Millions of people are bitten by dogs each year, which resultsin a lot of costly homeowners insurance claims. According to theInsurance Information Institute, in 2013 insurers across thecountry paid over $483 million in dog bite claims.

Aside from emotional trauma, dog bites can cause severe physicalinjury. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons,26,935 reconstructive procedures were performed in 2013 to repairinjuries caused by dog bites.

One of the most concerning stats related to dog bites is howoften children are the victims of dog bites. According to theAtlanta-based Centers for Disease Control, dog bites were the 11thleading cause of nonfatal injury to children ages 1-4, ninth forages 5-9 and 10th for ages 10-14 from 2003-2012. The Washington,D.C.-based American Humane Association reports that 66% of bitesamong children occur to the head and neck.

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