Pit Bull Attacks Rise in Pawtucket After State Preemption Law Muted City's Successful Pit Bull Ban

Veteran animal control officer John Holmes, a key proponent of the ban, retired in 2015. Pit Bull Attacks Rise Pawtucket, RI - Five years after Pawtucket was forced to lift its successful pit bull ban, attacks by pit bulls have risen sharply. Today, there are over 10 times more pit bull attacks per year in Pawtucket than there were during the ban years. The city was forced to lift its ban due to the state legislature, which passed a state preemption law in 2013 barring local govern… [Read full blog post]

Central Texas Pediatric Study: Pit Bulls Inflicted the Highest Prevalence and Severity of Dog Bite Injuries (2011-2016)

Study: Injury Prevention Requires "Vigilant Adult Supervision" A summary of a recent Central Texas pediatric study about dog bite injuries. View Abstract Temple, TX - Last fall, the Journal of Pediatric Surgery accepted a study from researchers at Texas A&M University Health Science Center in Temple, Texas. The study was recently assigned to the journal's July 2019 volume. We summarize this powerful study in advance, as critical elements stand out: the number of ca… [Read full blog post]

2018 U.S. Dog Bite Fatality Statistics - DogsBite.org

Fatal Dog Attack Statistics DogsBite.org recorded 36 fatal dog attacks in 2018. Pit bulls contributed to 72% (26) of these deaths -- over 8 times more than the next closest breed, "mixed-breed," with 3 deaths. Nine different dog breeds contributed to lethal attacks in 2018. Two deaths were unreported, but were captured through our records requests. The last time the CDC collected "breed" data about dogs involved in fatal human attacks was 1998. Pit bulls have killed over 37… [Read full blog post]

2018 Dog Bite Fatality: Texas Woman Dies After Being Horribly Mauled by a 'Solid White' Mastiff in Hunt County

Kristie Kelley, 44, is one of five women in 2018 whose husband arrived home to find his spouse severely injured or dead due to a vicious dog mauling. All five women, ages 28 to 64, died. Kelley was killed by her husband's solid white mastiff, a Dogo argentino, not a "short haired white Fila Brazilia." Kelley is the second spouse in 2018 killed by her husband's breeding Dogo. In 2018, 80% of dog bite fatality victims, ages 28 to 64, were female. This is a sharp rise from the 13-year ave… [Read full blog post]