Two days after a 20-year-old man was found dead in a Leesburg home, two pit bulls have been euthanized for apparently attacking him.
The body of Carter Patrick Ridge Delaney was found in the foyer of his home in the 100 block of Plaza Street Monday afternoon after relatives called police because they hadn't heard from him.
How common are dog bites? Pretty common.
A survey by the Centers for Disease Control concluded that more than 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs annually.
Almost 800,000 bites a year are serious enough to require medical attention.
Over 365,000 people are taken to hospital emergency rooms after serious dog bite attacks.
Among children, getting bitten by a dog is the fifth most frequent cause of visits to emergency rooms.
According to DogBite.org of the 88 dog bite incidences that caused death in the U.S. between January 1, 2006 and December 31, 2008, Pit Bull type dogs were responsible for 59% (52) of the deaths, and Pit Bulls, Rottweilers and American Bulldogs, combined, accounted for 77% of all attacks. One death, believe it or not (I believe it), is attributed to a Jack Russell Terrier.