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Pit Bulls Lead 'Bite' Counts Across U.S. Cities and Counties Dog Biting Incidents: 2008 to 2014

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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Pit Bulls Lead 'Bite' Counts Across U.S. Cities and Counties
Dog Biting Incidents: 2008 to 2014

DogsBite.org - Animal control or health departments in at least 27 U.S. states report that pit bulls are out biting all other dog breeds.

These states include: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

The oft-quoted myth by pro-pit bull groups that pit bulls "do not bite more than other breeds" is totally false. Along with leading bite counts, the pit bull bite is also the most damaging, inflicting permanent and disfiguring injuries.
Houston, Texas
In November 2014, ABC 13 Eyewitness News did an investigation into the number of dog bites in the City of Houston. This is the first known reporting of total dog bites in Houston on record in many years (and possibly ever).

Statistics pertain to January 1, 2014 to September 24, 2014 and were supplied by the Bureau of Animal Regulation and Control (BARC).1 Of the 1540 total reported bites during this period, pit bulls led with 518, double the number of the next topmost biting breed, German shepherds with 253 biting incidents.

Labs followed in third place with 171. Notably, Belgium malinois were also represented in fifth place with 37 (View graphic chart).

Jessica Willey, "Are you living near one of Houston's most dangerous dogs?" ABC 13 Eyewitness News, November 26, 2014 (www.abc13.com)

URL:http://abc13.com/pets/do-you-live-near-one-of-houstons-most-dangerous-dogs/411300/. Accessed: 2014-11-28. (Archived by WebCite® at http://www.webcitation.org/6UQf4ynYn)
Houston Dog Bites, January 1st through September 24th, 2014, Source: BARC (Archived by DogsBite.org)

1 We do not believe bites reported in unincorporated Harris County were included.
San Diego County, California
Also in November, NBC 7 released an investigative report after examining 7,600 bite reports between July 2011 and June 2014 in the jurisdiction of Animal Services, which includes the unincorporated portion of the county, and the cities of San Diego, Carlsbad, Santee, Solana Beach, Del Mar and Encinitas.

Pit bulls had the most bites, a total of 851 during the 3-year period. Followed by German shepherds with 349 (less than half). In the 11-month period of December 2011 to November 2012, dogs in San Diego County killed four people, five if one includes a San Diego pit bull that was taken across the border and within a week killed a little girl in Tijuana.

Wendy Fry, "Tracking San Diego's Serious Dog Bites," NBC7 San Diego, November 4, 2014 (www.nbcsandiego.com)

URL:http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Tracking-San-Diegos-Serious-Dog-Bites-281382291.html. Accessed: 2014-11-07. (Archived by WebCite® at http://www.webcitation.org/6TugVgs5M)
King County, Washington
In August 2014, after a series of pit bull attacks in Western Washington, KIRO 7 obtained bite statistics from area municipalities and learned that pit bulls are 8.5 times more likely to attack than other dog breeds. Of the areas investigated, King County, Pierce County, Snohomish County and the City of Tacoma, only King County collected dog bites "by breed."

In that county (presumably excluding Seattle), there were 178 total dog bites in 2013. Pit bulls topped the charts with 36 bites, followed by Labs with 28 bites. However, there are 16,651 labs and only 2,520 pit bulls registered in the county, which means that pit bulls are 8.5 times more likely to bite than Labs.

David Ham, "Pit bulls 8 and a half times more likely to attack," Kiro 7, August 4, 2014 (www.kirotv.com) URL:http://www.kirotv.com
/news/news/pit-bulls-8-and-half-times-more-likely-attack/ngtc5/?__federated=1. Accessed: 2014-08-04. (Archived by WebCite® at http://www.webcitation.org/6RadUuhwy)
Boston, Massachusetts
In June 2014, Boston.com published an article titled, 'But, My Pit Bull Would Never Attack' May Be Wishful Thinking. The publication then plowed through several years of dog bite statistics. From January 2012 to June 2014, there were 661 total dog bites in Boston, which includes bites against human, animal and unknown victims.

Pit bulls and their mixes were responsible for 27% (180), despite pit bulls only making up 3% of the registered dog population. In 2012, a state anti-BSL law signed by Governor Deval Patrick struck down the City of Boston's Responsible Pit Bull Ownership Act. Ever since, attacks by pit bulls have been on the rise. See: related graphic.

Megan Turchi, "'But, My Pit Bull Would Never Attack' May Be Wishful Thinking," Boston.com, June 24, 2014 (www.boston.com)

URL:http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/2014/06/24/but-pitbull-would-never-attack-may-wishful-thinking/ptsvtZc0DhiFbonPuCL1cI/story.html. Accessed: 2014-06-25. (Archived by WebCite® at http://www.webcitation.org/6QbP0fnFi)
Hamilton County, Ohio
Also in June, after one of the worst attacks the region has ever seen, Hamilton County Health Department data showed that from January 1 to May 11, 2014, there were 38 biting incidents involving pit bulls and their mixes. In 2013, there were 74 total pit bull biting incidents. 2014 is on pace to top the total reported in 2013.

Notably absent from the data is 2011 comparison statistics when Cincinnati still had a pit bull ban. Cincinnati repealed their longstanding ban in May 2012. The recent victim, 6-year old Zainabou Drame, suffered unimaginable injuries, including her tongue ripped out and her jaw torn off. Two pit bulls latched onto her face and pulled it apart.

