UPDATE: As of 12.31.13 – 32 U.S. dog bite-related fatalities occurred in 2013.
Originally published on Nov 27, 2013
There have been twenty eight people killed in the U.S. by dog attacks in 2013. Countless more are maimed each day. Some of these attacks were by family dogs; dogs that knew the victim. Fifteen of those killed are children under the age of eight. That averages to a death every 12-14 days.
* Annual data from 2013 shows that 56% (18) of the fatality victims were children 7-years and younger, and 44% (14) were adults, 25-years and older. Of the total children killed by dogs in 2013, 61% (11) were ages 4-years and younger.