MOUNT VERNON — There is something to be said about the relationship between a dog and a child. As much as a child can be adoring of a dog, bites do happen on a frequent basis. Dog bites are the fifth most frequent case of visits to the emergency room, and bites can cause physical harm as well as emotional distress about dogs.
In an attempt to prevent these problems from occurring locally, a dog bite prevention program is taking place in Knox County elementary schools. Approximately 200 students in each of 13 schools are currently being presented with this safety program and on Friday it was the chance for kindergartners, first graders and second graders at St. Vincent School to hear these helpful tips.
Conducting the program was Virginia Johnson, a veterinary technician and former animal control officer. Johnson was once bitten by a dog as a child and now aspires to share prevention tips with youngsters in order to prevent others from being bitten.
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