If you are anti gun and pro pit bull – why ?
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
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.
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.
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/.
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.
#20 – All pit bulls are never hurt anyone.
#19- Damn Nutters need to listen to my personal anecdotes about how well pitty and my daughter get along and get educated… HUE HUE HUE
#19 – I hope my pit bulls rip off their face and eat it for thanksgiving.
#18-.DOGS BITE ARE LIARS
#17- Oh, so you were “allegedly” bitten? Oh, you got 32 stitches in your face? Oh- it was done by a pit bull? Well, you provoked it.
#16- what pretty dogs…
#15- dead children are better than restricting a dog any day.
#14 – That’s not a pit bull and don’t let anyone tell you it IS!!!
#13- A pit by any other name is still a pit. Luckily most of the public isn’t taken in.
#12- we are the silent majority
#11- every dog can be rehabilitated
#10- did you get a non pet store pit?
#09- is that BSL ?
#08- the media is lying!
#07- child provocation !
#06- sacrificing your kid on our pit bull alter!
#05- Everyone needs to own one
#04- a drop of non pit blood ruins the dog!
#03- you know what “mix” means… It’s not a pit bull.
#02- who do they think they are? They don’t know who they are messing with!
#01- why are they picking on meeee? Why are they being so meeeeaaan?
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.