When animals attack: Pets behaving badly statistics

The NSW Ambulance Service details the animal bite injuries they've treated.
The NSW Ambulance Service details the animal bite injuries they've treated.

WHILE most people live in fear of shark attacks, Ambulance Service of NSW figures reveal it is the animals we share our homes with that are more likely to harm us.

In the five months to January 31, paramedics in NSW treated at least 237 people for dog bites and attacks and 22 people for incidents involving cats.

Guinea pigs also came in for mention, with two people treated for bite wounds.

Horses accounted for 15 responses where the animal has either bitten, kicked or rolled on a person.

Farmers had their share of grief with nine incidents involving people being either trampled, charged or kicked.

More obscure attacks involved stingrays, two attacks by sharks, one by a water buffalo and one blue-ringed octopus envenomation.

Paramedics advise that the puncture wound caused by an animal should always be assessed and cleaned by a health care professional.

Cleaning is important because animals come into contact with undesirable bacteria and germs and this can be transferred through their claws and teeth and cause serious health issues such as tetanus.

As a rule, all animal bites will require an Adult Diphtheria and Tetanus (ADT) vaccination.

Ambulance Service of NSW Bite/Attacks Report

Northern Region

(1/9/12 to 31/1/13)

September 2012

1/9        Coutts Crossing: Dog

4/9        East Kempsey: Dog

6/9        Charmhaven: Horse (bite)

10/9      Blue Haven: Dog

10/9      Raymond Terrace: Dog

11/9      Killarney Vale: Dog

15/9      Aberglasslyn: Dog

16/9      Redhead: Dog (tip of finger bitten off)

18/9      Gateshead: Dog

27/9      Forster: Dog

29/9      Evans Head: Dog


October 2012

2/10      Taylors Arm: Dog

3/10      Tintenbar: Horse (bite)

7/10      Bateau Bay: Bird

12/10    Umina Beach: Cat

13/10    Urunga: Dog

16/10    Woodberry: Dog

19/10    Buff Point: Dog

20/10    Woodenbong: Dog

20/10    Lake Haven: Dog

22/10    Merewether: Dog

26/10    Mount View: Horse (kicked)

28/10    Bulahdelah: Fruit bat (bite on hand)

29/10    East Gosford: Dog


November 2012

2/11      Coffs Harbour: Dog

4/11      South West Rocks: Dog

5/11      Terrigal: Dog

5/11      Greta Main: Dog

5/11      San Remo: Dog

6/11      Booerie Creek: Bird, cockatoo

8/11      Greenhill: Dog

8/11      Scone: Horse (kicked)

13/11    Woodberry: Dog

14/11    Jiggi: Horse (kicked)

17/11    East Coraki: Cow (charged by, unconscious)

17/11    Raymond Terrace: Bird, cockatoo

24/11    West Kempsey: Dog

25/11    Wickham: Dog

26/11    Charlestown: Dog


December 2012

2/12      Port Macquarie: Goanna (cut finger)

2/12      South West Rocks: Shark

4/12      Swansea: Dog

6/12      Toronto: Dog

7/12      Charlestown: Dog

9/12      Cabarita Beach: Stingray

9/12      Stockton: Dog

12/12    Merewether: Cat

12/12    Bolton Point: Dog

13/12    Hamilton: Dog

15/12    Evans Head: Cat

16/12    Tea Gardens: Dog

21/12    Ballina: Dog

25/12    Coraki: Dog

28/12    Diamond Head: Shark (lost index finger, thigh bite)

28/12    Pindimar: Dogs

30/12    South West Rocks: Dog

31/12    Cams Wharf: Sea animal

31/12    Wardell: Dogs


January 2013

1/1        Byron Bay: Dog

1/1        Belmont: Dog

1/1        Shortland: Cat

4/1        Killarney Vale: Stingray           

4/1        Nobbys Creek: Cow (kicked by, pinned to ground)

7/1        Baerami: Horse (kicked by)

8/1        Watanobbi: Dog

9/1        Waratah: Cat

12/1      Buchanan: Horse, kicked

13/1      West Kempsey: Bull (bucked off, loss of consciousness, trampled)

16/1      Billinudgel: Dogs

16/1      Collombatti: Water buffalo (gored in posterior, thigh)

17/1      Mooney Mooney: Catfish

19/1      Upper Orara: Cat

20/1      Glenning Valley: Dog

21/1      Banora Point: Cat

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