DogsBite.org officially turns two-years old today, October 15, 2009. In these two years, we have built a sizable website with nearly 1,750 pages, documented nearly 5-years of fatality data and produced three national reports1. Additionally, we continuously track new U.S. cities and foreign countries that adopt breed-specific (pit bull) laws. By the end of 2009, we will have recorded a full year of U.S. media reported pit bull attacks and police and citizen shootings of dangerous pit bulls.
The Pit Bull Problem Continues to Grow
Back in August, we published a post concerning the 2009 U.S. shelter data report by Animal People. Of the 1,663,167 shelter dogs projected to be euthanized in 2009, pit bulls account for 58%. This is an 8% increase from 2007, indicating that the "pit bull problem" is only growing. Unless more cities adopt laws to correct the breed-specific problem that pit bulls present, we can presume a substantial number of new mauling victims and pit bulls euthanized in the next two years.
Who Is DogsBite.org at Two-Years Old?
DogsBite.org is a public education website about dangerous dogs -- primarily pit bull type dogs. We are the only website dedicated to putting the safety of humans before dogs, as we are the only source of information on this topic that is not owned, controlled, or funded by pit bull breeders, pit bull owners, dog fancying organizations, dog registry and breeder organizations, veterinarian organizations, animal welfare groups or any of their associated influential lobbying groups.
We thank our readers for their continued participation in our comment sections and writing to us directly to share important information. We rely on both to continue our mission.
Tanner Joshua Monk, Breckenridge, TX
Over the past two years, we have focused many resources on the State of Texas due to the volume of serious and fatal pit bull attacks that occur in this state, as well as organized dogfighting. Texas citizens have begun to mobilize against the 1991 statewide anti-BSL measure that prohibits pit bull laws. In memory of the innocent Texans who have suffered death by the powerful jaws of a pit bull, we leave readers with the images of Tanner Monk, who now only flies in the arms of angels.
07/01/09: Justin Clinton's Family Starts Campaign: "Justice for Justin: Outlaw Pit Bulls"
06/23/09: Texans Killed by Pit Bulls in 3.5 Year Period (2006-2009)
12/07/08: NYT: Dogfighting Subculture is Taking Hold in Texas
10/11/08: Fatal Dog Mauling Trial of Tanner Joshua Monk, 7 Years Old
08/20/08: Dog Attacks, Trends and Dog Law Coverage of Texas
02/20/09: 1,500 Blog Posts by DogsBite.org
07/30/08: 1,000 Blog Posts by DogsBite.org