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Environmental Health Division Raises Awareness of Animal Attacks

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Springtime traditionally brings with it an increase in outdoor activities. Unfortunately, it also brings a noticeable increase in the number of animal bites reported to Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS). DCHHS wants the citizens of Dallas County to be aware of simple precautions that can prevent them from becoming animal bite victims.

"It's important to educate parents about their children's awareness of stray animals and to teach them the signs of an aggressive animal," states Tony Jenkins, Dallas County Health and Human Services Assistant Director of Environmental Health. "It is also important not to allow children to agitate or tease animals," Jenkins continues.

Along with proper vaccinations, having your pets spayed or neutered also reduces the risk of pets straying
and exposure to animals that may be rabid. This also cuts down on the unwanted pet population. The unincorporated areas of Dallas County need to be especially mindful of wildlife and allowing their pets to roam freely.

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"Dogs bites are a serious health problem that inflict both physical and emotional damage to the victim,"
said Zachary Thompson, DCHHS Director.

DCHHS has Animal Control officers on call 24hours a day to respond to calls. Assisted by the local Sheriff's Department, these officers handle all animal incidences in the unincorporated areas of Dallas County.

Armed with tranquilizer syringe poles, dart guns and catchall poles these officers risk exposure to attacks in order to capture and reduce the risk from animal attacks throughout Dallas County. The animals are then sent to animal shelters. Precautions are taken to avoid harming the animals in their capture while protecting the animal and themselves.

DCHHS advises citizens to be alert to any aggressive behaviors in domesticated animals or changes in the patterns of wild animals that don't normally approach humans or populated areas. For more information on
animal control, please contact DCHHS Environmental Health Division at (214) 8192115, visit www.dallascounty.org.