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773% rise in fatal & disfiguring pit bull attacks from 2007 to 2014

http://www.animals24-7.org/2015/01/03/773-rise-in-fatal-disfiguring-pit-bull-attacks-from-2007-to-2014/

Absent late reports, such as the belated discovery of a 2014 dog attack victim in early 2015, the dog attack body count for the U.S. and Canada in 2014 is complete, with new record tolls in every category involving pit bulls except fatalities actually inflicted by pit bulls’ teeth, where the toll fell one short of the record 32 in 2012.

The totals of all fatal and disfiguring dog attacks since 1982, by breed, appear in the tables below.

If other deaths resulting from pit bulls are included, 2014 brought new records for numbers of pit bulls involved in fatal or disfiguring on humans, numbers of human victims, numbers of children killed or disfigured, numbers of adults killed or disfigured, total number of fatalities, and total number of disfigurements.

Steep rises in all categories of attack

Cindy Whisman,  59,  was killed by a pit bull on August 4, 2014.

The number of pit bulls involved in fatal and disfiguring attacks has risen since 2007 from 78 to 603; the number of child victims has increased from 30 to 264; the number of adult victims has increased from 23 to 279; the number of deaths directly inflicted by pit bulls is up from 13 to 31, one short of the high of 32 reached in 2012; and the number of disfigurements has soared from 37 to 451.

Another 120 people were injured by pit bulls in 2014 but not killed or disfigured in attacks in which someone else was killed or disfigured.

Best Friends,  ASPCA,  HSUS

2007 was the year that the Best Friends Animal Society, American SPCA, and the Humane Society of the U.S. ramped up pit bull advocacy in response to the arrest and conviction of Michael Vick on dogfighting-related charges.

Even before 2007 the frequency of fatal and disfiguring pit bull attacks had risen explosively for 25 years. In the entire decade from 1982 to 1992, 104 pit bulls attacked 44 children and 60 adults, killing 18 of the victims, disfiguring 36. Fifty victims escaped without fatal or disfiguring injuries in attacks in which others were killed or disfigured.

The only significance to 1982 in pit bull attack history is that this was the year in which I began logging fatal and disfiguring dog attacks throughout the U.S. and Canada as they happened.

Half or more of all dog attack fatalities since 1844

Retrospective data collection has established that pit bulls have accounted for half or more of all fatal dog attacks in every 10-year time frame since 1844.

However, fatal dog attacks––even when rabies remained uncontrolled––were until recently an extreme rarity. Only 15 fatal dog attacks are known to have occurred in the entire span from 1930 through 1960, including nine by pit bulls, two by Dobermans, and four by unidentified mutts.

Year of Unidentified Killer Dog

Speaking of unidentified mutts, 2014 appears to have been the Year of the Unidentified Killer Dog. Of the 81 dogs involved in fatal and disfiguring attacks since 1982, 36 attacked in 2014 alone. Of the eight fatalities attributed to dogs of unidentified breed since 1982, four occurred in 2014 alone.

Klonda Richie,  57,  asked the Montgomery County (Ohio) Animal Resource Center and other Montgomery county agencies for protection from her neighbors' Cane Corsos at least 59 times in the 26 months before they killed her.

Most of these dogs, however, were not really unidentified. Most were apprehended by animal control officers at the scene of the attacks. Many, and probably most of those “unidentified” dogs, were in truth pit bulls or pit mixes, but the animal control officers involved in investigating the cases have shied away from making positive breed identifications. Some are apparently from fear of the influence of organized pit bull advocacy on their employers. Other animal control officers attributing attacks to “unidentified” breeds have themselves had histories of pit bull advocacy.

Year of Shelter/Rescue Dog Attacks

Not surprisingly, 2014 was also the Year of the Shelter/Rescue Dog Attacks. At least 37 dogs in custody of shelters or rescues, or rehomed by shelters or rescues, killed or disfigured someone in 2014. Thirty of those dogs were pit bulls. Only two of the attacks by dogs from shelters or rescues killed someone in 2014, down from the high of five in 2012, but that was a matter of luck, as the number of fatal and disfiguring attacks by shelter and rescue dogs has more than doubled since 2012.

