Data from AVMA show that at least 500,000 people, mostly children, are hospitalized each year for dog bite injuries. To keep from becoming the victim of a dog bite, an animal advocacy group offers a series of recommendations. AVMA also provides information on its website about preventing dog bites.
A new ordinance in Mississippi's Rankin County toughens penalties for animal neglect and requires owners of pets that inflict injury or damage on a person or property to pay restitution. The measure imposes up to $1,000 in fines or a 90-day jail time on violators.
The first few months of a business' life can set the tone for the rest of its existence. John Warrillow writes that business owners should get off on the right foot by following a formula that includes picking a product or service that is scalable, charging for services up front and saying no to customers who ask for customization.
During National Dog Bite Prevention Week, which runs May 16 to 22, the U.S. Postal Service will remind pet owners to leash their dogs properly to lessen the incidence of attacks on letter carriers. According to the AVMA, the most frequent dog-bite victims are children, seniors and mail carriers, in that order.
A group of pit bull supporters expressed concern over the recent dog-bite attack on a 6-month-old child in Murrieta, Calif., saying the incident could harm the dog's already-shaky reputation. "Everyone can agree that reducing dog bites is a common goal, but the media's emphasis on breed rather than circumstances is misguided," one supporter said. The article cites AVMA data on dog attacks and bite wounds involving children.