Dog Bite Fatalities Surged in 2020; Nonprofit's Capture Rate Declined
DogsBite.org - In June of 2021, we published the discussion notes for 2020 U.S. Dog Bite Fatality Statistics. We cautioned then that media reports during the 2020 Covid year fell by 47%. In response, we sent out 30 FOIAs and uncovered 6 unreported deaths. This, however, did not overcome the macro-level forces caused by Covid. CDC Wonder underlying cause of death (UCD) data shows there were 62 fatal dog att… [Read full blog post]
Fatal Dog Attack Statistics
DogsBite.org recorded 46 fatal dog attacks in 2020. Pit bulls contributed to 72% (33) of these deaths, over 16 times higher than any other dog breed. During this pandemic year, media reports of fatal dog maulings fell by 45%. In response, our nonprofit sent out 30 FOIAs to various offices and uncovered 6 unreported deaths in 2020. The last time the CDC collected breed data about dogs involved in fatal human attacks was 1998. Pit bulls have killed ove… [Read full blog post]
Nonprofit Captured 79% of All Breed Identification Images in 2020
Photographs of six fatally attacking dogs in 2020 obtained from multiple sources.
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DogsBite.org - In 2013, we began the tradition of publishing breed identification photographs of fatally attacking dogs when available through news reports, animal control agencies, police departments, social media and public infor… [Read full blog post]
An unidentified woman died after being attacked by a pit bull in Tallahassee, Florida.
Woman Died in December
Tallahassee, FL - Two weeks ago, a woman was mauled by a family pit bull and died. Police did not issue a news release and have been investigating ever since. The Tallahassee Democrat received a "heavily redacted" police report of the December 20 incident on December 21. The "records request were all but devoid of details, including the exact location of the attack," r… [Read full blog post]