Pledge to

Become informed about this issue.

This pledge closed over 1 year ago

How this will help

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.

The pit bull population has since grown to 4 percent. During the most recent eight-year period (2005-12), pit bulls killed an average of 19 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. 

  1. Betty Todd, 65-years old - Killed by her son's pet pit bull. 
  2. Christian Gormanous, 4-years old - Killed by his neighbor's chained pit bull
  3. Elsie Grace, 91-years old - Killed by her son's two pit bulls 
  4. Isaiah Aguilar, 2-years old - Killed by his neighbor's chained pit bull 
  5. Ryan Maxwell, 7-years old - Killed by a pit bull while visiting family friends
  6. Daxton Borchardt, 14-months old - Killed by his babysitter's two pet pit bulls
  7. Monica Laminack, 21-months old - Killed by her family's pet pit bulls 
  8. Tyler Jett, 7-years old - Killed by his neighbor's two pit bull-mix dogs 
  9. Claudia Gallardo, 38-years old - Killed by a property owner's pit bull 
  10. Jordyn Arndt, 4-years old - Killed by her babysitter's pit bull 
  11. Beau Rutledge, 2-years old - Killed by his family's pet pit bull 
  12. Rachael Honabarger, 35-years old - Killed by her family German shepherd
  13. Pamela Devitt, 63-years old - Killed by a pack of loose pit bulls 
  14. Carlton Freeman, 80-years old - Killed by four roaming pit bulls

How can I help?

  • Take the pledge now!
  • Share this page with friends, colleagues and family members!

Follow us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter

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.

33 comments

to comment