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Dog Bites Increase With Warmer Weather

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"It's very common in this area. i wish we could say its going down, but it does seem to increase every year," said Scott County Humane Director Pam Arndt. Ardnt says this time of year she sees the most bite reports on her desk because more people are owning dogs and the weather is warmer. "Part of the reason for the increase is because the weathers getting better so people are outside more. kids are coming home from school. the dogs are getting out."

If dogs approach you, Ardnt recommends you stay calm.  "stop and stand still. You definitely don't need to run because that's only going to encourage them to play as a dog will see it. They will chase you," said Arndt. "You can use whatever you can block them. if it's a trash can, clip board lid...."

While some believe certain breeds are more vicious than others, others think no matter the breed the  dog is a reflection of its owner. Ardnt says owners just have to make sure their pets are properly trained  before  interacting with others. "Everyone thinks their pet is a great pet and would never bite, but as long as they have teeth, they can bite it just takes that one situation for it to happen," said Ardnt.
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