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Dog Bite Resources

AVMA Task Force on Canine Aggression and Human-Canine Interactions. A community approach to dog bite prevention. JAVMA 2001; 218: 1732-1749. This 2001 report, intended for communities interested in developing a comprehensive bite prevention program, includes model legislation for the control of dangerous dogs.

Sacks JJ, Sinclair L, Gilchrist J, Golab GC, Lockwood R. Breeds of dogs involved in fatal human attacks in the United States between 1979 and 1998. JAVMA 2000;217:836-840. Summarizes breeds of dogs involved in fatal human attacks during a 20-year period and to assess policy implications.

Quinlan KP, Sacks JJ.Hospitalizations for Dog Bite Injuries [letter] JAMA 1999; 281:232-233. Data are provided on the 6,000 hospitalizations for dog bites in 1994, and medical care cost estimates are provided for medically treated dog bites.

Sacks JJ, Kresnow M, Houston B. Dog bites: how big a problem? Injury Prevention 1996;2:52-4. Annually in the United States 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs. Of these, approximately 800,000 people require medical attention. That is, each year 1.8% of the U.S. population is bitten by a dog, and 0.3% of the U.S. population seeks medical care for a bite.

Sacks JJ, Lockwood R, Hornreich J, Sattin RW. Fatal dog attacks, 1989-1994. Pediatrics 1996;97:891-5. Details are provided on the approximately 12 annual deaths from dog attacks and data are provided on dog breeds involved in fatal attacks

Gershman KA, Sacks JJ, Wright JC. Which dogs bite? A case-control study of risk factors. Pediatrics 1994;93:913-7. Biting and non-biting dogs in Denver are compared. Biting dogs were more likely to be male, unneutered, and chained.

Sosin DM, Sacks JJ, Sattin RW.Causes of non-fatal injuries in the United States, 1986. Accident Analysis and Prevention 1992; 24:685-687. Data collected from the National Health Interview Survey estimated that there were 585,000 dog bites requiring medical attention in 1986. Dog bites were the 12th leading cause of non-fatal injuries for all age groups in the United States.

Sacks JJ, Sattin RW, Bonzo SE.Dog bite related fatalities in the United States, 1979-1988. JAMA 1989;262:1489-92. Provides details on the approximately 12 annual deaths from dog attacks and data on dog breeds involved in fatal attacks.

Stay Bite Free! Humane Society of the United States. Title's include "Be Bite Free!" and the "National Dog Bite Prevention Week" campaign.

NCIPC Bibliography of Articles on Dog Bites National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Title's include "Dog-Bite-Related Fatalities", "Dog bites: how big a problem?" and "Which dogs bite? A case-control study of risk factors."

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