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    Infectious Disease Prevention Section
    Mail Code: 1927
    PO BOX 149347 - Austin, TX 78714-9347
    1100 West 49th Street, Suite G401
    Austin, TX 78714

    Phone: (512) 776-7676
    Fax: (512) 776-7616



Animal Topics Animal Topics
(Animals, Animal Control, Animal Shelters, Animals in Disaster, Animals in Public Places,
 Animal Friendly Program,  Animal Ownership, Animal Bites)

Sample Media Contact Letter

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Dear Ms./Mr. ________:

I enjoyed speaking with you today. Thank you for your interest in hearing about ways (insert name of station) can support (insert name of your agency) in reducing dog bites in our area of Texas.

Bites may require medical care, plus they may cause disfigurement, psychological trauma, or death. Nationwide, insurance companies pay millions in dog bite liability claims each year. The tragic part is that most bites are preventable through socialization and training of the dog as well as the education of young children regarding proper behavior around animals.

In recognition of Bite Prevention Week (insert date), (insert name of your agency) has implemented efforts to educate both children and adults on how to avoid dog bites. We ask that you join our cause to teach the simple techniques that can save lives.

I would be happy to discuss with you several ideas for presenting this information in a visual way which would be relevant to (insert name of town)-area viewers. These ideas can be presented in a series or a single segment as news features. I can also put you in contact with local victims of dog bites who would be able to supply your viewers with personalized stories about the ordeal they experienced.

Thank you for considering our proposal. I would be happy to discuss this with you at your convenience. You can reach me at (insert your phone number). I look forward to hearing from you.


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Last updated March 5, 2021