MORE than 7,500 people need hospital treatment after being savaged by out-of-control dogs every year.
The number hit a record high in 2016 despite tough new laws to tackle devil-breed hounds introduced on the back of a series of high-profile attacks.
Thousands of Brits are savaged by dogs every year
Author and former Navy SEAL Clint Emerson is a survival expert
Among the mangled were 2,000 children including 39 babies and 611 toddlers aged under four.
Figures from NHS England show that in 2011-2013 there were 6,317 hospital admissions for dog bites or injuries, but that had risen to a record high of 7,673 by 2016.
Common injuries included finger amputations, horror scarring and severe nerve damage.
HORROR MOMENT MASTIFF-TYPE DOGS TEAR BEAGLE APART
Author and former Navy SEAL Clint Emerson has now spoken to Business Insider to give his potentially life-saving tips to survive a dog attack.
He is the author of the 100 Deadly Skills series – “The SEAL Operative’s Guide to Surviving in the Wild and Being Prepared for Any Disaster.”
Here is his quick guide to surviving a mauling…
The number of dog attacks hit a record high in 2016
Distract the dog
Take your shirt, jacket, whatever you have – even a bag or a purse – and give it to the dog to go after so it’s not after any other vital part of your body.
Among the mangled in 2016 were 2,000 children
Take your shirt off
And put it around your arm. You want to protect where the ulnar and radius (the bones in your forearm) flow because that’s where your major arteries are. So if you are giving the dog your arm in defence, give them your forearm, not the inside, which is where the vital arteries are Punch it in the nose and muzzle
These are front and centre and make a large target. Also consider, when you’re under stress, gross motor skills (movement and coordination of the arms, legs, and other large body parts) are the only things which will work.
Navy SEAL reveals exactly what to do if you’re attacked by a dog
Aim for the ribs too
The area behind their arms near the rib cage is a sensitive area for them, like it is for us. So try to aim here too to try and disarm them. And above all show them who is the boss – and it’s not them. ….https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4984301/this-is-exactly-what-to-do-if-youre-attacked-by-a-dog-according-to-a-former-navy-seal/