UNO Holds Dog Bite Prevention Press Conference

Summer is just around the corner and it is the time of year when the Nebraska Humane Society sees dog bite numbers peak. Last year NHS responded to nearly 600 dog bites.

This week is National Dog Bite Prevention Week and to help prevent dog bites from happening, UNO and NHS are joining forces to educate the public.

It will take place May 22nd at 10:30 a.m. at the Nebraska Humane Society.

NHS just concluded a three year dog bite study with UNO’s Dr. Rosemary Strasser, and has good information for metro area residents about the likelihood of a dog biting, and tips to prevent dog bites.

Some preliminary study findings:
· Family members were bitten more often than strangers.
· Likewise, people are more likely to be bitten (and suffer a more severe bite) by a familiar dog than an unfamiliar dog.
· Children were more likely to be bitten in the face and neck, whereas adults were more likely to be bitten on the hand or arm.
· The greatest percentage of bites happened when a dog was running loose (42%). The other most common scenario was territorial bites (18%).

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