Friday, 13 February 2015

Here are some studies and data pertaining to the Dangers of the Pit Bull Type dog.

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Here are some studies and data pertaining to pit bulls:

“Attacks by pit bulls are associated with higher morbidity rates, higher hospital charges, and a higher risk of death than are attacks by other breeds of dogs. Strict regulation of pit bulls may substantially reduce the US mortality rates related to dog bites.,_Mauling,_and_Maiming_by_Vicious_Dogs.23.aspx

“When bite rates were determined by breed, Pit Bulls were 5 times more likely to bite than all other breeds combined.

“More severe bites and injuries were observed in attacks from the pit-bull and Rottweiler breeds.

“More than 30 different offending breeds were documented in the medical records. The most common breeds included pit bull terriers (50.9 percent), Rottweilers (8.9 percent), and mixed breeds of the two aforementioned breeds (6 percent).

“A retrospective review was performed at two urban Children’s hospitals from 1996-2005 of all dog attacks presenting to the plastic surgery service. Charts were reviewed with analysis of patient demographics, injury site, operative intervention, and dog-specific data...57% of dogs were deemed to be of a dangerous breed (Pit Bull or Rottweiler).

“Significantly more pit bull injuries (94% vs 43%) were the consequence of unprovoked attacks.”

“Of the 199 US dog bite fatalities for which breed is known, pure breed pit bull and pit bull cross breeds were most frequently involved.”

“It is remarkable that five out of eight fights which led to the death of the victim involved the clearly over-represented group of fighting dogs. Three lethal injuries were caused by American Staffordshire Terriers, one death was caused by a Bull Terrier, and another dog died after a fight with a Pit Bull Terrier.”

“When compared with the proportion of these breeds in the estimated national dog population, bull breeds and guarding breeds were over-represented in the population of aggressors, whereas gundog and terrier breeds were under-represented. In attacks where guide dogs were injured, dogs belonging to bull breeds were the most common aggressors (41.5 per cent)...Most injuries to people occurred in attacks involving an aggressor belonging to a bull breed (52.6 per cent).

“During the one-year period between June 1986 and June 1987, 14 people were killed by dogs in the United States. Ten of those 14 deaths are attributed to pit bulls. Thus, 71% of the deaths during that period were attributed to a type of dog that accounts for 1% of the US dog population...Most breeds do not repeatedly bite their victims; however, a pit bull attack has been compared to a shark attack and often results in multiple bites and extensive soft tissue loss (3,10). Although the teeth of dogs are not very sharp, they can exert a force of 200 to 450 psi. Pit bulls inflict more serious bite wounds than do other breeds because they tend to attack the deep muscles, hold on, and shake.

“This breed has an intensity and duration of attack not seen in other dogs. This leads to severe injuries and, in some cases, death of the victim (human or animal). This trait has been created by cruel individuals who want animals that are ‘game’ for dog fighting.”

“Dog bite injury hospitalization (DBIH) rate in Winnipeg relative to Brandon (a city without BSL) was significantly lower after BSL in people of all ages...Conclusions: BSL may have resulted in a reduction of DBIH in Winnipeg, and appeared more effective in protecting those aged

“OBJECTIVE: To analyse population-based data on hospitalisation caused by dog bite injuries after changes in legal regulations on dog ownership, including breed-specific regulations...RESULTS: There has been a significant decline in hospitalisation caused by injuries from dog bites.”

“Since the ban has been in place, bites are down 73 percent from pit bulls,” said Cheryl Conway, a spokeswoman for the city’s animal care division. She added that the dogs placed a tremendous burden on city staff. According to city documents, before the ordinance was enacted in 2005, up to 70 percent of kennels in the Aurora Animal Shelter were occupied by pit bulls with pending court disposition dates or with no known owner. That number is now only 10 to 20 percent of kennels.

“There hasn’t been a human mauling in many years. Complaints and requests related to pit bulls are down 50 percent. Euthanasia of pit bull dogs is down 93 percent.

“According to statistics taken from the Springfield-Greene County Health Department...for the three-year period beginning in 2004, there were 42 "vicious" animal attacks recorded in the jurisdiction covered. After passing the local ordinance banning or strictly controlling the ownership of pit bull or pit bull types, the number of attacks has dropped dramatically. For the five-year period from 2007-2011, there was a total of 14.

“Between 2009 and 2010, there were 233 reported incidents involving pit bull attacks against people and other dogs in Anne Arundel County. In that same time frame, the next closest breeds, German shepherds and Labrador retrievers, caused just 93 incidents combined.

According to Lt. Glenn Shanahan of Anne Arundel County Animal Control, pit bull terriers lead all other breeds in the county by at least two to one when it comes to attacks over the last five years.

“The numbers say what they say. We’re not making it up,” Shanahan said. “It’s demonstrably overwhelming.

In regards to the oft-repeated idea that it is not possible to visually identify a pit bull, a DNA test study funded by the ASPCA showed that 96% of 91 dogs visually classified as pit bulls or pit bull mixes contained at least 25% pit bull-type breed, and 57% contained a pit bull-type as their primary breed: