Dog Bite Statistics and News

Dog Bite Statistics and News

  • There are approximately 65 million dogs in the United States in 2006
  • Of the 4.7 million people are bitten every year, 800,000 need medical attention
  • Every day an estimated 914 people seek emergency medical treatment due to dog bites
  • On average, between 15 and 20 people die each year from dog maulings
  • Children are the most common victims of dog bites, and half of the injuries they suffer occur on the face
  • Economic losses from dog bites regularly exceed $1 billion, only a third of which is covered by insurance
  • Between 1979 and 1996 there were 304 fatal dog attacks
  • Most (77%) dog bite injuries occur to the friends or family
  • Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, and German Shepard Dogs account for half of the fatal dog attacks between 1979 and 1998
  • Dog bites rose 33% according to a study of a 7 year period in the 1990s
  • In 2002 homeowner insurance claims paid on average $16,600 to victims of dog bites, up from $12,000 in 1998