Dog Bite Statistics
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The latest statistics show that over 4.7 million people are the victims of dog bites every year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a study in 2000 on dog bite-related fatalities (DBRF) that covered the years from 1979 to 1998. The study found reports of 327 people killed by dogs over the 20-year period.
Using newspaper articles, the CDC was able to obtain breed “identifications” for 238 of the 327 cases of fatal dog attacks, of which “pit bull terrier” or mixes thereof were reportedly involved in 76 cases. The breed with the next-highest number of attributed fatalities was the Rottweiler and mixes thereof, with 44 fatalities.
The majority of Texas dog bites involve dogs biting or scratching children. Many times these dog bites occur at the house of a friend or a neighbor. Typically, the dog’s instinct to protect or hunt leads to the animal’s perception of the child as either prey or a threat. Many of these bites are serious enough to require medical attention and some attacks even lead to death.
Merritt Clifton, editor of Animals 24-7, determined the breeds most responsible for serious injury and death by compiling U.S. and Canadian press accounts between 1982 and 2009:
The combination of pit bulls, rottweilers, presa canarios, and their mixes:
- 80% of attacks that induce bodily harm
- 69% of attacks to children
- 83% of attack to adults
- 68% of attacks that result in fatalities
- 74% that result in maiming
|Breed||Bodily Harm||Child Victims||Adult Victims||Deaths||Maimings|
|Pit bull terrier||1451||628||499||153||777|
|*Chart ordered by number of deaths.|
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