72% of Dogs Shot are Pit Bulls
New York, NY - The New York City police department recently submitted a detailed "gunfire" study to New York City Council members. The report covers the years from 1996 to 2006. The data shows that police officers fire their weapons far less than they did a decade ago. It also shows that when dogs are shot, 72% percent are pit bulls. When officers fired at dogs, roughly 55% percent of shots hit home versus 34% when directed at humans.
The substantial number of bullets directed at pit bulls, as opposed to other dogs, illustrates the unique danger pit bulls pose.
1996-2006 dog breeds shot by police
New York City Police Department
When picked apart, the report shows a remarkable portrait of how the nation’s largest police force, with 36,000 officers, uses its guns. Every shot, from gunfight to accident to suicide, both on and off-duty, is accounted for. The data also shows that the New York City Police Department is the most restrained in the country. So per capita, it is possible that in cities such as Los Angeles and Houston, more pit bulls are shot for public safety reasons.
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