Texas No. 4 in the US for dog bite claims

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HOUSTON, TX – You don’t mess with Texas, unless off course you’re a dog.  In that case, you mess.

According to State Farm claims data, the Lone Star State is number 4 in the U.S. for dog bite claims. The insurer reports 207 claims in Texas in 2013, resulting in $4 million in damages.

“We usually think that dog bites are only happening with the pit bulls, the boxers, the German shepherd or other large dogs,” said State Farm agent, Theo Franklin, “but the truth of the matter is any dog can bite.”

Just in time for National Dog Bite Prevention Week, here’s some alarming numbers that will make you howl. Each year, there are 4.5 million victims of dog bites in the nation, with children, elderly and postal carriers being the most frequent targets. In total, State Farm paid $104 million as a result of 3,700 dog bite claims. And that’s just one of the countless insurers.

“Owners need to make sure that they always keep their dog on a leash,” said Franklin, “and second, that they’re always aware of the location of the dog.”

With 70 million dogs in America, it’s hard to know which ones are friendly and which ones are the psychos. Just like with humans.  So, beware.