Macro-Level Forces Report: How Covid Conditions Impacted 2020 U.S. Dog Bite Fatality Capture Rate

Dog Bite Fatalities Surged in 2020; Nonprofit's Capture Rate Declined DogsBite.org - In June of 2021, we published the discussion notes for 2020 U.S. Dog Bite Fatality Statistics. We cautioned then that media reports during the 2020 Covid year fell by 45%. In response, we sent out 30 FOIAs and uncovered 6 unreported deaths. This, however, did not overcome the macro-level forces caused by Covid. CDC Wonder underlying cause of death (UCD) data shows there were 62 fatal dog att… [Read full blog post]

2020 U.S. Dog Bite Fatality Statistics - DogsBite.org

Fatal Dog Attack Statistics DogsBite.org recorded 46 fatal dog attacks in 2020. Pit bulls contributed to 72% (33) of these deaths, over 16 times higher than any other dog breed. During this pandemic year, media reports of fatal dog maulings fell by 45%. In response, our nonprofit sent out 30 FOIAs to various offices and uncovered 6 unreported deaths in 2020. The last time the CDC collected breed data about dogs involved in fatal human attacks was 1998. Pit bulls have killed ove… [Read full blog post]

On Election Day, Denver Voters Repealed the Pit Bull Ban and Replaced it with a Provisional Breed-Restricted License

Will the City's Reversal Have Legal Ramifications? The new provisional breed-restricted license takes effect on January 1, 2020. Pre-Vote Commentary Denver, CO - On November 1, Kory Nelson, a senior assistant city attorney for the City and County of Denver, penned a post on his personal Facebook page. The post outlined the legal history of the Denver pit bull ban, his own role in successfully defending Denver's Home Rule Authority against a state preemption law, and how th… [Read full blog post]

Status Update: Heading Into Unknown Times, the 2020 Winter Months, Pit Bull Fraud Trials and National Legislation

A status update before heading into unknown times -- the election and Covid-19. We anticipate a decrease in dog bite fatality reports during the 2020 winter months compared to previous years. Updates on pit bull con artists, including Luke Westerman, whose trial is approaching, Steffen Baldwin and a former peddler of police K9 detection pit bulls funded by a flank of the pit bull lobby. Legislation updates on Denver's November ballot item that repeals the city's pit bull ba… [Read full blog post]