Report: Texas Dog Bite Fatalities, January 1, 2005 to February 17, 2013

The report shows that 34 Texas dog bite fatalities were recorded during this period, more dog bite-related deaths than any other state. Impediments to reduce these deaths include the One Bite rule and the 1991 statewide measure that prohibits breed-specific laws. Austin, TX - In just over the last 8-years, 34 Texans were killed by dogs. Pit bulls were responsible for 76% of the total recorded deaths. The second most lethal dog breed, rottweilers, accounted for 15%. Pit bull… [Read full blog post]

Shriners Hospitals for Children Helps Third Young Southern Pit Bull Mauling Victim

Beware of Dog sign on fence of child mauling victim's home. Local Club Acts Spaulding County, GA - This week we learned about another airlift to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston due to a life-threatening pit bull mauling. 5-year old Lilly Goodson was brutally attacked by the family pit bull on Wednesday in her own fenced-in backyard. Capt. Dwayne Jones told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "When the officer arrived, the dog was latched onto the child’s fa… [Read full blog post]

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

Brandon Williams Cocke County, TN - In one of the most uplifting stories DogsBite.org 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 FactsSeattle, 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]