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Most Dangerous Dog Breed: Pit Bulls – Part 19

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

An American Pit Bull Terrier muzzled. Español:...

An American Pit Bull Terrier muzzled. Español: Un Pit Bull Terrier Americano con bozal. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Research has been done on dog attacks and dog bites, and information has been used to determine what the most dangerous dogs are in the U.S. As with just about any report with figures, there are many different variables that determine which dogs rank at the top of the danger list. There is one breed that always makes lists of dangerous dogs because they cause the most harm, including the most fatalities, and that breed is the pit bull.

In the D.C. area, at least one neighborhood has recently been plagued by a rash of dog attacks, including pit bull attacks. On January 31, 2016, Ross Yerger was walking with his Italian Mastiff less than a block from his home in Northwest D.C. when another dog walker’s pit bull got free and charged at the pair. The pit bull relentlessly attacked the Mastiff, and the owner couldn’t stop the attack by beating and punching the attacking dog. He finally jammed his hand down the pit bull’s mouth, in a failed attempt to stop the attack. A witness described the terrifying incident, saying it was a very bloody scene. Another neighbor stopped the attack by pummeling the dog with a shovel and prying the dog off with it. Both the Mastiff and Yerger are still recovering from their wounds. Yerger had to miss two weeks of work during his recovery. City officials are getting pressure from some citizens to do something about the dogs running loose in D.C. neighborhoods, a problem they say includes pets as well as strays.

Read more about pit bulls, the most dangerous dog breed, in Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14, Part 15, Part 16, Part 17, and Part 18 of this ongoing series.

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Most Dangerous Dog Breed: Pit Bulls – Part 18

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

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Per1 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Research has been done on dog attacks and dog bites, and information has been used to determine what the most dangerous dogs are in the U.S. As with just about any report with figures, there are many different variables that determine which dogs rank at the top of the danger list. There is one breed that always makes lists of dangerous dogs because they cause the most harm, including the most fatalities, and that breed is the pit bull.

On Tuesday, January 26, in Mobile, Alabama, a 13-year-old boy was badly injured in an unprovoked pit bull attack. Hunter Sharman was exiting through the front door of his home when a neighbor’s pit bull immediately lunged at him, bit him, and dragged him into the yard. Hunter’s mother was in the backyard and heard her child’s screams. She rushed to help him, but the dog was relentlessly attacking Hunter. When she saw the dog trying to bite Hunter’s neck, she grabbed a nearby board and began hitting the pit bull with it. The mom said the dog was ripping at Hunter’s legs and biting his arms. After the attack finally stopped, the boy was transported to a hospital, where he remained hospitalized for several days. No bones were broken but his arms and legs were badly injured from multiple bites. Walking is difficult for him, and he has had to use a cane. Before the attack occurred, there was already plenty of evidence that the dog was a danger and that the owner was allowing his pit bulls to run loose in the streets.

Read more about pit bulls, the most dangerous dog breed, in Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14, Part 15, Part 16, and Part 17 of this ongoing series.

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Most Dangerous Dog Breed: Pit Bulls – Part 17

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

English: American Pit Bull Terrier (Red-Nose L...

English: American Pit Bull Terrier (Red-Nose Line) 15 month young (Female) Deutsch: American Pit Bull Terrier (Red-Nose Linie) 15 Monate jung (Hündin) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Research has been done on dog attacks and dog bites, and information has been used to determine what the most dangerous dogs are in the U.S. As with just about any report with figures, there are many different variables that determine which dogs rank at the top of the danger list. There is one breed that always makes lists of dangerous dogs because they cause the most harm, including the most fatalities, and that breed is the pit bull.

On Monday, February 1, in Wilmer, Alabama, a 6-year-old boy was savagely attacked by a pit bull and is still fighting for his life. The child has already undergone two surgeries and many more are ahead. Doctors have doubts whether the boy will ever be able to speak again, if he pulls through. The horrific attack took place outside a house where numerous dogs were chained up. Andrew Bulger, age 6, was playing in the yard with a friend when a one-year-old pit bull broke off the chain and charged directly at Andrew. One witness said it happened so quickly, the dog was on the boy like a shot from a gun. The dog first tried biting Andrew in the face and then knocked him down. The pit bull bit the 6-year-old in the neck and then lifted and shook him by the neck. The child’s dad was able to quickly get the dog off of his son. Containing the blood from the boy’s neck until the ambulance could arrive was impossible. If this incident were isolated, it would not be appropriate to target the pit bull breed as too dangerous for society. But it is far from isolated. Another boy was very recently attacked by a pit bull in the same region where this incident took place.

Read more about pit bulls, the most dangerous dog breed, in Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14, Part 15, and Part 16 of this ongoing series.

