"... The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association recognizes that aggressiveness in all dogs and the subsequent dangers to the public are largely a product of inappropriate methods of genetic selection, rearing and training ..."

"... Health Canada recently reported through the Canadian Hospitals Injury Reporting and Prevention Program that the data collected concluded 'it was clear that dog bites are, to a point, preventable. The results support the argument that young children, because of their lack of judgment or their difficulty in recognizing the dog's warning signs, are more likely to act in ways the dog considers threatening ..."

"... According to [a 1994 national telephone survey by] the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, every 40 seconds a dog bites someone [in the United States] severely enough to warrant medical attention. Put another way, every year in the United States, almost 2 percent of the population is bitten by a dog. That's about 4.7 million bites, of which nearly 800,000 require medical attention ...

"... A study published by the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Journal [in 1998] found that the median age of patients bitten was 15 years, with children; especially boys aged 5 to 9 years, having the highest incidence rate. The authors write that it has been estimated that almost half of all children have been bitten by a dog at some point in their lives ... Children seen [in emergency departments] were more likely than older persons to be bitten on the face, neck and head. ... Considering the risk to large parts of the population, especially to children, it is necessary that effective preventive strategies be developed and applied to reduce the painful and costly burden of dog bites. We know little about what strategies work or do not work. More knowledge is needed through a combination of enhanced and coordinated dog bite reporting systems, expanded population-based surveys, and implementation and evaluation of preventive trials. Particularly for the more severe episodes, information needs to be obtained regarding high risk situations, high risk dogs, and what leads to successful preventive interventions ... "

" ... In Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from 1979 to 1994, there were 279 people killed by dog attacks. More recently, during 1995 - 1996, 25 people died as a result of dog attacks. Of these, 20 were children under 12 years of age ..."