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dog bite prevention

Nationwide last year, 5,577 postal employees were attacked in more than 1,400 cities. Los Angeles topped the list with 83 postal employees attacked in 2011. Beyond the needless pain and suffering, medical expenses from dog attacks cost the Postal Service nearly $1.2 million last year. 

  • “Children are three times more likely than adults to be bitten by a dog,” said PTB President Kathy Voigt, whose daughter Kelly, was mauled by a neighborhood dog. “Education is essential to keeping children safe from dog bites.” The attack prompted their creation of Prevent The Bite, a non-profit organization that promotes dog bite prevention to young children.
  • AAP President Dr. Robert Block added, “Parents, please don’t ever leave a young child unsupervised around any dog, even a dog well-known to your family. Even very young children should be taught not to tease or hurt animals. And with school almost over for the year, children will be spending more time in parks, at friends’ homes, and other places where they may encounter dogs. They need to know what to do to minimize the risk of being bitten.”
  • According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, in 2011 alone more than 29,000 reconstructive procedures were performed as a result of injuries caused by dog bites.   Dr. Michael Neumeister, ASRM president said, “Even the friendliest dog may bite when startled or surprised. Be cautious, once a child is scarred they are scarred for life. We hear this line all the time ‘The dog has never bitten anyone before.’ A dog’s reaction to being surprised or angered is not predictable.”
  •  “Any dog can bite,” said Dr. René Carlson, AVMA president. “If it is physically or mentally unhealthy, is in pain, feels threatened, or is protecting its food or a favorite toy, it can bite. It is important to understand how dogs behave and how our behavior may be interpreted by a dog.”
  • “Dog attacks accounted for more than one-third of all homeowner insurance liability claims paid out in 2011,” said Dr. Robert Hartwig, III president and chief economist

The National Dog Bite Prevention Week partners offer the following tips:


Avoiding Attacks

·       Never leave a baby or small child alone with a dog.

·       Don’t run by a dog. The dog’s natural instinct is to chase and catch you.

·       If you feel threatened by a dog, don’t scream. Avoid eye contact. Try to remain motionless until the dog leaves, then back away slowly until the dog is out of sight.

·       Never approach a strange dog, especially one that’s tethered or confined.

·       Don’t disturb a dog that is sleeping, eating or caring for puppies.

·       Anyone wanting to pet a dog should first obtain permission from the owner.

·       Always let a dog see and sniff you before petting the animal.

·       If you believe a dog is about to attack you, try to place something between yourself and the dog, such as a backpack or a bicycle.

·       If you are knocked down by a dog, curl into a ball and protect your face with your hands.


Be a Responsible Dog Owner

·         Obedience training can teach a dog to behave properly and help owners control their dogs.

·         When letter carriers and others who are not familiar with your dog come to your home, keep your dog inside, in another room away from the door.

·         In protecting their territory, dogs may interpret people’s actions as a threat.

·         Spay or neuter your dog. Neutered dogs are less likely to roam.

·         Dogs that receive little attention or handling, or are left tied up for long periods of time, frequently turn into biters.

If Bitten

§         Rinse the bite area with soapy water.

§         Elevate limb(s) that have been bitten.

§         Apply antiseptic lotion or cream. Watch the area for signs of infection for several days after the incident.

§         For deeper bites or puncture wounds, apply pressure with a clean bandage or towel to stop the bleeding. Then wash the wound, dry it and cover with a sterile dressing. Don’t use tape or butterfly bandages to close the wound. 

§         It’s a good idea to call your child’s physician because a bite could require antibiotics or a tetanus shot.  The doctor also can help you to report the incident.

§         If your child is bitten severely, call 9-1-1 or go to the emergency room.

§         When going to the emergency room, advise the personnel of:

         your tetanus vaccination status;

         vaccine status of the dog;

         who the dog owner is; and,

         if the dog has bitten before.

