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PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — A 73-year-old woman is recovering from severe injuries after being attacked by an American bulldog while walking to her mailbox.

The Peninsula Daily News reports that Jenelle Vivian Gilbert was walking down her driveway when she attacked by the 9-month-old bulldog owned by her neighbor.

Clallam County Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Stoppani says the dog bit Gilbert’s hand as she tried to flee and pulled her to the ground, leaving her with puncture wounds above each eye, possible bone or musculature damage to her forearm, other wounds.

Gilbert was released from Olympic Medical Center Thursday.

The dog had been tethered in the neighbor’s backyard but was able to escape. It is being held at the Olympic Peninsula Humane Society shelter in Port Angeles pending euthanasia.

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30 comments

  • disgusted

    It’s disgusting that we will euthanize a dog for behaviour caused by owners ignorance or neglect but we won’t even kill murderers and rapist.

  • Tony Solesky

    No I am the one that is disgusted. The post by “Disgusted” is irrational and typifies what a bad dog owner is. Why is it acceptable in the minds of dog owners of dangerous dogs that your pet for what ever reason is a threat to society if it is raised wrong or escapes its confines? Dogs that due this are bred to do it. No coincidence this is proper Bull Dog behavior. If you own a dog of any breed that is anything but a potential playmate for pets and people it encounters, either when it escapes or someone ventures into its territory, it is a dangerous dog. A dog that barks ( a watchdog) at things in its territory but gives ground, is an excellent pet. It is the dog owners job to do the protecting and the dogs job to do the detecting. I do not like attack dogs. Pit bulls worse yet attack to kill.

  • Tom McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    What is a pit bull?

    All these pit bull type dogs have the same pit bull bred genetic truth and reality and outcome and danger and all should be considered with the same danger that they all represent.

    The legal definition of a pit bull is a class of dogs that includes the following breeds: American pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier, American bulldog and any other pure bred or mixed breed dog that is a combination of these dogs.

    Weight and shape can vary significantly amongst pit bulls, from 35 to 100 plus pounds.

    Unlike the English and the French Bulldogs, the Olde English Bulldogge and the American Bulldog were not mixed with Pug or other purely companion breeds. The Olde English Bulldogge is a recreation of the original bear-baiting, horse-baiting, pit-fighting bulldog of Elizabethan England.

    The American Bulldog is a mix of these original bulldogs with a mastiff type.

    Breed-specific laws were invented to regulate pit bulls. This class of dogs is comprised of several breeds, including: American pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier and Staffordshire bull terrier.

    The American bulldog can also be classified within this group; the two breeds share a common gene pool and are close cousins. The breed standard for the American bulldog, Scott-type, was developed by crossing early Johnson lines with the American pit bull terrier.

    Though pit bulls are by far the most popular “fighting breed,” several U.S. cities have expanded breed-specific laws to incorporate additional fighting breeds, including: dogo argentino, tosa (tosa inu), fila brasileiro (Brazilian mastiff), cane corso, presa canario and presa mallorquin. Yet, these instances are rare.

    The focal point of breed-specific laws revolves around pit bulls. This is because this class of dogs is the most common and negatively impacts communities the most.

    This is what an American Bull dog is, in effect a pit bull type dog, 6 of one half a dozen of another, same difference same outcome:

    Progressive pit bull legislation includes the American bulldog in its definition of a pit bull.

    The term Pit bull type dog refers to many variants with the same mutated genetic truth and reality and outcome.

    The American bulldog is one of them.!!!!!!!!!!!!

    History

    Both the American bulldog and pit bull terrier are of the Mastiff family and can be traced back to the “bulldog.”

    Bulldogs were so named because they were used in the English sport of bull-baiting (where dogs attacked bulls that were coming into market).

    After bull-baiting was outlawed, the bulldog was bred by different lovers of the breed, resulting in different breeds of bulldog.

  • Tom McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    In North America, from 1982-2014, Pit Bull breeds and mixes have seriously attacked 3,595 humans that resulted in 2,233 maimings and 307 deaths

    The Bullmastiff is a Pit bull type dog with the same genetic makeup and danger of a pit bull.
    The Bullmastiff was a cross of 40% Old English Bulldog or pit bull type dog and 60% English Mastiff
    In North America, from 1982-2014, Bullmastiffs have been responsible for 111 serious attacks on humans, resulting in 63 maimings and 18 deaths.

    In North America from 1982-2014, Rottweilers were responsible for 535 attacks on humans, resulting in 85 deaths.
    Rottweiler mixes were responsible for 30 attacks on humans, resulting in 4 deaths.
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    The following is a list of the top 10 dog breeds involved in dog attacks in the U.S. and Canada involving humans from September 1982 to December 31, 2013, based on a larger table compiled by Merritt Clifton, former editor of Animal People, an animal rights charity/news group. Clifton now is the editor of Animals 24-7.

    A Bullmastiff is considered a pit bull type dog and a pit bull mix between a pit bull and a mastiff and is 40% pit bull.

    Breed ****** Attacks doing bodily harm ****** Maimed ****** Deaths
    1. Pit bull **********2792 ***********************677 **********263
    2. Rottweiler *******514 ************************294 **********81
    3. Bull Mastiff ******105 ************************61 ***********15
    4. German Shepherd 102 **********************63 ***********15
    5. Wolf Hybrid ******85 *************************49 ***********19
    6. Akita **************68 ************************50 ************8
    7. Boxer *************62 ************************29 ************7
    8. Chow *************58 ************************39 ************7
    9. Pit bull/Rottweiler mix 50 ********************15 ************15
    10.Labrador ********50 *************************39 ************3

    The report states that the numbers are compiled from press accounts dating to 1982. It only includes attacks by dogs of clearly identified breed type or ancestry, as designated by animal control officers or others with evident expertise, which have been kept as pets.

    All accounts are cross-checked by date, location and identity of the victim, according to the report.
    Attacks by police dogs, guard dogs and dogs trained specifically to fight are not included in the report.
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    About 31,400 dogs attacked about 61,500 other animals in the U.S. in 2013, killing 43,500 and seriously injuring 18,100.

    The animals killed included about 12,000 dogs, 8,000 cats, 6,000 hooved animals, and 17,000 other small domestic animals, primarily poultry.
    The seriously injured included about 12,400 dogs, 4,000 cats, and 1,700 hooved animals. Few small mammals and poultry survived reported dog attacks.

    Pit bulls inflicted 99% of the total fatal attacks on other animals (43,000); 96% of the fatal attacks on other dogs (11,520); 95% of the fatal attacks on livestock (5,700) and on small mammals and poultry (16,150); and 94% of the fatal attacks on cats (11,280).

