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Famed Hollywood Dog Trainer and Lassie Descendant Unleash National Dog Bite Prevention Week, May 14
Date:5/14/2009

Postal Service, American Veterinary Medical Assn., American Academy of Pediatrics, Unite to Prevent Dog Bites

WASHINGTON, May 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A famed Hollywood dog trainer and a descendant of one of the world's most popular dogs are teaming with the United States Postal Service and other partners to bring attention to a major campaign in America: Dog bite prevention.

Hollywood trainer Bob Weatherwax, son of Rudd Weatherwax, who established the famous "Lassie" line of collies appearing in the classic television series, will today join postal officials and representatives of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to kick off the 2009 National Dog Bite Prevention Week.

Weatherwax will use Laddie, a ninth-generation direct descendant of the original collie, Pal, who immortalized the "Lassie Come Home" MGM films of the 1940s, to demonstrate how to properly react around dogs during a National Dog Bite Prevention Week press conference today at 10:30 a.m. PT at the Whittier Post Office in Whittier, CA. National Dog Bite Prevention Week runs May 17-23.

It's estimated that 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs every year. One of the saddest aspects of this crisis is that most, if not all, dog bites are entirely preventable through training, proper control of dogs, and education. Children are the most common victims, followed by older people and postal employees.

"Responsible dog ownership is the key to responsible dogs," said Weatherwax. "National Dog Bite Prevention Week is a valuable campaign that will heighten awareness and educate the public about responsible dog ownership. I applaud all the organizations leading this important mission."

"Employee and customer safety are always our number-one concern," said Postal Service Vice President and Consum
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