Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2001

Week to prevent dog bites coming up

May 20-26 is the sixth annual Dog Bite Prevention Week, which focuses on reducing bites through education and advocating proper pet ownership.

An estimated 4.7 million dog bites are reported in the U.S. annually, with many more unreported, according to the Humane Society of the United States, which helps sponsor the prevention week. In Juneau there were 79 bites reported in fiscal 1997, 68 in 1998, 77 in 1999, 77 in 2000 and 41 so far this year.

Irresponsible pet owners are mainly responsible for the bites, according to a statement by the Gastineau Humane Society. It also notes unsterilized dogs are three times more likely to bite than sterilized, and dogs that have not been properly trained, socialized with other humans or received little attention are more likely to bite.

Tips to avoid being bitten include not approaching stray animals, asking an owner before petting a dog, standing still and allowing a dog to sniff you if one approaches, not running away from dogs, and not disturbing a dog that is eating, sleeping or caring for puppies.

For more information call the Humane Society of the United States at (202) 452-1100.

Two Juneau students among D.C. interns

Jennifer Miller and Veida Forrest of Juneau are among the 20 Alaska high school seniors selected by U.S. Senator Frank Murkowski to work as summer interns in his Washington, D.C., office.

Other interns from Southeast Alaska include Chelsea Pfeifer of Ketchikan and Brian Mork of Sitka.

The intern program consists of two four-week sessions. Students take part in the day-to-day operations of the senator's office and observe the workings of Congress. The first session runs from June 1-30 and the second from July 7 to Aug. 4.

The program is funded through donations from private Alaska corporations. The program operates in conjunction with Alaska Pacific University's Institute of the North, which offers interns the opportunity to earn college credits while serving in Washington, D.C.

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