This is National Dog Bite Prevention Week, sponsored by the United States Postal Service and the Humane Society of the United States.

Rep. Thaddeus G. McCotter (R-MI-11) has introduced House Resolution 419 in support:

Recognizing May 20-26, 2007, as National Dog Bite Prevention Week and calling upon all municipalities to work with the American Veterinary Medical Association, the United States Postal Service, and the American Academy of Pediatrics to adopt and implement effective dog bite injury prevention programs to protect Postal Service employees, including laws encouraging responsible dog ownership.

As young children, the elderly and postal carriers are the three most likely sorts of people to suffer dog bites, it is not surprising that the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) supports Rep. McCotter’s resolution:

NALC President William H. Young emphasized that letter carriers face the danger of dog bites every day they are working. He said the union backs McCotter’s resolution to raise awareness among Americans of the always
traumatic and very often serious injuries that occur from such incidents.

“Local governments and homeowners must ensure that it is safe for letter carriers and others to walk through their neighborhoods without fear of being attacked,” Young said. “This includes adopting and then enforcing
sufficient laws to control dangerous animals.”

For its part, the Humane Society provides resources that teach how to avoid or prevent dog bites.

Because young children are the most likely to be bitten, the Human Society provides a two-page coloring activity (pdf) that teaches kids proper behavior to prevent bites.

For adults, the Humane Society has posted a question-and-answer sheet explaining safe and unsafe behavior around dogs.

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) supports the effort to prevent dog bites with readily available online resources including A community approach to dog bite prevention (pdf), a report targeted to communities that wish to set up a comprehensive bite-prevention program.

The American Academy of Pediatrics provides a lesson in dog safety plus a brochure, What You Should Know About Dog Bite Prevention (pdf).

[cehwiedel also writes at cehwiedel.com]

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