LA CROSSE, Wis (WEAU)-
Dogs are considered mans best friend, but National Dog Bite Prevention Week reminds us that not every dog is friendly.
More than 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year and many of those bitten are children.
Earlier this month a 7 year old from Tomah, Dakota Carver, was nearly killed from a dog attack.
Dakota was attacked at the end of his driveway when he was home from school one Friday afternoon.
“I didn’t expect to go down there and see him in a pool of blood. When I got down there the dog was latched to his neck. I kicked the dog and was screaming. It’s something you don’t forget,” said Dakota’s mother Tracy Tupper.
The dog bit Dakota’s arms, and face. He had to get more than one hundred stitches, had staples in his head and had one ear reconstructed. Since the incident he has been making a steady recovery.
“He’s doing better, baby steps. May 21 was his first day back at school,” said Tupper.
The attack on Dakota could’ve happened to anyone. In La Crosse County, records show animal bites happen often.
“In 2011 we had 245 bites reported in La Crosse County,” said Executive Director of the Coulee Region Humane Society, Heather Schmid.
Whenever you are meeting a new dog make sure you ask the owner first if it’s okay to pet them. If they say it’s okay then you show them the back of your hand letting them get to know you. Never put your face anywhere near them.
“Face to face contact is threatening and overwhelming to an animal,” said Schmid.
Anytime an animal breaks skin make sure to wash the wound, make sure your tetanus shot is up to date, and report it to the local law enforcement.
“Anytime the skin is broken that is considered an animal bite,” said Schmid.