A detailed analysis of all the reported dog bites that occurred over a 2-year period in St. Louis, Mo., provided new insight not only into the severity of the problem, but also the environmental context for injury. Dog bite is a major
In only 25 percent of all injuries did the victim's behavior involve the dog at the time of the bite, and in only 10 percent of the cases was the victim interacting with the dog's owner. The victim was on the dog owner's property in about 10 percent of the incidents, and in about 48 percent of the cases the bite took place near the owner's property. Bite incidents go up whenever the weather is conducive to street activity.
More than 85 percent of all the biting dogs had owners. These results indicate that society's views of dog bite injury, which tend to minimize the problem and find fault with the victim, must be re-evaluated. It is time to place less emphasis on the victim and even the animal and review the public health
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