    About 30,000 pit bulls were involved in attacks on other animals, many of them killing multiple other animals.
    There are about 3.2 million pit bulls in the U.S. at any given time, according to the annual Animal24-7 surveys of dogs offered for sale or adoption via online classified ads.

    Thus in 2013 about one pit bull in 107 killed or seriously injured another animal, compared with about one dog in 50,000 of other breeds.
    Nationally, fatal and disfiguring attacks by dogs from shelters and rescues have exploded from zero in the first 90 years of the 20th century to 80 since 2010, including 58 by pit bulls, along with 22 fatal & disfiguring attacks by other shelter dogs, mostly Rottweilers & bull mastiffs.

    Altogether, 33 U.S. shelter dogs have participated in killing people since 2010, including 24 pit bulls, seven bull mastiffs, and two Rottweilers.
    The only dogs rehomed from U.S. shelters to kill anyone before 2000 were two wolf hybrids, rehomed in 1988 and 1989, respectively.
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    Dog Attack Deaths and Maimings, U.S. & Canada, September 1982 to May.25, 2013.
    By compiling U.S. and Canadian press accounts between 1982 and 2013, Merritt Clifton, editor of Animal People, shows the breeds most responsible for serious injury and death.

    Study highlights
    Pit bull type dogs make up only 6% of all dogs in the USA.
    The combination of Pit Bulls, rottweilers, their close mixes and wolf hybrids and other Pit Bull Type Dogs:

    84% of attacks that induce bodily harm.

    75% of attacks to children.

    87% of attack to adults.

    72% of attacks that result in fatalities.

    80% that result in maiming
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    Merritt Clifton Editor Of Animals24-7:

    I have logged fatal & disfiguring dog attacks in the U.S. and Canada since September 1982.

    Of the 5,206 dogs involved in fatal and disfiguring attacks on humans occurring in the U.S. & Canada since September 1982, when I began logging the data, 3,595 (68%) were pit bulls; 567 were Rottweilers; 4,713 (85%) were of related molosser breeds, including pit bulls, Rottweilers, mastiffs, bull mastiffs, boxers, and their mixes.

    Of the 577 human fatalities, 307 were killed by pit bulls; 89 were killed by Rottweilers; 440 (75%) were killed by molosser breeds.

    Of the 3,141 people who were disfigured, 2,232 (68%) were disfigured by pit bulls; 354 were disfigured by Rottweilers; 2,716 (84%) were disfigured by molosser breeds.

    Pit bulls–exclusive of their use in dogfighting–also inflict more than 70 times as many fatal and disfiguring injuries on other pets and livestock as on humans, a pattern unique to the pit bull class.

    Fatal and disfiguring attacks by dogs from shelters and rescues have exploded from zero in the first 90 years of the 20th century to 80 in the past four years, including 58 by pit bulls, along with 22 fatal & disfiguring attacks by other shelter dogs, mostly Rottweilers & bull mastiffs.

    The only dogs rehomed from U.S. shelters to kill anyone, ever, before 2000 were two wolf hybrids in 1988 and 1989. 33 U.S. shelter dogs & one U.K. shelter dog have participated in killing people since 2010, including 24 pit bulls, seven bull mastiffs, and two Rottweilers.

    Surveys of dogs offered for sale or adoption indicate that pit bulls and pit mixes are together less than 7% of the U.S. dog population; molosser breeds, all combined, are 9%.

  • Tom McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    In the Summer of 2013, Riverside County supervisors unanimously passed an ordinance requiring pit bulls older than 4 months in unincorporated areas of the county to be spayed or neutered. Registered breeders, law enforcement and therapy dogs are exempt from the ordinance, which takes effect next month.

    In 2010, San Bernardino County supervisors passed a similar ordinance for unincorporated areas of the county, such as Mentone. Owners of non-sterilized pit bulls can be fined $100 for the first offense, $200 for the second and $300 for subsequent offenses.

    Highland and Yucaipa adopted the same ordinance, according to Brian Cronin, chief of the county’s animal control division, which handles animal control in those two cities.

    The San Bernardino County ordinance said pit bull breeds account for about 20 percent of the dogs at animal shelters and are put down more often than any other breed.

    Cronin emailed figures showing the county’s intake of pit bulls has decreased 28 percent since the ordinance took effect and that euthanization rates have dropped by 56 percent.

    In August 2011, San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control, which oversees unincorporated areas and Highland and Yucaipa, reported a 9.6 decrease in dog bites after enacting a pit bull sterilization law in 2010.

    The law, approved unanimously by the Board of Supervisors last week, expands upon an ordinance approved last year that requires pit bull owners to spay or neuter their pets.

    Supervisor Neil Derry introduced the original proposal in response to an increasing number of attacks by pit bulls in recent years that resulted in four deaths — two of them young children — in the last five years.

    The county saw a 9.6 percent decrease in dog bites in the year since the spay/neuter program was instituted, said Brian Cronin, the county’s animal care and control division chief.

    The ordinance was passed to reduce the number of dogs destroyed at taxpayer expense, Cronin said.

    HAS MANDATORY S/N FOR PITS WORKED FOR SAN BERNARDINO, CA?
    YES!!

    The following is the six (6) year trend for Pit Bull admissions and euthanasia of this specific type/breed of dog in County owned or operated animal shelter facilities:

    FY 2007-08 Admissions 1,623 Euthanized 1,276 (78.6% of intake)

    FY 2008-09 Admissions 1,705 Euthanized 1,321 (77.4%) of intake)

    FY 2009-10 Admissions 2,066 Euthanized 1,593 (77.1% of intake)

    FY 2010-11 Admissions 2,523 Euthanized 1,632 (64.6% of intake)

    FY 2011-12 Admissions 2,265 Euthanized 1,085 (47.9% of intake)

    FY 2012-13 Admissions 1,815 Euthanized 727 (40% of intake)

    You will note, the percentage of Pit Bull type dogs euthanized has been significantly reduced since the implementation of the San Bernardino County Mandatory Pit Bull sterilization ordinance.

    The ordinance was implemented in fiscal year 2010-11 in which Pit Bull admissions hit an all time high of 2,523. Last year Pit Bull admissions were at 1,815.

    This is a significant reduction in admissions for this type of dog after the ordinance was passed. You can not argue that spay/neuter hasn’t had a positive impact
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    9/10/2013

    Bites by pit bulls have dropped dramatically since 2004
    Hearing on Alix’s leash law violation put off to Sept. 20

    PAWTUCKET – The city has seen a dramatic decline in the number of attacks by pit bulls since a 2004 ban on the breed went into effect, according to data released by local officials.

