Cocke County Dog Mauling Victim Moves into New Home Built by Volunteers

Brandon Williams Cocke County, TN - In one of the most uplifting stories has ever posted about, an outpouring of community support along with Shriners Hospitals for Children has created a remarkable new chapter in the life of a young Tennessee pit bull mauling victim. In August 2011, Brandon Williams, then 10-years old, was horribly mauled by two loose dogs (See: Recovery photos). He suffered the loss of both ears along with extensive injuries to other parts of… [Read full blog post]

New Canadian Study Shows Pit Bull Bans in Province of Manitoba Result in Fewer Hospitalizations

Injury Prevention, June 2012 Canada - Last week, the National Post published an article about a new Canadian dog bite injury study by University of Manitoba-affiliated authors that shows that breed-specific pit bull laws lowered the overall rate at which people were hospitalized with serious dog bite injuries over a 23-year period. The study focuses on the province of Manitoba and jurisdictions within it that banned pit bull-type dogs and jurisdictions that did not from… [Read full blog post]

Animal People Editor Responds to Fact Cooker Article by Mark Robison

Fact-Checking Requires Checking Facts Seattle, WA - Last week we blogged about Fact Cooker Mark Robison of the Reno Gazette-Journal. One of the studies he criticized in the article was Dog attack deaths and maimings, U.S. and Canada, a breed-specific log compiled since 1982 by Animal People editor Merritt Clifton, often described as The Clifton Report. Clifton offers a thoughtful response to Robison's article, (What's so scary about pit bulls?, Reno Gazette-Journal, J… [Read full blog post]

Texas Doctors Produce Study: Mortality, Mauling and Maiming by Vicious Dogs

April 2011 - Issue 4 San Antonio, TX - In April, the Annals of Surgery, a highly referenced international surgery journal established in 1885, published a study about severe and fatal injuries inflicted by pit bulls. The study, "Mortality, Mauling, and Maiming by Vicious Dogs," examined the medical records of patients admitted to the level I trauma center of San Antonio University Hospital with dog bite injuries over a 15-year period. The results bore the grim reality of pi… [Read full blog post]

National Dog Bite Prevention Week (May 17-23, 2009) -

Children Suffer the Most The U.S. Postal Service heavily promotes National Dog Bite Prevention Week along with a number of health organizations, dog bite prevention groups and media outlets. A bill was reportedly introduced in Congress last month to make this an official national holiday, but the bill was never voted on. As testament to the seriousness of the dog bite epidemic -- about 4.5 million U.S. citizens are bitten by dogs each year -- a national holiday is clearly war… [Read full blog post]

Each Humane Society is a Separate and Distinct Organization

Humane Society Organizations An important fact for readers of is that there is no connection between local humane societies and the national organization, The Humane Society of the United States. The HSUS is the largest animal advocacy organization in the United States and was founded in 1954. The organization also works with the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearm section of the Department of Justice to find and arrest dogfighters. There is no national organiza… [Read full blog post]