State Farm: Illinois was second worst in the nation for dog bites

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The city of Galesburg will hold a public hearing Thursday night to talk about its animal ordinance and discuss how it can decrease dog bites.

Over the past three years, Galesburg's dog bite numbers have both increased and decreased from year to year. In 2010, the city recorded 75 dog bites. In 2011, it recorded 64, but in 2012, the city recorded 79 of them.

The task force is meeting two months after a pitbull killed seven year-old Ryan Maxwell. Last Wednesday, the city held its first public meeting to deal with the dog bite situation and animal control issue.

New numbers also came out Wednesday from State Farm Insurance. It says that Illinois is the second worst state in the nation when it comes to dog bites. State Farm took in 337 dog bite claims in Illinois in 2012.

Thursday night's public hearing starts at 6 p.m. at Galesburg's City Hall. The public task force will only make recommendations to the City Council.