    In response to an open records request by The Breeze, the Pawtucket Police Department and Pawtucket Animal Control, through City Solicitor Frank Milos, provided documents showing just how rarely pit bulls have attacked people or animals in the city since the ban was enacted.

    For the four years leading up to the ban, from 2000 to 2003, officers responded to 71 incidents of biting or scratching involving pit bulls in Pawtucket, a majority of those, 51, involving attacks on people.!

    In the 10 years since the ban was put in place, police responded to 23 total attacks involving pit bulls, with only 13 of those involving attacks on people.

    For three years, 2008, 2010, and 2012, there were no attacks by pit bulls reported, according to the information provided by the city.

    The following are the 71 pit bulls attacks separated out by year for the four years before Pawtucket’s pit bull ban went into effect:

    * 2000 – 20 incidents, 18 involving attacks on people, two involving other animals.

    * 2001 – 14 incidents, nine involving attacks on people, five on animals.

    * 2002 – 17 incidents, 14 involving attacks on people, three on animals.

    * 2003 – 20 incidents, 11 involving attacks on people, nine on animals.

    The following are the 23 pit bull attacks in the city for the 10 years since Pawtucket’s pit bull ban was unanimously approved by the Rhode Island General Assembly:

    * 2004 – Eight incidents, five involving attacks on people, three involving attacks on other animals.

    * 2005 – One incident involving a person being attacked.

    * 2006 – Three incidents, one involving an attack on a person, two on animals.

    * 2007 – Four incidents, one involving an attack on a person, three on animals.

    * 2008 – No incidents.

    * 2009 – Two incidents, both involving attacks on people.

    * 2010 – No incidents.

    * 2011 – Two incidents, both involving attacks on people.

    * 2012 – No incidents.

    * 2013 – Three incidents, one involving an attack on a person, two on animals.

    John Holmes, Pawtucket’s veteran animal control officer and the key proponent of the 2004 ban, said the numbers before and after 2004 “speak for themselves.”

    “The law’s worked,” he said. “We didn’t put this law in to destroy pit bulls, in fact, quite the opposite.”

    The last serious pit bull attack in Pawtucket was the day the bill was signed into law, said Holmes. Residents have been safer because of the ban, he said.

    “Public safety has always been the issue,” he said. “They’re just missing so much of what this is all about. We’re going backward here.”
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    Wichita, Kansas

    In January 2009, the Wichita Department of Environmental Services released a number of pit bull statistics. The figures are based upon the Wichita Animal Control department’s investigation of 733 dog bites in 2008.

    Included in the data are pit bulls encountered by the Wichita Police Department. In the 1-year period, 95% of police encounters with aggressive dogs were pit bulls.

    The report also showed that the percentage of pit bull encounters had increased from 66% in 2004 to 95% in 2008. Subsequently, four months after the release of this data, the City of Wichita enacted a mandatory pit bull sterilization law.

    55% of all dogs deemed dangerous were pit bulls (41 pit bull dogs deemed dangerous).

    34% of attacks and bites involved pit bull dogs (246 pit bull attacks/bites).

    28% of dogs found running at large were pit bulls (1,279 pit bulls found running loose).

    25% of dogs impounded were pit bulls dogs (1,575 pit bulls impounded).

    37% of all dogs euthanized were pit bull dogs (1,255 pit bulls euthanized).

    23% of dog complaints involved pit bull dogs (2,523 complaints involved pit bull dogs).

  • Tom McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    ALEXANDRA SEMYONOVA, animal behaviorist

    You will also not prevent the dog from being what he is genetically predisposed to be. Because the inbred postures and behaviors feel good, fitting the body and brain the dog has been bred with, they are internally motivated and internally rewarded.

    This means that the behavior is practically impossible to extinguish by manipulating external environmental stimuli.

    The reward is not in the environment, but in the dog itself! As Coppinger and Coppinger (2001, p. 202) put it, “The dog gets such pleasure out of performing its motor pattern that it keeps looking for places to display it.” Some dogs get stuck in their particular inbred motor pattern.

    As pointed out above, this kind of aggression has appeared in some other breeds as an unexpected and undesired anomaly – the golden retriever, the Berner Senne hund, the cocker spaniel have all had this problem.

    The lovers of aggressive breeds try to use these breeding accidents to prove that their aggressive breeds are just like any other dog, “see, they’re no different from the cuddly breeds.” But a cuddly breed sometimes ending up stuck with a genetic disaster does not prove that the behavior is normal canine behavior. All it proves is that the behavior is genetically determined.

    “These dogs aren’t killers because they have the wrong owners, rather they attract the wrong owners because they are killers.” The 100 Silliest Things People say about dogs.

    JOHN FAUL, animal behaviorist

    Faul said they were dangerous and a threat to life. He said the pitbull was bred to be absolutely fearless and had a “hair-trigger” attack response.

    “The cardinal rule is that these dogs are not pets,” he said.

    “The only way to keep them is in a working environment.”

    He said the only relationship one could have with the pitbull was one of “dominance, sub-dominance”, in which the dog was reminded daily of its position.

    ANDREW ROWAN, PhD, Tufts Center for Animals

    “A pit bull is trained to inflict the maximum amount of damage in the shortest amount of time. Other dogs bite and hold. A Doberman or a German shepherd won’t tear if you stand still.

    A pit bull is more likely to remove a piece of tissue. Dogs fight as a last resort under most circumstances. But a pit bull will attack without warning. If a dog shows a submissive characteristic, such as rolling over most dogs wills top their attack. A pit bull will disembowel its victim.”

    “A study by Dr Randall Lockwood of the US Humane Society found that pit bulls are more likely to break restraints to attack someone and that pit bulls are more likely to attack their owners, possibly as a result of owners trying to separate their dogs from victims.”

    Jørn Våge, Tina B Bønsdorff, Ellen Arnet, Aage Tverdal and Frode Lingaas, Differential gene expression in brain tissues of aggressive and non-aggressive dogs

    The domestic dog (Canis familiaris), with its more than 400 recognised breeds [1], displays great variation in behaviour phenotypes.

    Favourable behaviour is important for well-being and negative traits such as aggression may ruin the owner-dog relationship and lead to relinquishment to shelters or even euthanasia of otherwise healthy dogs [2,3].

    Behavioural traits result from an interaction of both genetic and environmental factors. Breed specific behavioural traits such as hunting, herding and calmness/aggression are, however, evidence of a large genetic component and specific behaviours show high heritabilities [4-8].

