National Dog Bite Prevention Week April 14- 20

 Each year, 800, 00 people in the United States will receive medical attention for dog bites and half of this number is children. Dog bite injuries are highest in children aged 5-9years of age. Almost two thirds of injuries among children ages 4 years and younger are to the head and neck areas. Injuries occur more often in boys than in girls.

 Preventing Dog Bites:

Do not approach an unfamiliar dog. Before petting someone’s dog, ask the owner’s permission.

 Let the dog “sniff” your closed hand, then pet the dog’s sides and back gently.

 Teach children not to scare or disturb a dog if it is eating, sleeping, playing with toys or caring for its puppies. Teach children not to tease, pinch, poke, pull, throw things, and wave a stick at a dog. Animals may bite if they are startled or frightened.

 Do not try to pet a dog that is in a car or behind a fence. Dogs will often protect their property and home.

 Don’t play rough with your dog as this can teach aggressiveness.

 Be sure your dog has a place it can go and not be disturbed.

 Do not leave young children alone with a dog.

 If an unfamiliar dog approaches, you remain still, hands at your sides and do not make eye contact. Do not scream and run. Never try to outrun a dog. Back away from him slowly.

 If you are on the ground, roll up into a ball with your hands over your ears. Stay still and quiet like this until the dog goes away.

 If the dog does attack, put anything you can between you and the dog like a jacket, purse book bag.

 Learn to understand a dog’s body language. Either an angry dog or a frightened dog may be prone to bite. An angry dog may try to make itself look bigger: ears standing up, the fur on its back standing on end, tail straight up (it may still be wagging). It may approach with teeth bares and growling, and stare straight at you. A frightened dog may put its tail between its legs, roll over on its back, crouch to the ground and fold its ears back.

 Instruct children to report any stray animals to you. They need to be reminded never to touch an injured animal or one exhibiting strange behavior.

 If you are bitten or attacked by a dog:

Immediately wash the wound with soap and warm water.

If needed, contact your physician for additional care or go to the local emergency room.

 Report the bite to your local animal control agency. Provide animal control with everything you know about the dog, including its owners name and address if known to you. If the dog is a stray, tell the animal control officer what the dog looks like, where you last saw the animal, if you have seen it before and in which direction it went.

 If your dog bites someone:

Confine the dog immediately and check on the victim’s condition. Seek medical help if necessary.

Provide the bit victim with your name, dogs’ information including dates of last vaccinations and veterinarians name and address.

Animal control will also need the animals’ medical information. The dog must be quarantined animal control officers will explain this process to you.

 Reducing dog bite risks:

Spay or neuter your animal. , this may help with aggressive tendencies and reduce your dog’s desire to roam and fight with other dogs. 

Socialize your dog. Introduce you dog to many different types of people and situations so they are not nervous or frightened under normal circumstances. Dogs that are well socialized and supervised ate much less likely to bite.  

 Train you dog and teach it appropriate behavior, do not teach the dog to chase after or attack others, even in fun. Set appropriate limits for our dog’s behavior. Dangerous behavior towards other animals may eventually lead to dangerous behavior toward people.

 Be a responsible dog owner. License your dog as required by law, and provide regular veterinary care including rabies vaccinations. Don’t allow your dog to run loose. Dogs that spend a great deal of time alone or tied to a chain can often become dangerous.

 If you do not know how your dog will react to a new situation, be cautious. It is better to leave the animal at home than subject him to a crowd or strangers.

 The information above was provided by the NHSUS, SPCA and NAHEE.

Adoptable dogs- at this time there are no dogs available for adoption

Featured Cats- Jake and Meg

Jake

Jake is a large black cat with a wonderful “purr-sonality” . He is very friendly, loves people and attention. Jake is very talkative and will give you head butts to show affection or just to let you know he wants more of your time devoted to him. He is quite the handsome gentleman.

Meg

Meg is a pretty white kitty with calico markings and tail. Meg is a bit shy but she loves attention. She enjoys being petted and brushed and sharing in your conversations. She is not comfortable bring held but is becoming more and more outgoing. She would need a quite home but would be a wonderful companion.

Other available cats

 Izzy- She is shy but loves attention, being petted and brushed. Not comfortable with being held.

 Copper -Super friendly and talkative. On special medication and food ( few month supply will be provided). M 15 years old

 Sabrina- black long hair. Owner died. She needs a quiet home.

 Jade- Long hair gray but is sporting a summer lions cut. Loves attention

 Luna -black with beautiful eyes. she loves attention and being around people

 Butters- buff colored kitten about 3-4 months old. Full of kitten energy. Loves to play and snuggle.

 The City of Mesquite Animal Shelter located at 795 Hardy Way is open for adoptions from 8:00 am until 4 pm Monday through Friday (excluding holidays), Saturday 11am-1pm , Sunday 1pm -3pm. Please call – Animal Control may be reached by phone or voicemail at 702-346-5268 

All animals will be spayed or neutered prior to leaving shelter and receive 1 year rabies vaccination and city license. Ages are approximate.

The animals submitted to the media may have changed so please visit our Petfinder website for a current listing and more detailed information on the animals. www.mesquiteanimalshelter.petfinder.com

Please also check our Facebook pages for lost and found animals along with pet information. https://www.facebook.com/MesquiteNVAnimalControl  and https://www.facebook.com/FRIENDSOFMESQUITENVANIMALSHELTER