By comparison, there were no fatalities involving shelter or rescue dogs from 1858 through 1987. The first two, both involving wolf hybrids, occurred in 1988 and in 1989. No more occurred for another decade.

24% of shelter/rescue attacks in 2014 alone

There were three fatalities involving shelter or rescue dogs from 1990 through 2009, involving a pit bull, a Doberman, and a Presa Canario.

Jonathan Quarles Jr.,  7 months,  killed by family pit bull in Dayton,  Ohio.

But there have been 36 fatalities involving shelter dogs from 2010 to present, involving 28 pit bulls, seven bull mastiffs, two Rottweilers, a Lab mix who may have been part pit bull, and a husky.

Also of note, there were 32 disfiguring maulings by shelter dogs from 1858 through 2009, 19 of them involving pit bulls.

From 2010 to present, there have been 122 disfiguring maulings by shelter dogs, 80 of them involving pit bulls.

In other words, 24% of all the disfiguring maulings on record by shelter and rescue dogs came in 2014 alone.

[The 2014 final totals of dog attacks on other animals,  by breed,  will be posted here when complete, a few days from now.]

See also:  “32 years of logging fatal & disfiguring dog attacks,”   http://www.animals24-7.org/2014/09/27/32-years-of-logging-fatal-disfiguring-dog-attacks/ and “How many other animals did pit bulls kill last year?”,  http://www.animals24-7.org/2014/03/22/how-many-other-animals-did-pit-bulls-kill-last-year/.

http://www.animals24-7.org/2015/01/03/773-rise-in-fatal-disfiguring-pit-bull-attacks-from-2007-to-2014/

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Funding for little girl who was mauled by a freindly and kind , misrepresented pit bill

CINCINNATI —Hundreds of people came together to raise money to help Zainabou Drame and her family pay her medical bills.

This was also the first meeting for the Drame family and the first responders who saved Zainabou from a vicious pit bull attack.

“I just want to thank them and hug them. I don’t know. It’s just like, what do you do? Someone is like a hero to your child,” said Zainabou’s mother, Tanina Drame.

Video was shown of that horrific day in Westwood when Zainabou, 6, was attacked by two pit bulls. The first responders were just as anxious to meet Zainabou and her family as she was to meet them.

“It kind of warms your heart. You see her. She’s smiling. She’s running around, playing with dolls. Seeing her like that now, what a kid should be doing, you definitely can’t help but smile,” Officer Kyle Strunk said.

The officers first on the scene received awards for what they did and Officer Michael Bricker was commended for keeping Zainabou’s airway open until paramedics arrived.

Also honored were the firefighters and paramedics who kept Zainabou alive while on her way to Cincinnati Children’s hospital.

“I think possibly the greatest testimony of what the people of Cincinnati have is the teamwork that we saw saving little Zainabou,” Cincinnati firefighter Doug Stern said.

As the police, firefighters and Children’s Hospital were all praised, the night belonged to Zainabou, who continues to wow us all, especially her mother.

“Oh my God. I’m very, very proud of her. I love her too much,” Tanina Drame said.

Tanina Drame is overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and appreciates the money raised. She said her daughter’s medical bills are nearing $1 million.

There was no immediate word on how much money was raised Friday night.

Pit Bull Advocate Emerald White whose pitbull killed neighbour’s beagle launches $1 million law suit

Emerald White wants compensation for injuries she suffered while trying to restrain her animals

The four pit bulls, meanwhile, have been declared “dangerous dogs” by the local authority

The four pit bulls have been declared “dangerous dogs” by the local authority Photo: Alamy

The brutal death of Bailey, a much loved beagle, was bad enough for Steve Baker but he did not bargain for a million dollar writ from the owner of the four pitbulls who killed his pet.

However, Emerald White wants compensation for the injuries she suffered when she went to retrieve her dogs.

Bailey was “shaken like a rag doll” during last month’s attack in Texas City, Texas when the pit bulls burst through a hole in the fence separating the two properties.

