Thursday, October 8, 2009
DogsBite.org recorded 28 fatal dog attacks in 2005.1 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 72 U.S. citizens. The only other known entity, in addition to DogsBite.org, that tracks this vital data publicly is Animal People.2
2005 Dog Bite Fatalities
- 28 U.S. fatal dog attacks occurred in 2005. Pit bull type dogs were responsible for 57%. Pit bulls make up approximately 5% of the U.S. dog population.
- The combination of pit bulls (16) and rottweilers (5) accounted for 75% of all fatal attacks.
- 46% of the attacks occurred to children (11 years and under) and 46% occurred to adults (21 years and older)3. Of the adults, 85% occurred to ages 55 and older.
- 57% of fatal attacks in 2005 involved multiple dogs; 7% involved chained dogs.
- 64% of the attacks occurred on owner property and 36% off owner property. Of the off-property attacks, 90% (9) involved pit bulls.
- 61% of the victims were female; 39% of the victims were male. Of the female victims, over half (9) were 11 years and under.
- The state of California had the most fatalities (4), followed by the states of Georgia, Michigan, Texas and Virginia each suffering 3 three.
2Dog attack deaths and maimings, U.S. & Canada, by Merritt Clifton, Animal People.
3Two victims fell within the 12 to 20 age group, ages 12 and 14.
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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| 10/09/2009 9:50 AM |
I think the most critical aspect is the fact that 90% of off-property attacks were perpetrated by pit bulls. I can protect myself and my children from attacks within my home by not having one of these dogs. I can also keep myself and my family away from homes that do have a pit bull. But I really can't avoid the ones that attack in parks, at beaches, at shopping malls (as recently occurred in Texas), or simply on the street. And, as these stats show, it is really only the fighting breeds, pits at the helm, that pose this danger.
| 10/09/2009 10:04 AM |
I guess that tells the tale. Can't wait to see more recent years. One can assume that 06-08 will only support what was found for 05 and that would be a right on assumption. Good job, this makes it easier to fight "No Kill" with their lies about pits getting a "bad rap".
| 10/12/2009 8:49 AM |
Job well done, CL! This data, along with 2009, will give DBO five (5) years of fatal attack information to fly in the face of Karen Delise, Dr. Polsky, Best Friends, Nebraska Humane Society, Lincoln Animal Control, and dozens if not hundreds of more idiot organizations more concerned with pit bull ownership than public safety. Amazing job!
| 10/13/2009 5:45 AM |
Thats 76 "Piticides" in just under 5 years...During the seventies, "The decade of the Dobermans" according to the Nutters, Dobermans killed 5 and the breed community embarked down a path of breeding them safer.
There seems to be no such movement from the Pit Bull community.