Dog Bite Prevention Week


All breeds can bite: That

MGN Online

May 21, 2014

All breeds can bite: That's the message of a nationwide campaign aimed at protecting people from dog bites.

It's Dog Bite Prevention Week across the nation, and it's a bigger issue than you might think.

State Farm Insurance reports 63 claims from dog bite victims in Virginia last year, resulting in nearly $1.7 million.

The insurance company doesn't exclude any breeds when it comes to claims, because agents say all dogs under certain circumstances can bite.

"Particularly children, their instincts are to approach a dog. As pet owners, we have a responsibility of course to control our dogs," says State Farm Agent Kevin Mann. "But the public in general, we need to be aware that you just can't approach each and every dog and you should ask permission."

California is the worst state for dog bites with nearly 500 claims, and about $15 million paid.


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