Figures show alarming rise in five years
Dogs violently attacked humans hundreds of times in Kent last year, it has been revealed.
Officers were called to at least 597 incidents of dog attacks which resulted in injury, according to police records, an average of more than 11 times a week and a huge increase over the last five years.
In 2011, there just 19 incidents recorded by police.
In the last month alone KentOnline has received reports of a girl being bitten near a school in Folkestone, and a pitbull-cross that attacked a one-year-old baby in Thanet.
The news has prompted dog trainers to urge owners of canines who show aggressive behaviour to manage their pet properly.
Dog trainer Jackie Murphy, from Gravesend, has been bitten several times by dangerous dogs during her career, including twice on the leg and once on her arm.
She said: “I think there’s been a rise in the number of people who actually own dogs, which may explain the figures.
“I also think sometimes there’s a lack of training.
“If you are worried your dog might be aggressive, the key thing is to speak to a qualified expert.
“To manage the dog, the key thing is to make sure the dog is kept on a lead, and that it is suitably muzzled.”