    ALAN BECK, Sc.D

    However, Alan Beck, director of the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine Center of the Human-Animal Bond, favors letting the breed go into extinction.

    “This breed alone is a risk of serious public health factors,” Beck said. “We are keeping them alive against their own best interests.”

    Beck said while he does not advocate taking dogs from current and caring owners, he does feel that it has become more of a social and political issue for people than a health one.

    “If these dogs were carrying an actual disease, people would advocate euthanizing them,” Beck said. “This breed itself is not natural.”

    “It has this sort of mystique that attracts a population of people. Of course, most of these dogs are never going to bite, as champions of the breed will tell you. But most people who smoke don’t get cancer, but we know regulations help reduce a significant risk.”

    “I know you’re going to get beat up for this. But they just aren’t good dogs to own. That’s why so many of them are relinquished to shelters. There are too many other breeds out there to take a chance on these guys.”

    MERRITT CLIFTON, journalist, Animal People editor

    There are very few people, if any, who have written more on behalf of dogs over the past 40-odd years than I have, or spent more time down the back alleys of the developing world observing dogs in the habitats in which normal dogs came to co-evolve with humans.

    But appreciation of the ecological roles of street dogs & coyotes, exposing dog-eating and puppy mills, opposition to indiscriminate lethal animal control, introduction of high-volume low-cost spay/neuter and anti-rabies vaccination, introduction of online adoption promotion, encouraging the formation of thousands of new humane societies worldwide, etc., are not to be confused with pit bull advocacy.

    Pit bull advocacy is not defending dogs; it is defending the serial killers of the dog world, who kill, injure, and give bad reputations to all the rest. Indeed, pit bull advocacy, because it erodes public trust in dogs and people who care about dogs, stands a good chance of superseding rabies as the single greatest threat to the health, well-being, and human appreciation of all dogs worldwide.

    STANLEY COREN, PhD

    “A dog’s breed tells us a lot about that dog’s genetic heritage and makeup. Genetics is a strong determinant of personality. In the absence of any other information, we can make a reasonable prediction about how the dog will behave based upon its breed.” p 84

    “When we crossbreed, we lose some of that predictability, since which genes will be passed on by each parent and how they will combine is a matter of chance. Fortunately, there is some data to suggest that we can still make predispositions without knowing much about its parentage.

    John Paul Scott and John L Fuller carried out a series of selective breeding experiments at the Jackson Laboratories in Bar Harbor, Maine. By happy chance, their results revealed a simple rule that seems to work. Their general conclusion was that a mixed breed dog is most likely to act like the breed that it most looks like.”

  • Tom McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    Lakritz: Pit bull ban is logical next step
    Naomi Lakritz, Calgary Herald
    Published on: May 20, 2015

    Steve Constantine of Detroit, lost his leg, arm and part of his ear when he was attacked by a friend’s pit bulls and pit bull mixes last winter. A judge Tuesday awarded Constantine a $100 million civil judgment.

    Steve Constantine of Detroit, lost his leg, arm and part of his ear when he was attacked by a friend’s pit bulls and pit bull mixes last winter. A judge Tuesday awarded Constantine a $100 million civil judgment.

    What would Calgarians do for comic relief without city council?

    Last week, Coun. Joe Magliocca came up with a system for controlling pit bull attacks in this city. It works like this: Put muzzles on all puppies when they’re out for walks, to prevent attacks on passersby.

    Train them, certify them, and after they turn a year old, take off the muzzles and put coloured bandanas on them so they’re dressed like traffic lights. Hostile dogs would wear red bandanas, ones that are iffy would wear yellow, and green bandanas mean the dog is friendly.

    Just imagine how silly it would be to have teacup Yorkie puppies walking around wearing muzzles as a public safety measure. I don’t even know if they make muzzles that tiny. Regardless, putting a muzzle on any puppy is counterproductive to socializing it to other animals and people during its crucial first year. You’d really be sowing the seeds for a city full of neurotic and unpredictably nasty dogs if you muzzled all puppies whenever they were out.

    Research done by Animals 24-7, using data from press reports that were cross-checked to ensure animal control officers, and not just reporters, verified the breed of dog, showed that from September 1982 through December 2014, pit bulls were responsible for 3,397 “attacks doing bodily harm” in Canada and the U.S.”

    One of those statistics was Steve Constantine of Detroit, who lost two limbs and part of his ear, during an attack last October by a friend’s 12 pit bulls and pit bull mixes.

    Pit bulls killed 295 people during the studied period. Basset hounds, on the other hand, killed no one between 1982 and 2014, and only two people were attacked — by the same hound — thus giving the lie to pit bull owners who say their breed is not to blame. Rottweilers were responsible for the next highest number of attacks after pit bulls — killing 85 people and attacking a total of 535.

    We keep hearing it’s the fault of irresponsible pit bull owners. That may be, but there are irresponsible owners of Shih Tzus as well, and their dogs don’t make the news.

    Opponents to breed-specific legislation point to Calgary’s model bylaw regarding vicious dogs. Calgary’s bylaw is so highly regarded that it was cited in the Ontario legislature during debates about a pit-bull ban. It is indeed strict. It states that a dog deemed vicious by a provincial judge can only be owned by an individual over 18, and is never allowed in off-leash areas. When the dog is out, “it must wear a muzzle … with a leash no longer than one metre … ”

    The dog must be confined indoors, or if outdoors, must be kept in “a locked pen or other structure” which other people can’t enter. The pen must be a minimum 1.5 metres in height and have a “secure top, and if it has no bottom secured to the sides, the sides must be embedded in the ground to a minimum depth of 30 centimetres.”

    The owner must post special signs at every entrance to the yard, alerting people that a vicious dog lives there.

    OK, so we have this excellent bylaw. Too bad the threat of its penalties doesn’t appear to have deterred the owners of the pit bulls responsible for the recent spate of attacks in Calgary. The annual vicious animal licensing fee is $260. There is a fine of up to $1,500 for a first offence attacking someone, and up to $2,000 if a dog already declared vicious attacks again. Not to mention $1,500 per, for failing to follow each directive for a vicious dog, such as proper confinement, signage, muzzling, etc.

    No, the bylaw, with its justifiably draconian provisions, hasn’t scared irresponsible pit bull owners into becoming more responsible. The only sensible next step is to ban these dogs, which were bred to be aggressive. Who needs them? Had Steve Constantine been swarmed instead by basset hounds, he would be healthy and whole today.

    Naomi Lakritz is a Herald columnist.

