FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) — Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control is working to prevent dog bites.
The organization said there have been more than 700 bites reported to Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control in 2018. The vast majority were from dogs the victim owned or were familiar with.
Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control said education is the first step to preventing bites. The Humane Education Department taught vital safety precautions to more than 2,000 children in the community.
“It’s important to understand that dogs don’t bite out of the blue,” shelter spokesperson Holly Pasquinelli said. “By teaching adults and children in our community a basic understanding of why dogs bite and how to interpret their dog’s body language we’re working to keep them safe and keep dogs where they belong – at home with their families.”
The organization said if your dog bites someone, take responsibility. Indiana law requires an animal that bit someone be placed in 10 days rabies quarantine, even if they have been vaccinated.
After a bite occurs, the following steps should be taken:
The organization offered the following tips to avoid being bitten by a dog:
PREVENT YOUR DOG FROM BITING