Many people think of dogs as nothing more than "man's best friend." They may interact with dogs every day and never really comprehend the dangers that a dog can inflict. While many dogs are friendly and harmless, some can cause serious and long lasting physical and emotional wounds.
In fact, according to healthcare professionals, dogs bite around 4.5 million people every year in the United States. Many of the people hurt by dogs are children. Statistics show that half of the people bitten by a dog each year are young children between 5-years-old and 9-years-old. Therefore, children should never be left alone with dogs and people should always stay away from strange dogs.