Mark Nichols, "INTERACTIVE: Pit bull dog bite incidents in Hamilton County on the rise," WCPO Cincinnati, June 10, 2014 (www.wcpo.com) URL:http://www.wcpo.com/news/interactive-pit-bull-related-dog-bite-incidents-in-hamilton-county. Accessed: 2014-06-21. (Archived by WebCite® at http://www.webcitation.org/6QVIyUxqL)

Tom McKee and Greg Noble, "Girl's family says 6-year-old suffered horrific injuries in pit bull attack in Westwood," WCPO Cincinnati, June 6, 2014 (www.wcpo.com) URL:http://www.wcpo.com/news/local-news/pit-bulls-attack-child-in-front-of-westwood-home. Accessed: 2014-06-21. (Archived by WebCite® at http://www.webcitation.org/6QVIr2XEo)
Franklin County, Ohio
In May 2014, Franklin County Department of Animal Care and Control released 2013 statistical data showing Nuisance, Dangerous and Vicious Designations by Breed (See: data chart). This data is a reflection of the new state law adopted in 2012. Pit bulls topped the charts in all three categories.

Of the 208 total Nuisance designations in 2013, pit bulls received 79 (38%), followed by "mix" with 69 and Labs with 8 -- pit bulls towering over Labs by a 990% margin. Of the 291 total Dangerous designations, pit bulls received 124 (43%), followed by "mix" with 87 and German shepherds with 15. Of the 23 total Vicious designations in 2013, pit bulls received 13 (57%).

"Mother’s Day Dog Attack Sends Columbus Woman To The Hospital," WBNS-TV, May 12, 2014 (www.10tv.com)

URL:http://www.10tv.com/content/stories/2014/05/12/columbus-dog-attack-victim-speaks-out.html. Accessed: 2014-05-13. (Archived by WebCite® at http://www.webcitation.org/6PXaaA60S)
Madison, Wisconsin
In February 2014, Alderman John Strasser introduced a pit bull sterilization ordinance to combat shelter overpopulation and a disproportionate number of attacks by pit bulls. Statistics complied by Public Health Madison and Dane County showed that: "More than half of the dogs euthanized at the humane society during 2010-12 were pit bulls …

Pit bulls accounted for 12 percent of incidents involving dogs biting humans and 38 percent of the dog-on-dog attacks in the city in 2013. They also made up 21 percent of the cases of dogs running at large and 48 percent of abandoned dogs. Of the 15 dogs that were declared dangerous during 2011-13, 14 were pit bulls."

Dennis Punzel, "City hopes to take a bite out of pit bull overpopulation," Wisconsin State Journal, February 3, 2014 (host.madison.com)

URL:http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/city-hopes-to-take-a-bite-out-of-pit-bull/article_be2ff6ab-9078-5b62-aea3-4ffce8a7c714.html. Accessed: 2014-10-20. (Archived by WebCite® at http://www.webcitation.org/6TTLfGsZo)
Bullhead City, Arizona
In January 2014, after a pit bull repeatedly escaped its yard terrorizing citizens and killing a pet dog, Bullhead City Police Department released dog bite statistics. The statistics showed that pit bulls were responsible for nearly half of all biting incidents. In 2013, animal control officers responded to 126 dog bites.

Of these bites, (48%) -- 60 -- were inflicted by pit bulls and their mixes. The other half was spread among a variety of breeds. The release of the statistics and discussion of creating a stronger dog ordinance came just weeks after a Bullhead City man was fatally injured by his own five dogs trying to break up a dog fight in late December.

Cat Smith, "City to host forum on dog ordinances," Mohave Daily News, January 23, 2014 (www.mohavedailynews.com)

URL:http://www.mohavedailynews.com/articles/2014/01/23/news/local/doc52e0be11eaa7e762985234.txt#comment. Accessed: 2014-01-23. (Archived by WebCite® at http://www.webcitation.org/6Mqpeaf7x)
Medford, Oregon
Also in January, Medford City Council began considering ways to crack down on the growing number of attacks by dangerous dog breeds. In the past three years, 89 reports of dog bites were received, according to the Medford Police Department.

Pit bulls were involved in half of the attacks, and pit bulls or their mixes were responsible for 8 of the 11 fatal attacks on animals.

Councilor Karen Blair began looking into the matter after a series of aggressive dog-on-dog attacks. Blair wants to review how other cities have controlled the problem, which includes reviewing cities with pit bull bans, mandatory pit bull sterilization or insurance requirements.

Damian Mann, "Medford looks at possible pit-bull ban," Mail Tribume, January 9, 2014 (www.mailtribune.com) URL:http://www.mailtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140109/NEWS/401090317. Accessed: 2014-01-09. (Archived by WebCite® at http://www.webcitation.org/6MVeRAE6L)
Chicago, Illinois
In December 2013, the Chicago Tribune published dog bite statistical data logged by the city's Commission on Animal Care and Control during 2012. Of the total dog and cat bites recorded in 2012 (according to 2011 Chicago data, canines were responsible for about 98%), pit bulls and their mixes topped the chart accounting for 44.3% of all bites.

The published statistical chart shows just how much of the pie -- total dog and cat bites combined in the City of Chicago -- pit bulls and their mixes make up from 2006 forward. In 2006, pit bulls were responsible for 26.5% of all bites; in 2008, this grew to 31.2%; in 2010, up to 39.2% and in 2012, 44.3%.

Robert McCoppin, "Pit bull overload floods shelters, strains rescuers," Chicago Tribune, December 5, 2013 (www.chicagotribune.com)

URL:http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-pit-bull-abandonment-met-20131205,0,1261355.story. Accessed: 2013-12-07. (Archived by WebCite® at http://www.webcitation.org/6Lh4L4604)