Dogs may be ‘man’s best friend,’ but they do often bite. It is National Dog Bite Prevention Week, and it is meant to raise awareness to dangers of dog bites in local communities. In Santa Barbara County alone, over 630 bites were reported to Santa Barbara County Animal Services in 2018. Furthermore, the majority of dog bite claims in the county came out of California in 2018, per KEYT News. What many people do not know is, the pet owner is responsible of their dog and the injuries their dog may cause to another.

Take this as a friendly reminder to be aware of your surroundings and aware of stray dogs. Remind your children to be cautious of all dogs they do not know, and never leave a small child alone with a dog.

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