Safety Around Animals

Dog bites are a serious problem in our country, with more than 500,000 bites that require medical attention. Our shelter receives over 1,200 bite calls every year, all of which must be investigated as part of our public health and rabies control responsibilities. Sadly, children make up more than 60 percent of all dog bite victims.

Though the majority of dogs are well behaved, even the cuddliest, cutest dog can bite if provoked. Educate yourself and your children about animal behavior, responsible pet handling, and steps you can take to address this problem. If you are bitten, follow these dog bite instructions.​

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