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Most Dangerous Dog Breed: Pit Bulls – Part 16

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

3.5 year old Brindle Pit Bull Terrier

3.5 year old Brindle Pit Bull Terrier (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Research has been done on dog attacks and dog bites, and information has been used to determine what the most dangerous dogs are in the U.S. As with just about any report with figures, there are many different variables that determine which dogs rank at the top of the danger list. There is one breed that always makes lists of dangerous dogs because they cause the most harm, including the most fatalities, and that breed is the pit bull.

On February 7, 2016, a toddler became another of the latest victims of a pit bull attack. When the horrific attack occurred, the 3-year-old was walking dogs for a neighbor with a friend and her older sister in a Niceville, Florida, neighborhood, which is in Pensacola. Two of the dogs being walked were pit bulls. Just before the dogs were returned to their owner, the pit bulls started fighting each other. Reportedly, the 3-year-old walked near the fighting dogs and became the target of their attack. Witnesses heard and saw the older girls screaming and trying to save the child from the attack. Neighbors helped rescue the girl but not before she was bitten and scratched on her entire body, from the head down. The child is still in a hospital in Pensacola, recovering. Learn what type of damage pit bull attacks can do in the next segment.

Read more about pit bulls, the most dangerous dog breed, in Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14, and Part 15 of this ongoing series.

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Attorney for West Texas Dog Bite – Most Dangerous Dog Breed: Pit Bulls – Part 15

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Poncho, a 1.5 year old brindle Pit bull mix pl...

Poncho, a 1.5 year old brindle Pit bull mix playing, showing teeth, looking crazy. Poncho, who was hit by a car last year, was a friendly and gentle dog with people, other dogs, and cats. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Research has been done on dog attacks and dog bites, and information has been used to determine what the most dangerous dogs are in the U.S. As with just about any report with figures, there are many different variables that determine which dogs rank at the top of the danger list. There is one breed that always makes lists of dangerous dogs because they cause the most harm, including the most fatalities, and that breed is the pit bull.

The owner of the pit bull that escaped its yard and relentlessly attacked 10-year-old Joel Guerrero in his own backyard told news sources that his dog is not dangerous and that this was the first time it ever attacked anyone. The owner has not been cited by police or animal control services. The victim’s mother said she’s worried that somebody else could be harmed because there is no protection being provided. She is unlike many pit bull advocates, who frequently put advocating for pit bulls ahead of the safety of their own family members. Guerrero’s mother said she is first a mother and her son’s health is her first priority.

When WebMD published an article that was soft on pit bulls, it included a segment called “Considering a Pit Bull?” Owners are urged to socialize their pit bulls, monitor their playtime, keep them on leashes if they are unfriendly with other dogs, and slowly introduce them to animals such as cats and bunnies. Spaying and neutering is also recommended, and that actually does help to reduce dominance aggression among males. But if a pit bull owner is not going to be held accountable for his dog going into a child’s backyard and attacking brutally, what can these types of measures accomplish?

Read more about pit bulls, the most dangerous dog breed, in Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, and Part 14 of this ongoing series.

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Help with Dog Attack TX – Most Dangerous Dog Breed: Pit Bulls – Part 14

Monday, February 8th, 2016

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Titanpit (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Research has been done on dog attacks and dog bites, and information has been used to determine what the most dangerous dogs are in the U.S. As with just about any report with figures, there are many different variables that determine which dogs rank at the top of the danger list. There is one breed that always makes lists of dangerous dogs because they cause the most harm, including the most fatalities, and that breed is the pit bull.

WebMD has recommendations for owners of pit bulls, to be posted in the next segment, but the measures would do nothing to protect the public in many cases. Last month, for example, in Fort Worth, Texas, 10-year-old Joel Guerrero was in his own backyard when a neighbor’s pit bull broke through the fence line and brutally attacked him. The pit bull bit Joel’s knee; and when he tried to run, he was bitten in the back and on one arm. When he was finally freed from the vicious pit bull attack, he was transported to Cook Children’s Medical Center, where he was hospitalized for eight days. He underwent knee surgery and has a long road of rehabilitation ahead of him. A GoFundMe account has been set up, to help with the expensive and ongoing medical costs because it appears the dog’s owner may not be required to share in any of the medical expenses. Learn what the pet bull’s owner allegedly had to say and what the mother is quoted as saying about pit bulls in the next segment.

Read more about pit bulls, the most dangerous dog breed, in Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, and Part 13 of this ongoing series.

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DFW, Texas Dog Bite Lawyer – Most Dangerous Dog Breed: Pit Bulls – Part 13

Friday, February 5th, 2016

English: American Pit Bull Terrier

English: American Pit Bull Terrier (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Research has been done on dog attacks and dog bites, and information has been used to determine what the most dangerous dogs are in the U.S. As with just about any report with figures, there are many different variables that determine which dogs rank at the top of the danger list. There is one breed that always makes lists of dangerous dogs because they cause the most harm, including the most fatalities, and that breed is the pit bull.

