Hospital treats 129 people for dog bites

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A TOTAL of 129 people were admitted to Salisbury District Hospital with wounds or injuries caused by dogs last year.

The treatment of three of those involved the amputation of fingers or parts of a finger, and six people had to have their lips repaired.

Of the 129, the biggest number - 52 - only needed an examination, but another 13 required stitches.

Three people needed operations on their nose and two on their ear.

The rest needed a variety of procedures such as tendon or muscle repairs. Some 13 of those admitted were over the age of 75.

The figures, which cover 2013, were released in a response to a Freedom of Information request.

The hospital is the regional plastic surgery unit for three million people.

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11:18am Wed 19 Mar 14

HappyChappie15 says...

This is a shocking statistic. And these are only those who have sought medical assistance at Salisbury Hospital. It would be interesting to know how many of these were attacks on strangers. Information about the breeds of dog involved might be helpful to know.

Perhaps the Wiltshire Police could provide some details of those cases referred to them?
This is a shocking statistic. And these are only those who have sought medical assistance at Salisbury Hospital. It would be interesting to know how many of these were attacks on strangers. Information about the breeds of dog involved might be helpful to know. Perhaps the Wiltshire Police could provide some details of those cases referred to them? HappyChappie15
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