Illinois ranks #2 in the nation for dog-bite injuries, says State Farm

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According to State Farm, out of 3,600 dog-related claims submitted last year, more than 300 were in Illinois, resulting in more than $12 million in paid claims.

In 2017, State Farm paid out $132 million in total for dog-bite injury claims.

There are about 89.7 million dogs living in the U.S., and while most don’t bite, State Farm urges pet owners to remember than any dog can bite.

State Farm recommends learning canine body language to know when a dog is uncomfortable, to give dogs space, and to be humane.

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