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Friday, May 20, 2016

National Dog Bite Prevention Week Stats Hit Home in McDonough, Ga

With an estimated 70 million dogs living in U.S. households, millions of people are bitten by dogs every year.  Not only do the majority of dog bites happen to children, the state of Georgia consistently ranks among the top 10 in the nation for dog bite attacks and the American Humane Association reports that 66% of bites among children occur to the head, face and  neck area.  In fact, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that over 2,200 reconstructive procedures had to be performed every month in 2013 to repair injuries caused by dog bites  - totaling over 26,935 procedures for the year. 

Unfortunately, these bite statistics  hit home this week as a local McDonough girl was the  victim of a dog bite while  petting a dog on the square  with the dog-owner’s permission and under her mother’s supervision.   To make matters worse, the dog owner left the scene without leaving contact information to obtain important veterinary records, as reported by FOX 5 News.  Now, in the absence of a shot record for the dog, the young girl faces the possibility of enduring rabies shots as a preventative measure.  Keep in mind the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMA) warns that any dog has the potential to bite, regardless of how “sweet” the dog is.

Henry County Animal Control is investigating this dog bite as  the protocol after a dog bite includes a brief quarantine for the animal.  Anyone with information concerning the owner of the dog involved should contact Henry County Animal Control at (770) 288-7387. 

If you or a loved one has been injured by a dog bite that required medical attention and needs help with your claim, contact Andrew Gebhardt today for a free consultation at agebhardt@smithwelchlaw.com  or call 770-389-4864.

 

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