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Happy Tails: May 19-25, 2013 is Dog Bite Prevention Week
Children are the number one victims of dog bits. A shocking statistic: the ASPCA reports that 50 percent of children in the United States will be bitten by a dog before their 12th birthday. Click on headline for entire column with valuable tips on preventing dog bites
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By Peg Schaeffer
I watched the Preakness Stakes on Saturday. Unfortunately we will go another year without a Triple Crown winner. Orb was the favorite and went off with even odds. (Now that's an oxymoron) and Oxbow, the horse who won the Derby, was a 15-1 shot. The previous day was the Black Eyed Susan stakes (the Preakness for the fillies). The favorite, Emollient, finished 6th place out of 7 and the race was won by FiftyShadesofHay, who was 2-1.
Even four legged athletes have off days. I have shown horses for 50 years and there are days that you win and other days you wished you'd never gotten out of bed. My horse, Hocus Pocus, a.k.a. Lacey, would fly over the fences as if she had wings and then we'd be in a class and as we approached a fence she play the "polite" horse and let me go over the fence first. There are things that you just can't predict.
The week of May 19 through 25 is Dog Bite Prevention week. According to the Center for Disease Control, about 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year and approximately 885,000 of those bites require medical attention. Dog Bite Prevention Week is a public safety campaign to focus on safety tips and emphasize the need for increased pet owner responsibility in the prevention of dog bites.
Children are the number one victims of dog bites. Shockingly, the ASPCA reports that 50 percent of children in the United States will be bitten by a dog before their 12th birthday. Here are some tips to keep your child from being included in that statistic.
Contact us if you would like to help.
Peg Schaeffer, Sugarfoot Farm Rescue,
860 Sparksville Road
Columbia, KY 42728
Home telephone: 270-378-4521
Cell phone: 270-634-4675
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