  • Tom McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    Council Bluffs, Iowa.

    Pit bulls are not only problematic in large cities; they threaten mid-sized cities and small towns as well. Located in the heartland, Council Bluffs, Iowa has about 60,000 citizens.
    After a series of devastating attacks, beginning in 2003, Council Bluffs joined over 600 U.S. cities and began regulating pit bulls.

    The results of the Council Bluffs pit bull ban, which began January 1, 2005, show the positive effects such legislation can have on public safety in just a few years time:1.
    Council Bluffs: Pit Bull Bite Statistics.

    Year Pit Bull Bites % of All Bites.
    2004 29 23%.
    2005 12 10% (year ban enacted).
    2006 6 4%.
    2007 2 2%.
    2008 0 0%.
    2009 0 0%.
    2010 1 1%.
    2011 0 0%.
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    From the CDC (1998 report, page 4):
    “Despite these limitations and concerns
    (about identifying the exact ‘breed’ of pit bull type dog responsible for a
    killing), the data indicate that Rottweilers and pit bull-type dogs accounted
    for 67% of human DBRF in the United States between 1997 and 1998.
    It is extremely unlikely that they accounted for anywhere near 60% of dogs in the
    United States during that same period and, thus, there appears to be a
    breed-specific problem with fatalities.”
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    A law that began in San Francisco now has cities across the country considering a similar option: Mandatory pit bull sterilization.

    Cities troubled with high pit bull bite counts and shelter occupancy rates are trying to combat both problems at once with this law.

    In June 2013, after a Bay Area child was killed by a family pit bull, San Francisco Animal Care and Control cited the decrease in pit bull bites and euthanasia since the adoption of a 2005 pit bull law.

    After 12-year-old Nicholas Faibish was fatally mauled by his family’s pit bulls, the city adopted a mandatory spay-neuter law for the breed. The reasoning was that fixed dogs tend to be calmer and better socialized.

    In January 2006, San Francisco enacted its ordinance.
    After 18 months of passing, pit bull impoundments declined by 21%; shelter occupancy rates fell from three-quarters to
    one-quarter and pit bull euthanasia dropped 24%.

    Since then, San Francisco has impounded 14 percent fewer pit bulls and euthanized 29 percent fewer – which is a “significant decrease,” said Rebecca Katz, director of the city’s Animal Care and Control department.

    Another significant indicator, she said, is that there have been 28 pit bull bites reported in the past three years – and 1,229 bites by other breeds during the same period. In the three-year period before that, there were 45 pit bull bites and 907 incidents involving other breeds.

    Results of mandatory breed-specific S/N in SF:
    success in San Francisco, where in just eight years there was a 49% decline in the number of pit-bulls impounded, a 23% decline in the number of pit-bulls euthanized, and an 81% decline in the number of pit-bulls involved in fatal and disfiguring attacks.

    It was reported in 2010 that pit bull biting incidents had significantly decreased in the city as well.
    Sgt. Bill Herndon of the San Francisco Police Department’s vicious dog unit said the numbers and severity of pit bull attacks are down since the ordinance was enacted.

    The same article reports that pit bull euthanasia has since dropped to 30%. Rebecca Katz of the San Francisco’s animal control department said, “We’ve seen it as very effective from an animal welfare perspective.”

    When the City of Auburn debated enacting a pit bull law in January 2010, Sgt. Bill Herndon of the San Francisco Police Department weighed in about the success of San Francisco’s 2005 pit bull law:

    “Since requiring all pit bulls to be neutered, they say they are finding fewer pit bulls involved in biting incidents.

    Sgt. Bill Herndon, of the San Francisco Police Department’s vicious dog unit, said the numbers and severity of pit bull attacks are down since San Francisco enacted an ordinance in 2005 after the mauling death of 12-year-old Nicholas Faibish.

    “The number of complaints of mean pit bulls has dropped dramatically,” Herndon said.
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    Ed Boks, Executive director, Yavapai Humane Society (responsible Jan 2004 as director City Center for Animal Care & Control in NYC for trying to rename pit bulls New Yorkies; is pb owner)

    Pit bull type dogs represent 3000% the actuarial risk compared to other types of dogs.
    Insurance companies will have calculated the risks the other listed breeds represent based on what they’ve had to pay out through the years.

    This isn’t ‘prejudice’, this is cold statistical reality. Actuarial realities don’t yield to sentiment or a feeling of entitlement — they just are what they are
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    Doctors at University Hospital Respond
    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.”

  • Tom McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    15 dead by dog attack in the US so far in 2015.
    11 killed by known pit bull type dogs / pit bull mixes, which include
    so-called ‘breeds’ like bullmastiffs and American Bulldogs.

    Stars (**) indicate that the killer was someone’s beloved family pit bull that was never abused or neglected.
    The double dagger (‡) indicates that the ‘pet’ pit bull belonged to the deceased person, their family or a relative.

    Adult fatalities by pit bull type dog (6):
    Kenneth Ford, 79 years old, Pahrump, Nev., March.13
    Eugene Smith – 87 y.o. – Frederick MD ** ‡ [January 7; ‘rescue’ pit bull, kept as indoor family pet]
    Fredrick Crutchfield, 63 years old, Coal Hill, Arkansas ** ‡ Feb.4th
    Roy Higgenbotham Jr., 62 years old, Wheeling, West Virginia ** March.9th
    by Friends Pit Bull
    Julia Charging Whirlwind, 49 years old, White River, SD by Pack of Pit Bull dogs, March.14th, Native American on Rosebud Reservation.
    De’trick O. Johnson, 36 years old, Pine Bluff, Ark, March.21, by a pack of pit bull type dogs.

    Child fatalities by pit bull type dog (5):
    James W. Nevils III, 5 years old, Southside Chigago, May.26th
    Brayden Lamar Wilson, 2 month old baby, Dallas, TX, ** ‡ April.19, by family pit bull.
    Declan Dean Moss – 18 mos. Old – Brooksville, FL ** ‡ [January 19, mother’s pit bulls]
    Malaki Mildward — 7 years old — College Springs, Iowa ** ‡ (January.22) 2 Pit Bull Mixes, Mother’s & friends Pit bulls.
    Taylynn Devaughnm 2 years old, West Mifflin, PA ** ‡ Feb.22 Aunt’s Pit Bull Mix

    Fatalities by ‘breed unknown’ (1)
    Neta Lee Adams, 81 years old, Washington County, GA Mar 31, 2015
    Unidentified Native American – about 40 y,o. – Gallup, NM [January 2
    [found dead at the roadside after altercation with ‘feral dogs’]

    Fatalities by ‘other breed’s’ (2)
    Gaege Ramirez ,7 years old, Canyon Lake, TX ** ‡
    Betty Wood, 78 years old, Sulphur Springs, TX ** ‡ March.13,2015 by her pet Rottweiler

    Foreign deaths by pit bull type dog that we know of (3):
    Children (2)
    Michel Danny Kasouha, 7 years old, Beirut, Leabanon, April.7,2014
    Maxi Millian Guscott – 2 y.o. – St. Ann, Jamaica ** ‡ [January 2 – bullmastiff, which is a pit bull – mastiff mix]

    Adult (1)
    Emilia Mitroi, 53 years old, Drobeta Turnu Severin, Romania ** ‡ Pit Bull Terrier, March.9th.

