In the United States, there are approximately 4.7 million incidents involving dog bites each year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP), most dog bite victims are children. In addition, emergency room visits for dog bites cost an average of $3,000 per person per visit. Furthermore, individuals under the age of 17 are two times more likely to sustain a dog bite. In accordance with the New York City Health Code 311, animal bites must be reported within 24 hours of the event.