Dog bite victims on the rise as pet ownership increases in Korea

by Busan Haps Magazine
Stripes Korea

The number of dog bites around the country has been increasing according to statistics from the Korean Consumer Agency.

The recent death of a Seoul restauranteur after being bitten by Super Junior member Choi Si-won’s French Bulldog has brought questions about the regulations of pet dogs around the country.

Regulations for pets in Korea are as follows according to Korea Bizwire:

Under the conditions determined by the Enforcement Rule of the Animal Protection Act, pet owners are required to leash their animals and/or take other safety precautions when taking them out in public. Furthermore, in regards to large, ‘fierce’ dogs, muzzles are an additional mandatory safety measure. Violation of these strictures can result in a fine of up to 500,000 won.

Dog breeds specifically named for extra safety measures are American Pit Bull Terriers, Rottweilers, Staffordshire Terriers and other breeds which possess the capacity to cause serious bodily harm to humans.

In 2011, there were 245 incidents of dog bites, but that number surged to nearly 1,500 by 2015 after pet ownership became more popular around the country.

The numbers have remained steady with 1,019 incidents in 2016 and 1,046 as of August of this year according to the KCA.

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