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This page was last modified on Sunday November 18, 2012

National Dog Bite Prevention Week

Millions of people across the United States share their home with at least one dog. For the most part, the relationship between a dog and a human is an enjoyable one. However, there are exceptions. There are an estimated 4.7 million people bitten by a dog every year. These figures represent bites ranging from a nip to a major attack.

Our goal at the Humane Society of Wayne County is to reduce the number of dog bites incidents through education. You can prevent being bitten by a dog by following these simple suggestions.

To Avoid a Dog Bite

  • Never approach a strange dog particularly one who is tied or confined behind a fence or in a car.
  • Don't pet a dog (even your own) without first letting the dog sniff you.
  • Never turn your back to a dog and run away. The dog's natural instinct is to chase you and catch you any way he can.
  • Do not surprise a dog that is sleeping, eating, chewing on a toy , or caring for puppies.
  • Always use caution around strange dogs. Always assume that the dog sees you as a threat.
  • Avoid any dog that you suspect to be aggressive or unfriendly.

If You Think A Dog May Attack

  • Never scream and run.
  • Remain motionless, keep your hands at your side and avoid direct eye contact with the dog. Direct eye contact to a dog is a confrontational signal.
  • Back away slowly until the dog is out of sight.

What To Do If You are Attacked

  • Feed the dog your coat/jacket, purse, bike, or anything you can get between you and the attacking dog.
  • If you fall or are knocked to the ground by the dog, curl up into a ball and put your hands over your ears, and remain still. Do scream or roll around.

If You Are Bitten

  • Wash the wound with warm soap and water.
  • Seek medical treatment immediately.
  • Report the bite to animal control (your town dog officer).
  • Tell animal control everything you know about the dog, including the owner's name and address. If the dog is a stray, provide a description of the dog and where you last saw the dog.

Be smart and safe.