TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Two-and-a-half years ago Carter Tate, 5, was Terre Haute's poster-child for dog bite victims.
There've been countless of cases since Tate's -- many of which go un-reported.
But the attacks that are track-able have boosted the state of Illinois to the 2nd highest ranked state, last year with 337 insurance claims. This has cost the company of State Farm $9 million in pay-outs.
Indiana has reported148 claims, costing 2.7 million ranking the state at 7th.
Terre Haute State Farm Insurance Agent, Sandy Bryant says a canine count is something State Farm asks for when customers purchase home-owner's insurance.
"So, what State Farm would want to know is how many dogs do you currently own? And how many of those dogs have ever bitten anyone? Or, are they trained for attack or guard purposes?" said Bryant.
Suffice it to say, dog owners have a big responsibility in preventing animal attacks. But so does the general public, in simply being vigilant -- aware, in other words, when out walking, jogging or riding.
"If you don't know the animal do not approach it!" warned Animal Control Officer, Tim Manley. "Whether the owner says it won't bite, or not. Never put your hand down by a dog that you don't know!"
A dog bite is a sure-fire way to alienate your neighbor but it's also a way for dog owners to lose a lot of money.
State Farm saw nearly 4,000 dog bite claims last year nationally and had to shell out $108 million.
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