HOH’s One-Minute Recess: Call Off the Dogs

Posted May 18, 2009 at 11:22am

This week sees a Congressional holiday that would make Newman from “Seinfeld— proud.

Reps. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.) and Jim Moran (D-Va.) recently put forth legislation to make May 17-23 National Dog Bite Prevention Week, seeking to raise awareness about injuries caused by canines but also asking that local governments enact programs to prevent them.

[IMGCAP(1)]The bill is supported by various medical associations, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the United States Postal Service — which is not surprising, considering that more than 3,000 mail carriers are bitten by dogs each year, according to the bill.

“Congress has sought to protect the United States Postal Service employees and the public from all safety hazards, including dangerous dogs,— the bill reads, later adding that “preventing United States Postal Service employees from receiving dog bite injuries and protecting them from canine aggression are issues which must be addressed by each community.—

Not only postal services workers are bitten, either. The bill notes that “an unknown number of meter readers, police officers, and other door-to-door professionals who have regular exposure to numerous dogs— can be bitten by canines.

In fact, about 4.7 million people — or 2 percent of the population — are injured by dog bites in the United States every year, the bill notes, with 800,000 bitten seriously enough to need medical attention.

Guess that proves that a dog’s bite can be worse than its bark.

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