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July 11, 2019
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Steve Beal, Animal Control Manager, 402-441-7900

Animal Control Urges Safety Around Pets

Dog bite reports increasing in Lincoln, especially for children

Following an increase in dog bite reports this year, Lincoln Animal Control reminds parents and caregivers to keep children safe around pets. The number of bites reported so far in 2019 is 233, compared to 398 bites for all of 2018, according to Steve Beal, Animal Control Manager.

Beal said that children ages 10 and under represent the largest group of bite victims this year, with 39 incidents, and the same group accounts for 204 dog bites in Lincoln over the past two-and-a-half years.

Beal said any dog can and will bite under certain circumstances. He recommends the public follow these guidelines to help prevent dog bites:

In Lincoln, dogs and cats are required by law to be vaccinated against rabies. Animal Control investigates all reported dog bites and confirms the rabies vaccination status of dogs and cats. For more information on dog bites, visit (keyword: animal control) or call 402-441-7900.

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