  • Tom McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    Lillian Rant, president of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club of America, led the fight to have Staffie’s join the ranks of the American Kennel Club. She began spreading the myth that Staffies love children, and were once referred to as a “nursemaid dog.” This is categorically false, and Ms. Rant completely made it up, but it has become one of the more enduring, and devastating, myths.

    Through no small effort, the Staffordshire Terrier, and all his “pit bull type” cousins, began to increase in popularity in the 80s and 90s, and almost immediately, a new disturbing trend emerged. According to David Billmire, M.D., professor and director of the Division of Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, “Starting about 25 years ago, my colleagues and I started to see disturbingly different types of injuries.

    Instead of a warning bite, we saw wounds where the flesh was torn from the victim. There were multiple bite wounds covering many different anatomical sites. The attacks were generally unprovoked, persistent and often involved more than one dog. In every instance the dog involved was a pit bull or a pit bull mix…”

    Indeed, in a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control in 2000, examining dog bite data between 1980 and 1998, the leader in fatal and disfiguring maulings was the pit bull, and the amount of damage they caused was disproportionate to their population. Based on pressure from vocal “pit bull advocacy” groups, the CDC stopped counting after that, and has refused to track data going forward.

    Since 2000, the pit bull population has skyrocketed. While 30 years ago pit bulls were rare outside of professional dog trainers and professional dogfighters, pit bulls today are among the most popular breeds kept as pets.

    And predictably, the numbers of fatal and disfiguring dog attacks has also skyrocketed. Since 2005, over 300 people have been killed by dogs in the U.S. Pit bulls, which make up 5-6% of the dog population, are implicated in over 60% of these fatal attacks.

    Last year, there were over 400 serious, debilitating maulings on humans by dogs – and you guessed it, pit bulls were implicated in more than 60% of these horrific attacks.

    Not to mention the fatal or disfiguring attacks on other animals – over 50,000 per year. Want to guess which type of dog causes most of the these attacks? Pit bulls are involved in more than 90% of fatal and serious attacks on other animals.

    All dogs bite. Most will “bite and retreat”, just a warning to their victim. Most dog bites are treated with band aids, maybe a few stitches. But pit bulls maul. They launch into full attack, usually without provocation, and often totally unpredictable.

    A large percentage of the attacks are initiated by pit bulls kept as family pets, who have “never shown any sign of aggression.” Biting is something a dog does, but mauling is something pit bulls were specifically bred for.

    I don’t blame the dogs, I blame their breeding. They are only doing what they were created for. But unfortunately, like it or not, it makes them dangerous family pets. Already this year (2015) over 200 people have been sent to the hospital for serious wounds inflicted by pit bulls (more than one person every single day), and 10 people have been killed (about one person every 17 days).

    Despite these numbers (which can be independently verified with a little research, or you can check out my book, Misunderstood Nanny Dogs? A Critical and Objective Analysis of the Facts and Myths Concerning Pit Bulls in which I do a lot of the basic research for you), there are dozens and dozens of groups, organizations, media outlets, and crazed extremists that exist solely to advocate for the “poor, misunderstood pit bulls.”

    Huffington Post, ASPCA, Animal Planet, all advertise how great and loyal and loving pit bulls are, and what great pets they make. Shelters (increasingly “no-kill”) are smothered in abandoned pit bulls, while backyard breeders, and, yes, dogfighters, still pump out more dangerous fighting dogs by the truckload. 800,000 pit bulls are euthanized each year in shelters, yet we still insist upon making more of them.

    Unsuspecting families are misled into adopting pit bulls from shelters, only to have that pit bull attack and maul and/or kill a member of the family, a neighbor, or someone’s pet. There have been a few high-profile incidents recently concerning shelters purposely withholding the history of pit bulls just to get them adopted out, and there will be more to come.

    Where does society get negative images of pit bulls? By living in society. They see the same show you saw. They watch the news. The hear about an incident.

    Or, all too often, they are directly involved in a life-altering encounter with a dangerous pit bull. When most dogs bite, you wash it out and slap on a bandage – when pit bulls bite, you are often rushed to the hospital, forced to undergo life-saving treatment and multiple reconstructive surgeries.

    When pit bulls bite, you often make the news.

  • Tom McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    Jesse Beasley, Attorney-at-Law

    Where does society get negative images of pit bulls?
    So, there are several places which have laws against pit bulls. . .
    They have these laws for good reason in a lot of cases. Just watched a video of a town where a majority of their dog attacks involved pit bulls.

    Then there have been stories where they’ve attacked children. My question is: What is at the root of people’s fear of the breed?

    Like it or not, pit bulls have earned their “negative image,” fair and square.

    In the U.S., ‘pit bulls’ generally describes a “class” of dogs that include the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, the American Pit Bull Terrier, and the American Bulldog, and any close mixes. Basically, these dogs are very similar in appearance, the most obvious difference being the size.

    But they are all bred from the same stock. These particular “bull terriers” were first bred in England a few hundred years ago, crosses between the Olde English Bulldogge and the White Terrier, for one singular purpose – Pit Fighting.

    Pit fighting also became popular across the pond here in the U.S. around the 19th century, and so we have likewise been breeding fighting dogs for a couple hundred years.

    The pit bull type dogs were selectively bred to be tenacious and relentless (a trait known as “gameness”) and to fight to the death (“Dead Game”). They were bred to launch into a full “game” attack without any provocation, and to do as much damage in the least amount of time.

    Thus, they were bred with a distinctive biting style, which includes biting, shaking, and tearing flesh from bone. They were bred to fight and kill other animals, specifically other dogs, in the “Pit”. It is this morbid and unfortunate history, more than anything else, that gives pit bulls their “negative images.”

