Dog Bites Cost Billions.
The estimated direct medical costs of dog bites per year equalled $164.9 million in the USA toward the end of the 1990s according to CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] research.
That does not take into account the lost production time of the people involved.
Summer is traditionally a dangerous time for US postal workers. The US postal service is issuing a plea for dog owners to ensure their dogs are safely restrained at all times.
Some people may think it slightly humorous to think of the postie being chased down the street by a dog. But the average cost to USPS in Colorado and Wyoming last year was $5,000 per dog bite victim, taking into account medical care, lost work time, operational and other costs. The total insurance cost in the US for dog bite victims is estimated to be around $2 billion.
However, that is not the worst of dog bite statistics:
1,000 Americans per day are treated in emergency rooms as a result of dog bites. In 2007 there were 33 fatal dog attacks in the USA. Most of the victims who receive medical attention are children, half of whom are bitten in the face. ~ dogbitelaw.com
This disgraceful state of affairs must stop!
The majority of dog bites are preventable either by way of proper handling of dogs, education of dog owners, and education of children.
For a downloadable PDF file on community dog bite prevention click here.