Dog Bite Cases Increase in Summer

Dog Bite Cases Increase in Summer

Summer begins next week and area animal experts are asking you to warn your children about petting strange dogs.

JOPLIN, MO.--- A new report from the University of Missouri shows dogs bites increase in the summer months. As the warmer weather hits, more children are outside and more interact with dogs. There are a few tips to keep kids safe.  

Those include not playing with dogs without supervision and do not approach unfamiliar dogs. If you're approached by an unfamiliar dog, stay still and avoid direct eye contact. Also, don't disturb dogs that are sleeping, eating or caring for puppies. Some small dogs may be more likely to bite than big ones. 

"Everything is huge to them. So even a five year old, sometimes it's worse with children because the children are excited. They run over to the dog, they're making noise, they're reaching down from over top. They're doing everything you should not do when you meet a dog," said Lysa Boston, Joplin Humane Society.

It's estimated that 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year. 

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