Everybody Pays for the Pit Bull Problem
Wichita, KA - Wichita Animal Services (WAS) is finishing up a study it plans on presenting to the city council soon. These numbers are reflected across most major US cities, and in some US cities, are grossly higher. Dennis Graves, the Director of WAS, estimates that one quarter of all time is spent dealing with pit bulls. "Everybody pays for it [the pit bull problem]," says Graves.
First quarter (January-March) 2008:
- 41 (32%) of dog attacks and bites involved pit bulls
- 10 (67%) of the dogs deemed dangerous were pit bulls
- 23 (24%) of the dog bites were caused by pit bulls
- 615 (22%) of complaints involved one or more pit bulls
- 354 (24%) of all dogs impounded were pit bulls
Pit bulls encountered by Wichita Police 2004 through 2007
- In 2004 66% of all dogs encountered by PD were pit bull dogs.
- In 2005 80% of all dogs encountered by PD were pit bull dogs.
- In 2006 74% of all dogs encountered by PD were pit bull dogs.
- In 2007 87% of all dogs encountered by PD were pit bull dogs.
"I think that when you look at the numbers and percentages, you have to say there's something wrong here," says Graves. The institution does not advocate a pit bull ban, but they may advocate a policy closer to Little Rock, which deems pit bulls as "potentially dangerous" and allows authorities to seize the dogs, if needed, much quicker. The Little Rock law also requires pit bulls to be sterilized.
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