DOG BITES BY THE NUMBERS
In Oklahoma City: →$177: Minimum fine for dangerous animal violation. →$272: Average fine assessed in 2008. →119: Citations issued in one-year period ending March 31, 2009. In the U.S.: →4.5 million: Number of people bitten each year. →885,000: Annual bites that require medical attention. →12: Number of people who die each year from dog attacks. →$356.2 million: Amount paid in insurance liability payments for bites in 2007. →14,351: Bite claims in 2007.
Breeds most often involved in dog-bite related human fatalities from 1979-1998: →Pitt bull terrier →Rottweiler →German shepherd →Wolf-dog hybrid →Husky →Malamute →Doberman pinscher SOURCES: Oklahoma City Municipal Court, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Southwestern Insurance Information Service and Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association