According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, dogs bite more than 4.7 million people each year. Roughly 800,000 of these people seek medical attention, with 386,000 injured badly enough to require treatment in an emergency department. About 16 people die from dog bites annually. Half of all medically treated dog bites involve children, and the CDC believes that dog bite injuries are a “largely preventable public health problem,” suggesting that better education is all that is needed to reduce their incidence. Though they have studied fatal dog bites over the last twenty years, including identifying the breeds of dogs involved, the CDC does not advocate breed-specific policies as a method of reducing dog bite occurrences.