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Hospital admissions caused by dogs on the rise

Injuries caused by dogs caused 6,120 hospital admissions in England (of 14.8 million total admissions) from May 2010 to April 2011 – five per cent more than in the previous 12 month period, according to the NHS Information Centre.

April 2011 – the latest month available – also recorded the highest number of admissions due to being injured by a dog (640) of any of the 24 months from May 2009. This continues an annual pattern that rises and peaks between April and August.

Today's report focuses on those with more serious injuries which result in hospital admissions and not those dealt with solely in A&E. It shows that about one in six (17 per cent) dog injury admissions in the 12 months to April 2011 related to a child under 10 (1010 in total).