Sunday, 1 March 2015

In 2011, the Annals of Surgery published a critical peer-reviewed scientific study on Pit bulls

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In 2011, the Annals of Surgery published a critical peer-reviewed scientific study pertaining to severe and fatal pit bull injuries (Mortality, Mauling and Maiming by Vicious Dogs, by John K. Bini, et al.), authored by doctors at San Antonio University Hospital.

In the landmark 2012 Tracey v. Solesky decision, which declared pit bulls "inherently dangerous," the highest court in Maryland cited the entire abstract of this study. The conclusions by the University Hospital doctors:

pit bull Conclusions: Attacks by pit bulls are associated with higher morbidity rates, higher hospital charges, and a higher risk of death than are attacks by other breeds of dogs. Strict regulation of pit bulls may substantially reduce the US mortality rates related to dog bites.

The majority of the San Antonio Express-News article pertains to this study and a rehearsed rehashing of the 30-year old pit bull debate.

One of the primary authors of the study, Dr. Stephen Cohn, is interviewed in the article. "We've had people that have almost lost their legs just going out for a run,"
said Dr. Stephen Cohn, a professor of surgery at the Health Science Center.
"This is a complete hazard for all of us."

An article about dog attacks in the journal Annals of Surgery 2011:

The article starts by describing a pit bull attack on an infant. The baby had to be given CPR, and a tracheal intubation upon arrival at the hospital. Wounds included "scalp degloving," (skin ripped off head) and multiple bites to the face, neck, chest, buttocks and genitals. The infant died and the article includes a very graphic and awful picture of a pit bull- related fatality.

Here are some stats from the article:

Pit bulls attack indiscriminately

Responsible for 65% of all fatal attacks in 2008

6 of 7 fatal dog bites in Texas in 2007 were inflicted by pit bulls

94% of attacks on children by pit bulls were unprovoked

81% of attacks that occurred off the owner’s property involved pit bulls

One person is killed by a pit bull every 14 days

One body part is severed and lost every 5.4 days as a result of pit bull attacks

2 persons are injured by pit bulls every day

You have a more than 2500 times higher chance of dying if attacked by a pit bull type dog compared to other types of dogs