Rethinking Dog Bites In Massachusetts

This story comes courtesy of Eyewitness News/Providence – New Bedford:

Figures show some dogs do have bites worse than their barks

BOSTON Pit bull maulings might grab the headlines, but statistics show that all kinds of dogs bite — even the small and cuddly ones.

The state Department of Public Health reports that about 20-thousand people were treated for dog bites in hospital emergency rooms in Massachusetts between the years 2002 and 2004. Last year — according to the Boston Herald — more than 150 people were bitten severely enough to be admitted to hospitals. Fall River Dog Officer Melissa Sevigny says the popular perception that the bigger or more vicious breeds of dogs are most to blame is not the case. She says it’s the little dogs that bite — and often they do more damage than the big ones.