State Farm is teaming up with widely-known dog trainer, Victoria Stilwell, to spread awareness about dog bites and attacks. Through special conferences and meetings with Stilwell, State Farm wants their shareholders to become better informed on pet safety, especially around kids. State Farm representative, Holly Anderson, says the awareness of dog bites has a financial incentive:
"The benefit for us is just raising awarness. You know, in Illinois last year there were 30-9 dog bite claims just for State Farm that total cost was $8.9-Million and if we can get that down, that's important."
Anderson says having a celebrity like Stilwell will help in the outreach of the campaign. Stilwell will talk about pet owner responsibility and their kids' behavior around new dogs. Awareness events correspond with National Dog Bite Prevention Week, which is May 18 through the 24.
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