DogsBite.org Publishes Rebuttal Letter in Defense of Texas Medical Study

Mortality, Mauling and Maiming by Vicious Dogs DogsBite.org - In April 2011, the Annals of Surgery published a study about severe and fatal injuries inflicted by pit bulls, Mortality, Mauling and Maiming by Vicious Dogs, produced by Texas doctors. The study concluded: "Attacks by pit bulls are associated with higher morbidity rates, higher hospital charges, and a higher risk of death than are attacks by other breeds of dogs. Strict regulation of pit bulls may substantial… [Read full blog post]

New Blog Dispels 'Bloodhound' Myth Invented by Pit Bull Advocate

Scapegoats: Part 1 DogsBite.org - Back in August, The Truth About Pit Bulls ripped the rug out from under the Nanny Dog myth invented by pit bull fancier Lillian Rant in 1971. This month, the authors tackle the Bloodhound myth penned by Karen Delise, the former owner of the Nation Canine Research Council, and perpetuated by Jane Berkey, the company's new owner. The myth operates by blurring the lines about historic bloodhound breeds so that citizens are left believing that Mc… [Read full blog post]

New Blog Dispels 'Nanny Dog' Myth Invented by Pit Bull Fanciers

The Nanny Dog Myth DogsBite.org - A new blog, "The Truth About Pit Bulls," launched Tuesday with contributors CKing and Craven Desires. The first myth they address, the Nanny Dog myth, is widely disseminated by pit bull advocates and pro-pit bull groups. According to the authors, the first mention of "nanny dog" with regards to any breed did not occur until 1904 when the first stage production of Peter Pan opened featuring a nursemaid dog that was never portrayed as a Stafford… [Read full blog post]

1996 Dog Bite Fatality: 4-Year Old Wheeler Boy Killed by Loose Chow-Mix Dogs

File photos of individuals killed by loose dogs. Damon Tyler Austin Koehn Wheeler, AR - On May 13, 1996, 4-year old Damon Tyler Austin Koehn was violently killed by a pack of loose chow-mix dogs. The boy's father, James Koehn, discovered his son badly mauled in a ravine near the family's home. Prior to the attack, James and his son had laid down for a nap, but Damon had awoken first and wandered outside. Authorities seized a total of 15 dogs from Dan Doiel, who lived in a mobile home 2… [Read full blog post]

Who Authored the CDC Fatal Dog Attack Report (1979 to 1998)?

Fatalities by Breed (1979 to 1989) DogsBite.org - Pit bull advocates claim that the 2000 CDC report, which recorded fatalities from 1997-1998 to encompass attacks since 1979, is inaccurate because it was based on media accounts. Yet the report was only "in part" reliant on media accounts and otherwise reliant on the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) registry of fatal attacks. Five people authored this report: Jeffrey Sacks, Leslie Sinclair, Julie Gilchrist, Gai… [Read full blog post]