Fatal Dog Attack Statistics
DogsBite.org recorded 31 fatal dog attacks in 2006.1 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 90 U.S. citizens. The only other known entity, in addition to DogsBite.org, that tracks this vital data publicly is Animal People.2
2006 Dog Bite Fatalities
- 31 U.S. fatal dog attacks occurred in 2006. Pit bull type dogs were responsible for 58% (18). Pit bulls make up approximately 5% of the U.S. dog population.
- The combination of pit bulls (18) and rottweilers (8) accounted for 84% of all attacks that ended in human death in 2006.
- 45% of the attacks occurred to children (11 years and under) and 55% occurred to adults (21 years and older). Of the children, 86% occurred to ages 4 and younger.
- 45% (14) of all fatal attacks involved multiple dogs. Of this amount, 29% (4) were "pack attacks" involving 4 or more dogs. 13% of all deaths involved chained dogs.
- 87% of the attacks occurred on owner property and 13% off owner property. Of the off-property attacks, 100% (4) were attributed to pit bulls.
- 29% of the victims were female; 71% of the victims were male. Of the 22 male victims, over half, 55% (12) were ages 25 years and older.
- The state of Texas had the most fatalities (6). Of these fatalities, 67% (4) were attributed to pit bulls and 33% (2) to rottweilers.
2Dog attack deaths and maimings, U.S. & Canada, by Merritt Clifton, Animal People.
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