A popular medical site, WebMD, weighed in on the debate about pit bulls in an article called Pit Bulls: What’s Hype, What’s Not. The following are more of the findings:

  • There are several myths about pit bulls, WebMD claims. The dogs do not have locking jaws. Although there is nothing anatomically different about the breed, pit bulls, more than other breeds, tend to hold on tenaciously and shake while biting. It can be very difficult to get them to let go.
  • WebMD claims that it’s a myth that pit bulls are able to withstand large amounts of pain, though the breed’s involvement in dog fighting seems an adequate argument against that statement being a myth.
  • The third supposed myth about pit bulls is that they are unpredictable and can suddenly snap. There are many families whose loved ones have died from an attack by the family pit bull who would say it is reality and not a myth that the breed can snap suddenly and without warning, causing great harm and sometimes death.

Read more about pit bulls, the most dangerous dog breed, in Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, and Part 12 of this ongoing series.

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Attorney for East Texas Dog Attack – Most Dangerous Dog Breed: Pit Bulls – Part 11

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

American Pit bull Terrier (Schatzi)

American Pit bull Terrier (Schatzi) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Research has been done on dog attacks and dog bites, and information has been used to determine what the most dangerous dogs are in the U.S. As with just about any report with figures, there are many different variables that determine which dogs rank at the top of the danger list. There is one breed that always makes lists of dangerous dogs because they cause the most harm, including the most fatalities, and that breed is the pit bull.

A popular medical site, WebMD, weighed in on the debate about pit bulls in an article called Pit Bulls: What’s Hype, What’s Not. The following are some of the findings:

Pamela Reid, PhD, who serves as vice president of the ASPCA’s New York Animal Behavior Center, says that pit bulls generally are not aggressive with people but are not as tolerant of other dogs, as compared with many other breeds. She says pit bulls have great tenacity and that when they put their mind to do something, they do it – this is why they are great for weight-pulling sports.

Reid says that during the late 1990s, the positive image of pit bulls began to change significantly when the breed became especially popular among people who were interested in having strong, threatening-looking dogs.

Read more about pit bulls, the most dangerous dog breed, in Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, and Part 10 of this ongoing series.

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Most Dangerous Dog Breed: Pit Bulls – Part 10

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

English: Second dogs first smile. Happy Pit Bull.

English: Second dogs first smile. Happy Pit Bull. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Research has been done on dog attacks and dog bites, and information has been used to determine what the most dangerous dogs are in the U.S. As with just about any report with figures, there are many different variables that determine which dogs rank at the top of the danger list. There is one breed that always makes lists of dangerous dogs because they cause the most harm, including the most fatalities, and that breed is the pit bull.

A 5-year-old girl was attacked by the family dog, a pit bull, in Corpus Christi, Texas, on Friday. The brief report on the incident says that the child was playing with the dog at about 3:30 in the afternoon when it suddenly jumped up and bit her lip. She was taken to a hospital for treatment of her injury, which wasn’t thought to be serious. There was no mention of the dog breed in the report, but a picture of the pit bull being taken into custody for quarantine by Animal Control Services shows clearly what type of dog it is. If the girl’s injury isn’t serious, she is among the lucky ones. One bite in the face or head from a pit bull has often been fatal to infants and small children, in large part because the dogs tend to hang on with their powerful jaws and shake their victims while biting. No pit bull owner ever believes theirs will be among the dogs that suddenly turn violent, and yet it happens with frightening regularity. Children of pit bull lovers deserve to be protected from the very real possibility of a pit bull attack.

Read more about pit bulls, the most dangerous dog breed, in Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, and Part 9 of this ongoing series.

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Dog Attack Lawyer Texas – Most Dangerous Dog Breed: Pit Bulls – Part 8

Monday, February 1st, 2016

Poncho the Pit bull mix kissing his owner

Poncho the Pit bull mix kissing his owner (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Research has been done on dog attacks and dog bites, and information has been used to determine what the most dangerous dogs are in the U.S. As with just about any report with figures, there are many different variables that determine which dogs rank at the top of the danger list. There is one breed that always makes lists of dangerous dogs because they cause the most harm, including the most fatalities, and that breed is the pit bull.

An event occurred in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, last week that clearly demonstrates that it’s not good enough to trust pit bull owners with the responsibility of keeping the public safe from their dogs. On January 13,, 2016, a pit bull attacked a child and was quarantined. The dog’s owner kept the dog in her basement for the quarantine. The dog broke out of that basement and attacked a woman. A police officer arrived at the scene of the attack, and he observed the pit bull biting the victim’s arm. When he tried to help the woman, the dog went after him. The officer then shot and killed the dog. Video footage shows the victim, who was lying in the snow and believed that she was going to die from her wounds. Blood was in the snow and on her body, and she was taken to a hospital for treatment of her injuries. Ohio has been going backwards on its legislation. Previously, “pit bulls” were included in the definition of “vicious dogs,” but that wording was removed three years ago. There are pit bull bans in several communities in the northwest part of the state, however.

Read more about pit bulls, the most dangerous dog breed, in Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, and Part 7 of this ongoing series.

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