According to the Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research, more than 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs in the United States every year. Children are the most common victims of dog bites, and at least half of the 800,000 people who receive medical care for dog bites each year are children. Here are some guides to reduce the number of these injuries. Anyone who comes into contact with dogs should be educated about bite prevention, and dog owners should practice responsible dog guardianship.
In addition to causing injury, dog bite/attacks can also spread infections and germs, including rabies and other diseases. This is why even if you feel the bite was not bad, you should still seek medical care.
The statistics for dog bites in Pennsylvania are unfortunately not as comprehensive as one would like. As of right now, there is no data for dog bites in Pennsylvania collected at a state level. The state collects all animal bites as a whole for rabies, which is required by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, but not dog bites specifically. In time, we would like to see that remedied, as we believe dog bites are a state wide public health issue and should be regarded as such.
The following information is broken up by data that was collected by claims from insurance agencies, the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, and the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement within the PA Department of Agriculture.
The data on the PA county is specific to Allegheny County, and was compiled due to the high rate of dog bites received by children being treated at CHOP. The data was taken over a number of years and is extremely thorough in its research.
The data for Dangerous Dogs in PA is a good tool to have to know where Dangerous Dogs are located within Pennsylvania.