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OpenID shaiarabians  |  7/26/2013 7:22 AM  |  Flag  
phew.. my heart goes out to you all.. what a brave trio you are..keep fighting the good fight.. blessings Lee

Blogger justbreathe  |  7/26/2013 8:44 AM  |  Flag  
Heartbreaking but so very proud of these parents to share this story. I lost my dog to a pit bull attack, in my house, while I was home alone. I did everything in my power to beat the two pit bulls, that I too, had known/raised since puppyhood. I share my story every chance I get and still suffer the lingering effects of what I saw, heard, experienced. I will continue to share my story and all stories that prove it's not 'in how they are raised'. Bless you for sharing this and all this website does.

Blogger dava  |  7/26/2013 9:14 AM  |  Flag  
What a tremendously impactful story. No pit bull owner should be able to read this and still believe the lies and myths although they will....with the usual excuses and blame. Every normal person will be shocked into learning how often pit bulls devastate lives. Thank you, Jeff, Kim, Susan and Colleen.

Blogger Friends Administrator  |  7/26/2013 9:49 AM  |  Flag  
No comment, just a lot of tears. Words aren't enough.

Blogger snack sized dog  |  7/26/2013 10:51 AM  |  Flag  
Jeff, Kim and Susan are extremely brave to share their story. Hopefully their bravery will lend courage to others whose experience with pit bulls reflects their own to come forward and share their stories.

I believe these brave people coming forward are essential to battling the propaganda machine.

The myth "its all how you raise them" is insidious because once an attack takes place, even dedicated pit bull owners keep silent in shame and guilt - still believing it is not about fighting dogs, but their inability to be perfect. And, usually, if they attempt to say something they are shouted down by the rest of pit bull advocacy.

The "zero margin of error rule" describes what pit bull advocacy is really advocating - don't worry if your neighbor gets pit bulls. As long as he's perfect, you're safe.

Thank you to Jeff, Kim, and Susan and the others who have recently come forward. Your voices are extremely important! Best wishes to you all in your grief.

Your story will undoubtedly save children. My hope is that people will contact you and tell you exactly that. That would be a great gift that some of us reading can give to all of you.

I can tell you that you are making me rethink how I see this problem.

Thank you to dogsbite.org for writing this!

Blogger S.K.Y.  |  7/26/2013 11:19 AM  |  Flag  
Kudos to all the brave parties concerned for having shared your story. I'm positive this will have a great influence and will act to save a life or lives of children in the future.

I feel sorry for all concerned: Dax, his parents, and the babysitter who had no reason to expect her pits were anything other than normal/friendly dogs, just as the pit nutters have been insidiously claiming for years.

Blogger rob segura  |  7/26/2013 12:49 PM  |  Flag  
I was one of the "Nutters"commenting to Jeff about it's not the dog, its the owner. After reading more into it, I'll never own another Pit

Blogger rob segura  |  7/26/2013 12:51 PM  |  Flag  
I was one of the "nutters' who told Jeff "Its not the dog, Its the owner". I was wrong. After doing some more reading and seeing what these dogs do, I will never own another Pit. And to think I use to use the "Nanny Dog" excuse. I was an idiot.

Blogger hushbu  |  7/26/2013 1:27 PM  |  Flag  
I was nearly mauled to death by a pitbull 15 months ago. I am plagued continuously by insensitive pitbull advocates all the time. Like you, I share my story in hopes of saving a life. It took two bullets to get the beast off of me and a third to stop it from attacking the police officer who saved my life. I am happy to be alive, but my right hand is destroyed and my left is about 80%. I send love and prayers to help this family through this devastation.

Blogger snack sized dog  |  7/26/2013 5:47 PM  |  Flag  
Thank you Rob, for being brave enough to admit that AND being brave enough to reconsider your views.

If you decide to share this, your own experience of the event, yours will be a powerful voice.

HUSHBU - I am so VERY sorry for your experience. If you have a facebook page and you would like to join a group of pit bull attack survivors working to end these kinds of attacks email me at snacksizeddog@gmail.com

Blogger DubV  |  7/26/2013 7:23 PM  |  Flag  
Thank you Jeff, Kim, and Susan for sharing this, and I am very sorry.

