(KNOXVILLE, Tenn.) -- Numbers from insurance giant State Farm show that the number of dog bites in Tennessee is increasing, according to a report from ABC affiliate WATE-TV in Knoxville. May 19-26 is dog bite prevention week.
Tennessee ranked 14th among states when it comes to the number of insurance claims made for dog bites. State Farm says 78 claims were made in Tennessee in 2011. A spokesman for the company said dog bites are common during this time of the year because kids are getting out of school and running around neighborhoods unsupervised. State Farm says children make up about half of dog bite victims.
People are encouraged to properly train their dogs and teach their children not to approach animals they do not know.
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