The week’s top dog stories

Dog bites cost insurers almost $500 million last year

The average cost of dog bite claims in the U.S. was $29,396 in 2011, up 12.3% from $26,166 in 2010. In fact, from 2003 to 2011, the cost of the average dog bite claim increased by 53.4%.

After children ages 5 to 9 years old, the agency said that seniors represent the largest group at risk, followed by letter carriers. Read more

Attend a dog bite prevention webinar

Family Paws Parent Education (FPPE) offers new and expecting families information about dog behavior and communication BEFORE there is a concern or problem. One way FPPE is reaching families is through webinars like “The Inclusion of Family Dogs for Success: Building Dog-Child Bonds” being offered for free for dog bite prevention week. Read more

Sniffer dog nabs smuggler hiding heroin in rectum

Reuters reports: ” A man who tried to smuggle heroin into the United States concealed in his rectum was caught by U.S. officials – with the help of a drug-sniffer dog named Malone – as he walked across the border from Mexico.”

Reuters also chose this rather peculiar photo from U.S. Customs and Border Protection to accompany the article.

A package of heroin weighing just under five ounces
A package of heroin weighing just under five ounces

Hmmm, Scottie News doubts wonders if the alleged smuggler got bitten in the butt whether it would lead to an insurance claim. Read more