LAREDO, TEXAS (KGNS) -- Summer vacation is a time when many kids spend more time outside, and the possibly of dog bites is something the minds of health department workers.
The Health Department's director says in the last two years, Laredo has seen an average of more dog bites per day.
He attributes that to pet owners letting their dogs out in the street and walking them without leashes.
A local veterinarian says children can be especially vulnerable because they tend to excite dogs.
Veterinarian Sandra Leyendecker says parents should help children understand that dogs can be territorial.
Texas is the fourth highest state for dog bites, according to data from State Farm Insurance.