Thursday, July 11, 2013

Pedestrian Safety Kids Walking Vicious Dog Attacks Child Safety at Home Herald Sun July 8th 2013

"(The We are Family program http://www.pets.dpi.vic.gov.au/

In its first year  70,000 parents had heard the program's three key messages - 

prepare your pets; 

actively supervise pets with children; 

and if you cannot, then separate them."

"Almost half of all attacks occur in homes, and unsuspecting children are most often the victims, dog bite data prepared for the Herald Sun by Monash University's Victorian Injury Surveillance Unit shows.
In the past month, councils have reported hundreds of dog attacks and many have announced new plans to promote responsible pet ownership.
Last year, the Yarra Ranges recorded 235 reported dog attacks. Wyndham recorded 171 dog attacks, 69 on humans and 102 on other dogs, with just three in off-lead areas.
City of Moreland recorded 103 attacks (in 2012) - 27 in Glenroy, 15 in Brunswick and 13 in Coburg North - with five owners prosecuted and three dogs destroyed."
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Vicious dog attacks soar, but kids learn to avoid danger

Dangerous dog
Kindergarten and primary school children are being educated on dog safety.
TENS of thousands of kindergarten and primary school children and parents are being schooled on dog safety in a bid to reduce the growing number of serious dog attacks.
In the past year, 2200 visits to kindergartens and 922 to primary schools have seen almost 100,000 youngsters participate in the State Government's freeCommunity and School Responsible Pet Ownership Education Program, designed to prevent dog attacks both in the home and public places.
Almost half of all attacks occur in homes, and unsuspecting children are most often the victims, dog bite data prepared for the Herald Sun by Monash University's Victorian Injury Surveillance Unit shows.
Agriculture Minister Peter Walsh plans to further toughen laws against irresponsible dog owners but said education was also the key to reducing dog attacks.
"I believe these programs are part of the reason there has been a decrease in children being taken to hospital with dog bites," he said.

While young children are still the most at-risk group, there was a significant fall in the rate of children attending hospital emergency departments with injuries from dog attacks between 2005 and 2012.
Mr Walsh said the fall from 48 children to 40 children per 100,000 presenting at hospitals with dog bites recorded by VISU compared favourably to some other childhood injuries such as trampoline injuries, which rose by 85 per cent during the same period.
Mr Walsh said the Government had also provided $500,000 over four years to educate new parents to ensure a safe environment for children and pets through its We are Family program.
In its first year, 70,000 parents had heard the program's three key messages - prepare your pets; actively supervise pets with children; and if you cannot, then separate them.
Despite a doubling in hospital admissions to treat serious dog attack wounds over the past decade, the number of owners charged by police has fallen dramatically, with just 84 charges laid by police in 2011-12, compared with 233 in 2002-03.
Police media officer Belinda Batty said there had been no change in law that could account for the fall.
More than half of the 1540 charges laid in the decade to June 30 last year were for attacks on people, mostly by dogs already known to be dangerous.
The toll includes at least 367 attacks on people - 239 by dogs already deemed dangerous.
In at least 218 of those cases, the dog owner permitted their dogs to attack and in 98 cases, owners were charged with wilfully urging their dog to attack.
In at least another 40 cases, owners were charged when their dogs chased or rushed people.
Owners were also charged over another 284 attacks on other animals, 214 involving dogs already known to be dangerous.
In the past month, councils have reported hundreds of dog attacks and many have announced new plans to promote responsible pet ownership.
Last year, the Yarra Ranges recorded 235 reported dog attacks. Wyndham recorded 171 dog attacks, 69 on humans and 102 on other dogs, with just three in off-lead areas.
City of Moreland recorded 103 attacks - 27 in Glenroy, 15 in Brunswick and 13 in Coburg North - with five owners prosecuted and three dogs destroyed.
Councils and police have the power to seize dangerous dogs on the loose and have them destroyed.

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http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Child_safety_at_home


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