Sunday, 8 February 2015

How many other animals did pit bull Type dogs kill in 2014?

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How many other animals did pit bulls kill in 2014?

Fifty thousand dogs per year, including at least 34,250 pit bulls, attack other animals, according to ANIMALS 24-7 analysis of dog attack data from 2013-2014.

Of the 82,000 animal victims per year, 59,000 die; 23,000 survive their injuries. Among the dead are 15,500 dogs, 95% of them attacked by pit bulls, and 6,000 hooved animals, 93% of them attacked by pit bulls.

Pit bulls also inflict at least 60% of the 29,000 fatal attacks on domestic birds and small mammals, and at least 60% of the 8,250 fatal attacks on cats. About a third of the fatal dog attacks on domestic birds, small mammals, and cats are by dogs who are not caught and identified, so might also include many pit bulls.
Two years of quantification

This data has emerged from more than two years of systematic effort to quantify how many other dogs, cats, livestock, and other domestic animals are victims of dog attacks.

117,515 animals killed by dogs in 2013-2014;

Rounding off the numbers to the nearest five, about 99,750 dogs attacked about 164,240 other animals in the U.S. in 2013-2014, killing 117,515 and seriously injuring 46,725.

The animals killed included about 31,000 dogs, 16,500 cats, 11,885 hooved animals, and 57,240 other small domestic animals, primarily poultry.

The seriously injured included about 24,325 dogs, 5,216 cats, and 3,715 hooved animals. Few small mammals and poultry survived reported dog attacks.

Pit bulls committed more than 60% of fatal attacks

Pit bulls appear to have inflicted not less than 60% of the total fatal attacks on animals (68,500), and probably considerably more, since pit bulls might also have inflicted a significant share of the 49,000 fatalities on other animals in cases where the attacking dogs were not identified.

Altogether, pit bulls inflicted 95% of the fatal attacks on other dogs (30,466); 93% of the fatal attacks on livestock (10,583); 95% of the fatal attacks on small mammals and poultry (56,400); and at least 61% of the fatal attacks on cats (21,226), of which 35% involved unidentified dogs.

About 90,000 pit bulls were involved in attacks on other animals in 2013-2014: more than 90% of all the dogs inflicting attacks who were identified by breed.

There are about 3.5 million pit bulls in the U.S. at any given time, according to the my annual surveys of dogs offered for sale or adoption via online classified ads.

(See “Large retrievers still nearly twice as popular as pit bulls,”

Thus in 2013-2014 more than one pit bull in 40 killed or seriously injured another animal, compared with about one dog in 50,000 of
Taking into account the increase in the U.S. pit bull population over the past decade, and the resultant surge in dog attacks on other animals, my findings are reasonably consistent with USDA Wildlife Services estimates published in 2006.