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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Memphis, Tennessee
Also in October, City of Memphis records showed that there were 388 biting incidents in 2009. Of those, nearly half were inflicted by pit bulls.

Other biters included German shepherds and Chows. The My Fox Memphis news article notes that based on DogBiteLaw.com -- and other groups that track national fatal dog attack data, including DogsBite.org -- pit bulls also cause over half of the attacks that result in death.

The article comes several months after the deadly attack of William Parker who suffered a heart attack after being severely mauled by two loose pit bulls. Four other people were bitten and hospitalized in the July 20 rampage.

Jill Monier,"Dog Attacks Growing Problem," My Fox Memphis, October 19, 2010 (www.myfoxmemphis.com) URL:http://www.myfoxmemphis.com/dpp/news/local/101910-dog-attacks-growing-problem. Accessed: 2010-11-20. (Archived by WebCite® at http://www.webcitation.org/5uNv8BOdY)
Lynn, Massachusetts
In August 2010, when the City of Lynn was discussing the adoption of a pit bull ordinance, Police Chief Kevin Coppinger said that 51 biting incidents were reported in the city last year -- 29 involving pit bulls (57%). Coppinger added that there had been at least four pit bull attacks since July 10.

The ordinance discussed defined pit bulls as "dangerous animals" with "powerful instincts for dominance" and "unyielding aggressiveness." The ordinance would require pit bull owners to register their dog; pay a $50 licensing fee; if a renter, to notify the landlord that a pit bull was on the premises and to muzzle the dog when off property.

Thor Jourgensen, "Kennedy to sign or reject pit bull ordinance by Friday," The Daily Item, August 19, 2010 (www.thedailyitemoflynn.com) URL:http://www.thedailyitemoflynn.com/articles/2010/08/19/news/news01.txt. Accessed: 2010-09-11. (Archived by WebCite® at http://www.webcitation.org/5sfjVnuJj)
Worcester, Massachusetts
In July 2010, City Manager Michael O'Brien recommended to City Council an ordinance intended to deal with rising public safety concerns about pit bulls.

Councilor William Eddy, who has championed the city's adoption of a pit bull law, said that over the past three years, pit bulls caused 25% of all biting incidents even though pit bulls only comprise 2% of the dogs licensed by the city.

The new ordinance would require pit bull owners to abide by supplemental licensing and registration rules, ensure their dog is leashed and muzzled when off owner's property, obtain landlord consent (if a renter), and post a warning sign on the property.

Nick Kotsopoulos, "Proposed rule would restrict pit bulls," News Telegram, July 19, 2010 (www.telegram.com) URL:http://www.telegram.com/article/20100719/NEWS/7190355. Accessed: 2010-08-31. (Archived by WebCite® at http://www.webcitation.org/5sPSDGuuY)
San Bernardino County, California
In June 2010, after two deadly pit bull attacks, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors approved a measure requiring all pit bull owners to spay or neuter their animals. Brian Cronin, Chief of County Animal Care and Control, said, "This year alone, we've had two human deaths, and four deaths1 in five years, because of pit bull attacks.

No other death has been attributable to any other breed." He said that of the 686 reported biting incidents in the county in the 2008-09 fiscal year, 137 involved pit bulls (20%). He added that because pit bulls are the least likely to be adopted, the county must already euthanize about 1,300 annually.

Phil Willon, "San Bernardino County to require spaying or neutering of pit bulls," Los Angeles Times, June 23, 2010 (www.latimes.com) URL:http://articles.latimes.com/2010/jun/23/local/la-me-pit-bulls-20100623. Accessed: 2010-09-01. (Archived by WebCite® at http://www.webcitation.org/5sPSHTfT8)
1Omar Martinez, Nathan Aguirre, Kellie Chapman and Shaun Lee McCafferty.
Clark County, Nevada
In May 2010, Clark County biting statistics were brought to our attention. Clark County publishes these statistics online. Biting incidents by breed during the 7-year period from 2003 to 2009 show that of the 6,798 reported incidents, pit bulls were responsible for 1,474 (22%).

The next closest breed was the German shepherd with 671 (10%) incidents. In 2008, pit bulls out bit shepherds by more than three times -- 234 pit bull bites versus 77 shepherd bites. The same was nearly true in 2009, 215 and 88 respectively. Essentially, the Clark County pit bull community sold dogs that produced over 200% more bites than the shepherd community.

Clark County Animal Control: Dog Bites by Breed With Percentage (2008 to 2009); Clark County Animal Control: Dog Bites by Breed With Percentage (2003 to 2007) (Archived by DogsBite.org)
Franklin County, Ohio
In April 2010, Bryan Wagner, Chief Environmental Specialist for the Franklin County Environmental Court, testified in opposition to HB 79, a bill that seeks to repeal the Ohio law that requires pit bull owners to securely confine and leash their dog and carry $100,000 in liability insurance.

Wagner said statistics show more bites are attributed to pit bulls than other dog breed. In Franklin County, 126 of the 333 dog bites (38%) reported last year were attributed to a pit bull. Wagner added, "I believe that pit bull dogs represent a substantial and real threat to the citizens of a crowded, urban environment such as Franklin County."

Statehouse Report by County Commissioners Association of Ohio (CCAO), April 16, 2010 (www.ccao.org) (Archived by DogsBite.org)
Toledo, Ohio
In December 2009, Toledo Lucas County Health Department data showed that pit bulls led the number of biting incidents from January 1 to November 8. Of the 380 total biting incidents, 65 were attributed to pit bulls. This accounts for 17% of all bites, despite pit bulls accounting for less than 5% of the county's dog population.

Though pit bulls are regulated under Ohio and Toledo laws, the breed still led biting incidents. The Lucas County Dog Warden's office keeps track of serious bite injuries. Of the 150 bites listed as "serious" this year, pit bulls and their mixes accounted for 42 (28%). In 18 of the cases, the victims were under 18 years of age.

Lou Herbert, "Pit bulls bite most in Lucas County," WNWO NBC24, December 22, 2009 (www.toledoonthemove.com) URL:http://www.toledoonthemove.com/community/story.aspx?id=393495. Accessed: 2010-09-01. (Archived by WebCite® at http://www.webcitation.org/5sQBt1Tgy)
Bakersfield, California
In September 2009, it was reported that more than 2,400 dog bites had been recorded by animal control services in Bakersfield and areas of unincorporated Kern County since January 2007. "By a wide margin," the breed that bites most often is the pit bull, according to records compiled by the county.

The city does not track bites by breed, which is an indicator that the city's animal service opposes BSL. The article also notes the questionable "mixed-breed" category: "Since 2007, pit bulls have bitten 389 victims in Kern. Mixed-breed dogs hold a dubious second place with 254 bites, and German shepherds are third with 140 bites."

Steven Mayer, "Neighborhood safety going to the dogs," Bakersfield.com, September 19, 2009 (www.bakersfield.com) URL:http://www.bakersfield.com/news/local/x746310435/Neighborhood-safety-going-to-the-dogs. Accessed: 2010-09-06. (Archived by WebCite® at http://www.webcitation.org/5sY4kfQvD)