Research showing severe dog bites are fewer in Manitoba areas with pit bull bans.
The study, conducted by University of Manitoba scientists, shows the number of dog bites requiring hospitalization have decreased since pit bull bans went into effect in 2005.
It states the number of hospitalization attacks fell from 3.5 per 100,000 population to 2.8 after the legislation took effect.
feel the breed is inherently aggressive.
The study doesn’t purport to be the last word on the issue but does contain some compelling data, particularly when comparing Brandon, which has never prohibited pit bulls and Winnipeg, which has, said study co-author, Dr. Malathi Raghavan.
“I would not claim this is the ultimate study… all dogs bite,” she said.
But she said the data collected from 16 larger Manitoba jurisdictions, along w
ith recent Spanish and Texas studies suggesting similar results, is compelling.
“We should pay attention to the fact there is something going on here,” said Raghavan.
The Spanish data showed similar hospitalization reductions in the absence of pit bulls while the Texas research indicated higher rates of death, severe injury and treatment costs are linked to the breed.
Raghavan said she was careful to isolate the pit bull factor from others, such as changes in dog populations.
“The legislation was a variable coming out significantly,” she said.