In 2015, more than 28,000 people underwent reconstructive surgery as a result of being bitten by dogs.
2015 Plastic Surgery Statistics Report by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 2015
Dog bites and other dog-related injuries accounted for more than one-third of all homeowners insurance liability claim dollars paid out in 2016, costing more than $600 million.
Dog Bite Liability by Insurance Information Institute, 2017
Approximately 4.5 million dog bites occur each year in the United States. Nearly 1 out of 5 bites becomes infected.
Preventing Dog Bites, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, May 2015
Annual data from 2016 shows that 42% (13) of the fatality victims were children ages 9-years and younger and 58% (18) were adults, ages 30-years and older.
Family dogs inflicted 45% (14) of all deaths in 2016; family pit bulls accounted for 86% (12) of these deaths, up from an 11-year average of 63%. Of the 22 fatal pit bull attacks, 55% (12) involved a family or household member vs. 45% (10) non-family.
In 2016, dogs attacked over 6,750 U.S. Postal Service employees — over 200 more attacks than last year. The city of Los Angeles had the most attacks (80).
United States Postal Service (USPS), April 2017