(KCBS) – Sunday marked the beginning of National Dog Bite Prevention Week.
“About 4.5 million Americans will be bitten by a dog this year,” said Jennifer Scarlett, DVM, co-president of the San Francisco SPCA. “About 1 in 1,000 people will go to a medical facility to receive treatment. These are just snap and release, not maulings. And this is about equal to the number of people who will die of smoking related illnesses.”
“I use this comparison because experts and myself included believe that dog bites are one of the most preventable injuries that we see.”