    When pit fighting was outlawed in the early 20th century, these dogs should have been bred out of existence. But so-called fanciers wanted to maintain the breed’s identity, while attempting to re-purpose the dogs (or at least attempt to re-write their history).

    The problem with this approach, was that in order to maintain the physical appearance of a dog, you must also maintain its breed-specific behavioral traits.

    According to animal behaviorist, Alexandra Semyonova, dogs are bred to be “physically shaped specifically for the task we want him to perform.” She goes on to say that the purpose-bred dog will feel “physically comfortable doing the job” that it was selectively bred for, the way a Greyhound is comfortable sprinting.

    In this way, Semoyonova also states that physical conformation leads to, or predicts, “behavioral conformation.”

    The dog’s brain is “genetically predisposed to grow to efficiently direct the body it is born in.” Thus, by selectively breeding pit bulls that looked exactly like the old pit bulls, breeders, intentionally or not, continued to breed fighting dogs.

    The other problem with the fanciers’ quest to repurpose these dogs was that dogfighting,even though it was outlawed, never went away – it just went underground. And breeders across the country continued intentionally selecting for aggression and gameness.

    And because we are Americans, we weren’t satisfied with the small size of the original “Staffies” so we started breeding these same dogs, with the same physical appearance and behavioral traits, larger and larger. The original Staffies were 30 pounds – now we have dogs like “Hulk”, the YouTube sensation, a 185 pound pit bull. Yikes.

    For many decades, pit bulls were not very popular, possibly due to the continuing stigma attached to dog fighting, or possibly because it was well-known that they didn’t make great pets. I don’t claim to know. But what I do know is that in the 1970s, there was the beginning of a disastrous campaign to rebrand these dogs as “America’s Dog.”

  • Tom McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    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.

  • Tom McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    An example of the failure that is breed neutral legislation:

    In Calgary, by Bill Bruce’s own admission and documentation, pit bulls lead the serious bite count with 13% of the city’s serious bites attributable to pit bulls, yet pit bulls account for less than 1% of the city’s dogs.

    In fact, pit bulls are responsible for nearly as many serious bites (13%) as the ENTIRE sporting breeding category (15%), which includes all of the most popular breeds (Labs, Goldens, Poodles, Spaniels, etc) and houses 70% of Calgary’s dogs.

    Why aren’t these breeds attacking in the face of irresponsible ownership?
    An example of why leashing and licensing laws don’t work to solve the breed-specific problem of pit bulls:

    Pitbull supporters always point to Calgary Model as the perfect solution when dealing with dangerous dogs. The city introduced its responsible pet ownership bylaw in 2006.
    Calgary’s bylaw department emphasizes responsible pet ownership through intensive licensing, hefty fines and owner education.

    In Calgary, the largest city in Alberta, “confirmed aggressive dog incidents” and related criminal charges tripled in 2013, and in mid-2014 were up 15% more.

    Has their model worked? The statistics from the past four years would indicate a resounding “NO”. For the past four years dog bites have risen steadily every year, and over 350% in the past 4 years, from 58 in 2009 to 203 in 2012.

    And In 2010 Pit bulls led the ‘bite’ count. Meanwhile in Toronto, four years after implementing Breed Bans, dog bites were down 32%, from 486 to 329.

    Bites in Toronto blamed on the four banned breeds fell sharply, from 71 in 2005 to only six in 2010.

    Considering these breeds regularly inflict the most serious damage, this is an undeniable win for the citizens of Toronto.

    There were 400 dog bites in Calgary in 2013 and 500 in 2014.

  • Tom McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    45 People dead by dog attack in 2014

    Pit bull type dogs killed at least 37 of them directly.
    19 killed by pit bull type dogs directly of the 35 dead are children.

    Stars indicate people killed by a ‘family’ pit bull – ones that had
    been raised and cherished as an indoor pet, ‘never showed aggression
    before’, and knew the victim.

    Child fatalities by pit bull type dog (19):

    Kara E. Hartrich, 4 years old, Bloomington, Illinois. **

    Je’vaeh Maye, 2 years old, Temple Texas. **

    Braelynn Rayne Coulter, 3 years old, High Point, North Carolina. **

    Kenneth Santillan, 13 years old, Patterson, N.J. by a Bullmastiff

    Raymane Camari Robinson, 2 years old, Killeen, TX by a Bullmastiff **

    Mia Derouen, 4 years old, Houma, Louisiana **

    Christopher Malone, 3 years old, Thornton, MS **

    John Harvard, 5 year old, Riverside, AL **

    Kassi Haith, 4 years old, Felton, Del.

    Demonta Collins, 13 years old, Augusta, Georgia

    he dashed into traffic as he was running from a pit bull attacking him and was hit by a car and was killed.

    Davon Jiggetts,17 years old, Riverdale, Georgia

    he dashed into traffic as he was running from a pit bull attacking him and was hit by a car as was the pit bull, both were killed.

    Holden William Garrison-10 weeks old, Springfield Township, MI **

    Friends of family state that the dog is a Pit bull Mix a Catahoula Hound mixed with Pit Bull.

    Logan Shepard, 4 years old, Riverview, Florida **

    Jonathon Quarles Jr, 7 months old, Dayton, Ohio. **

    Joel Chirieleison, 6 years old, Fanning Springs, FL **

    Deriah Solem, 22 months, ST. Charles, Mo. **

    Javon Dade, Jr, 4 years old, Goulds, FL **

    Summer Sears, 4 years old, Tallassee, AL by Husky/German Shepard Cross

    8 year old girl, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota by a pack of pit bull & pit bull mixes.

    Adult fatalities by pit bull type (18):

    Christina Burleson, 43 years old, Houston, Texas. **

    Klonda S. Richey, 57 years old, Dayton, Ohio. by two Bullmastiff’s

    Nancy Newberry, 77 years old, Phoenix, AZ. **

    Dorothy Hamilton, 85 years old, Kaufman, TX **

    Petra Aguirre, 83 years old, San Antonio TX **

    Betty Clark, 75 years old, San Antonio TX **

    Katie Morrison, 20-years old, Smiths Station, AL **

    Rita Pepe, 93 years old, Branford, Conn by a rescued pit bull

    Craig Sytsma, 46 years old, Metamora, Mich.2 cane corsos and Italian Pit bull type dog.

    Jessica Dawn Norman, 33-years old, Sebring, FL

    Cindy Whisman, 59 years old, Madison Township, Ohio **

    Daniel Glass, 51 years old, Lamar, Mississippi.

