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Two Pit Bulls Attack an 8-year-old Girl and an Elderly Woman in Nacogdoches, TX – Part 2Friday, September 12th, 2014
There is a great deal of vigorous debate about whether or not pit bulls are actually dangerous dogs. A survey by physicians in San Antonio, Texas, however, provides evidence through hospital records and other sources that far more injuries and fatalities are caused by pit bulls than by any other breed. The following are among the statistics about pit bulls which are cited with the warning that pit bulls are unpredictable, vicious, and dangerous:
- A half million dollars is the typical settlement in cases involving pit bull attacks and Rottweiler attacks in which the dog caused death or serious injury.
- Pit bulls and Rottweilers are responsible for three times more maiming and fatalities than all other dog breeds combined. Their actuarial risk is about 3000% higher than that of average canines.
- In the past ten years, there has been an increase of 789% as far as the number of pit bull attacks that cause life-threatening injuries. Attacks on children by pit bulls were up 876%, attacks on adults increased by 490%, maimings were up by $1269%, and fatalities were up by 388%.
- More than two-thirds of pit bulls in animal shelters got there because their owners surrendered them.
- Nationally, pit bulls alone are responsible for 65% of all dog attacks that result in a human fatality.
- Of all dogs euthanized in animal shelters, 58% of them are pit bull types.
- Someone dies as a result of a pit bull attack in the United States approximately every two weeks.
- Pit bulls have a 2,500 times greater chance of killing a person than Labradors.
- Pit bulls are 14 times more likely to escape their property than any other dog.
See Part 1 of this continuing series.