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Dog Bite Prevention Week can help keep you and your kids safe

Officials at Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control launched their "Be a Bite Free Superhero" campaign this week to help encourage children and adults to be an advocate for there dog.

Posted: Apr 9, 2018 11:58 AM
Updated: Apr 10, 2018 10:14 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - This week marks the start of National Dog Bite Prevention Week and there are a number of ways to keep you and your children safe.


Officials at Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control launched their "Be a Bite Free Superhero" campaign this week to help encourage children and adults to be an advocate for there dog.

Dogs are likely to bite people if they’re under stress, so if you see a dog licking their lips or with their ears back, these are signs of stressful situations for a dog.

It’s not just unfamiliar dogs that are most likely to bite. An incident could happen in your own home.

Holly Pasquinelli, Community Relations and Education Specialist at FWACC says “the majority of dog bites come from a dog that lives within the home or a dog that isn’t familiar with us, or from dogs that you might see out on the street that are strays. So, we’re really working to make this a fun lesson, obviously we don’t want to scare anyone, but we want kids to be able to prevent bites and stay safe around dogs.”

For more ways to learn how to prevent a dog bite, click here.

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