When dogs bite

VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – Dogs are more than just animals, we consider them a member of our family, and sometimes we forget what they can be capable of.

According to a recent study from State Farm Insurance, Indiana ranks 8 out of the top 15 states for dog bite claims. Illinois takes the number 2 spot on that list.

News 10 first brought you the story of Tylar Barnes in 2011. Barnes was attacked by a pitbull just blocks away from his house. Barnes suffered with serious injuries to his leg.

“No one should judge the dog because it’s always the owner,” Barnes says.

And for pet owners, situations like Tylar’s can be prevented.

“We as humans have a hard time reading the natural cues that dogs are trying to give us,” says Dr. Beth Brown, Brown Veterinary Hospital, “They often put their ears down, they’re panting a lot, yawning a lot and the hackles can come up on the back of their neck.”

Brown says these are just some of the signs to watch out for as a sign of nervousness.

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