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Dog Bite Prevention Week Keeps People Aware

Dog bite prevention week is this week through this Saturday and experts keep you aware and help keep you from becoming a victim.
This week is Dog Bite Prevention Week, sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical Association, Humane Society and U.S. Postal Service.

This week is focused on educating people about what they can do to prevent dog bites, and what dog owners can do to keep their dogs under control.

About 4.5 million people are bitten each year, according to Wichita Falls Humane Society Director Cheryl Miller. Miller says that one out of five of those people have to seek medical care.

Miller says this is a problem in Wichita Falls and this week reminds people that they need to be responsible with their dogs in public, and all people need to be aware of their surroundings.

"You need to make sure your dogs are well housed in a fenced in area, not running loose," says Wichita Falls resident Matthew Gallagher.

Gallagher spends a lot of time at the park with his dog Bailey.

"We train out here, almost every day this week we have really," he says.

Gallagher says he makes sure to keep Bailey under control with a shock collar and training, and also by keeping her attention.

"When I was walking up here I saw a guy on a bench and I was making her keep her focus on me instead of other people," he says.

Gallagher says most people he sees are training their dogs and he believes it is important to keep control of your dog in public in order to prevent attacks.

The Humane Society says small children, the elderly and postal carriers, in that order, are the most frequent dog bite victims.

For more information on dog attack danger and dog bite prevention week you can visit https://www.avma.org/Events/pethealth/Pages/Dog-Bite-Prevention-Week.aspx 

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