Today marks the beginning of National Dog Bite Prevention week, and many citizens hope it will help bring awareness to the problem of dog attacks in Michigan.
A new study shows there were a total of 151 reported Michigan Dog Bite Injuries last year accounting for roughly $4.6 million in insurance company payouts. These findings ranked the state as having the sixth highest rate of dog bite incidents in the nation.
To help raise awareness about the problem and prevent further attacks, an article from the Press & Guide offered several safety tips from the American Veterinary Medical Association on how to safely interact with a canine.
The most important thing to remember around a dog is to stay calm. This means never running past a strange animal and refraining from screaming or yelling if cornered by an animal. Instead, stand still without making eye contact with the animal until it leaves. The organization also urges citizens not to approach a female dog caring for puppies. If a person is attacked, they should curl into the fetal position and protect their face with their arms and hands.
The Detroit Personal Injury Lawyers with Michigan Injury Lawyers recognize the devastation caused by injuries sustained in a dog attack. The firm is hopeful these tips will help to protect citizens from the dangers posed by an attacking dog.