ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — For the first time, State Farm has released state rankings on dog bite claims, revealing not only does it hurt, it’s costly too.

State Farm spokesperson Jim Camoriano says the insurance giant paid out more than $90-million last year for 3,500 claims of people being attacked or bitten by a dog. Sixty-one claims were filed in Missouri where State Farm paid out nearly $608,000.

That amount puts Missouri at number 19 across the country for dog bite claims for State Farm.

Camoriano said each year nearly five million people get attacked by dogs causing both physical and emotional damage to victims. That is one reason why State Farm recognizes National Dog Bite Prevention Week, sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Camoriano says most of the bites are to children who are often too trusting around dogs, and he says its often the victim’s behavior that makes the dog bite.

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