Dog Attack Investigation

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The 17-month old girl was visiting with family Saturday in the 3100 block of 7th Street. A stray pit bull wandered into the neighborhood and grabbed on the little girl. The dog then dragged her about a half a block. Family says they rushed to help her and then another pit bull fought the other dog to release the little girl.

The dog did not have tags on so animal services is investigating to find who the owner is. Monday on 23 News at Six and the Update at Ten 23 News Anchor Laura Gibbs has part two of the series, “When Dogs Attack.” Extended Web Coverage

Dog Attack Statistics

  • 4.7 million dog bites are reported in the U.S. annually

  • 800,000 dog bites require medical attention each year

  • Reported dog bites have increased 37 percent since 1990

  • For every dog bite fatality, there are 670 hospitalizations

  • Children are the most frequent victims

  • Children are most frequently bitten in the face and neck area

  • Boys ages five to nine are bitten most frequently

  • 334,000 dog bites require emergency room visits

  • Dog attacks cost society about $1 billion each year

  • Insurance companies pay about $250 million each year in dog bite case claims

  • State Farm Insurance alone processes more than 14,000 dog bite claims each year

  • More than 7,000 U.S. Postal carriers report being bit by a dog each year

Sources: contributed to this report