Skip to comments.‘But, My Pit Bull Would Never Attack’ May Be Wishful Thinking
Posted on 06/24/2014 10:17:25 PM PDT by ransomnote
Pit bulls make up 6 percent of the dog population in Canada and the US, but they are responsible for 68 percent of dog attacks and 52 percent of dog-related deaths from 1982 to 2009, TIME Magazine reported.
So, how does Boston stack up?
According to data provided to Boston.com from Mayor Marty Walshs press office, there were a total of 661 dog bites in the city of Boston between January 2012 and June 2014, which included bites against animal, human and unknown victims.
Pit bulls make up a little over 3 percent of the entire dog population of Boston. There are 250 registered pit bulls, pit bull mixes and Staffordshires listed as registered in the 2014 list of dog licenses, as provided to Boston.com, with a total of 7,355 registered dogs in the city.
The data defines pit bull as a dog having American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire, pit bull or Staffordshire as either the primary or secondary breed.
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, according to a 2011 study conducted by the Annals of Surgery. After a young girl was recently attacked by pit bulls at her grandfathers house in Mississippi and suffered a broken nose, jaw, cheekbone and eye socket, TIME Magazine looked at the problem behind pit bulls.
Much of the attention given to this story on social media was drawn to the claim that a KFC worker allegedly asked the girl to leave the restaurant because of the scars on her face, but TIME gave attention to the initial dog attack.
(Excerpt) Read more at boston.com ...
2013 dog bite fatalities
32 U.S. dog bite-related fatalities occurred in 2013. Despite being regulated in Military Housing areas and over 700 U.S. cities, pit bulls contributed to 78% (25) of these deaths. Pit bulls make up about 6% of the total U.S. dog population.2
Together, pit bulls (25) and rottweilers (1), the second most lethal dog breed, accounted for 81% of the total recorded deaths in 2013. This same combination accounted for 74% of all fatal attacks during the 9-year period of 2005 to 2013.
The breakdown between these two breeds is substantial over this 9-year period. From 2005 to 2013, pit bulls killed 176 Americans, about one citizen every 18.6 days, versus rottweilers, which killed 33, about one citizen every 99.5 days.
In the year of 2013, the combination of pit bulls (25), rottweilers (1) and bullmastiffs (2) accounted for 88% of all dog bite-related fatalities. Notably, the two bullmastiff-mixes3 were littermates that inflicted death within a 6-month period.
You had me at Time magazine ...
PIT BULL ATTACKS WOMAN ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER
Of course it’s wishful thinking, given the appropriate conditions, all dogs are capable of attacking.
Do I have to repeat, yet again, my first hand knowledge and evidence
that dogsbite.org deliberately ignores evidence
and knowingly falsifies their statistics?
You’ve surely been around long enough to have seen it before.
>>Of course its wishful thinking, given the appropriate conditions, all dogs are capable of attacking.
Of course they are, same as people. The difference is with pits, Presa Canarios, and the like, is when they do, you pretty well have to kill them to stop the attack. Almost impossible to do without a firearm and dangerous with one.
Don’t confuse “attack” with killing and horribly maiming and disfiguring and even ripping off limbs.
Right now, it is the serious business we are interested in.
Whine to the writer of the headline.
Why? You are the one playing idiot, and in fact, doing the whining.
Pit Bulls have been genetically bred to attack. This was done by ghetto culture.
I pay a little attention to bears, and something that I have read about black bears versus Grizzlys, that is disturbing, is that black bears are more likely to stay with the attack once it starts, and finish you off.
Anyone that owns a Pit Bull has a mental disorder. There is absolutely nothing nice about these beast, and no reason to have one.
Harrison Forbes, author of the book Dog Talk told The Globe:
Pit bulls are very strong dogs. They were bred initially to hunt large animals. And for more than 200 years after that, they were bred to be fighters. You can breed certain things out of dogs, too. But that does not happen after just one or two generations. It will take a while, during which time any change will be attributable to responsible dog ownership.
I’m presenting information, agreeing with the writer of the headline,
and generalizing it to all dogs in the hopes of preventing all dog attacks.
If you have a problem with that, tough.
I don’t need you or anyone else shoving
their smug, morally superior persona in my face.
Honestly, I think the pit bull breed(s) is/are outstanding. I didn’t used to care for them. I have changed my mind. A lot of pit bull owners, however, leave something to be desired. If you make a mistake raising,training or breeding your yorkie, it probably won’t be too big of a deal. If you screw up with any of the pitbulls or other similar dogs, people can get hurt or worse. That being said, I think there ought to be laws against bad dog owners, not bad dog breeds.
In the ‘80s I was a meter reader for 5 years and I cannot tell you how many times I heard people say: “Oh, my dog doesn’t bite.”
Wrong. Wrong. WRONG! My standard reply was: “Does he have teeth? Yes? He bites.”
And they do.
Actually it seems like you want to angrily steer the thread away from the topic of pit bulls.
Am I tell you how to post? FO
You sure sound like the kind of angry control freak guy, that would want to own some Pit bulls.
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