Thursday, May 9, 2013
8-Year U.S. Dog Bite Fatality State Map - 2005 to 2012
DogsBite.org - For several years now, after posting annual fatal dog bite statistics in January, DogsBite.org releases a combined year dog bite fatality chart that depicts the breeds responsible for these deaths. For instance, in both the 7-year and 8-year combined charts, pit bulls contributed to 60% of the total recorded deaths. For more visual information, we've created a combined year dog bite fatality state map that shows the number of dog bite fatalities by state.
The state map is another downloadable educational tool created by DogsBite.org for dog bite victims' advocates, law enforcement, attorneys, doctors and researchers. In addition to these downloadable PDF files, DogsBite.org also maintains interactive Google Maps, specific to pit bull fatalities, for about a dozen of the most troubling states. The Google Maps track by state: fatal pit bull attacks, breed-specific laws, dog bite injury studies, legislative milestones and more.
To discuss the state map in more detail, we've added new columns and created an incidence rate chart for comparison. The incidence rate demonstrates the occurrences of dog bite fatalities per 100,000 population. This rate was calculated on a rolling average. Specifically, state population data from the U.S. Census Bureau for each year (2005 to 2012) was collected then averaged. The incidence rate is based upon the average population of each state over the 8-year period.
Chart A. Highest Number of Dog Bite Fatalities (2005 to 2012)
|State||Total Deaths||Pit Bull Deaths||Percent Pit Bulls|
In California, pit bulls contributed to 82% of all dog bite-related fatalities during the 8-year period.Texas led the nation over the 8-year period with 32 deaths followed by California (28), Georgia (16), Florida (14) and Michigan (12). Generally, a higher number of dog bite fatalities occur in the Southern United States. Of the top ten states leading dog bite fatalities, 70% fall within this southern region. Also, with the inclusion of California, which only allows breed-specific regulation of a dog's spay/neuter status, half of the top ten states are governed by anti-BSL laws.
The columns, Pit Bull Deaths and Percent Pit Bulls, were added to show: Of the number of dog bite fatalities by state, how many were inflicted by pit bulls? For instance, during the 8-year period, 32 dog bite fatalities were recorded in the state of Texas. Pit bulls contributed to 24 of these deaths. Of the total number of dog bite fatalities in the state of Texas, pit bulls contributed to 75%. As readers can see from Chart A, California even surpassed Texas in this percentage.1
Chart B. Highest Incidence Rate of Dog Bite Fatalities (2005 to 2012)
|State||8-Year Average||Total Deaths||Rate Per 100,000|
|West Virginia †||1,841,789||5||0.271475180|
|South Carolina †||4,527,412||11||0.242964440|
60% of the states also fall into the bottom ten positions of states with the lowest median household incomes.2Many readers might be surprised to see Alaska in the number one position. Alaska, however, is a low populated state with distinctive geography. There is also a disproportionate number of Alaska Native people afflicted by serious dog bite injuries and deaths that may be due to unique conditions and activities which include: high risk hunting, mushing, and living in remote and inaccessible areas. (Learn more: Hospitalizations Resulting from Dog Bite Injuries - Alaska, 1991-2002).
South Carolina, Georgia, Texas and Tennessee appear in both charts. In contrast, Illinois, California and Florida, each included in Chart A, fall below the national incidence rate average (0.082286829), as did New York, the third most populated state in the country behind California and Texas. As one can see, high population is not a main predictor for dog bite fatalities. What is predictable is that 70% of the states in Chart B, again, fall within the Southern United States.
There were nine states that incurred no dog bite fatalities during the 8-year period, including: Idaho, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and Wyoming. The northern state of Washington stands out as the only state with a population over six million that did not incur one dog bite fatality. Of these states, seven have an 8-year average population of 2 million or less. None of the nine states are part of the Southern United States.
Download: Full listing of incidence rate by state
2Mississippi is dead last, followed by West Virginia, Tennessee, New Mexico, South Carolina and Oklahoma (2011 to 2004 Wikipedia).
05/20/13: Report: Texas Dog Bite Fatalities, January 1, 2005 to February 17, 2013
01/11/13: 2012 U.S. Dog Bite Fatality Statistics - DogsBite.org
| 5/10/2013 4:09 AM |
California had 3 more piticides so far in 2013 and is now 26 for 31 (84%)
Texas has had 2 more piticides and is now 26 for 34 (76.4%)
SC has had one more piticide and is now 7 for 12 (58%)
Illinois has had one more piticide and is now 8 for 11 (73%)
CONCLUSION: BSL Never works for dog fighters and pit breeders!