Thursday, August 21, 2008
DogsBite.org recorded 31 fatal dog attacks in 2006.1 Citations of each victim's story are located on the Fatality Citations page. The last year the CDC recorded human deaths by dog breeds was 1998. Likely due to pressures from animal advocacy groups, the CDC stopped further research into this area. Since 1998, pit bulls alone have killed 90 U.S. citizens. The only other known entity, in addition to DogsBite.org, that tracks this vital data publicly is Animal People.2
2006 Dog Bite Fatalities
- 31 U.S. fatal dog attacks occurred in 2006. Pit bull type dogs were responsible for 58% (18). Pit bulls make up approximately 5% of the U.S. dog population.
- The combination of pit bulls (18) and rottweilers (8) accounted for 84% of all attacks that ended in human death in 2006.
- 45% of the attacks occurred to children (11 years and under) and 55% occurred to adults (21 years and older). Of the children, 86% occurred to ages 4 and younger.
- 45% (14) of all fatal attacks involved multiple dogs. Of this amount, 29% (4) were "pack attacks" involving 4 or more dogs. 13% of all deaths involved chained dogs.
- 87% of the attacks occurred on owner property and 13% off owner property. Of the off-property attacks, 100% (4) were attributed to pit bulls.
- 29% of the victims were female; 71% of the victims were male. Of the 22 male victims, over half, 55% (12) were ages 25 years and older.
- The state of Texas had the most fatalities (6). Of these fatalities, 67% (4) were attributed to pit bulls and 33% (2) to rottweilers.
2Dog attack deaths and maimings, U.S. & Canada, by Merritt Clifton, Animal People.
04/22/09: Report: U.S. Dog Bite Fatalities January 2006 to December 2008
12/11/08: Who Authored the CDC Fatal Dog Attack Report (1979 to 1998)?
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| 8/22/2008 5:16 AM |
Great job DBO....There is a huge whole in the death stats since the CDC stopped tracking at the behest of the dog lobby in 1999.
The oft quoted 66 deaths over 20 years stat is completely inaccurate as the piticide rate has increased radically.
37 Americans were killed by pit bull breeders in 06 and 07.
| 8/22/2008 7:47 AM |
How about the people who died from a heart attack after their dog was ripped to pieces in front of their eyes? They are not in these stats.
But it seems from the statistics that the best way to prevent an attack is: don't visit people that own one.(87% of the attacks occurred on owner property )
| 8/22/2008 5:40 PM |
You are right, Mrs. Poodle...while we have to continue to fight to get rid of these dogs from our cities, I will not go to somebody house that I know has a pit bull. I have a friend who has one. Never again will I go to there house as long as they have a pit bull. They are very nice people who simply believe pit bulls are misunderstood angels. Sadly, they could not be more wrong. They just had a baby too...I simply pray nothing happens.