Salem, Ore. May 20, 2013 - Each year, almost five million people are bitten or attacked by dogs. Dog bites are a serious public health problem that can cause both physical and emotional damage to victims and considerable cost to communities.
According to a new report released by State Farm®, dog bites are on a significant rise in Oregon as the state ranked #15 for states with the most dog bite claims. The insurer handled 77 claims last year, up from 62 in 2011.
In addition to number of claims, the cost associated with treating these injuries are on the rise as well as the company spent $1.2 million helping customers recover from dog bites. That is nearly double what was paid in 2008.
"A dog's tendency to bite depends on factors like heredity, obedience training, socialization and health, said Brad Hilliard, State Farm Spokesman. "There are good dogs and bad dogs within every breed, just as there can be responsible and irresponsible owners of each breed."
Under the right circumstances, any dog may bite. That's why State Farm does not refuse insurance based on the breed of dog a customer owns. Instead, the insurer encourages responsible behavior and caution around dogs, including family pets.
For more information about dog bite prevention, visit the State Farm Learning Center.
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