I am sure that you have helped many people already.

Blogger Lucy Muir  |  7/26/2013 9:44 PM  |  Flag  
This essay is illuminating for many reasons, but one that struck me that I'd never realized before, is that if you genuinely believe that "its all how you raise them," "there are no bad dogs, just bad owners," and "all dogs are the same," there is absolutely no reason for you to investigate or worry about some stories you might have heard about concerning fatal dog attacks. Those myths stop all inquiry - there is no need to even wonder if pit bulls might be more dangerous or are a good match for you if you believe its all how you raise them.

Blogger Jake  |  7/26/2013 9:56 PM  |  Flag  
No words can express the sorrow I feel for Jeff, Kim, Susan and Dax. May you find peace, and may there -somehow, someway, somewhere, someday - be a happy ending.

Blogger Leah J  |  7/26/2013 10:20 PM  |  Flag  
Thank you for finding the strength to tell your story, amongst so much heart break. You are making a difference, keep fighting.

Blogger Jaloney  |  7/27/2013 2:23 AM  |  Flag  
I have relatives of young children that keep pitbulls as pets.. as well as countless neighbors. It is gambling.. playing Russian Roulette with the dog breed that continues to suddenly attack unprovoked and they attack children that are no where near them.. even if they are kids they once loved. I am so sad about their loss but I am happy Jeff, Susan and the family are strong enough and caring enough to not hide like others that have had problems with pitbulls. They are taking these "incidents" out of the closet and speaking TRUTH to the myths promoted by wealthy dog fighters who don't care about human or canine victims.. and the groupies and celebs that help them.

OpenID Diane Schultz  |  7/27/2013 11:01 AM  |  Flag  
Kim and Jeff so so sorry for your loss. Dax is with GOD now he is happy and watches over you every day. The kind child he is he would want you to go on and be happy. And I know it is hard. But one day you will all be together again, but until that day comes, know that he is with you and watching over you. Every time u see a rainbow its dax saying " I'm here mommy and daddy and I am ok now". Love you two so. Diane Schultz......God does save the children.......God bless you both

Blogger Don Bauermeister  |  7/29/2013 11:37 AM  |  Flag  
Thanks for sharing this emotional experience so that others might learn from it. The myth is a terrible lie!

People should know better than to promote these man-made devil dogs. Genetics and heredity matter. Ask any farmer about the crops he plants or the animals he breeds.

From the middle of America, Omaha, NE, you have a friend that understands just how dangerous these dogs are. So, so sorry for your loss...

Don B.

Blogger Stephen Sparks  |  7/30/2013 8:40 AM  |  Flag  
I am so sorry for the loss of little Dax. When will people learn? It was heart wrenching to read the story. Quite an emotional roller coaster. The lingering emotion I feel though , is anger. Anger at the cruel, spiteful posts poor Jeff and his family had to endure by vicious pit bull advocates. They circled and mauled ,just like the dogs they claim to love. I've heard it said people choose dogs that reflect their personalities. That is a damning indictment on pit bull advocates. My prayers for Jeff and his family.Thank God for DogsBite.org for getting the word out!

Blogger Dayna Hamilton  |  8/01/2013 9:17 AM  |  Flag  
Heart wrenching reading this. Thank you Jeff and Kim and Susan for the strength to share your story. I am sure it makes a difference. Bless all here who are brave enough to speak out against this cultish worship of a breed of dog that never should have been created in the first place.

