Tuesday, 10 February 2015

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

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Lubbock, Texas
In November 2013, the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reported that nearly one-third of all dog bites in 2012 were attributed to pit bulls, according to the city animal services department. In 2012, 84 of the 271 reports of dog bites were attributed to pit bulls (31%). At a distant second were Labs with 28.

As of October 2013, 70 reports of dog bites were attributed to pit bulls followed by chihuahuas with 24; the disproportional trend continues in 2013. The article then cites defenders of the breed.

One falsely claimed that pit bulls are one of the most "popular dog breeds in the country," thus the high number of bites. In truth, pit bulls make up 6% of the total U.S. dog population.

Gabriel Monte, "Nearly one-third of Lubbock dog bite reports in 2012 blamed on pit bulls, trend continues to '13," Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, November 15, 2013 (www.lubbockonline.com) URL:http://lubbockonline.com/crime-and-courts/crime/2013-11-15/nearly-one-third-lubbock-dog-bite-reports-2012-blamed-pit-bulls#.Uoe4CY0jSCp. Accessed: 2013-11-17.

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Spokane County, Washington
In August 2013, after a man had his lower jaw ripped off by a pit bull, KXLY.com examined the records from the Spokane Regional Health District, which tracks all dog bites. Since the start of 2012, there have been 249 dog bites.

Pit bulls account for the "vast majority of those bites with 56," 63 bites when adding their mixes. Pit bulls make up 3% of licensed dogs and account for 25% of the recorded bites in the city and county of Spokane.

German shepherds and their mixes account for 6% of all licensed dogs and account for 11% of all bites. Labradors and their mixes account for the largest percent of licensed dogs, 14%, and account for 7% of all bites.

Aaron Luna, "Dog bite incidents by the number," KXLY.com, August 20, 2013 (www.kxly.com) URL:http://www.kxly.com/news/spokane-news/dog-bites-incidents-by-the-number/-/101214/21553334/-/6krjnyz/-/index.html. Accessed: 2013-09-03. (Archived by WebCite® at http://www.webcitation.org/6JMtQixdj)
Hot Springs, Arkansas
In June 2013, after a 5-year old boy was mauled to death by a bullmastiff-mix, Hot Springs Animal Services reported that the "largest number of breed-specific bites were pit bulls at 21% in 2008 and 2009." In 2012, pit bulls and their mixes accounted for 58% of all bites, according to Animal Services Director Dan Bugg.

He added that in recent years, the number of pit bulls in Hot Springs and Garland County has continued to rise along with an alarming number of bites. The dog bite data was announced as Garland County discusses a vicious dog ordinance that places added restrictions on "high-risk breeds," including pit bulls and their derivatives.

Lisa Hutson, "Garland Co. discussing vicious dog ordinance," THV 11, June 17, 2013 (hotsprings.todaysthv.com) AUTHORNAME. TITLE. SOURCE. . URL:http://www.thv11.com/news/article/268686/2/Garland-Co-discussing-vicious-dog-ordinance. Accessed: 2013-06-20. (Archived by WebCite® at http://www.webcitation.org/6HWT1KKJO)
Fort Wayne, Indiana
In May 2013, The Journal Gazette published dog bite statistical data from Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control. During 2012, 709 biting incidents were reported (human and animal victims). Pit bulls racked up 242 bites, 34.1% of all biting incidents.

Pit bulls out bit the next closest breed -- German shepherds with 51 bites -- by nearly 5 times. The article also details a vicious attack by a pit bull-mastiff mix during the period.

Angela Diamente was walking her leashed boxer, named Dulli, and pushing her 2-year old daughter in a stroller when the dog latched its jaws around Dulli's throat. The violent and bloody struggle to free her dog lasted 10 to 15 minutes.

