April 7th-13th: National Dog Bite Prevention week

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The Lucas County Canine Care & Control will be joining other national organizations such as Doggone Safe, and the American Veterinary Medical Association in celebrating “National Dog Bite Prevention Week” April 7-13. The office, located at 410 S Erie St. Toledo, open Monday-Friday 11am-7pm, and Saturdays and Sundays 11am-5pm, will have dog free dog safety information available at the front desk.

Did you know:

  • Each year, more than 4.5 million people in the U.S. are bitten by dogs.
  • Almost 1 in 5 people bitten by dogs require medical attention. 
  • Every year, more than 800,000 Americans receive medical attention for dog bites; at least half of them are children. 
  • Children are, by far, the most common victims of dog bites and are far more likely to be severely injured.
  • Most dog bites affecting young children occur during everyday activities and while interacting with familiar dogs. 
  • Senior citizens are the second most common dog bite victims.

There are many things you can do to avoid dog bites, ranging from properly training and socializing your pet to educating your children on how – or if – they should approach a dog. Information and education are the best solutions for this public health concern. The LCCC&C offers a wide range of dog safety and bite prevention classes free of change to any school, group, business or organization. These classes teach children the “Be a Tree” method and offer an interactive and fun way to learn about being safe around dogs. Adult classes offer information on canine body language and dog safety and bite prevention while on the job. To schedule a free class please contact Laura Simmons at 419-213-2800 or email lsimmons@co.lucas.oh.us.