According to court documents Ms White was “seriously injured” when she was “unexpectedly and viciously” attacked when she tried to retrieve her animals.

As a result, she now suffers from “fear anxiety and trepidation”.

Bailey was a 10-year-old beagle and loyal canine companion to the Mr Baker and his family including two young daughters.

His only transgression appears to have been to have aroused the ire of Ms White’s pit bulls.

But, at least the law suit, Bailey should have been confined in a secure enclosure – rather than being allowed to wander around his own back yard.

Mr Baker told the Galveston Daily News that he was stunned by the writ.

“I couldn’t believe it,” he said. “Everyone was telling me to sue her, but I decided not to because it won’t bring Bailey back.”

The four pit bulls, meanwhile, have been declared “dangerous dogs” by the local authority, which means they have to be confined to a secure enclosure with a six feet high fence.

Ms White could not be reached for comment.

Common pit bull argument Shriek Racisim – Pit bulls are Blacks and BSL is the KKK

This saddens me. I volunteered at a shelter just outside Denver. Being just outside Denver, a lot of pits were dumped there just to save their lives. Some of the sweetest dogs I have ever met were pits. If you changed the word “pit” to “blacks” in this discussion it would probably sound like a KKK meeting between a bunch of southern rednecks in the 60’s. It’s too bad we can’t judge each dog individually, based on the content of its character.

What an incredibly stupid comment. Dog breeds have nothing in common with human race. Dog breeds are types of dogs created, through centuries of careful and selective breeding, to have very specific inherent traits and characteristics to perform certain jobs and tasks. The traits that were beneficial to the job were accentuated and improved on while the traits not suitable to the tasks were bred out. This is why hunters use hunting dogs – and even in that grouping, there are subsets of task specific breeds. A duck hunter in Novia Scotia isn’t going to use an Irish Setter and a bird hunter in North Carolina isn’t going to use an Afghan Hound. Neither hunter is going to use a Bovier des Flanders. A stock rancher isn’t going to use a German Shorthair to round up the cattle; he will use a dog breed created for the purpose – perhaps a Border Collie or Australian Cattle Dog. If a rancher needs a dog(s) for guarding his stock at night, he isn’t going to use either of those breeds, but instead a breed created for that job, such as a Great Pyrenees or Anatolian Shepherd. Have you ever considered why police military forces aren’t using Sheepdogs or Borzois as their K9 units? Do you understand why they use the breeds specifically suited to their purpose?

To compare dog breeds to human race is either the ultimate in stupidity, or just a desperate attempt to evoke emotions from those who lack critical thinking skills and the most basic of dog knowledge.

Pit bull ban 2-1 – We believe that the majority of Americans do not want to live next door to a pit bull period. And that is usually a very silent majority

AURORA | By a 2-to-1 margin, Aurora voters say they don’t want pit bulls to return to the city, based on early returns.

With more than 70,000 votes counted across Adams and Arapahoe counties so far, voters have overwhelmingly said no to Aurora ballot question 2D, which would lift the city’s 9-year-old ban on the dogs.

In Arapahoe County, 68 percent of voters said no. In Adams County, 63 percent voted against lifting the ban.

Aurora officials agreed July 14 to ask voters to repeal the city’s decade-old ban on pit bulls (File photo by AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)The issue has been extremely contentious for years in Aurora, but especially since the city council pitched the question to voters. The issue has drawn national attention, from both critics and proponents of the ban.

Colleen Lynn, a supporter of breed bans and founder of the group dogsbite.org, said she was happy with the outcome in Aurora, but a bit surprised by the margin of victory for the ban.

“I didn’t expect it to be this big,” she said.

Lynn said that while pit bull supporters are often very public and vocal in their support for the breed, there are many people who oppose the breed but don’t want to speak publicly about it.

“We believe that the majority of Americans do not want to live next door to a pit bull period. And that is usually a very silent majority,” she said.

Lynn said that’s why her group supports ballot measures like Aurora, because they give people a chance to privately voice their concerns about the animals.