    Alice Payne, 75 years old, Cave City, AR. **

    Juan Fernandez, 59 years old, Modesto, CA

    Alemeaner Dial, 83 YEARS OLD, Robeson County, N.C. **

    Rita Woodard, 64 years old, Corpus Christi. TX **

    Edward Cahill, 40 years old, Portage, IND **

    Deanne Lynn Coando 40 years old, Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming
    by a pack of pit bull & pit bull mixes.

    That’s 82% killed by attacking pit bull type dogs.

    Pit Bull type dogs are only about 6% of the entire dog population..

    Stella Antanaitis, 91 years old, Stamford, CT, Keeshond mix **

    Bobbie Cheveallier, 85 years old, Pollock, LA by a northern breed dog or mix.

    Jose Robles, 62 Years old, Madison, NC 15 free-roaming heelers and hound mixes.

    Nyhiem Wilfong, 1 year old, Caldwell County, N.C. by Rottweiler. **

    89-year-old Annabell Martin, Corona, CA. by her grandson’s three Rottweilers.**

    7 years old, Logan Meyer, Hustisford, WI by a Rottweiler. **

    Christopher Camejo Jr., 2-years old, Crystal River, FL by 4 Rottweiler’s **

    Non-bite fatalities:

    Carlos Eligio Trevina – 54 y.o. – Idaho Falls ID ** – [Jan 9] – Died of a heart attack immediately after breaking up a fight between his seven pit bulls / pit mixes

  • Tom McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    33 People dead by dog attack in 2013.

    Pit bull type dogs killed thirty of them. sixteen of the twenty-nine dead are children.

    Stars indicate people killed by a ‘family’ pit bull – ones that had been raised and cherished as an indoor pet, ‘never showed aggression before’, and knew the victim.

    Child fatalities by pit bull type dog (16):

    Christian Gormanous – 4 yrs old Montgomery County, TX

    Isaiah Aguilar – 2 yrs old Sabinal, TX

    Ryan Maxwell – 7 yrs old ** Galesburg, IL.

    Dax Borchardt – 14 mos old ** Walworth, WI.

    Monica Laminack – 21 mos old ** Ellabelle, GA.

    Tyler Jett – 7 yrs old Callaway, FL.

    Jordyn Arndt – 4 yrs old ** Prairie City, IA.

    Beau Rutledge – 2 yrs old ** Fulton County, GA.

    Ayden Evans- 5 yrs old ** Jessieville, AR.

    Nephi Selu – 6 yrs old ** Union City, CA.

    Arianna Jolee Merrbach – 5 yrs old Effingham, SC.

    Daniel (surname as yet not revealed) – 2 yrs old (Gilbert, Arizona) **

    Samuel Eli Zamudio – 2 yrs old** Colton, CA

    Jordan Ryan– 5 yrs old Baker city, Oregon

    Levi Watson-Bradford-4 years old** White County, Arkansas

    Jah’niyah White – 2 years old ** Chicago, Ill

    Adult fatalities by pit bull type (13):

    Betty Todd – 65 yrs old ** Hodges, SC

    Elsie Grace – 91 yrs old ** Hemet, CA

    Claudia Gallardo – 38 yrs old Stockton, CA.

    Pamela Devitt – 63 yrs old Littlerock, CA.

    Carlton Freeman – 80 yrs old Harleyville, SC.

    Linda Oliver – 63 yrs old Dayton, TX.

    James Harding – 62 yrs old -Baltimore, MD

    chased into traffic by two attacking pit bulls

    Juan Campos – 96 yrs old Katy, Texas.

    Terry Douglass 56 years old. **Baltimore, MD

    Katherine Atkins-25 years old ** Kernersville, NC

    Nga Woodhead-65 years old Spanaway, WA.

    Joan Kappen, 75 years old Hot Springs Ark

    Michal Nelson, 41 years old Valencia County, New Mexico **

    (1 non-pit type killing) [Rachel Honabarger – 35 yrs old – mauled to death by her own GSD mix] Coshocton, OH.

    (1 husky-mix killing, unknown if the other half of the dog was pit bull) [Jordan Lee Reed – 5 yrs old] Kotzebue, AK

    (1 Shiba Inu killing) Mia Gibson – age 3 months, of Gibson, OH – mauled to death by family Shiba Inu.

    Three of the pit bull type dogs were BULL mastiffs, ie 40% pit-fighting bulldog.

    If 27 of 33 dead were killed by pit bull attack, that’s 82% dead by pit attack, 9% dead by ‘molosser’, 3% by some kind of GSD mix, 3% by a husky + possibly pit mix, 3% by Shiba Inu.

    If you count the pit-mix mastiffs as pit bull types, that’s 91% killed by attacking pit bull types. Pit types are only about 6% of the entire dog population.

    The man who ran into traffic kept pit bulls himself. He knew perfectly well what the two stranger pit bulls that were chasing him would do if they caught him, so he preferred to risk a swift death by oncoming car.

  • Merese

    call it what you want.. We know how pitbulls act and a 9 month old dog doesn’t attack like this.. without warning and
    lack the ability to perceive real threats from little old ladies and babies. ONE dog is so overprotective it goes haywire when its latent genes for neurological problems are tripped ON and attacks family member and babies and kids on bikes and they are not abused or taught to do this. They just do . PITBULLS SUCK and are as logical as pets as Pumas and Lions are. Pitbulls are the badge of stupidity .. much like those who bought the propaganda about cigerettes.. pitbulls only prove that you’ve been duped.

  • Merritt Clifton

    An “American bulldog” is just another & older name for a pit bull. Of the 5,535 dogs involved in fatal and disfiguring attacks on humans occurring in the U.S. & Canada since September 1982, when I began logging the data, 3,860 (70%) were pit bulls; 4,714 (86%) were of related molosser breeds, including pit bulls, Rottweilers, mastiffs, bull mastiffs, boxers, and their mixes. Of the 607 human fatalities, 318 were killed by pit bulls; 91 were killed by Rottweilers; 453 (75%) were killed by molosser breeds. Of the 3,353 people who were disfigured, 2,439 (72%) were disfigured by pit bulls; 2,925 (84%) were disfigured by molosser breeds. Pit bulls–exclusive of their use in dogfighting–also inflict more than 70 times as many fatal and disfiguring injuries on other pets and livestock as on humans, a pattern unique to the pit bull class. Surveys of dogs offered for sale or adoption indicate that pit bulls and pit mixes are together less than 7% of the U.S. dog population; molosser breeds, all combined, are 9%.

  • catherineh

    I think both pitbulls should have been taken from the owner and given to someone else who would be better at taking care of the animals, rather than putting one of them down and leaving thevother one for the owner to continue letting it roam free.