Blogger Brett  |  8/01/2013 11:45 PM  |  Flag  
This story was tragically poignant. It really made an impact on me. I was willing to give pit bulls the benefit of the doubt, that maybe if they're socialized and trained like all these pit bull fanatics say, that they can be a good pet. This story undeniably convinced me that pit bulls ARE a dangerous breed, regardless of how it is raised. There's no responsible way to own a pit bull. All it takes is one mistake, or in poor Dax's case nothing at all, and the breed does what it was meant to do-- attack and kill without warning. There is no logical excuse to own a dog engineered to kill. The refusal of pit advocates/owners/rescues to admit and leave out such crucial details is disturbing. This is not a pug. This is a breed that it is unpredictable and aggressive, that is strong and hard to control, especially when it wants to attack something, there's an unknown risk that it may or may not have the unpredictable urge to maul or kill children, the elderly, other animals, and maybe even its owner. Its even more inclined to attack and kill other animals and people if it escapes the yard or home, so one accident can be a lethal. Other than that it's a sweet breed if those things never happens.
If only more supposedly credible sources like the ASPCA or rescue/advocates/owners have mentioned these risks, it would have saved Dax's and many more lives.I hope Jeff and his family don't blame themselves for what happened, they did everything humanly possible. The only people responsible for this are those who adopt and sell and continue to peddle and advocate an animal who is meant to kill and was never meant to be a house pet.
I can't even fathom Jeff and family having to endure some the worst verbal attacks I can imagine on top of the loss of their son. No one should ever have endure that. The people who write these verbal assaults on dog attack victims are truly sickening. I can only hope Jeff and his family have begun to heal a little more each day and will continue to fight back and inform people about the consequences of listening to pit bill advocates.
I hope Jeff and his family know that by telling their story, completely changed my open-minded feelings about pit bulls. Nature conquers nurture in any animal. Especially in a dog that is designed to kill.
If only these advocates would have the logic to funnel their passion into a different abused and neglected breed like the greyhound that can be rehabilitated without killing and mauling people, then maybe they wouldn't have to be so vile to the victims of a dog attack or worry about greyhound stigmatization and BSL laws.

Blogger colleen lynn  |  8/13/2013 11:54 AM  |  Flag  
(Part I) - Letter sent in to DogsBite.org
August 9, 2013

My parents and I were looking into owning another dog, and somehow I quickly became interested in reading about the bite, mauling, and fatality statistics of certain dog breeds. After reading the arguments presented by pit bull owners, I found myself compelled to give them the benefit of the doubt-- you know, that famous argument that all dogs can be aggressive, and that proper training, socialization, and love can be enough to prevent dog aggression from occurring. Eventually, albeit too long, I finally stumbled across your website. Specifically, the first thing I landed upon was the essay you published about Jeff Borchardt and Susan Iwiki about the loss of Jeff's son Dax. It was so incredibly heart-wrenching and tragically poignant, and I resent that it took this kind of tragedy to change my stance on the pit bull issue entirely. I now realize that there is no such thing as responsibly owning any fighting breed, that it is yet another myth perpetuated by pit bull fanatics. Jeff and Susan were my exact definition of responsible dog owners, and it was undeniably apparent to me that if something so tragic could happen to even the most responsible dog owner, there is quite simply, no responsible way to own any fighting breed of dog. Rather then finding pro-pitbull logic reasonable as I continued to read more comments posted beneath several more pit bull attack articles, it became increasingly nauseating to read the propaganda and misinformation that these people vehemently promote, and even more sickening to hear the lengths of which they go to threaten, harass, and blame victims or owners involved with any mauling or fatality. What was once a standard pit bull argument that I was willing to consider, was now sounding increasingly more like a bunch of erratic leaps of logic that lacked any science or statistics to back them up. Not only that, but they actively endorsed a complete lack of responsibility when owning this breed, and continued to rant about how great they are with children AFTER A CHILD HAD JUST BEEN BRUTALLY MAULED.
My point of writing this email was to discover if there was any way to send Jeff and "Thank You" letter for sharing his tragic story and letting him know how courageous he is for sharing his own personal tragedy in order to positively advocate and teach others about the fatal consequences of believing or promoting these dangerous pit bull myths. The fact that the people affected by Dax's loss have the sheer amount of strength it must take to carry on again and again with each remaining day is a stunning testament to their resilience. With the amount of pain they must hold, and the horrible words they've had to endure, I just felt like it was my responsibility to let Susan, Jeff, and his family hear words of encouragement and support from at least one person, so that they can know that by sharing their story, they have already made an impact in my life. I firmly believe, that by continuing to speak out, they have the power to change many more minds and opinions along the way. I can only give them both my sympathy and support, and I hope that many other people had a similar reaction to my own after reading this essay. I sincerely hope they feel the same strong desire to send words of encouragement as well. I know that my own words and the words of strangers will never compensate for the trauma Jeff and others had to endure, but I hope it may give them a small amount of reason or purpose to continue to pursuing their cause to dispel the antiquated myths surrounding pit bulls.
I also felt it worth mentioning, that I used to work for a doggy daycare that allowed pit bulls to attend. I've seen firsthand how difficult it is to prevent the pit bull breed from fighting, as the typical warning signs and shifts in body language just aren't present like in every other breed.

