The effect of breed-specific dog legislation on hospital treated dog bites in Odense, Denmark: A time series intervention study

Finn Nilson*, John Damsager, Jens Lauritsen, Carl Bonander

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As dog bite injuries are a considerable problem in modern society, in order to reduce such injuries, breed-specific legislation has been introduced in a number of countries. Whilst many studies have shown a lack of effect with such legislation, the commonly used methodology is known to be flawed. Therefore, the aim of this study is to investigate the effect of the Danish breed-specific legislation on the number of dog bite injuries using more credible methods. A time series intervention method was used on a detailed dataset from Odense University Hospital, Denmark, regarding dog bite injuries presented to the emergency department. The results indicate that banning certain breeds has a highly limited effect on the overall levels of dog bite injuries, and that an enforcement of the usage of muzzle and leash in public places for these breeds also has a limited effect. Despite using more credible and sound methods, this study supports previous studies showing that breed-specific legislation seems to have no effect on dog bite injuries. In order to minimise dog bite injuries in the future, it would seem that other interventions or non-breed-specific legislation should be considered as the primary option.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
Artikelnummere0208393
TidsskriftPLOS ONE
Vol/bind13
Udgave nummer12
Antal sider8
ISSN1932-6203
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 26. dec. 2018

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