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In the first 5 months of 2013, pit bulls inflicted 93 percent of all dog bite fatalities. This is well above the average of 60 percent from 2005 to 2012.
As the pit bull population rises, more human fatalities ensue. During the last eight-year period (1991-98) that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention studied fatal attacks by breed, pit bulls were estimated at 1 percent of the U.S. dog population. Pit bulls killed an average of three people per year.
If the current rate of fatalities inflicted by pit bulls continues, 33 Americans will lose their lives to pit bulls by the end of 2013.
DogsBite.org is a national dog bite victims' group dedicated to reducing serious dog attacks. We urgently bring this information to your attention.
DogsBite.org is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charity organization.
Why do pit bulls kill more Americans than all dog breeds combined?
The founder of DogsBite.org explains this clearly in an editorial published by the Orlando Sentinel, "Banning pit bulls saves lives and protects the innocent"
"The threat from pit bulls results from the combination of the animals' inclination to attack without warning — an essential trait of fighting dogs — and the type of injuries that pit bulls typically inflict.
Most dogs bite and retreat, but pit bulls have a hold-and-shake bite style, and tenaciously refuse to stop an attack once begun.
Often a pit bull releases its grip only when dead — the trait dog fighters describe as being 'dead game.'"
Please take a moment to read the editorial to learn about an issue that results in thousands of people hospitalized annually with "severe" injuries and in worst case scenarios, "mauling" injuries, involving maiming, loss of limbs and death.
Important Materials to Review:
Understanding the different levels of dog bite injury and fatality statistical data is critical when navigating the national debate about dog bite injuries and dangerous dog breeds.
2013 Dog Bite Fatality Victims:
Learn more about each of this year's dog bite fatality victims. This pledge campaign will be updated as new deaths occur in 2013 due to devastating dog bite injury.
How can I help?
DogsBite.org is a national dog bite victims' group dedicated to reducing serious dog attacks. Our website, www.dogsbite.org, was launched in October 2007 and contains a wide collection of data to help policymakers and citizens learn about dangerous dogs. Our research focuses on pit bull type dogs. Due to selective breeding practices that emphasize aggression and tenacity, this class of dogs negatively impacts communities the most.