Monday, January 16, 2012
September 1982 to December 26, 2011
DogsBite.org - Merritt Clifton, editor of Animal People, has released a 30-year summary of his report, Dog Attack Deaths and Maimings, U.S. & Canada, September 1982 to December 26, 2011, highlighting trends involving pit bulls. The data shows that fatal and serious maulings by pit bulls have greatly escalated in the past 10 years. Furthermore, 39% of the total number of pit bull attacks and 42% of the fatalities have occurred since the 2007 Michael Vick case alone.
See: Full news release.
DogsBite.org has reproduced the 30-year summary by Clifton in full below.
2011 brought the most total pit bull attacks, second most pit bull attacks on children, most pit bull attacks on adults, third most pit bull fatalities, and most pit bull disfigurements in the 30 years that I have kept track of the data.
This is the data from the past 20 years, with the 1992 data representing the first 10 years of data collection:
I don't like to make much of the year-to-year fluctuations, since the differences between any given year and the years before and after are well within the possibilities of chance.
The cumulative trends, though, are another matter.
Note, first of all, that the first 10 years of data collection included fewer pit bull attacks than in seven of the past 10 years, and barely a third as many as in 2011 alone. All of the numbers from the first 10 years of data collection look like a single year's worth of data from recent years.
- 65% of the pit bull attacks resulting in someone being killed or maimed during the past 30 years have occurred during the past 10 years.
- 39% of the pit bull attacks resulting in someone being killed or maimed during the past 30 years have occurred during the past four years alone. This corresponds with the time frame within which the Best Friends Animal Society and the American Humane Association ramped up their pit bull advocacy, in the wake of the Michael Vick case.
- 14% of the total attacks occurred in the last year alone, and 26% in the past two years.
- 61% of the pit bull attacks on children have occurred in the past 10 years; 37% in the past four years; 24% in the past two years.
- 65% of the pit bull attacks on adults have occurred in the past 10 years; 39% in the past four years; 27% in the past two years.
- 71% of the pit bull fatalities have occurred in the past 10 years; 42% in the past four years; 24% in the past two years.
- 66% of the pit bull disfigurements have occurred in the past 10 years; 41% in the past four years; 29% in the past two years.
- Merritt Clifton, editor Animal People
- Report: U.S. Dog Bite Fatalities January 2006 to December 2008
- 2011 U.S. Dog Bite Fatality Statistics - DogsBite.org
- 2010 U.S. Dog Bite Fatality Statistics - DogsBite.org
- 2009 U.S. Dog Bite Fatality Statistics - DogsBite.org
- 2008 U.S. Dog Bite Fatality Statistics - DogsBite.org
- 2007 U.S. Dog Bite Fatality Statistics - DogsBite.org
- 2006 U.S. Dog Bite Fatality Statistics - DogsBite.org
- 2005 U.S. Dog Bite Fatality Statistics - DogsBite.org
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| 1/16/2012 6:06 AM |
Time to liquidate HSUS, Best Friends, AVMA and ASPCA through victim's class action.
They are sitting on $Hundreds of Millions and employ quacks to influence Animal Control Policy in a manner that would embarass the Tobacco Lobby.
| 1/16/2012 1:18 PM |
With trends like this staring them in the face, I would think class action suits against these guys and against any city, town or municipality that refuses to protect their citizens by regulating pits and prosecuting owners of mauling pits is becoming feasible.
| 1/16/2012 2:36 PM |
Just pit bulls Rag Doll. You can view the whole report (not just the summary) here: Dog Attack Deaths and Maimings, U.S. & Canada, September 1982 to December 26, 2011
| 1/17/2012 10:44 PM |
I was HORRIFIED the other night while watching a show called Philly Undercover which features the Philadelphia SPCA.
They broke up a large dog fighting ring and confiscated 41 Pit Bulls, many with well kept fighting records and the others with well chronicled pedigrees of fighting dogs.
While showing one of the most succesful of the fighting dogs during its "rehabilitation" the person who was working with the dog stated they would take as long as it took so the dog could be "adopted". Meanwhile they stated 22 of the dogs had been put into homes.
Where in the world does anyone think it is ok to put this kind of dog out in society with the average pet owner?
Why is this kind of money and resources used for this fiasco.
The numbers from this 30 year study shows a scary trend of increases.
How many more people and innocent pets will have to pay with their lives before something is done.
Thank goodness for this site and the great work it does.
| 1/18/2012 11:07 AM |
Liquidate HSUS? I don't think so. They do so much good for the factory farmed animals no one else is helping on a big scale; pit bulls remain small part of their work--thank goodness they haven't been co-opted into becoming an all-pits, all-the-time lobbying machine like Best Friends.
| 1/18/2012 6:24 PM |
They actually took the lead in the mid 80's with Dr Randall Lockwood on their payroll. They recently acquiesed that fight bust dogs be adopted out so donations would flow from the pit groups.
They need to start taking care of some of these mauling victims!
| 1/19/2012 8:44 AM |
I have hope for them, though, because they have shown a willingness to shift gears and admit when they goofed. They did it with feral cats, and with advocacy for factory farmed animals. What I'm hoping is that as more solid info like this comes out, HSUS will reconsider their stance on fighting dogs.
Groups like Best Friends and American Humane, however, I have little to no hope for.