Beneath the 'Headlines' of the DOT's Final Guidance of Enforcement Priorities Regarding Service Animals

What Does it Mean for Delta's Pit Bull Ban? - DiscussionOn August 8, the DOT issued their final enforcement priorities regarding service animals. The DOT's guidance comes after airlines began tightening policies on service and support animals. News headlines followed with claims like, "Delta can't ban pit bulls." Due to how the current rule is written, however, Delta may have legal basis; they would not have issued the ban otherwise. Our special report dives into the area… [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]

Delta Passenger Repeatedly Attacked in the Face by a Large "Support" Dog Sues Airline and the Owner of the Dog

The Complaint Against Delta - Analysis & DiscussionOn June 4, 2017, after Marlin Jackson boarded Delta Flight 1430 in the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, he was repeatedly attacked in the face by a large "support" dog seated on a man's lap. On May 24, 2019, Jackson sued Delta Air Lines and the owner of the dog in Fulton County state court. The complaint details the allegations against the two parties and asks for a jury trial. Our report discusses the legal complaint a… [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]