Dog Attacks: By The Numbers

By Jim Madalinsky

Published 08/18 2014 04:18PM

Updated 08/18 2014 05:14PM

ALTOONA - According to the Centers for Disease Control, 4.5 million people are bitten by a dog each year.
For 20 years Lois Fogle has worked to make sure dogs like these don't hurt anyone.
People wait too long. THey let the dog get away with the biting too many times and then once it happens it happens again and the dog gets in the habit of oh this works,” Lois Fogle, Fogle's Training and Boarding says.
And she says kids are the easiest target.
“They scream they wave their hands they run from the dog and that can all kick prey-drive into any type of dog,” Lois Fogle says.
Fogle says she's seen an increase in aggression in a lot of dogs, not just pit bulls.
“A lot of big dogs too. Not always the little dogs, but a lot of the little dogs bite a couple times. A big dog only needs to bite once and you can do a lot of damage,” Lois Fogle says.
When it comes to being deadly, though, Pitbull totals are high.
According to Animal People Magazine, since 1982 pit bulls have been responsible for 263 deaths.
More than any other breed combined.
They've also caused the most reported injuries.
“98 percent of the pitbulls that we see are wonderful dogs they have families with small children and never have any problems, but if they're not raised properly they can be a strong-willed breed,” Dr. Denis Nickodemus of the Lakemont Veterinary Clinic says.
Dr. Denise Nickodemus from Lakemont Veternarian Clinic in Altoona says early training is key, but not just obedience.
“The key is to start very early when they're puppies getting them well socialized with people. All types of people,” Dr. Nickodemus says.
And both agree pet owners need to do their part.
People need to take responsibility. If a dog bites it needs to be monitored,” Fogle says.

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