Pit Bull Bite Statistics

Pit Bull Bite Statistics

Pit Bull dogs with their powerful jaws, thick skull and muscular legs often attack causing injury to life. While this breed is believed to be vicious and also deadly, they are still quite popular among certain people as companion dogs.

Nearly one-third of all lethal dog attacks in the US are caused due to Pit Bulls, while these dogs comprise just 2 percent of the total dog population in the country. Many countries in the world have banned these dogs, or require owners to have special licenses in order to rear the dogs. This is primarily because the breed is believed to cause fatalities and grievous injuries. Many cities in the US have specially structured laws that restrict the ownership of this breed. Also, owners may have to pay fines if their dogs attack anyone. They are often blamed for attacking and killing other dogs, cats and other small household pets. Often police officers or animal control authorities need to destroy the dog if it comes to notice that it has bitten or attacked people and/or other animals. Also, Pit Bull owners can be liable for criminal prosecution in case their dog causes fatalities.  

As per a website called DogsBite.org, which is a US-based dog bite victims' group committed to reducing grievous dog attacks, out of eighty-eight fatal dog attacks they have on record, this breed of dogs was responsible for 59 percent of the attacks. Strangely, this report suggests that a Pit Bull killed one American every twenty-one days during the 3-year report period, from January 2006 to December 2008.

Pit Bulls are believed to be the major reason why children get bitten in urban areas. The foremost problem is that most of these attacks have been unprovoked.

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