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Georgia Department of Health Implements New Dog Bite Prevention Program

September 04, 2017

Georgia Department of Health Implements Dog Bite Prevention Program in Three Counties

Dog bites continue to be a public health concern that causes a significant number of injuries to individuals each year in Georgia and throughout the United States.  According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), only 17% of dog bite incidents are reported, demonstrating that the majority of dog bite cases (83%) throughout Georgia and the United States go unreported.  As such, Georgia has taken a stance and implemented a program to reduce the risk that dog bites will occur in our state. 

Georgia Department of Public Health Teams Up with Bullock, Chatham, and Effingham Counties

The Georgia Department of Public Health has teamed up with three counties in Georgia to implement a dog bite prevention program.  Bullock, Chatham, and Effingham counties have had a significant number of dog bite cases that have injured numerous people, most of which are children and the elderly. The dog bite prevention program is coordinated not only with the Georgia Department of Health and the three counties but also with local animal control agencies.  By having different groups work together, the hope is that there will be a uniform way to implement rules and regulations for dog owners to follow.

The Department of Health’s dog bite prevention program will seek to ensure that existing rules and regulations are enforced, create new rules or regulations where needed, and have a system where everyone knows what to do when a dog bite incident happens, such as who to whom to report the incident.  In addition to ensuring a uniform set of rules and regulations are followed, the dog bite prevention program seeks to bring awareness to the community about the severity of dog bite cases, and what can be done to prevent them.  These community-wide programs will educate, inform, and provide tips to the community so that they can play their part in reducing the risk that someone is bitten by a dog, especially young children and the elderly, who are the most vulnerable victims.

The Consequences of Injuries Associated with Dog Bites and Attacks

It should come as no surprise that a dog bite or attack can lead to painful and permanent injuries.  A dog bite has the potential to scar, and an injured person may require stitches or even surgery.  The aftermath of a dog attack could leave someone disfigured.  In some cases, dog bite victims have required amputation of a limb that was severely damaged by a dog bite injury, and in the most severe cases, victims have suffered fatal injuries.  The pain associated with a dog bite injury is not the entire story.  There are emotional trauma and fear associated with dog bite injuries for those who survive an attack.  Given how serious dog bite injuries can be, speaking with a legal professional about potential legal options is a good first step to moving forward.

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