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Dayton Ranks No. 13 in Dog Bite Claims; Ohio Ranks No. 4

DAYTON -- Dayton is tied with Cleveland at number 13 for attacks of postal workers. Dayton is the smallest of the 20 ranked cities. In fact most cities are at least three times more populated than Dayton. At 26 bites, Dayton has the highest number of dog bites to a postal worker per population.

"A lot of the dog bites happen when the carriers are just doing their job delivering mail and they don't see the dogs," said Robert McDaniel of U.S.P.S.

It gets worse. In terms of insurance claims for dog bites, Ohio has one of the highest rates in the nation. In 2012, State Farm had more than 3,600 dog bite claims and paid more than $108 million as a result of dog bites. Ohio ranked No. 4 on the list of claims with 235.  California was the top state while Illinois was No. 2 and Texas No. 3.

There were 750 dog bites in Montgomery County last year, 211 in Dayton.

"Actually when I was little I ran into a friend of mine's dog when we were playing and it bit me and they put him down," said Laura of Dayton.

So Why are we ranked so high? One vet says it's all in the breeding.

"If you're going to go pick a puppy meet the parents put a lot of priority in the mom and dad," said veterinarian Sven Anstadt. "If they have personality traits you don't like I would be weary of buying that because you will see those personality traits transmitted when you talk about aggression here antisocial behavior or hyperactivity.

Bob Sexton from Animal Resource Center says it's hard to define the reason, but you can help get our numbers down. "When you see a stray dog make sure it gets reported whether to us for the police department," he said.

"Do not run or shout keep your hands down and slowly back away from the animal until it loses interest," said  Tom Hut of Montgomery County Public Health.

Doctors advise if you are bitten to immediately wash the bite with soap and water and call your family physician. Also call public health so they can quarantine the animal to make sure there are no signs of illnesses.

Mail carriers tell us they may not deliver your mail if they see a dog in your yard or your neighbors yard.

State/City Ranking
The U.S. Postal Service issues a list of the cities across the country where the most postal workers have been attacked by dogs, and, for 2012, that list included:
1) Los Angeles, Calif.-69 attacks on postal workers
2) San Antonio, Texas and Seattle, Wash.-42 attacks apiece
3) Chicago, Ill.-41 attacks
4) San Francisco, Calif.-38 attacks
5) Philadelphia, Pa.-34 attacks
6) Detroit, Mich.-33 attacks
7) St. Louis, Mo.-32 attacks
8) Baltimore, Md. and Sacramento, Calif.-29 attacks apiece
9) Houston, Texas and Minneapolis, Minn.-27 attacks apiece
10) Cleveland and Dayton, Ohio-26 attacks apiece
11) Buffalo and Brooklyn, N.Y.-24 attacks apiece
12) Denver, Colo.-23 attacks
13) Dallas, Texas and Tacoma, Wash.-21 attacks apiece
14) Wichita, Kan.-20 attacks
Insurance claims
State Farm® publishes a list of the top ten states with the most claims for dog bites the previous year. The states that, made the list in 2012 were:
1) California-451 claims worth $17.1 million
2) Illinois-337 claims worth $9 million
3) Texas-236 claims worth $4.3 million
4) Ohio-235 claims worth $5 million
5) Pennsylvania-165 claims worth $4.5 million
6) Michigan-151 claims worth $4.6 million
7) Indiana-148 claims worth $2.7 million
8) Florida-123 claims worth $7.1 million
9) Georgia-121 claims worth $3.3 million
10) New York-116 claims worth $6.4 million

Here are some simple tips from the American Veterinary Medical Associationthat could help prevent a dog bite:
●Don’t run past a dog. Dogs naturally love to chase and catch things.
●Never disturb a dog that is caring for puppies, sleeping or eating.
●If a dog approaches to sniff you, stay still. In most cases, the dog will go away when it determines you are not a threat.
●If you are threatened by a dog, remain calm. Don’t scream or yell. If you say anything, speak calmly and firmly. Avoid eye contact. Try to stay still until the dog leaves, or back away slowly until the dog is out of sight. Don’t turn and run.
●If you fall or are knocked to the ground, curl into a ball with your hands over your head and neck. Protect your face.

Monday starts Dog Bite Prevention Week.

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