Blogger colleen lynn  |  8/13/2013 11:54 AM  |  Flag  
(Part 2)

However, until researching pit bull aggression recently, I had no idea the ridiculous amount of danger I was putting myself in on a daily basis, especially since the main duty of my job was to prevent and stop dog fights from occurring. Had I have read or heard about redirection being one of the largest factors involved in pit bull maulings, I would have looked to work elsewhere. I still can't believe that me and my coworkers were never made aware of such crucial information. Doggy daycares are dangerous enough, and if I do choose to work for another doggy daycare again, I will certainly put my safety first, and look for a place that does not accept pit bulls. I've never been informed enough to be aware of the insane amount of danger involved with being around pit bulls in an off-leash environment, and now I can't comprehend how I was ever so oblivious or willing to break up a pit bull fight. EVER. I was quite simply a freaking idiot.
Thanks again for publishing this essay, and for shedding light on all victims of these attacks. I realize that while your website has a clear agenda to promote the dangers of pit bulls, and that there are almost always two sides to every story, I would be ignorant to brush your information off as another case of a biased source. There's too much sound logic and evidence that I simply cannot refute, and I would much rather listen to someone's sound arguments, then the emotional rantings of pit bull advocates whose arguments are based from personal experience or their own clouded (and highly emotional) judgements.
I love animals, and I could not, in good conscience, justify furthering the cause of any breed selectively bred for on the basis of something so depraved as spectator bloodsport. Cruelty created this breed, and cruelty continues to preserve it. For the sake of the future suffering of a breed that has no voice or say in its own creation, and for the purpose of eliminating the grim fate that thousands of pitbulls continue to suffer because of biological factors they can not control, it seems the only humane way to prevent this suffering, is to cease pit bull breeding entirely with strict and severe enforcement, and allow the breed to fade away into extinction. It's a horribly grim stance that I, an animal lover, am still a bit loathe to advocate, but after reading the horrifying statistics of the amount of pit bulls that continue to be euthanized daily, and multiplying that amount to fit the future, is such a disturbing reality without an end in sight, that I can't help but feel disgusted by pit bull advocates who actively seek to prevent and repeal laws and regulations that have proven to reduce the massively disproportionate amount of pit bulls being euthanized daily. I no longer feel sympathetic to pit bull advocates that endorse these either horribly misguided or terribly cruel strategies, that whether intentionally or not, insure their beloved breed will continue to suffer, fight, and die more than any other existing dog breed.
I wanted to commend the people involved with your site for providing the public with undeniable evidence of the organizations and supposed "credible" sources who disguise themselves as canine behavioral experts in order to manipulate and distort facts designed to deceive the public, as well as to thank you for exploiting the overwhelming fallacies presented by pit bull advocacy groups. I also enjoyed hearing about the politicians and animal rights activists who wish to eliminate the amount maulings and fatalities associated with the breed, as well as the shelters and rescues who are not seeking to promote higher adoption rates or misinformation about pit bulls, but are instead striving to reach the day when there are no more pit bulls around to enter their doors.

Blogger colleen lynn  |  8/13/2013 11:56 AM  |  Flag  
(Google/Blogger would not allow this many characters in one comment, I had to break the letter into two pieces!)

Blogger colleen lynn  |  8/14/2013 1:13 AM  |  Flag  
Some comments sent to Dax's father that he wanted to share at this post.

