Indiana Ranks In Top 10 For Dog Bites
May 29th, 2013|
May 29, 2013
A new study has shown that the number of Indiana Dog Bite Injuries recorded last year put the state in the top 10 most dangerous regions when it comes to canine attacks. In an effort to reduce this number, cities like Indianapolis are promoting educational programs that teach the public how to approach and handle animals.
Data indicated that the state of Indiana recorded 148 dog bite incidents last year that resulted in roughly $2.7 million in damage payouts. These statistics ranked Indiana as number seven in the nation when it comes to the number of dog bites within a state’s borders. When adjusted for population though, the state’s rate 2.3 bites per 100,000 citizens ranked it as number two in the nation, just behind Illinois.
In an effort to reduce these numbers in the coming year, Lafayette Animal Control Officer, Josh Klumpe, offers several tips to help prevent dog bite injuries. In an article from the Journal and Courier, he explains teaching children to never approach a strange dog is one of the most important keys to safety. Klumpe also warns dog owners to never try to break up a dog fight and to carry a stick when walking an animal.