Study: Idaho has least dog bite related injury claims

(KMVT/KSVT) Idaho has one of the lowest dog related injury claims in the country.

According to State Farm, $290,614 in claims were paid in Idaho.

"There were a total of six claims, dog bite related injuries claim in Idaho out of the total number is 3,618 claims that happen for the U.S. in 2017," said public affairs specialist Brodie Hurtado.

Hurtado said more than 50 percent are child related injuries, others include with postal services.

"For Idaho ranking number 46th out of the United States means that there are very few incidents at all that happen in 2017," Hurtado said.

State Farm has join with National Dog Bite Prevention Coalition and dog trainer, television presenter Victoria Stilwell to inform the community how to reduce dog related injuries during National Dog Bite Awareness Week, which runs April 8-14.

Some of the practices State Farm and Stillwell encouraged pet owners to do is give dogs some space, let them come to you, understanding when a dog's body language can represent different emotions and trained and raised dogs with positive humanely behavior.

"The more inform the people are it would keep those numbers low, Idaho is doing the right thing and taking those right steps we just want to keep dog bites from happening," Hurtado said.



 
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