Thursday, April 17, 2014

It's a slaughterhouse out there

Update:

The study How many other animals did pit bulls kill last year has been published by animals24-7.org - please follow the link for details

The animal people organization have been collecting and analyzing data on dog attacks against animals in 2013. While the complete report has not yet been published, some statistics have been released, and the sheer number of horrific attacks occurring daily is heartbreaking for any animal lover - nay, to anyone with a heart. Some of the pertinent statistics which have come to light are as follows:


Ann Ziegler's hearing ear dog, brutally massacred by a pit bull

About 31,400 dogs attacked about 61,500 other animals in the U.S. in 2013, killing 43,500 and seriously injuring 18,100. 

The animals killed included about 12,000 dogs, 8,000 cats, 6,000 hooved animals, and 17,000 other small domestic animals, primarily poultry. 


Another victim of pit bull advocacy

The seriously injured included about 12,400 dogs, 4,000 cats, and 1,700 hooved animals. Few small mammals and poultry survived reported dog attacks.

Pit bulls inflicted 99% of the total fatal attacks on other animals (43,000); 96% of the fatal attacks on other dogs (11,520); 95% of the fatal attacks on livestock (5,700) and on small mammals and poultry (16,150); and 94% of the fatal attacks on cats (11,280). 


About 30,000 pit bulls were involved in attacks on other animals, many of them killing multiple other animals. 

There are about 3.2 million pit bulls in the U.S. at any given time, according to the annual ANIMAL PEOPLE surveys of dogs offered for sale or adoption via online classified ads. 

Thus in 2013 about one pit bull in 107 killed or seriously injured another animal, compared with about one dog in 50,000 of other breeds. 

Complete details of the year-long epidemiological survey that produced these estimates will appear in the January/February edition of ANIMAL PEOPLE. 

Merritt Clifton has added the following clarifying comments: The forthcoming ANIMAL PEOPLE study is taking an epidemiological approach to estimating the dog attack & pit bull attack tolls on other animals precisely to address the underreporting factor. Figuring out how to compensate for non-reporting is among the most common problems in epidemiological research, and we have used standard methods for doing it.

More info will posted here as it becomes available. In the meantime, there are many interesting articles to be found at the web site -  Animal People News

11 comments:

  1. This is awful. Way worse that I thought it was, and I've been following the "dog violence" epidemic for over a year now.

    It was dog on other animal violence that got me reading about the issue. I'd had it with the neighbor's dog killing my poultry, but the turning point was a visit to the vet where a pit bull type dog nearly broke away from its OWNERS in an attempt to attack a < 5lb puppy held by a post-middle aged woman.

    I remember my hand going to my knife and thinking, "If that thing gets loose, do I get my dog to safety first, or try to defend the woman and the puppy?"

    Actually, I'd guess that these numbers are much less than the reality of what's really happening, as they are reported attacks. How many people report dogs killing animals and how many of those reports does AC actually write up? Also, how many times to cats and small dogs just go missing and no one knows what happened to them?

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  2. it certainly is a slaughterhouse out there. and i have no doubt that the data collected by animal people is only the tip of the iceberg, especially in regards to cats. it would not surprise me if the carnage was doubled or even tripled. as the commenter above pointed out, often times animals just disappear plus there is a lot carnage within the household of the gripper and the nutters do not report it. they simply tighten up their crate and rotate protocol and move on.

    i am really looking forward to the article.

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    1. Before I knew or cared about pit bulls as a menace to public health, I had a BBQ at my house and invited a lot of people from school, as well as my neighbors.

      The topic turned to dogs. One of my neighbors said that he used to own a pit bull.

      "He LOVED to kill cats!" he said, and laughed.

      It grossed me out at the time...but now, it makes my blood run cold.

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  3. While it should come as no surprise that a type of canine bred specifically to commit acts of animal cruelty in the old UK is now the leading offender in committing atrocities against helpless animals in the US, the percentages are mind-boggling.

