Dog attack figures place Wakefield among worst areas in country

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Wakefield is among the country’s worst hotspots for dog attacks.

Last year 92 people were hospitalised according to latest figures.

The district had the sixth highest rate of hospital admissions from dog bites and strikes in England during 2013.

Figures from the Health and Social Care Information show dog attacks were three times more likely to happen in deprived areas of the country, and the West Yorkshire had the third highest rate of the incidents.

Wakefield had 92 hospital admissions and the sixth highest rate of dog attack incidents per 100,000 people last year.

The incidents caused 6,700 people to be hospitalised in England, up six per cent on the previous year.

Out of every 100,000 people who lived in the most deprived areas of the country there were 24 people admitted to hospital because of a dog attack.

In the most affluent areas, there were eight admissions for every 100,000 people.

Overall, bites and strikes from other mammals such as horses, foxes and cats accounted for 2,970 admissions, a 10 per cent increase on the previous 12 months.