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Marsha T. Wallace, MD
JAMA. 1998;279(15):1174. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-279-15-jbk0415.
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To the Editor.—The article by Mr Weiss and colleagues1 contains useful information about the public health problem of dog bites. As someone who has spent the last decade finding homes for unwanted dogs, I have come to recognize that the majority of dog bites result from inadequate socialization of puppies and lack of basic obedience training. Dogs bred indiscriminately by amateur breeders without regard for maintaining the dogs' good health and temperament compound the problem. Most people are bitten not by strange dogs, but by dogs they own or that are known to them.2

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