bites remain a threat in our communities, to both people and companion animals.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), there are 4.5 million dog bites that take place in the
Children are particularly vulnerable to dog bites. The AVMA states that children are the most common victims of dog bites, and they are also more likely to be severely injured from a dog bite. The AVMA adds that children are most often bit by dogs during everyday activities and, most importantly, children are most often bit by dogs that are familiar to them.
However, similar to the AVMA, Health Director Pamela Walker, who also oversees Animal Care and Control, suggests that most dog bites are preventable.
National Dog Bite Prevention Week, City of
Citizens are also encouraged to report aggressive or dangerous animals in the community. Reports can be made to the Citizen's Service Bureau at 314-622-4800. If you or someone you know experiences a dog bite, seek any necessary medical attention and then report the bite to the Citizen's Service Bureau. Reports can also be made to the Citizen's Service Bureau on the web.
Animal Care and Control
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