They’re called man’s best friend for a reason. For thousands of years, dogs have lived alongside humans, providing companionship and protection. Dogs are now so much a part of our lives that we often forget where they came from — the wild. As much unconditional love as they might give us — and with 89.7 million doggos in the U.S., there’s a lot of love to give — at the end of the day they are still animals, and no matter how much of our human ways we impose on them (like funny Halloween costumes or those ugly Christmas sweaters), and no matter how much they might seem to tolerate it, that fact is never going to change.
Serious dog bite injuries are far more common than we as a society would probably like to admit. In California — perhaps due to its larger population — dogs bite more people than in any other state. When State Farm looked into the statistics this summer, it found that we were the worst state for dog bite injuries by a wide margin. In fact, California claims accounted for nearly 14% of all dog bite injuries in the country last year, according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.), with statewide payouts topping out at a whopping $90.4 million.
Nationwide, that number climbed to a staggering $686 million for 18,522 claims, at an average paid out cost of $37,051. “