Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Woof Wednesday: Dog bite data; Herbie

Posted By on Wed, May 16, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Indiana has landed on State Farm's list of states with the most dog-bite claims in 2011. According to a press release from State Farm's Angie Rinock, Indiana came in at number eight with 139 claims resulting in an estimated $3.5 million paid out in the state.

Responsible pet ownership (one element - spaying and neutering - is shown humorously in the Best Friends video below) goes a long way toward preventing bites; check out State Farm's and American Human Association's tips at the bottom of this post for more info.

Pit Bull Terriers and mixes often get a bad rap; State Farm is one insurance company that doesn't discriminate against the breed. (See below.) You can find a variety of great Pit mixes, like Herbie, at shelters in Indiana, including Indianapolis Animal Care and Control.

Herbie the Indy Animal Control Pit Bull Terrier dog.
  • Herbie, a Pit Bull Terrier mix, available for adoption at Indianapolis Animal Care and Control.

Herbie, available for adoption at Animal Control now, is fun, energetic and gets along well with other dogs. As with any dog, obedience training and exercise will go a long way in keeping him - and people around him - safe and happy.

click to enlarge Herbie frolics at Animal Care and Control.
  • Herbie frolics at Animal Care and Control.

From the State Farm press release: A dog's tendency to bite depends on such factors as heredity, obedience training, socialization, health, and the victim's behavior. There are good dogs and bad dogs within every breed, just as there can be responsible and irresponsible owners of each breed. State Farm does not refuse insurance based on the breed of dog a customer owns in any U.S. state.

Children and seniors are frequent victims of dog bites. In fact, more than half of all dog bite victims are children. In addition to stressing responsible pet ownership, State Farm and AHA encourage responsible behavior and caution around dogs, including family pets. Under the right circumstances, any dog might bite.

  • NEVER leave a baby or small child alone with a dog.
  • Be on the lookout for potentially dangerous situations.
  • Start teaching young children -- including toddlers -- to be careful around pets.
  • Children must be taught NOT to approach strange dogs.
  • Always ask permission from a dog's owner before petting any dog.

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