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Dog Bite Statistics - Brent Toellner, Don Cleary and Jim Crosby January 22, 2013

Brent Toellner from KC Dog Blog, Don Cleary from the National Canine Research Council and Jim Crosby from, discuss in detail the history of the CDC's attempts to quantify dog bites and the scientific impossibility of determing reliable dog bite by breed. The problems of visual identification of breeds is explored.  Fatalities from 2011 and 2012 are reviewed and factors such as age of victim, children unsupervised, owner care and use of a dog are all discussed as more important factors than breed in analysing dogbites. Sadly, there is nothing new in the information available in dog bite analysis and prevention, and continued public education is needed regarding dog care, ownership and supervision. Dog fatalities are extremely, extremely rare events, given the population of dogs and people. Finally discussion of's statistics is investigated, and advice on how to handle their indefensible statistics.

January 22, 2013

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