Dog Bite Fact Sheet

  • An estimated 4.7 million Americans will be bitten this year.
  • Primary victims are children.
  • As many as 800,000 people annually require medical treatment for dog bites.
  • About 12 people each year die from dog attacks.
  • According to the Insurance Information Institute, insurance companies paid $317.2 million for dog bite liability claims in 2005 alone.