Annual Update: Estimated U.S. Cities, Counties, States and Military Housing with Breed-Specific Laws (2018-2019)

The top three regulated dog breeds: pit bulls, rottweilers and wolf-dog hybrids. BSL Estimate 2018-2019 DogsBite.org - Since 2011, we have maintained an estimate of breed-specific laws across the United States, including breed-specific policies governing military privatized housing. By 2009, all three major military divisions -- U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Air Force -- banned a small group of dangerous dog breeds because they present an "unreasonable risk… [Read full blog post]

2016 Dog Bite Fatality: Pit Bull Kills Child, Injures Another in Lumberton, North Carolina

Talan West, 7, was killed by a pit bull. From left, his family members: brother, mother and father. Ordinance Passes UPDATE 06/15/16: Five months after 7-year old Talan West was mauled to death by a neighbor's pit bull, the city of Lumberton passed a pit bull ordinance. The new ordinance, passed in a 5-3 vote, is based upon the ordinance in Edenton. Talan's mother, Jamie West, was a powerful force behind the passage of the new law, which declares pit bulls "potentially vicious.… [Read full blog post]

Dog Bite Victim Advocates Speak At High Risk Dog Ordinance Hearing in Watertown

August 20, 2013 Hearing Watertown, WI - Back in August, dog bite victim activists geared up for the first reading of the proposed High Risk Dog ordinance. The Watertown Safety and Welfare Committee had been working on the ordinance since February and a considerable amount of public input had already been given. In mid August, the revised ordinance was introduced to city council and contained two tracks 1.) High Risk Dogs (pit bulls) and 2.) Vicious Dogs (pertaining to all dog… [Read full blog post]

Did You Know That DogsBite.org Consists of Over 2,200 Web Pages?

Revisiting Important Posts and PagesDogsBite.org - To help new readers gain stronger footing, we are revisiting important parts of the website. These posts and pages address common questions that are sent into DogsBite.org from across the United States. Other ways to gain an overview of this website is by browsing Sticky Stories and Must Read Posts. For daily updates pertaining to dangerous dogs and pit bull issues, along with its growing blog sphere, readers can follow t… [Read full blog post]

How Germany Regulates Dangerous Dog Breeds -- Reader Provides Translation

Laws Target Criminals and Owners Pay Special Taxes DogsBite.org - Every now and again, a surprising email arrives at DogsBite.org from a foreign country. This one is sure to inspire new ideas about regulating dangerous dog breeds. In May, a reader from Germany sent in a description of breed-specific legislation in Germany. We used Google Translate to convert the German Wikipedia page mentioned in the description, which also describes breed-specific laws in Austria, Swi… [Read full blog post]

Westwego Woman Loses Eye, Ear and Both Arms After Pet Pit Bulls Attack

Linda Henry after surviving a near fatal pit bull mauling. Victim After Mauling UPDATE 05/31/13: Linda Henry who was nearly mauled to death by her own pit bulls in March, recently spoke to WDSU.com. Henry suffered the loss of both arms and disfiguring eye injury in the savage attack. The dogs also ripped most of her scalp from her skull. "The worst part," Henry said, "was my head." Henry underwent skin grafts this week to replace the skin that was ripped from her skull. A local com… [Read full blog post]