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Michigan's got a dog bite problem

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A new report says dog bites are a big problem in Michigan.

The American Veterinary Medical Association ranked Michigan sixth in the nation for dog bites.

According to the association, insurance companies paid out $4.6 million in claims for dog bites in Michigan in 2012.

Bonnie Beaver is a former AVMA president. She says they’re not sure exactly how big the problem is.

“We truly do not have good, solid data on the frequency of dog bites, because it is not a reportable condition,” says Beaver, “And certainly, if your dog nips you, you are probably not going to report it to anybody.”

National Dog Bite Prevention week began Sunday.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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