The Pit Bull Problem is National
Washington - A recent Associated Press article states that 86 different U.S. cities introduced pit bull laws in the 2007-08 legislative season. The very fact that the Associated Press wrote the article recognizes that the pit bull problem -- and the constant occurrence of pit bull attacks -- is a national problem that cities across the U.S. are struggling to defeat. The article also points out that the state of Ohio is the only state that has state-level law that addresses pit bulls.
The article quotes Gail Golab, the director of the American Veterinary Medical Association's animal welfare division and co-author of the CDC fatal dog attack study. As recorded in a previous blog post, Golab distorts the truth about pit bulls. In the current piece, she says dobermans were once "a big macho kind of dog." But during the ferocious "doberman years" (1979-1985?), the dogs killed 5 people. In this same period, pit bulls killed 26 people -- 30 if you include their mixes.
The AP article fails to address the real reason why municipalities choose to regulate pit bulls. It's not the frequency of pit bull attacks that matters. It's the tenacity of a pit bull attack that leads a city to regulate them. In the last three years (2006-2008), pit bulls killed more U.S. citizens than all other breeds combined. Though serious injury and maiming data by breed is not tracked nationally, one can presume the same is true regarding these types of injuries and pit bulls.
Video Tribute to Attack Victims
We invite all readers to watch our 5-minute video that documents 127 pit bull attacks on humans that occurred across the U.S. in an 85-day period between July to September 2008. The video includes the name and age of each victim (when it was available) and the city and state of each attack. The video also highlights statistical data gathered from the attacks, including the 6 Americans killed by pit bulls during this period, as well as the 12 cities that passed pit bull laws.
12/11/08: Who Authored the CDC Fatal Dog Attack Report (1979 to 1998)?
10/25/08: On Pit Bull Awareness Day, DogsBite.org Releases Video of Attack Victims
08/25/08: Death and Injury by Pit Bulls: January 2006 - September 2008