    How ironic that the promoters of these torturer canines refer to themselves as "dog lovers" - they love dogs like Jeffrey Daumer loved people.

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    1. very good analogy .. pit nutters like love dogs like Jeffery Daumer loved people.. CATCHY!

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  4. A couple years ago, I saw a newspaper story that said Lancaster CA police reported fifteen percent of pit bulls are involved in an incident so serious it's reported to police. Unfortunately, the article is no longer on-line, and I didn't copy it. This police comment means one in six pit bulls attack something so badly that police get involved -- it just doesn't say how many of those attacks are on humans vs animals. Probably most of the reported attacks were humans. If one in six or seven are attacking humans, you can bet an awful lot more are attacking other animals.

    As for me, I have yet to see any pit bull that hasn't attacked or tried to attack another animal -- not one. I'm guessing Clifton's figures, awful as they are, are the tiny tip of a huge iceberg of pit-bull inflicted animal suffering and heartbreak.

    I'm glad someone is paying attention to this now. Thank you so much for notifying us.

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  5. I feel so terrible for that horse with its ears ripped off. PIT BULLS ARE SO NASTY! ALWAYS GOING FOR THE FACE

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  6. I was at a dog agility trial one time and a lady who was participating with her Heeler was fostering a Pit Bull at the time. She seemed to be trying to socialize the dog, yet she was very careful to not get her near any other person or dog when she would have her out of her crate. The dog was always very still and stared a lot, nothing like any of the other dogs at the trial. People who deal with them know their tendencies, but they won't come out and say it. It wasn't long before she showed up without the PB, and I was glad her Heeler appeared to still be in one piece.

    Another phenomenon I've noticed is that the Nutters have most people I know who own large dogs convinced that if there is ever the slightest form of BSL put in place, even just required spay and neuter for PBs, then the law is on its way to rounding up all the German Shepherds and Doberman Pinchers and euthanizing them. You can't even discuss the subject without being shouted down among other dog lovers. I got scolded by a Golden Retriever owner for bad mouthing Pit Bulls, of all things. They have taken over the dog world, though I don't personally know anyone who owns one, they defend them to the hilt.

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    1. It's mostly owners of normal dogs that are heavy into kennel clubs and breeds, or heavy into dog sports, who go along with the 'my breed next' thing. I know lots of normal dog owners, ones who really have a dog just for the wonderful companionship a normal dog gives, who would love to see all the pit bull types banned then quickly extinct.

      Maybe at some point you could point out to these acquaintances of yours that 'my breed next' will quickly morph into 'my breed TOO' if they don't contradict the pit lobby's propaganda. When they go along with 'all dogs bite', they are cooperating in lies that will lead to restrictions on their large normal dogs too.

      This has happened in many places already. The pit bull problem reaches a point where local legislators have to do something about it. First they discuss breed-specific rules for only the pit types. The pit bull lobby shows up shouting the 'all dogs' stuff. So legislators end up requiring fences, insurance, muzzling, etc for ALL dogs over X pounds.

      What we also see happening is that if people don't want pit bull types around, they resort to simply banning all dogs. It's happening in quite a few parks and businesses where I live. Any large dog owner who does NOT keep pointing out that pit bulls are different is writing this scenario for his or her own large, non-pit dog.

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  7. I know that real, genuine service dogs for the disabled take years of training, are worth thousands, and of course, are dear to the hearts of some of our most fragile citizens. I'm shocked that there was not a massive "put them all down" campaign to rid the world of these dangerous
    "WEAPONS-not-pets-dogs" the first time this happened. We live in sad times.

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  8. These numbers are absolutely horrifying. As the number of pit bulls rises, so does the carnage they create. Pit bulls are not ordinary dogs. They are natural born killers and there is no place for them in any civilized society. How many deaths and life altering injuries is it going to take before we as a society admit that we've created a monster in canine form that we cannot control and take the necessary steps to rid our communities of this ever present danger?

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