Sunday, 1 March 2015

2014 Pit bull type dog attacks historical comparison by Merritt Clifton

For additional accurate information on the public safety Danger of Pit Bull Type Dogs visit:

http://www.dogsbite.org/

http://www.daxtonsfriends.com/

http://www.animals24-7.org/category/dogs-cats/dogs/
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773% rise in fatal & disfiguring pit bull attacks from 2007 to 2014

Steep rises in all categories of attack
The number of pit bulls involved in fatal and disfiguring attacks has risen since 2007 from 78 to 603;

the number of child victims has increased from 30 to 264;

the number of adult victims has increased from 23 to 279;

the number of deaths directly inflicted by pit bulls is up from 13 to 31,
one short of the high of 32 reached in 2012; and the number of disfigurements has soared from 37 to 451.

Another 120 people were injured by pit bulls in 2014 but not killed or disfigured in attacks in which someone else was killed or disfigured.
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Best Friends,  ASPCA,  HSUS

2007 was the year that the Best Friends Animal Society, American SPCA, and the Humane Society of the U.S. ramped up pit bull advocacy in response to the arrest and conviction of Michael Vick on dogfighting-related charges.

Even before 2007 the frequency of fatal and disfiguring pit bull attacks had risen explosively for 25 years.
In the entire decade from 1982 to 1992, 104 pit bulls attacked
44 children and 60 adults, killing 18 of the victims, disfiguring 36.

Fifty victims escaped without fatal or disfiguring injuries in attacks in which others were killed or disfigured.
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Pit bull type dogs Half or more of all dog attack fatalities since 1844

Retrospective data collection has established that pit bulls have accounted for half or more of all fatal dog attacks in every 10-year time frame since 1844.

However, fatal dog attacks––even when rabies remained uncontrolled––were until recently an extreme rarity.
Only 15 fatal dog attacks are known to have occurred in the entire span from 1930 through 1960, including nine by pit bulls, two by Dobermans, and four by unidentified mutts.
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Year of Shelter/Rescue Dog Attacks

Not surprisingly, 2014 was also the Year of the Shelter/Rescue Dog Attacks.
At least 37 dogs in custody of shelters or rescues, or rehomed by shelters or rescues, killed or disfigured someone in 2014.

Thirty of those dogs were pit bulls.
Only two of the attacks by dogs from shelters or rescues killed someone in 2014, down from the high of five in 2012, but that was a matter of luck, as the number of fatal and disfiguring attacks by shelter and rescue dogs has more than doubled since 2012.

By comparison, there were no fatalities involving shelter or rescue dogs from 1858 through 1987.
The first two, both involving wolf hybrids, occurred in 1988 and in 1989. No more occurred for another decade.
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24% of all the disfiguring maulings on record by
shelter and rescue dogs came in 2014 alone.

There were three fatalities involving shelter or rescue dogs from 1990 through 2009, involving a pit bull, a Doberman, and a Presa Canario.

But there have been 36 fatalities involving shelter dogs from 2010 to present, involving 28 pit bulls, seven bull mastiffs, two Rottweilers, a Lab mix who may have been part pit bull, and a husky.

Also of note, there were 32 disfiguring maulings by shelter dogs from
1858 through 2009, 19 of them involving pit bulls.

From 2010 to present, there have been 122 disfiguring maulings by shelter dogs,
80 of them involving pit bulls.