District is dog attack hotspot

Dangerous dog - pit bull
Dangerous dog - pit bull

The Wakefield district is among the country’s worst hotspots for dog attacks after 92 people were hospitalised from the incidents last year.

The district had the sixth highest rate of hospital admissions from dog bites and strikes in England during 2013.

Figures from the Health and Social Care Information show dog attacks were three times more likely to happen in deprived areas of the country, and that West Yorkshire had the third highest rate of the incidents.

Wakefield had 92 hospital admissions and the sixth highest rate of dog attack incidents per 100,000 people last year.

The incidents caused 6,700 people to be hospitalised in England, up six per cent on the previous year.

Out of every 100,000 people who lived in the most deprived areas of the country there were 24 people admitted to hospital because of a dog attack.

In the most affluent areas, there were eight admissions for every 100,000 people.

Overall, bites and strikes from other mammals such as horses, foxes and cats accounted for 2,970 admissions, a 10 per cent increase on the previous 12 months.

Caroline Kisko, secretary of the Kennel Club, which campaigns for responsible dog ownership, said that with summer approaching it was important that parents spoke to their children about dog safety.

She said: “Dogs are a huge part of our lives in Britain and children are naturally curious and excited to be around them, so it is crucial that they are taught from an early age how best to interact with them.”