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Although dogs are know for being “a man’s best friend” there are instances across the United States where our furry friends disobey and attack us humans. 

In fact, according to the Insurance Information Institute and State Farm Insurance Co. dog assaults cost the insurance industry $483.7 million last year. 

Since last week was National Dog Bite Prevention Week, State Farm Insurance Co. and Insurance Information Institute also came out with the top 15 states for dog bite claims in the United States. 

The list is as follows: 

1.    California -- 449 claims, $14.7 million paid
2.    Illinois -- 309 claims, $8.9 million paid
3.    Ohio -- 221 claims, $4.2 million paid
4.    Texas -- 207 claims, $4 million paid
5.    Pennsylvania -- 180 claims, $5.8 million paid
6.    Michigan -- 162 claims, $3.9 million paid
7.    New York -- 149 claims, $6.4 million paid
8.    Indiana -- 146 claims, $3.5 million paid
9.    Minnesota -- 120 claims, $4 million paid
10.  Georgia -- 106 claims, $2.1 million paid
11.  Arizona -- 105 claims, $2.8 million paid
12.  Florida -- 93 claims, 5.5 million paid
13.  Oregon -- 91 claims, $1.4 million paid
14.  Missouri -- 88 claims, $2 million paid
15.  New Jersey -- 86 claims, $4.3 million paid 

Since California is at the top of the list, it is important that you and your furry friends are being properly insured.  That’s why here at Mitchell & Mitchell, one of our pet insurance carriers, Trupanion, offers third-party liability coverage.  This means if your dog bites someone else, the coverage can help pay for damages related to the incident. 

For more information about our different carriers and about pet insurance in general, visit our pet insurance page or give us a call at 1-888-512-8878!

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