Dogs Attack – Dogs Bite – Dogs Hurt – Dogs KILL!
Five million 5.000.000 people are bitten annually, in the USA alone. Eight hundred thousand 800.000 people needing medical attention with one thousand admitted to the hospital emergency costing over $1 billion 1.000.000.000 per year in medical costs.
The median age of patients is fifteen years with boys ages 5-9 most common. Over half of children are bitten in the face. A majority of biting incidents happen at home or in a familiar place.
The death count from killing dogs in 2012 was 37. Thirty seven people murdered by killing dogs. The year of 2012 is the worst on record when it comes to the USA death count by dogs, meaning this madness is ever-increasing.
The statistics for the U.S. Postal service is 2,851 mail carriers were bitten by dogs in 2006. There are no statistics we’re aware of for the psychological trauma due to dog attacks experienced by both victims and witnesses, but photographs of victim’s wounds are enough to give us nightmares, at least us normal people. Both physical and psychological scars are long lasting, they don’t away when victims wake up in the morning.
The CDC Centers for Disease Control (the most prominent institution regarding diseases of all kinds, like Ebola, Smallpox, Anthrax, SARS, and… dogs) studies dog bite incidents, including the types of dogs most likely to bite. The order of high risk breeds are: Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, German Shepherds, Huskies, Alaskan Malamutes, Doberman Pinschers, Chows, Great Danes, Saint Bernards, Akitas. Dogs that have not been spayed or neutered are three times more likely to bite. However, all dogs are prone to bite, regardless of breed, age or origin.
Currently, the only remedy authorities can figure out is prevention training – put the responsibility on the victims rather than the dog owners and their animals. Some states have “first bite rule” which basically lets the bad dog owners and dogs off the hook – they are not legally liable if the dog has no history of biting. This ordinance was written in the 1800s. We’d expect that legal authorities were functioning in our own era but that is not what is happening.
Vicious or aggressive dogs are usually allowed in city limits as long as they are on a leash or confined in a pen. How many times have you heard stories about the dog who broke its chain? Gnawed through its rope? Dug out of its kennel or fenced yard? Not acceptable. Vicious dogs are a menace to the community and should not be allowed within city limits.
“We all know that we don’t keep bears for pets because of their danger to us. A dog in my view is a small bear.”
Is there a reason an animal capable of biting, maiming, and killing with these kinds of statistics is living among us as pets? The most common reaction heard from dog owners AFTER their dog has bitten someone is, “My dog doesn’t bite.” You could have blood spurting out of a body part, with the dog still attached, and they would still say, “My dog doesn’t bite.” Tell us about insanity.
Postal Worker Stories:
“One day while delivering mail a lady came out on the porch with her dog to get the mail from me. The dog started barking so I stopped in my tracks waiting for the lady to put the dog back in the house. She said to me, “Don’t worry, my dog doesn’t bite.” About the time she finished saying this the dog turned and took a bite out of her leg. I had to hand the mail to her and walk away quickly before she saw me laughing.” Carol Hackman Olathe, KS
Dog Attack Danger Predictor
These are the major danger signs that strongly warn about the chances of a dog attack. Well understand them to try keeping you and your children safe.
- When a dog is in its own yard without the owner.
- When the dogs are Pit bull, Rottweiler, Akita or Chow, the breeds with the greatest propensity to fatal dog attacks.
- When dogs are in groups, known as The Pack Mentality. Two dogs are worse than 1, 3 are worse than 2, etc. Even supposedly docile dogs become violent and vicious when together in a pack.
- When dogs are chained or tethered. Dogs that are tied up are dangerous and can attack even if they have a long chain.
- When the dog is a Male. Male dogs are several times more dangerous than female ones. Unneutered male dogs are even more dangerous.
- When a dog is new in the house. They are dangerous for the first couple of months, and a person who is also new to a household (a baby, a maid, a visitor) where a dog resides is in danger of attack for the same time.
You probably will never know if a dog is male, how a Akita may like… so the rule of thumb here is: stay away, far away from dogs.
Why Dogs Bite?
Because they are stupid, most people bitten would say, but the normal answer is: because they are animals, Irrational animals.
Dogs don’t know what they are doing, just following their primitive instincts. And their basic instincts is to kill for food and protection even when there is any kind of danger like a little baby sleeping .
What YOU — the Victim– can do
- Learn How to Be Safer by knowing what to do when you are about to being bitten.
- Report aggressive dogs to police or animal control. Even if that dog has not bitten anyone yet.
- Be aware of prevention tips, like above and at www.cdc.gov/ncipc/duip/biteprevention.htm
- Educate your own children and other ones in your family regarding dog dangers. Teach them never to approach an unknown dog and to be cautious around dogs they do know.
- Lobby for stronger laws that protect citizens from biting dogs And bad owners.
- Bad dog owners: don’t be stupid enough to leave your dogs alone with your babies.
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