It's a dog-eat-dog world—and public safety people want to keep it that way. They've published a guideline in hopes of drastically reducing the number of dog bites of humans.
"A Community Approach to Dog Bite Prevention" was published June 1 by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Task Force on Canine Aggression and Human-Canine Interactions (J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2001;218:1732-1750).
A core recommendation of the document advocates moving away from creating local controlling ordinances targeted at specific dog breeds. Such an approach is a typical response by a community following an attack on a person, but such legislation usually only riles owners of those breeds while failing to reduce the number of dog bites, the task force argued.
Playing with dogs can be fun, but to avoid bites, children should be taught how to keep the situation under control. (Photo credit: PhotoDisc, Inc)
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