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Children are being attacked by dogs every day in Surrey


Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 6:02am 27th June 2017. (Updated at 6:39pm 27th June 2017)

A child is attacked by a dog in Surrey and Sussex every day.

Shocking new statistics show there were 511 incidents in the patch from April 2015 to March 2016.

That is up more than 300 from the year before.

The data comes from the NHS which says a third of children in the UK will encounter a dog every day.

Below show the figures in Surrey and Sussex since 2011.

Area 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
Surrey and Sussex Area Team 192 128 160 187 511


Animal welfare charity, The Dogs Trust has since launched a programme that teaches children how to be safe around animals.

'Be Dog Smart' looks at things such as not disturbing dogs when they're eating; letting them sniff your hand before stroking it gently; and always checking with the owner before touching a dog. 

The Dogs Trust's Guide to "Be Dog Smart" gives 10 easy tips to remind kids how to stay safe around dogs:    

  • Beware of disturbing dogs that are eating or sleeping
  • Even if for fun, don't ever tease a dog please
  • Don't approach a dog with no owner around
  • Only stroke a dog when the owner says 'Yes, you can.'
  • Get the dog to sniff your hand first, then stroke gently
  • Strange dog approaching? Stand still, look away, cross your arms (Do the X-Factor!)
  • Move calmly and quietly around any dog
  • All that hugging and kissing - you might like it, dogs don't!
  • Remember all dogs have teeth
  • Treat dogs with respect and they will respect you!

Kelly Craig is from The Dogs Trust and said: "It's ensuring they're well trained, that we have them on leads when they should be, that they have good recall in parks but also that members of the public and children know how to react especially to unfamiliar dogs that they might meet.

"All of our messages go across the board because a lot of the time parents are meant to be there to be these role models to children and re-enforce our messages.

"It's important it gets spread to as many people as possible."


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