WARNINGS have been stepped up about the risks of attacks by dogs after new figures revealed Leeds has among the highest rates of incidents in the country.
In 2013, there were 76 dog attacks in south and east Leeds, the fifth highest rate of 210 NHS areas in England.
There were a further 92 incidents in Wakefield, the sixth highest rate per 100,000 people.
In contrast, there were only 15 incidents in north Leeds, as figures show attacks are three times more likely in more deprived areas.
National statistics show there were 6,700 hospital admissions in England – up six per cent from the previous year.
The YEP has reported on a series of dog attacks in recent months, the most serious of which was the death of pregnant Emma Bennett, 27, who suffered fatal injuries from multiple bites when she was attacked by two dogs in a house in East End Park, Leeds, in December.