Why Breed Matters in Service Dogs and Why Pit Bull Service Dogs are a Bad Idea

DogsBite.org - After Delta Air Lines issued a new policy on June 20, limiting emotional support dogs to one per person and banning pit bulls as service and support dogs, we reviewed top service dog organizations and their selected breed types. These dog breeds are overwhelmingly Labrador retrievers, golden retrievers, Labrador-golden mixes and standard poodles. Primarily, pit bull "breed advocate" groups, one who failed miserably, are pushing "pit bull service dogs.… [Read full blog post]

Woman and Her Dog Attacked by a Pit Bull While Camping at Michigan State Park Campground

Asks: If States and Cities Can Have BSL, Why Not State Parks?Click an image to see a larger version and description on the DogsBite.org Facebook Page. Michigan - A woman recently emailed us parts of her attack story, both she and her Goldendoodle were viciously attacked by a pit bull while visiting a state park. She was with her husband and friends sitting around her fire pit at her campsite when the pit bull suddenly appeared. She said she would have posted her photos to her own Fa… [Read full blog post]

2014 Dog Bite Fatality: 7-Year Old Boy Killed by Trained Protection Dog in Dodge County, Wisconsin

Personal and Family Protection Dogs with a "Switch"Dutch Behaviorist Responds UPDATE 11/19/14: Dutch animal behaviorist and author, Alexandra Semyonova responds to protection dogs with a "switch" after a 7-year old boy was killed by a protection trained rottweiler living at his family's home. She discusses why bringing an attack bred and trained dog into a home and hoping it will be a reliable family pet is a mistake. Enclosed below is Semyonova's short response. Semyon… [Read full blog post]

Beyond the Interview: Father of Child Killed by Babysitter's Pit Bulls Speaks Out After Attack

'Believing the Myth is What Left Us Without a Son'June 10th Interview Walworth, WI - On March 6, Daxton Borchardt, 14-months old, was savagely killed by two pit bulls while under the care of his babysitter. Susan Iwiki, 30-years old, was babysitting Dax at her home on North Lakeshore Drive when her two pit bulls attacked. In his first interview about the deadly attack, Jeff Borchardt, 39-years old, spoke candidly about his son's death. He said that after hearing about a toddle… [Read full blog post]

2012 Dog Bite Fatality: 'Visiting' Child Killed by PTSD Service Dog in Kentucky

Steven Robertson, 6-years old, was mauled to death by a PTSD service dog. Stricter Requirements UPDATE 07/31/12: A boy was killed by a service dog 6-months ago has been identified as Steven Robertson. His death prompted Ft. Campbell to adopt stricter policies pertaining to service dogs. "Many are not allowed inside the gates without very specific behavioral training. The new rules all stem from an incident that happened just outside Ft. Campbell last January; when a 6 year… [Read full blog post]

11-Year Old Attacked at Father's Home; Mother Questions Subsequent Events

Victim before and after the pit bull attack. Click an injury photo to see larger view.Abbi's mother, Merryll Macek, Abbi in "work mode" and a few of Abbi's bracelets. Victim Creates Bracelets UPDATE 07/15/10: Pit bull attack victim Abbigael Sheehan has begun crafting and selling bracelets to help pay her medical bills. Her mother, Merryll Macek, said her daughter wanted to do something to help the financial burden the bite injury has caused. Macek also added, "She's sellin… [Read full blog post]