The world of leash-munching has come a long way since I first wrote about it in 2014.
In the intervening years, the public has become more comfortable with using dogs for their own safety, as well as those of their guests and pets, but even with that shift, we’re still in a period of heightened dog-mauling threats, including the dog attack on a police officer in Dallas in August.
As such, we’ve seen a spike in the number of incidents in recent months, with at least 12 people being killed in attacks that involved dogs.
Some of the incidents involved police using dogs to apprehend suspects, but others involved police dogs being used to chase suspects, or the use of police dogs in the service of the public.
Some have even involved police shooting dogs, or other dangerous tactics.
A new study from the University of South Florida looks at the rise in dog attacks and how these attacks are being treated by the general public.
The study, published in the American Journal of Public Health, examined dog attacks in the United States and compared them to dog attacks on other animals.
It found that, from 2014 to 2018, there was an increase in dog bites in the U.S. and a decrease in dog assaults, a decrease that was partially offset by an increase the number and severity of attacks involving dogs.
The authors also looked at the use and prevalence of dog-based crime.
The majority of dog attacks are perpetrated by people who have a mental illness.
In 2017, there were a total of 2,813 dog attacks, which were categorized as “dog-based crimes.”
A third of those crimes involved the use or threat of violence, while one in three involved the dog attacking another person.
The researchers also found that a higher proportion of people reported using dogs in 2017 compared to 2016.
The number of people who reported using a dog to commit a crime in 2017 rose by 11 percent to 2,932.
That number was up by more than half from the previous year, and it was up more than seven-fold compared to 2015.
The percentage of people using a police dog to solve a crime rose to 38.6 percent from 17.7 percent in 2016.
This may be because of the rise of social media, which has seen more and more incidents of violence against dogs.
In 2015, there had been just two recorded dog-related attacks.
In 2018, the number rose to 17.6.
The spike in attacks has been attributed to social media being used by both people with mental illness and people with other disabilities to “fear” others and “threaten others” to harm them.
“We don’t know why people are using dogs, but we know that dogs are used for a variety of reasons, including intimidation, threat, or as a deterrent,” said Jessica Lutz, a co-author of the study.
The research also found a significant difference in how dog-policing policies affect dog attacks.
While the majority of attacks occur in police officers, the authors say that the majority are committed by people with a disability.
This means that in some cases, police can do more to protect people who are walking their dogs, and may even be able to identify the person responsible for the attack.
The results show that, in 2017, about 25 percent of dog assaults were committed by a person with a physical disability.
However, the report says that in 2018, that figure rose to 44 percent.
It also found, based on data from 2016, that dog-only policies in some communities are responsible for an increase of the number in dog-specific attacks to an all-time high of 19 percent.
“This study provides a clear and convincing case for why dog attacks increase as dog ownership increases and why the policies that affect dog ownership are important,” said John Pappas, the study’s lead author and an associate professor at the University at Buffalo.
“For the first time, we have a clear picture of the impact that policies have on dog attacks.”
Dog-only laws and policies in the US, where there are fewer police officers and the majority have no restrictions on the use, have been shown to have a dramatic impact on dog violence.
They are responsible, for example, for the deaths of at least 11 people in New York City in the past five years.
Dog attacks also increase with the number that dogs have been adopted, according to the researchers.
In addition, a dog that has been adopted by a family with children is almost four times more likely to be attacked by a dog than a dog adopted by someone without children.
The same is true for people who adopt dogs, as their dog-ownership may increase the likelihood of attacks, the researchers wrote.
Dog-owner rights laws also play a significant role in keeping dog attacks to a minimum, according the study, and in some instances, they may even lead to