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  1. As always, Colleen — incredible work! Thank you so much for compiling these important statistics and providing the analysis essential to understanding what the numbers are telling us.

    The CDC should be so diligent and conscientious.

  2. Took me a bit to sit down and read this. Amazing work at following the data and interpreting the trends. I still find it hard to believe that these dogs are only now 7% of the dog population. Maybe it’s where I live but it’s basically a vast majority. Six of my neighbors on my block have them; four out of six have two of them. Only one other neighbor has a dog and it’s not a pit. This data is frightening for women, especially young adult females who tend to fall victim to all the pit bull adoption//rescue agenda. It’s also not completely surprising the increase in percentage of rescue/rehomed dogs that are responsible for fatalities. One has to wonder at what point the rescue organizations will say it is not worth adopting these dogs out.

    • Rescue organizations will be the last to get the memo about pit bulls and other dangerous dogs. However, wrongful death lawsuits could speed up this process.

    • I agree that these dogs seem to be far more than 7% of the population, at least where I live. I wonder if that is because people who own pitbulls are often very “in-your-face” about them, and don’t set any boundaries for their pitbulls.

  3. Incredible research, Colleen, thank you for your service in putting together this report. It was heartbreaking to scroll through it…I kept thinking, surely there can’t be that many more deaths, but the report kept going. So many completely unnecessary deaths, because of pitbull lies that the breed is gentle and trainable.

  4. This is great research. My only request would be to have consistent periods of years in the first chart. The first period covers 9 years, then 5 years, 4 years, 4 years and 3 years.

    A casual reader might just look at the totals and think that the numbers are dropping when actually it is the reverse.

    • We do not fully understand your question and you have misstated our year divisions in all respects. As explained, the multi-year trend table is divided into 3 periods (5, 5, and 4 years) to show the change between the 1st and 3rd periods.

      1st period (5 years): 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
      2nd period (5 years): 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
      3rd period (4 years): 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

      Why does the 3rd period only have 4 years? Because it is the most sensible way to divide the number “14” into 3 periods. Next year, we will be able to review three 5-year periods, as we will be reviewing 15 years of dog bite fatalities.

      The graphical chart showing two periods (dual pie chart graph), explained in Discussion Notes as 8 and 6-years, shows just that. We divided it in this way to show that over the last 6 years, a rising portion of fatalities were inflicted by pit bulls. The chart was also divided in this way to show that we are headed to a point in the future where it makes the most sense to simply chart pit bulls vs. all other dog breeds combined and no longer even separate out rottweilers.

      A casual observer will have to do some math when observing the death rate in the dual pie chart because 253 deaths in an 8-year period is an average of 31.6 deaths per year, while 218 deaths in a 6-year period is an average of 36.3 deaths per year, a 15% increase.

      If a person wants to review each year individually, they can by looking at the chart, Total Dog Bite Deaths vs. Total Pit Bull Deaths vs. Pit Bull Rottweiler Deaths Combined, also provided in Discussion Notes. This chart clearly shows that the number of fatal attacks per year is rising, but at a slower pace (it turns out) than the portion of fatal attacks inflicted by pit bulls.

      Not every year is worthy of a “full multi-year” report, because the annual number of fatal attacks is so small. We will issue one next year (a 15 year report) so that we can divide into three even periods. We will issue another one 5 years later (a 20 year report). For the years in between, like this past one, we will only examine multi-year trends during Discussion Notes that we feel are relevant — are rising or falling to a significant degree.

  5. I worked Sunday and went out to get some pizza for lunch. There was a festival downtown and an older white haired guy was there walking a huge pit- a guy with ONE ARM. You can’t make this shit up.

  6. Sadly I suspect we are just getting started with the killings by shelter and rescue dogs. As live release rate über alles becomes battle battle cry at more and more rescues and shelters more and more unfit dogs, many of them pits, will be re-homed. Hopefully once some of the court cases wind their way through they system these shelters and rescues will be held financially responsible at least for their disregard of human life.

    • Go after the big money behind this “Save Them All” push. As in, the Best Friends Animal Society and organizations like it.

      Oh, and stop donating to them. Tell your friends and family to do the same.

  7. Saw my 20-something neighbors playing in the street with their dog and preschool-aged child over the weekend. A large, (80+ lb.) unneutered male pit bull, cropped ears, galloping around off-leash and this tiny little girl.

    Is having a big, tough dog to show off worth the risk to your child?

  8. I was just banned from the local Nextdoor for citing pitbull fatality statistics. The nutters are really policing that site. Good riddance.

    • Sounds just like the Nextdoor here in Tucson.

      I really have to restrain myself on that site. Because it’s infested with nutters.

    • Every single day here just north of Fayetteville, NC there is either a lost or found pitbull on the Nextdoor app. Often, more than one a day. I always assume that the “found” pitbulls were dumped. I, too have to restrain myself from warning people about approaching, capturing, or housing these dogs. I just quietly observe from afar.

    • I just met a nice fellow who has a bullmastiff x pitbull puppy which he intends to breed because she’ll have nice puppies. I didn’t ask what he’s breeding her to, but it really doesn’t matter. A person with a nice non-aggressive male isn’t going to allow the breeding,. But there are a zillion pitbull studs out there ready to service her. Too bad for the innocent puppies that didn’t ask to be born.

  9. Our local rescues and pounds/ himane societies are purposely mislabeling pits as everything besides pitbull
    Including ridiculous labels like
    Shih zu (sp) mix
    Labrador retriever- mix
    Oh and this one had me giggling as I showed my husband
    “Jack Russel Terrier”
    With false labels like that its almost unsurprising that people ACTUALLY think Jack Russels are more vicious than Pittbulls.
    My husband thinks mislabeling dogs in rescues and pounds should be illegal.

  10. To add to my previous comment
    The most often rehomed for free or low cost dog in my area is the Pittbull
    I wonder why
    Meanwhile byb are still making 500 a pop off them..


  11. Agree completely.

    The disproportionate suffering and death, both caused by bully dogs and suffered by bully dogs, begins with bully people.

    Most bully people do not care about bully dog welfare. They care about self, ego and their ability to breed, acquire, monger, and use bully dogs.

    If they actually cares about bully dog homelessness and suffering, they would insist in breeding restrictions.
    But they don’t, do they won’t.

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