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