California Leads Nation in Dog Bite Claims
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California, home to more dogs and people than any other state, had the most dog bite claims and insurance payments in the U.S. last year. Calif. victims received $20.3 million dollars from insurance companies in 2011. (May 17)

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[Location - Date:Bell, California -- AP VIDEO -- MAY 16][Source:][VO:][Notes:SOT -------------------]when the dog was attacking me....i was just thinking to protect myself....to fight for my life."...it seems to me that its not real bad, you know....that's because I did that myself."[Notes:SOT ----]we see mild little...puncture wounds...to devastating...disfiguring facial wounds that require hours of plastic surgery....most dogbites occurr actually among a family pet....or a known dog....it's fairly rare to be bit by a stray dog.[Notes:SOT -----]"part of this is letting a dog like this choose the interaction.....as soon as she bent down....he kind of backed off."[Notes:BROLL OF DOGS](****END****) ANCHOR VOICE: -------------------------VIDEO PRODUCER: NED BARKER---------------------------VIDEO SOURCE: AP -----------------------VIDEO APPROVAL: NED BARKER----------------------------VIDEO RESTRICTIONS: NONE----------------------------------MARKET EMBARGO (S): NONE--------------------------------SCRIPT/WIRE SOURCE: f0357BC-US--Pets-Dog Bites, 3rd Ld-Writethru,720