Dog attacks aren’t just physically painful. They can take a financial bite, too, often causing home insurance companies to balk at covering homeowners with certain breeds. Insurers last year paid out nearly $531 million over 16,550 dog-bite claims nationwide, according to State Farm and the Insurance Information Institute.
The national average insurance cost for a dog-related injury topped $32,000 in 2014, 67 percent more than in 2003. These states had the most canine claims.