Sunday, June 5, 2016

Dog attack report - mid year 2016

Since this site last reported on serious dog attack cases at the beginning of the year, the vast majority of dog breeds have committed a grand total of zero disfiguring or fatal attacks on humans. Zero.

If only that were the whole story - but, as the discerning reader might well suspect, serious, life altering dog attacks have unfortunately continued.

In the first half of 2016 there were 484 serious attacks, 15 fatal attacks and one freak accident resulting in a death.

Of the 16 canine induced deaths in the US so far, 15 (94%) were attacks committed by pit bull type dogs or derivatives. The remaining death was an unfortunate incident where a dog picked up an unattended infant by the head, to move it, and the infant perished as a result of head injuries.

While the dog attacks continue, the eternal attempt to place the blame continues unabated. The pit bull advocates claim that breed has absolutely nothing to do with the risk of an attack, but when one simply looks at the data and considers all factors, one fact stands out in stark relief: Of all factors involved in disfiguring or fatal dog attacks, one factor towers so far above all others as to render them practically irrelevant, and that factor is the breed, or type, of attacking dog. To argue otherwise is to deny the obvious.

The Current citizen watchdog compiled report is available here
The animal people report as of 6/5/2016 is available here

Other resources -