U.S. Dog Bite Fatalities Over a 13-Year Period; Breeds of Dogs Involved, Age Groups and Other Factors (2005 to 2017)

Multi-Year Report DogsBite.org - Today we released our multi-year dog bite fatality report (2005 to 2017). The report identifies the breeds of dogs involved in fatal attacks on humans, victim age groups, number of dogs involved, household factors, criminal charges and more. The 9-page report also examines key changing metrics since a government body last examined this issue in 2000 -- the rise of adults killed by dogs and the increasing number of fatal attacks involving 2… [Read full blog post]

2017 U.S. Dog Bite Fatality Statistics - DogsBite.org

Fatal Dog Attack Statistics DogsBite.org recorded 39 fatal dog attacks in 2017. Pit bulls contributed to 74% (29) of these deaths, the highest death count on record for pit bulls and seven times more than the next closest breed. German shepherds followed, inflicting 4 deaths. 13 different dog breeds contributed to lethal attacks in 2017. The last time the CDC collected "breed" data about dogs involved in fatal human attacks was 1998. Since this time, pit bulls have mauled to… [Read full blog post]

Which Dog Breed has the Highest Prevalence and Severity of Injuries in Recent Level 1 Trauma Center Medical Studies?

Peer-Reviewed Medical Studies Show Pit Bulls - Meme Campaign This image is based on our 2012 campaign Children and pit bulls do not mix DogsBite.org - Last October, we issued a special report about retrospective level 1 trauma center dog bite studies published in medical science journals since 2009. Of the 11 multi-year studies, 10 showed a higher prevalence of pit bull injuries than other breeds of dogs. All major geographical regions in the U.S. were represented in these f… [Read full blog post]

DogsBite.org Responds to 'Lazy' Journalist Who Failed to Investigate Recent Level 1 Trauma Studies by Doctors

Falsely Claimed Our Fatality Data is Based 'Solely' on News Reports Left: WKYC reporter Carly Flynn Morgan Right: Jennifer Scott, French kissing her pit bull. DogsBite.org - After Carly Flynn Morgan of WKYC (Cleveland) published an inaccurate article last week, the founder of DogsBite.org, Colleen Lynn, wrote to her and CC'd the General Manager, Micki Byrnes. Morgan claimed our dog bite fatality statistical data was based "solely" on media reports, which is inaccurate… [Read full blog post]

2016 U.S. Dog Bite Fatality Statistics - DogsBite.org

Fatal Dog Attack Statistics DogsBite.org recorded 31 fatal dog attacks in 2016. Pit bulls contributed to 71% (22) of these deaths, just over 7 times more than the next closest dog breed. The combination of pit bulls, their close cousins, American bulldogs (2), and rottweilers (2) contributed to 84% (26) of all dog bite-related fatalities. The last year the CDC collected "breed" data about fatal human dog attacks was 1998, nearly two decades ago. Since this time, pit bulls ha… [Read full blog post]

Special Report: Level 1 Trauma Center Dog Bite Studies in All U.S. Geographical Regions Report Pit Bulls Highest Prevalence

Summary of Key Peer-Reviewed Medical Studies (2009-2016) When all major U.S. geographical regions are reporting similar findings, as they are now, this sends a much stronger message to public health officials and legislators. Level 1 Trauma Studies Table There are at least 10 peer-reviewed dog bite studies published in medical science journals since 2009 that show a higher frequency of pit bull injuries than all other breeds of dogs in retrospective reviews of level I tr… [Read full blog post]

Table: Retrospective Level 1 Trauma Center Studies of Dog Bite Injuries Published from 2009 to 2016 in the U.S.

All Geographical Regions Report Pit Bulls Highest Prevalence Download PDF Retrospective studies from level 1 trauma centers from all major geographical regions in the U.S. are reporting a higher frequency of pit bull injuries than all other breeds of dogs. In many cases, the studies also report that pit bull injuries have a higher severity of injury and require a greater number of operative interventions. Only one study in 11 reported different results, a level 1 pediatri… [Read full blog post]

2016 Dog Bite Fatality: Family Pit Bull Kills 'Visiting' Child in Las Vegas

Derion Stevenson, 9-years old, was killed by a pit bull while visiting a friend's home. July Attack Confirmed UPDATE 08/19/16: County authorities confirmed the pit bull that killed a 9-year old boy was also involved in dog fight in the same neighborhood in July. Clark County Animal Control did not declare the pit bull dangerous or vicious after the attack. Derion Stevenson died after the same pit bull brutally attacked his face and neck a month later. The lack of public safety… [Read full blog post]