In the 13-year period of 2005 through 2017, canines killed 433 Americans. Pit bulls contributed to 66% (284) of these deaths. Combined, pit bulls and rottweilers contributed to 76% of the total recorded deaths. | More »
DogsBite.org - The new year of 2013 is upon us after completing one of the deadliest years in fatal dog maulings ever recorded in the United States. Dogs brutally killed at least 38 people last year; half of them (19) were children ages 8 and younger. Over 60% of all dog bite-related fatalities in 2012 involved a pit bull. On this weary, though predictable note, we created a collection of New Year's wishes for 2013. Readers can leave additional wishes in the comment section.
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The Good, The Perverse and The Uplifting
DogsBite.org - Last year during National Dog Bite Prevention Week, we noted that there is no National Dog Mauling Prevention Week, an even weightier public health matter than dog bites. The tips and tricks offered up during this national week to prevent a dog bite hardly address horrific dog maulings, mainly inflicted by pit bulls, which will attack indiscriminately and continue attacking until shot to death or nonlethal human inte… [Read full blog post]
Cockfighting knives: Click a photo to see a larger image.
Man Killed in Cockfight archived
Tulare County, CA - In early February, new sources across the country reported that a 35-year old Lamont man suffered fatal injury during a cockfight. Despite the image that a cockfight might evoke for the average American -- such as two roosters pecking each other to death -- a cockfight is actually far more sadistic and cruel. The birds typically enter into a match with razor-like kniv… [Read full blog post]
From left: Jeffrey Denny, his "pet transit" vehicle and the HSUS mobile crime lab.
Bedford County, VA - It was reported this week that 36-year old Jeffrey Lynn Denny, a nationally known and "admitted" dog fighter was trapped in a sting operation Monday, as he tried to sell a $900 pit bull to an undercover deputy at a Montvale gas station. Bedford County authorities charged Denny with one felony offense of transporting fighting dogs. On Tuesday, authorities raid… [Read full blog post]
Middle Class Crime
UPDATE 07/11/09: As noted in comments, dogfighting is organized crime -- gambling and racketeering -- primarily carried out by middle class citizens. Participants are often valued members of the community as well. The recent Associated Press article names a registered nurse, Cris Bottcher, and a physical education teacher, Rick Hihath, as part of those arrested this past week. Both are charged with felony dogfighting crimes that occurred at Bottche… [Read full blog post]
Images from the Wildside Kennels MySpace page that has since been taken down.
Rescue Groups Absent
UPDATE 02/18/09: Following a judge's order, Wilkes County Animal Control euthanized 146 pit bulls. On Monday, Judge Ed Wilson Jr. of Superior Court ruled that state law defines dogs as dangerous if they are involved in a dogfighting operation and a county ordinance requires that dangerous dogs be destroyed. A number of rescue groups had offered to place the dogs, but none of th… [Read full blog post]
The Shelter Advisor
AnimalSheltering.org is a program of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). In a May/June 2000 magazine article, the program addresses the question of why not placing fighting dogs out for adoptions is the safest and most humane policy for the dogs and members of the community. DogsBite.org strongly agrees with this policy. The article goes as far to say that, "while these animals may seem friendly, all too often they are ticking time bombs."
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Indianapolis, IN - Caress Garten, the author of On Behalf of Innocents, and the victim of a vicious dog attack, has written an editorial to the Indianapolis Star. In case the paper does not publish it, she shared it with DogsBite.org. In the past week, several violent pit bull attacks have occurred in Indiana, including the fatal attack of 62-year old Chester R. Jordan. In her letter, Garten provides an honest solution to the pit bull problem: mandatory spay/neuter and a $100,… [Read full blog post]