Reported dog bites dropping steadily in Davidson County

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 10:05pm

Reported dog bites in Davidson County for the first half of fiscal year 2011 were down significantly compared to numbers from the two previous years, a downward trend Metro Animal Care and Control Director Judy Ladebauche calls “significant.”

From July 1 to Dec. 30, 2010 (fiscal year 2011 started July 1), MACC reported 199 bites. At the current rate, fiscal year 2011 will see no more than 400 reported dog bites.

By comparison, the number of reported dog bites in fiscal year 2009 was 670 incidents and 579 during the same period in 2010.

“It would be incredible if our number at June 30 ends up being below 400,” Ladebauche said. “Dog bites are a serious public health issue. While there will never be a time without bites, we hope this trend continues.”

Ladebauche credited community-wide efforts to educate citizens about animal safety as playing a role in the reduced numbers.

On a related note, Ladebauche said Davidson County has seen no rabies cases attributed to dogs in many years.

3 Comments on this post:

By: Loner on 1/19/11 at 5:08

As a retired Letter Carrier, I can applaud any and all efforts to reduce dog attacks on humans...."man's best friend" can be a real pain in the @ss....ask any Letter Carrier.

By: house_of_pain on 1/19/11 at 8:17

We could probably get that number below 50 if people would obey leash laws & keep their dogs away from other people's property.
Nah, that will never happen.

By: chetuno on 1/19/11 at 6:11

What are MACC's numbers on total animals taken in? Euthanized? Adopted? How safe are neighborhoods from animals running at large? Is low cost or free spay neuter services available to citizens for their pets? What's the response time for animal energency calls? That will give us a better idea of where our shelter stands.