Jeff Wiehe, "Dog bites leave marks well after attack occurs," The Journal Gazette, May 26, 2013 (www.fortwayne.com) URL:http://www.fortwayne.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130526/NEWS/320126112/-1/NEWS05. Accessed: 2013-06-09. (Archived by WebCite® at http://www.webcitation.org/6HFj6xQBd)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
In March 2013, after two pit bulls killed a little boy in Walworth County, Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission (MADACC) released 2012 dog bite statistics. Back in 2011, we reported dog bite data from the same agency for the years 2008 to October 31, 2011.

Placing the years into chronology, the continued rise of pit bull biting incidents is sobering. We predict pit bulls will be out biting all other dog breeds combined in the Milwaukee area within 9 months.

In 2008, pit bulls made up 33% of all biting incidents; in 2009, the percent grew to 39%; in 2010, 44%; in 2011, 45%; and in 2012, pit bulls made up 48% of all biting incidents.

Katie DeLong, "MADACC releases dog bite numbers from 2012," FOX6Now.com, March 7, 2013 (www.fox6now.com) URL:http://fox6now.com/2013/03/07/madacc-releases-dog-bite-numbers-from-2012/. Accessed: 2013-03-08. (Archived by WebCite® at http://www.webcitation.org/6EynEdtE1)
Broward and Palm Beach Counties, Florida
Also in March, animal control records from Broward and Palm Beach counties once again showed that pit bulls were the leading biters. "No other breed came close," notes the news article. (See: Related Sun-Sentinel graphic.)

In Broward County, pit bulls (151 bites) led the second top biter, German shepherds (23 bites), by nearly 7 times. Of all reported dog bites in Broward County (305), pit bulls were responsible for about 50%.

In Palm Beach County, pit bulls (330 bites) led the second top biter, Labs (122 bites) by almost 3 times. Of all reported dog bites in Palm Beach County last year (1,411) pit bulls were responsible for about 23%.

Brittany Wallman, "Pit bulls far outpace other breeds in bite reports," Sun-Sentinel, March 8, 2013 (www.sun-sentinel.com) URL:http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/broward/fl-pit-bulls-attacks-20130305,0,3878298,full.story. Accessed: 2013-03-09. (Archived by WebCite® at http://www.webcitation.org/6Ezxo6gG9)
West Memphis, Arkansas
Also in March, West Memphis City Councilman Tracy Catt presented an Animal Control Commission report to city council members showing that pit bulls were responsible for 57% of the city’s 28 dog bites in 2012.

The report states that of the 16 pit bull bites reported, 31% of the bite victims were children 14 and younger. 81% (13) of all pit bull bites happened at the dog’s house, while the dog was under the supervision of the owner.

The report also states that pit bulls account for more than 30% of all dogs taken into the city's shelter. City council members are currently drafting a new dog ordinance, but have not released ordinance specifics.

"West Memphis Considers Dog Ordinance," WREG.com, March 14, 2013 (www.wreg.com) URL:http://wreg.com/2013/03/14/west-memphis-considers-dog-ordinance/. Accessed: 2013-03-21. (Archived by WebCite® at http://www.webcitation.org/6FI7rkhk1)
Royal Oak, Michigan
In February 2013, Royal Oak again made the list of cities reporting pit bulls as the leading biters (scroll to see 2009). Royal Oak is a suburb of Detroit and has a population of about 57,000 and a total area of 11.8 square miles.
The city is currently discussing new regulations for dogs classified as dangerous (dogs with a history of biting, attacking or damaging property).

Of the 32 dog bites and 21 "vicious dog incidents" reported in Royal Oak in 2012, pit bulls were responsible for 31% of all biting incidents and 52% of all incidents involving vicious dogs. Pit bulls, however, only make up less than 7% of all registered dogs in the city.

Catherine Kavanaugh, "Royal Oak setting new rules for ‘dangerous’ dogs," Daily Tribune, February 6, 2013 (www.dailytribune.com) URL:http://www.dailytribune.com/article/20130206/NEWS01/130209771/royal-oak-setting-new-rules-for--145-dangerous-146-dogs. Accessed: 2013-02-08. (Archived by WebCite® at http://www.webcitation.org/6EICd2gpD)