(WTNH) -- Here's some information about dogs and the number of dog bite injuries in the U.S. and the costs.
Dog Facts in the USA
According to the 2011-2012 National Pet Owners Survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association :
- 62 percent of American households have a pet (72.9 million homes).
- Total number of pets owned (millions):
- Cat -- 86.4
- Dog -- 78.2
- Bird -- 16.2
- Freshwater Fish -- 151.1
What is a Pit Bull
From dogsbite.org , "A pit bull type dog is a combination of dog breeds that includes the American pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier, American bulldog and any other pure bred or mixed breed dog that is a combination of these dogs. Read More
The World's Most Dangerous Dogs
According to numbers crunched by The Daily Beast , the most vicious dogs are:
- Pit Bull, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier
- Chow Chow
- Bull Mastiff
Report: Dog attack deaths and maimings, U.S. & Canada, September 1982 to December 26, 2011 .
Breed Specific Legislation:
Some states and municipalities have created laws that target one specific breed, such as Pit Bulls. Pawtucket, Rhode Island , is one city that bans Pit Bulls.
Understand-a-bull.com , a site that opposes breed specific legislation, lists each state and whether there are state or local laws regarding certain dog breeds.
Similar information is at dogsbite.org , which also lists which breeds that are banned by the U.S. military on bases .
The Humane Society of the United States opposes Breed Specific Legislation.
Dog Bite Injuries
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , each year:
- 4.7 million Americans are bitten by dogs
- 800,000 Americans seek medical attention for dog bites, half of these are children.
- 386,000 require treatment in an emergency department
- About 16 die from dog bites
- The rate of dog bite-related injuries is highest for children ages 5 to 9 years
Dog Bite Costs
State Farm Insurance said it paid out more than $109 million in 2011 for dog bite claims. The Insurance Information Institute estimates insurers across the country paid nearly $479 million in dog bite claims. The top five states where claims were paid:
What To Do If You Think A Dog May Attack
The Humane Society of the United States says if you are approached by a dog who may attack you, follow these steps:
- Resist the impulse to scream and run away.
- Remain motionless, hands at your sides, and avoid eye contact with the dog.
- Once the dog loses interest in you, slowly back away until he is out of sight.
- If the dog does attack, "feed" him your jacket, purse, bicycle, or anything that you can put between yourself and the dog.
- If you fall or are knocked to the ground, curl into a ball with your hands over your ears and remain motionless. Try not to scream or roll around.
Also from the Humane Society: