In England, the number of bites that people have received from dogs, which were serious enough to require hospital treatment, have risen from 6,130 (2010-2011) to 6, 450 (2011-2012), based on data summarized by USEC
. The figures are based on the period April to March.
Of the 6,000 plus bites, some 1,000 were received by children under the age of 10. Three-quarters of the children required surgery including almost 500 who needed plastic surgery. National Health Service data
indicates that admissions were highest in the North East of England.
The information is based on a report from the UK Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). The HSCIC chief executive Tim Straughan is quoted by the BBC
"Through further analysis, it is also possible to infer a likely distinction in the type of injuries sustained by child and adult victims of dog bites and strikes; with children having a higher rate of admission to the specialities that carry out plastic and specialist facial surgery."
The Daily Telegraph
, in relation to these figures, reports that one of the causes is thought the rise in so-called "status dogs" trained for fighting by teenage gangs. This refers to dogs which are known to be particularly dangerous or aggressive (or can be trained to be so), being used by gang members so that they can appear tough and dangerous themselves.