Dog Attack Death Study
Many families choose to get pets for their children as a way of teaching them responsibility. As with most other choices, though, there is a good and a bad side to getting a family dog. Dogs can be loving and protective companions, but they can also turn out to be very dangerous if they are angered, resulting in victims suffering serious dog bite injuries. Since September 1982, the United States and Canada have been compiling information about dog attacks that have resulted in death and/or maiming. The most recent results have been published on DogsBite.org, compiled of data as recent at December 31, 2013. The editor of Animal People, Merritt Clifton, helped to compile this information, which shows the breeds of dog that are most responsible for serious injuries and deaths. The study stated that “The combination of molosser breeds, including pit bulls, curs, rottweilers, presa canaries, cane corsos, mastiffs, dogo argentines, fila braieros, sharpeis, boxers, and their mixes” are at fault for:
- 76 percent of attacks on children;
- 87 percent of attacks on adults;
- 81 percent of all attacks that induce bodily harm;
- 72 percent of attacks that result in death of the victim;
- 81 percent of attacks resulting in maiming;
- Accounts for about 9.2 percent of the entire dog population.
- Pit bulls have been noted to attack children almost as often as they attack adults. This is extremely uncommon and is only seen in the bullmastiff and presa canario line of dogs;
- Even if the pit bull category was “split four ways,” the attacks conducted by pit bulls and their closest relatives would still outnumber the attacks by any other breed of dog;
- It is more likely that a pit bull or Rottweiler will maim or kill a person rather than just bite that person when that dog has an angry moment.
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