September 1982 to December 26, 2011
DogsBite.org - Merritt Clifton, editor of Animal People, has released a 30-year summary of his report, Dog Attack Deaths and Maimings, U.S. & Canada, September 1982 to December 26, 2011, highlighting trends involving pit bulls. The data shows that fatal and serious maulings by pit bulls have greatly escalated in the past 10 years. Furthermore, 39% of the total number of pit bull attacks and 42% of the fatalities have occurred since th… [Read full blog post]
Fatal Dog Attack Statistics
DogsBite.org recorded 31 fatal dog attacks in 2011.1 Citations of each victim's story are located on the Fatality Citations page. The last year the CDC recorded human deaths by dog breeds was 1998. Likely due to pressures from animal advocacy groups, the CDC stopped further research into this area. Since 1998, pit bulls alone have killed 181 U.S. citizens. The only other known entity, in addition to DogsBite.org, that tracks this vital data publ… [Read full blog post]
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]
Reno, NV - In February, we wrote about a Washington State resident working to gain support for breed-specific laws in his area (See: Activist Questions 'Journalistic Integrity' of Article by Sue Manning of the Associated Press). Our post scrutinized a "pet poll" designed by the Associated Press and Petside.com and an article written by Sue Manning. Today, the SRUV blog brings us a new Fact Cooker, blogger Mark Robison of the Reno Gazette-Journal.
The C… [Read full blog post]