Dog Bites Injure Nearly 1 Million People a Year
In 2006, the Center for Disease Control reported that more than 800,000 people seek treatment for dog bites each year. Over 30,000 were so bad the victim required reconstructive surgery. That number has grown. Bruce Millar, an attorney in Georgia and an advocate for harsher penalties for people whose dogs bite, cites the American Humane Society’s estimates (National Canine Research Foundation, 2009) that there are about 5 million dog bites a year and about 20% have to seek medical attention.