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Alex Ramsey was two years old when a family members’ dog attacked her. Children are frequent victims and make up more than 50 percent of all dog bites.
Alex Ramsey was two years old when a family members’ dog attacked her. Children are frequent victims and make up more than 50 percent of all dog bites.
State Farm® had 3,670 dog bite claims and paid more than $108 million as a result of dog bites. State Farm urges caution around all dogs, including family pets.
State Farm® had 3,670 dog bite claims and paid more than $108 million as a result of dog bites. State Farm urges caution around all dogs, including family pets.
A dog's tendency to bite depends on such factors as heredity, socialization, health, and the victim’s behavior. Under the right circumstances any dog, even a sweet family pet, can bite.
A dog's tendency to bite depends on such factors as heredity, socialization, health, and the victim’s behavior. Under the right circumstances any dog, even a sweet family pet, can bite.

State Farm Releases Annual Top 10 States for Dog Bite Claims

Insurer Partners with USPS and AVMA during National Dog Bite Prevention Week®

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Bloomington, IL. (May 15, 2013) /PRNewswire/ — Just like people, dogs have their good days and bad days but for the 4.7 million dog bite victims each year, a dogs’ bad day can result in serious injury or even death. In 2012, State Farm® had 3,670 dog bite claims and paid more than $108 million as a result of dog bites. This is a slight decrease compared to the number of dog bite claims in 2011 (3,750 claims) and a slight decrease in the amount paid as a result of dog bite claims in 2011 ($109 million).

Top 10 States for State Farm Dog Bite Claims in 2012

State

Number of claims

Claims paid (estimated)

  1. California

451

$17.1 million

  1. Illinois

337

$9.0 million

  1. Texas

236

$4.3 million

  1. Ohio

235

$5.0 million

  1. Pennsylvania

165

$4.5 million

  1. Michigan

151

$4.6 million

  1. Indiana

148

$2.7 million

  1. Florida

123

$7.1 million

  1. Georgia

121

$3.3 million

  1. New York

116

$6.4 million

Because dog bites continue to be a serious health and safety issue, State Farm has joined the National Dog Bite Prevention Week® (May 19-25, 2013) Coalition to reinforce the importance of pet owner responsibility and the need for continued public education regarding dog bite prevention. Consider these alarming statistics provided by National Dog Bite Prevention Week® Coalition members.

As a member of the National Dog Bite Prevention Week® Coalition, State Farm urges caution around all dogs, including family pets. Prevent the Bite and DINOS: Dogs in Need of Space provide posters and safety information to teach children how to correctly approach a dog. The American Humane Association offers a free online booklet called Pet Meets Baby that provides families with valuable information on introducing a new child to a home with a dog. Remember, a responsible dog owner should:

A dog’s tendency to bite depends on such factors as heredity, obedience training, socialization, health, and the victim’s behavior. There are good dogs and bad dogs within every breed, just as there can be responsible and irresponsible owners of each breed. That’s why State Farm does not refuse insurance based on the breed of dog a customer owns. Under the right circumstances, any dog might bite.

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