2011 U.S. Postal Service Top 25 Dog Attack Rankings

Ranking City/Location Attacks
1 Los Angeles, CA 83
2 San Diego, CA 68
3 Houston, TX 47
4 Cleveland, OH 44
6 Dallas, TX 41
6 San Antonio, TX 39
7 Phoenix, AZ 36
8 Denver, CO , and Sacramento , CA 35 each
9 Minneapolis, MN , and St. Louis , MO 32 each
10 Louisville, KY 31
11 Chicago, IL , and Philadelphia , PA 30 each
12 Seattle, WA 28
13 Brooklyn, NY , and Portland , OR 27 each
14 Baltimore, MD , and San Francisco , CA 26 each
15 Dayton, OH , and Detroit , MI 25 each
16 Cincinnati, OH ; Oakland and San Jose , CA 24 each
17 Ft. Worth, TX 23
18 Buffalo, NY and Miami , FL 22
19 Indianapolis, IN 21
20 El Paso, TX and Memphis , TN 20 each
21 Oklahoma City, OK 19
22 Kansas City, MO; Las Vegas, NV; Long Beach, CA; Pittsburgh, PA; Richmond, VA; and Tacoma, WA 18 each
23 Jamaica, NY; Milwaukee , WI , and Washington , DC 17 each
24 Charlotte, NC , and Orlando , FL 16 each
25 Baton Rouge, LA , and Rochester , NY 15 each
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dogs bite humans

It is a fact of life. Dogs, all kinds and breeds of dogs, bite people every day. Not because they’re bad. It is generally the HUMAN’s fault… the dog has been chained up, not neutered, running around loose, and/or the human has NOT or does not know how to read DOG body language.  Dogs communicate with us all the time. And we usually have NO Clue what they are telling us. Even when we live with them and love them.

I will speak for myself here. Half the time, I have no idea what Cici is trying to tell me. She mystifies me. She is barking or growling at me like she wants to go outside but then I open the door and she does not go out or she goes out for a minute and comes right back inside. What? She does not want to go out in the yard. Ok. She wants to go to the park down the street. We get to the park and she scavenges around looking for food. What? I feed her good food. What is she doing and why?

Right now, my sweet baby is sleeping in her crate, by the way. I thought it would take days or hours to get her in there. I need to confine her so that the torn ligament in her leg can heal and so she will not need surgery. And keeping her tethered was not working. So we got a crate yesterday. I got it set up, threw a few treats in there, she went inside and relaxed. I took her out to eat her lunch, she ate, then I threw a few treats in the crate and once again, she went inside. This time, she grumbled a bit about being in there but eventually, she fell asleep. Later in the afternoon, a couple hours later, I took her for a walk. We came back, same routine with the treats and she stayed in the crate and slept. Amazing dog my Cici. Surprises me every single day. She is very very good and makes it easy to give her supplements or medicine too. Stick a pill in a hot dog and she is good to go.

But I digress…

by now you’ve probably heard about the dog who bit the TV anchor in the face… this is a brilliant and emotional analysis of the entire situation… it gives context that most people do not know/realize, learn how to read dog language, and if a dog is traumatized and stressed, do NOT bring them to a TV studio for an interview… the dog had just been rescued and the TV people wanted to do a Feel Good story about the firefighter who saved the dog’s life… what could possibly go wrong?


what is so heartbreaking and important about this situation, is that often dogs are euthanized because of ignorant people like this. If the dog even looks like a pit bull, they can be put to sleep and/or taken away from their family and quarantined (like Lennox who did NOTHING but look like a pit bull, is not one). It is amazing that here we are in the 21st century and we are lagging so far behind in our thinking about animals, women, and other creatures. This male superiority/macho stuff has got to go. It is toxic in so many ways, hurts so many people and animals and our planet.

The lesson in these stories isn’t to be afraid of one type of dog or another, but to learn how to approach a dog, whether it’s a stray or just a dog you haven’t met before. By learning that, we learn how not to hurt the dog or ourselves. Prejudice just hurts everyone.


ASK FIRST if you can pet them.

Credits to: Lili Chin




THANKFULLY, Max the dog who bit the channel 9 news anchor, Kyle Dyer, in the face will be going home!!! AND they had a certified animal behaviorist come into the news station to educate and give training to their employees on the safest way to interact with dogs and other animals!! AND Kyle Dyer is at home resting now and will return to her news show once she has fully recovered!! Just wonderful news all around but really happy that 9 news was proactive and got the training for their employees!


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