You dont know me.. but I have to say that I haven't forgotten your story.. from the time it broke til the time I just saw your story you worked so hard on.. I fully believe its the breed and not how they are raised.. my ex husband wanted to adopt an 11 month old pit bull from the Dubuque humane society. . My kids were then 10 and 8. I fought it and so did my dad. I pissed him off so badly he refused to let me have my kids on the day I was supposed to get married. Our wedding was scheduled for 11-9-2012.. this all took place at the end of august. Thus I had to move the wedding up 3 weeks. My daughter didnt understand why I would be so mean and fight to not have him get this dog.. your story is the reason. I didnt want my kid being a statistic any more than you wanted Dax. My heart breaks for you. I hope you find my message of support as a fact what you are doing is worth it.. I hope you and your wife find peace.. prayers..

I just wanted to tell you I've been following your story since your beloved Dax was killed by that animal. I am so unbelievably sorry for your loss. I can't imagine the pain you feel every single day of your life. I think of you and your wife and Dax often, especially when I hear of children being killed by pit bulls, like today. A little 6 year old in CA was killed by a relative's dog described as "pit bull or part pit bull". It is my belief and opinion that the pit bull breed should be completely exterminated. I know there are many people who would disagree with me and say I was horrible but I couldn't give 2 shits what they think. They're complete idiots. There tune would change real quick if someone they loved was attacked. I don't personally know anybody who was hurt or killed by one, but just knowing people have been is enough for me. Not everyone was born with common sense though, and it can't be taught or bought, so those of us with it are doomed to deal with those that don't. That sucks for us. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family always. If there's anything I could do to help in any way let me know. All I know for sure is pit bulls should be outlawed. Peace my friend.

OpenID maultalk  |  8/23/2013 10:35 AM  |  Flag  
POWERFUL - (Aug 2013) Jeff Borchardt speaks at Watertown meeting in support of pit bull ordinance. Have some tissues handy.
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http://youtu.be/o8YeMjyObA4

Blogger Mary Honeycutt  |  12/05/2013 11:59 PM  |  Flag  
I can not begin to express how I am now feeling after reading your story. It was very difficult to get through it and I had to stop several times to recoup. Our family experienced a pit bull attack on my granddaughter, and I thank God everyday that she survived with what I would call minimal damage, considering how brutal this breed can be. She sustained facial and leg scaring due to part of her top lip being ripped apart and detached from her gum inside her mouth and the calf of her leg received severe puncture wounds going to the bone, both requiring plastic surgery. She will always have the scars, no amount of surgery can take those away, not just physically but emotionally. I can still hear her words in the ER that day, she said "grandma, I don't blame the dog, it didn't know what it was doing". I cringe thinking about her honestly believing that. Yes, that dog knew what it was doing when it attacked her unprovoked. She had been around that neighbors dog many times, and the owners having small children also, could not believe that their sweet, loving, laid back pit could have done that. They defended that dog to the end. Yes, it was destroyed by a court order, after it was deemed to be viscous. Really? it took a judge to figure that out? My granddaughters story never made the papers or news, the hospital never reported it after we were told they had. We had to call the police ourselves after we returned home from the hospital. We wondered why no police showed up to question what had happened. The dogs owner took her to the ER and left her there after giving them her name and my sons phone number. They never even called to check on her, not even one time. The police showed up within minutes after we called to find out if they had been notified so the dog could be taken in. We had taken pictures of her in the ER, but they were after her lip had been cleaned up to help keep infection down and while waiting for the surgeon to come in. The police did take after pictures also and questioned her about the attack. They went to the neighbors house to take the dog in and couldn't get anyone to answer the door. It took them banging on the door and threatening to kick the door in before they would open it. They did not want the dog taken, said it had all of its shots that they had proof and the dog was not a bad dog. Ok, so had it been their child ,would they still be defending that monster? I have many friends that will stand behind their pits and defend them, saying like all pit owners. "it's not the dog, it's the owner", "it's how they are raised". Do they not get that there are instincts bred into animals, that no amount of love and training can change. I try to get them to use common sense by reminding them how certain breeds have certain instincts for hunting, herding and working. We have both types of dogs and we had to do very little training on our hunting dogs, they were born with that natural instinct, in fact they taught us more than we taught them. Our Aussie, herds our other dogs, even though it is all in play, that herding instinct is still there. I can throw facts to those pit owners all day and it goes in one ear and out the other,and they will argue their point. It terrifies me to know that some of them have small children and knowing that it could happen to them at any point in time. Why would anyone want to take that chance is something I can not figure out. I also get the " I know more viscous chihuahua's and other small dogs, than I do pits with bad attitudes". OK, great, but I do not see a chihuahua ripping someone child apart, and there is a difference between getting bit and being mauled by a dog with jaws big enough to fit a head in. Sorry that this has been long, but I think that the more people speak up can only help get the message out and hopefully make some of them open their eyes to the danger these dogs present. God bless you and keep you strong to keep fighting this fight.

