Seattle, WA - On June 3, 2009, DogsBite.org, a national dog bite victims’ group dedicated to reducing serious dog attacks by creating common sense laws, releases its 2008 report on pit bulls shot for public safety reasons. The 20-page report documents 373 incidences in which U.S. law enforcement officers and citizens were forced to shoot a dangerous pit bull to prevent an attack or to stop an ongoing attack.
The findings show that firearm intervention might have prevented at least eight deaths by a pit bull mauling in this period.1
- Of the 373 incidences, 626 bullets were fired and 319 pit bulls were killed.
- The vast majority of shooters, 84% (313), were law enforcement officers and 16% (60), were citizens.
- 148 people suffered pit bull bite injury in these incidences. Of these victims, 81% (120) were citizens and 19% (28) were law enforcement officers.
- In at least three instances, the bite injury resulted in amputation. In six instances, the bite injury resulted in death.2
- 13 people suffered bullet injury as well. Of these victims, 54% (7) were citizens and 46% (6) were law enforcement officers.
- States with the highest number of shootings include: California (37), Texas (32), Florida (24), Illinois (23) and Ohio (23).
2Attacks that ended in death include: Isis Krieger, 6 (Anchorage, AK), Kelli Chapman, 24 (Longville, LA), Luna McDaniel, 83 (Ville Platte, LA) Cendi Carey, 4 months (Las Vegas, NV) Tanner Monk, 7, (Breckenridge, TX) and Pablo Lopez Hernandez, 5, (Weslaco, TX)
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