Fatal Dog Attack Statistics
DogsBite.org recorded 35 fatal dog attacks in 2007. 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 111 U.S. citizens. The only other known entity, in addition to DogsBite.org, that tracks this vital data publicly is Animal People.1
2007 Dog Bite Fatalities
- 35 U.S. fatal dog attacks occurred in 2007. Pit bull type dogs were responsible for 60%. Pit bulls make up approximately 5% of the US dog population.
- The combination of pit bulls (21), rottweilers (4) and American bulldogs (3) accounted for 80% of all fatal attacks.
- 51% of the attacks occurred to children (11 years and under) and 49% occurred to adults (21 years and older). Of the adults, 76% occurred to ages 55 and older.
- 49% of fatal attacks in 2007 involved multiple dogs; 23% involved chained dogs.
- 80% of the attacks occurred on owner property and 20% off owner property. Of the off-property attacks, 57% (4) were attributed to pit bulls.
- 60% of the victims were female; 40% of the victims were male. Of the female victims, nearly half (10) were 55 years and older.
- The state of Texas had the most fatalities (7). Of these fatalities, 86% (6) were attributed to pit bulls.
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)?