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San Diego tops national list for dog bite attacks

Dog attacks are hot topics after the video of a cat defending a young boy from an attacking dog went viral. The video appears to depict a cat saving the young boy from a dog bite. Although the video may lead to renewed vigilance for parents watching over children around dogs, it is not the only piece of alarming news. A recent report released by the Associated Press notes that authorities recently released statistics on dog bites throughout the country in an effort to promote dog bite awareness.

According to the report, San Diego ranked fourth for the most attacks to mail carriers with 53 reported attacks. Houston came in first with 63 incidents and Los Angeles came in second with 61. Overall, 4.5 million Americans reported being bitten by a dog in 2013 alone with more than 2 million of those victims being children. 

Those who are bitten by a dog may be able to receive compensation to help pay for present and future medical treatment, rehabilitation, lost wages and compensation to help cover the victim's pain and suffering.

Residents of California filed 449 insurance claims for dog bite incidents and received almost $15 million. This is just one example of how expensive dog bite injuries can be. As a result, it is important for victims of these attacks to hold the owners of the dogs accountable for their pet's actions. 

It is important to note that owners have some defenses available. For example, an owner may argue that the dog was provoked. As a result, victims need to carefully build their case.

Source: Associated Press, "2013 Dog-Bite Stats Include 5,581 Postal Carriers," Sue Manning, May 15, 2013

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