Blogger Kirk Gunderson  |  1/11/2014 8:35 PM  |  Flag  
As a lifelong dog lover I am fully guilty of falling for "the myth" myself. I have moved recently from an area where pit bulls were rare to an area where they are common. In the past 6 months of taking my Labrador Retriever to the dog park, I have witnessed 4 serious dog-on-dog attacks. All of them were instigated by pit bulls. One of these attacks was an attack on my own dog. The most recent attack was 3 days ago, and the victim of the attack was a very young and very tiny puppy. The owner of the pit bull and I were desperately trying to free the puppy. Fortunately, it did finally let go when I delivered a hard kick to it's ribs. The very same approach I used to used to free my own dog.

Before these dog park incidents, I could not ever imagine the day in which I might intentionally try to hurt a dog. As I said at the start, I am a dog lover. But until recently, I had never actually witnessed the brutality of a pit bull attack. All of which were unprovoked by the dog who was the victim.

These attacks have caused me to begin googling such terms as "pit bull attack" and of course I have found dogbites.org.

I cannot imagine the pain and loss the Borchardt's. I cannot imagine the guilt of Ms. Iwiki. And my heart is broken for them. I admire their amazing strength and courage to speak as they have on this issue. Especially in the face of this ever present "myth".

You all can consider me a new, but forever unwavering ally to help make sure that this senseless violence of pit bulls is brought to an end as quickly as possible.

Kirk Gunderson

Also I'd like to thank all involved at dogbites.org. You are doing important work here. Thank you.

Blogger Sarah  |  4/09/2014 4:30 AM  |  Flag  
I'm in Australia, far removed from the daily pit bull horror stories in America and to some extent fortunate to be protected by BSL so the risk to my children from these dogs is significantly reduced. But your story and the wealth of informayion regarding the lengths pit bull advocates will go to have led me to discover that the protection that BSL is supposed to afford is no more effective than a rice paper fence designed to contain a tiger.

In 1999 when BSL came into force, I worked in animal control and attended training in the new companion animals act that enforced the BSL. As an officer one of my first questions was 'what powers do we have to restrict a dog if we think its a pit bull (or any other dog on the list) but are told by the owner its something else?' I was happily asured that the owners could call it whatever they wanted but if it looks like a duck and quakes like a duck, its a duck and that the legislation is written to support this as public safety was the priority, not an owners feelings.

Rare at the time, I only encountered the APBT breed in a dangerous capacity twice, ( though the british Staffordshire bull terrier was common, we were told it was not classsed as restricted) but it was enough to convince me that the legislation was well worth it. I left the work in 2000 to go into teaching, got married and started a family.

Recently, however, I have been reintroduced to the pit bull debate, when in a state that is protected buy BSL I encountered dogs I was trained to recognise as pit bulls or pit bull kinds on not one but four separate occasion in six months. More than I had ever seen while working in animal control in 2 years. So seriously concerned I've investigated. Turns out that breeders and owners had been side stepping the legislation by calling their dogs AmSaffs, which a 2 min Internet search will tell you is the essentially the same breed, and even council pounds were selling them because despite a supreme cout ruling that said they were the same the QLD state government caved to breed advocates and amended the legislation to exclude them from their act. The other states have followed suit. So now pitbulls are roaming our streets and introduced into the homes of unsuspecting families and our children are at risk.

So I want to thank Jeff, Kim and Susan for their incredibly brave stand, depite the tragedy and horror on Dax's death, and DogsBite.org. Without you we are at the miniscule selfish mercies of pit bull advocates. I can only hope your message and research reaches not only the America legislative bodies but ours as well before more lives are lost.

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