Good Afternoon,In light of the Ohio bill and others mentioning that dog bites cannot be comparedto exotic animals due to the fact that there are "millions" of dogs, but not millionsof exotics, I have prepared an analysis which breaks down figures to percentage of owners and/or households that have had an incident. The percentage of domesticanimal owners that have had an incident, is greater than the percentage of exoticanimal owners that have an an incident. In my research, I also discovered thataccording to the AVMA there are an estimated 1.18 million "other" exotics in theUS.Resources are listed below the analysis. The analysis figures are PER YEAR.
Dog Bite Analysis...
Number of dogs owned perspective- 4,700,000 dog bites / 72,114,000 dogs ownedin us=
6.5% of dogs had an incident
Number of households owning dogs perspective- 4,700,000 dog bites/ 43,021,000households owning dogs=
10.92% of households had an incident.
(According toAVMA households own and avg of 1.7 dogs)Number of individuals hospitalized by dogs- 800,000 hospitalizations/ 72,114,000dogs owned=
1.1% of incidents required hospitalization.
US population affected- 4,700,000 bites/ 312,000,000 US population=
1.51% of US population is bitten by a dog PER YEAR
Above numbers do not include other "domestic" animals such as cats, and birds.Actual incidents by domestic animals is greater, but for purpose of this analysis thenumber of dog incidents suffice to prove that exotic pet owners have had a smallerpercentage (and number) of incidents when compared proportionately to