How did Georgia fare in the 2011 US Postal Service List Of Cities With Most Dog Attacks?
As you can see in the accompanying chart thankfully Georgia Cities did not rank in the top 46 cities with the most dog attacks. source
Which states had the most cities that had dog attacks?
Unfortunately California and Texas didn’t fare as well with dog bites. California had Los Angeles (83), San Diego (68) in the top 2 spots with Sacramento (35), San Francisco (26), Oakland (24), San Jose (24) and Long Beach (18) also making an appearance. Texas had Houston (47), Dallas (41), San Antonio (39), Ft. Worth (23) and El Paso (20).
Does this mean that big cities in Georgia like Atlanta do not have a problem with dog attacks?
In 2009 a pack of dogs brought down and killed an animal-loving couple last weekend in rural northeastern Georgia, and a similar tragedy could occur anywhere dogs roam freely, authorities say. http://articles.cnn.com/2009-08-19/us/georgia.dog.attack_1_pack-behavior-dogs-bonnie-beaver?
Here A 9-year-old girl was hospitalized after being mauled by a pit bull dog in Gainesville. http://onlineathens.com/local-news/2012-04-20/georgia-girl-9-hospitalized-after-dog-attack
Over half of the victims are children! So please be careful especially if you are a parent and a petowner!
Now what does this have to do with your homeowners insurance in Georgia?
Notice what the Insurance Information Institute had to say about this?
” Dog bites accounted for more than one-third of all homeowners insurance liability claims paid out in 2011, costing nearly $479 million, according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.). State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, the largest writer of homeowners insurance in the U.S., paid out more than $109 million as a result of its nearly 3,800 dog bite claims in 2011. An analysis of homeowners insurance data by the I.I.I. found that the average cost paid out for dog bite claims was $29,396 in 2011, up 12.3 percent from $26,166 in 2010. From 2003 to 2011 the cost of the average dog bite claim increased by 53.4 percent. The number of claims rose 3.3 percent from 15,770 in 2010 to 16,292 in 2011. “ Source
While none of the cities in Georgia appeared in the 2011 US Postal Service List Of Cities With Most Dog Attacks, the fact is that these warnings are for all of us. Protect your loved ones, friends and neighbors by being a responsible pet owner.