Tracking Dog Bites in San Diego - NBC 7 San Diego

Tracking Dog Bites in San Diego

Which San Diego communities have the most dog bites?



    It’s the dog version of county jail: a back wing at the San Diego County Animal Service Building, where more than a dozen dogs are serving a 10-day “time out” for biting.

    The quarantine is typically part of a warning for first-time offenders. However, if they bite a human again in the next four years, they’ll be classified as a “dangerous dog” for life.

    Orange County supervisors have been considering a website to alert community members about “dangerous dogs”. It would be like, which tracks sex offenders, except it would list the addresses of dogs classified as dangerous.

    The idea is something San Diego County animal officials have considered in the past, but they say it isn’t practical.

    Tracking Dangerous Dogs in San Diego?

    [DGO]  Tracking Dangerous Dogs in San Diego?
    NBC 7's Steven Luke reports from Barrio Logan - a community where more dog bites were reported in the last year than any other within the jurisdiction of San Diego County animal services. But - don't expect to see an official website tracking dangerous dogs in our county anytime soon.
    (Published Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013)

    “The recidivism rate of people who have a declared dog that then go on to bite or attack is so minuscule compared to the number of actual dog bites we get in the county that it wouldn’t be the best use of those statistics,” said Lt. Kalani Hudson.

    Hudson says almost all of the bites are from first time offenders, so the site wouldn’t do much good.

    The department does track dog bites closely and provided NBC 7 with a list of zip codes within their jurisdiction where the most dog bites occurred between July 1, 2012 and June 30 of this year.

    Police Taser Stray Dog, Draw Criticism

    [DGO]Police Taser Stray Dog, Draw Criticism
    El Cajon police used mace and a taser to try and catch a stray dog on Saturday. One animal rights advocate says this was cruel and ineffective. But police say the dog was being aggressive and that the actions were justified. NBC 7's Mari Payton reports.
    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013)

    View the list here.

    The 92113 zip code-- which encompasses areas like downtown, Barrio Logan and Logan Heights-- had the most dog bites in San Diego with 113 reported incidents.

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