Sharp rise in dog attacks
DOG attacks are increasing, with more than 2000 people seriously injured every year.
The sharp rise in dog attacks in Australia is leaving children with horrific facial injuries and comes despite crackdowns on dangerous breeds. New research reveals that since 2003 the rate of dog attacks has increased by 57 per cent.
The Menzies Institute for Medical Research at the University of Tasmania found dog attacks hospitalised 31,218 people in 12 years with children injured at twice the rate of adults.
“Legislation has been introduced to restrict ownership of dangerous breeds in Australia yet rates of dog bites have increased,” Associate Professor Leigh Blizzard said.
Prof Blizzard warned underreporting masked the true extent of the problem.
“People are trying to avoid being investigated because their beloved pooch has bitten the baby,” he said. NSW had the lowest rates of dog attacks.