New Report Shows Unexplained Doubling Of Serious Dog Bite Injuries Over Fifteen Year Period

dog bites.jpgAs reported by The New York Times, a new Department of Health and Human Services report reveals that the number of dog bites requiring hospitalization nearly doubled over a fifteen year period, increasing from 5,100 dog bite victims in 1993 to 9,500 in 2008.
Experts are baffled by the dramatic spike. The increase can’t be explained by population growth because the increase in serious dog bites vastly outstripped population growth. Nor can the increase in dog bites be explained by an increase in dog ownership since dog ownership increased only slightly during the relevant period.
With emergency room visits for dog bites costing an average of $18,200, it is not surprising that dog bites account for one-quarter of homeowner’s insurance claims.

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