Newly Adopted Pit Bull-Mix Attacks Little Boy's Face Within Hours of Adoption; Child Airlifted to Iowa Trauma Hospital

Dog Came to Iowa Via a "Rescue Transport" from Louisiana Images of Lucas before and after the dog attack from his fundraising page. Family Files Lawsuit UPDATE 03/31/17: The parents of a toddler attacked in the face by a newly adopted dog are suing. On Tuesday, Tyler and Holly Harrison, the parents of 15-month old Lucas Harrison, who suffered severe facial injuries in the March 15 attack, filed the petition through attorney John Frey. The petition alleges one count against th… [Read full blog post]

What's Behind the Click and Bait Web Advertisements of Aggressive Shelter Dogs Available for Adoption Today?

Many Shelters Candy-Coat Dogs with Aggressive Behaviors in their Zeal to Increase 'Live Release Rate.' We Examine 34 Case Files. Dogs from the 34 case files we examined from Sonoma County Animal Services. Animal behaviorist and author Alexandra Semyonova provides analysis and a special report: Behavior Testing Shelter Dogs -- A Summary of Where We Are Now Examining Cases Up Close DogsBite.org - Back in April, we were contacted about the "live release rate" trumping publi… [Read full blog post]

Announcement: Happy Birthday DogsBite.org!

Dog Bite Victims' Advocacy Group Turns 8-Years Old Austin, TX - October 15, 2015 marks the eighth year that DogsBite.org has been operating on the Internet educating the public, dog bite victims, attorneys, doctors, law enforcement, journalists and policymakers about the growing epidemic of serious and fatal dog maulings in this country. The great majority of these attacks are inflicted by a select group of dangerous dog breeds: pit bulls, rottweilers and mastiff-type… [Read full blog post]

2012 Dog Bite Fatality: Rescue Pit Bull Kills 2-Year Old Girl; Nearby Restrictions Lifted in 2010

Savannah Edwards, 2-years old, was killed by a rescue pit bull near Topeka. Past Law Clarification UPDATE 12/16/12: A Sunday article by the Topeka Capital-Journal clarifies the history of Shawnee County. The county has never had a breed-specific ordinance, though the City of Topeka, which is the county seat of Shawnee County, once did. Topeka repealed the ordinance in 2010 and now boasts a "behavior-based" ordinance rather than a "breed-based" one. Savannah Edwards was… [Read full blog post]

Dog Bites Increase 35% in Austin After the Adoption of 'No-Kill' Policy

2007-2011 Dog Bite Data Austin, TX - DogsBite.org recently reviewed 5-years of dog bite data gained from the City of Austin under the Freedom of Information Act. The data shows that dog bites have increased substantially since the city adopted a No-Kill policy in 2010. Between 2009 and 2011, dog bites increased 35%. The primary offenders of all bites were pit bulls and their mixes, responsible for 22% (1,288) followed by Labradors and their mixes, which inflicted 12% (682) d… [Read full blog post]

Week of Escalating Violent Attacks by Rescued and Adopted Pit Bulls

Back-to-Back Rescue Attacks Earlier this week, two pit bull "rescue" attacks made headlines. The first came out of the Detroit area, which is the U.S. capital of dogfighting and the last place anyone ought to be rescuing a pit bull. The dog badly bit a 6-year old girl in the face. Police said she was "conscious and breathing, but bleeding severely when emergency crews arrived." Oakland County Animal Control removed the dog from the home. The owner of the pit bull was not named no… [Read full blog post]

Mother of Two Responds to 'Pit Bull Awareness Day' in Massachusetts

By Branwyne Finch A guest writer for the DogsBite.org Blog. On October 22nd, humane organizations across the country will celebrate "National Pit Bull Awareness Day". At the MSPCA in Massachusetts, the day is part of a month long campaign to promote pit bull ownership. The promotion campaign involves press releases and media interviews claiming "pit bull discrimination", special events featuring visits by successfully adopted pit bull "alumni", and a screening of the… [Read full blog post]

Animal People Editor Responds to Fact Cooker Article by Mark Robison

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]