Under the city’s current rules, three breeds of dogs commonly recognized as pit bulls — American pit bull terriers, American Staffordshire terriers and Staffordshire bull terriers — are banned within the city limits. When city council first enacted the ban in 2005, there were 10 breeds barred from the city, but council in 2011 softened the ban to just three breeds and gave owners a chance to have their dog DNA-tested to prove whether they were in fact a banned breed.

Dogs who were already in the city at the time of the ban were allowed to stay if their owners paid a registration fee and followed certain restrictions.

According to the city’s numbers, about 90 registered pit bulls remain in the city, down from about 500 when the ban took effect. The city has euthanized more than 1,100 restricted-breed dogs since the ban.

Opponents of the ban have argued that the law should focus on irresponsible dog owners as opposed to specific breeds.

But supporters of banning the dogs, which include the city’s Animal Care Division, have said pit bulls are more dangerous than other breeds and should be barred from Aurora. Plus, opponents say, because Denver and other cities have similar bans, Aurora would become a dumping ground for dogs barred from other cities.

PRO BSL stay winning – Pit bull ban stands in Camdenton, pet owner must relocate bulldogs

  • In an attempt to keep her dogs, a Camdenton resident spoke to the Board of Aldermen on Tuesday night, but wasn’t granted the right to keep her American bulldogs in the city. But the door is still open to revise a longstanding ordinance banning certain breeds of dogs within the city.

    Weeks after purchasing her home inside the city limits, Misty Brown was told that she had to remove her two registered American Bulldogs from inside the city because she was in violation of the city’s pitbull ordinance. She received a ticket on Thursday, Nov. 13.

    Camdenton has an ordinance banning pitbulls inside in the city limits that dates back to the late 1980s.

    Even though Brown provided paperwork stating that the two dogs, Karma and Chaos, were registered American Bulldogs, not pitbulls, city officials say they display ‘characteristics of pitbulls’ so therefore she is in violation. In 2011, the city made an addendum to the ordinance that includes banning dogs that have similar physical characteristics to pitbulls. If a dog matches five of the eight physical characteristics, it can’t be within city limits.

    “Our dogs show characteristics but are not pitbulls,” Brown told the board. “We would not have bought our home. They would never hurt anyone. They have never been aggressive.”

    Brown asked the board to let her keep her dogs and to revisit the ordinance. Brown’s attorney, Mark Webb, was at her side at Tuesday night’s meeting.

    Webb told the board that the ticket issued to Brown is standing for her to sue the city for an ‘arbitrary’ law.

    “A mean dog comes from a mean owner,” Webb said in attempt to prove that the breed of the animal does not dictate the animal’s personality.

    After almost an hour of discussion and back and forth with aldermen, the board did not give Brown permission to keep her pets inside the city. When asked if the city should rethink the current ordinance, city attorney Phil Morgan told the board no.

    “She was issued a ticket. Now it is time for the court to decide,” Morgan said.

    Police Chief Laura Wright provided the board with a packet that they are supposed to look over and be prepared to discuss at the next board meeting.

    “They did not give me a chance,” Brown said of the board.

    Now, Brown and her attorney must wait. They plan on seeing what the board discusses at its next meeting on Dec. 2.

    Brown is due in court for her ticket in December. Brown must now pay for housing and shelter for her two dogs.

Read more: http://www.lakenewsonline.com/article/20141119/News/141118967#ixzz3JZ2alhbU

Pitbull owner fined $500

http://antiguaobserver.com/pitbull-owner-fined-500/

Pitbull owner fined $500

court

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Dave Hector was yesterday fined $500, the maximum sum the law allows, after his pitbull attacked a four-year-old boy and bit him about the head and neck, last week.

He had to pay the money forthwith.

However, since he pleaded not guilty and was not prosecuted for allowing the dog to run wild and injure Daniel James, the court did not order him to pay compensation to the family.

The child’s father, Allister James, said he will pursue the matter in the civil court in order to get compensation for the injuries his son sustained and for medical expenses.

The child was attacked at his home on November 10 around mid-morning. The dog bit him on the lower left cheek, several places on the crown of the head and at the back of his neck.

(More in today’s Daily OBSERVER)