Biting Dogs

Biting Dogs Attack – Dogs Bite – Dogs Hurt – Dogs KILL!

Dogs Bite - 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 dollars 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.

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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 go 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
  • 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.

Website References:

Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Dog Bite Law
Dog Bite Expert
Families and Dogs Against Fighting Breeds

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8 Responses to Biting Dogs

  1. KaD says:

    Btw, even the authors of that study admit that the dog bite statistic is likely WAY too low because most bites happen between family, friends, or neighbors and go Unreported.

    • MrMAD says:

      Yes, you are right again, KaD.

      We try to use the lowest numbers in statistics so that we are less prone to be attacked by dog-cravers, in a way that no logical person could deny the problem or accuse us of over-estimating or inflating the numbers and so on.

      Politicians, Law-makers, Police, and Magistrates could deny either.

  2. S says:

    One thing that is absolutely essential is for owners to stop being in denial about their dogs.

    A dog that is affectionate to its owner can still be hostile and aggressive to others, but a lot of owners seem not to grasp this.

    A dog that is barking, snarling, and clearly hostile is dangerous even if the owner believes that the dog has never bitten before. Every rap sheet has a first line.

    To me this issue hits close to home, because I was attacked by a dog whose guardian assumed it was safe even though it was clearly hostile. Because the man I was visiting was extremely stupid and therefore careless and irresponsible with the dogs, I got badly hurt.

    I want all owners to know that their dogs CAN be dangerous even if it’s never happened before. A dog that is unwelcoming to your guests IS likely to bite. Be a good host and remove a dog that isn’t friendly. Better to be safe than get your @$$ sued off.

    • MrMAD says:

      Your avertion to dogs is quite understandable, S.

      Me and most in my family were also either bitten or attacked in our lives. For my part, I lost the count on how many times dogs jumped on me when jogging in a park trail. You look for peace, you get distress. When I see a dog today I get a bad feeling, my heart rate increases, I start sweating… because I KNOW the potential for something really bad to happen is right there.

      It’s a shame we have to be this way in the 21st century, specially in a supposedly civilized society.

      My father once on a calm street was able somehow to climb a 3 meter/18 feet high wall to scape from the attack of two very large canine vicious beasts which left a property with an open gate. The owner didn’t care, didn’t even apologize. Unfortunatelly my father didn’t sue him, it was a long time ago and things were different regarding the judicial system.

      This is another example when I say decent people were/are being overly nice to dog-owners, it has to end, sue them!

      Actually, whenever possible, sue not only the owner, but animal (un)control, the police, the city! Then, they will ‘listen’.

    • KaD says:

      I’ve run across this NUMEROUS times. Dogs snarling, snapping, lunging and foaming at the mouth while its vapid owner tells me “He’s just being ‘protective'” or “It’s all show” or even worse “I know my dog!”. I can’t believe how people let their dogs act! If you don’t know how to control your dog call a vet and ask for a referral to an animal behaviorist. Get your damn dog fixed before someone get hurt, which will cost YOU the dog owner a lot more. The average cost of a dog bite claim-for ONE bite-is over $26,000.

  3. S. D. Martin says:

    I just cringe when I see little kids run right up to a strange dog! And usually the kids’ parents are cooing over the “doggy” and the owner is spouting the usual “it’s okay, he’s friendly” BS–I almost never hear the parents telling the kids “Don’t!!” As a child I was taught NEVER to approach a strange dog! Whether it’s tied up outside a business, on a leash with its owner, or running loose in a park/on a beach/on a trail/etc., the potential for disaster is just too great.

    • KaD says:

      I walked past a lady with a REAL small child and the lady asked if the girl could pet the dog. I said yes, and made him sit. She told me her daughter was a little bit scared of dogs. I told her that wasn’t necessarily a bad reaction.

  4. S. D. Martin says:

    The alpha dog in a pack will assert its dominance by grabbing a subordinate from behind, by the back of the neck. Small children have a tendency to run up to a dog from behind and start petting the back of the head and neck–and the dog reacts to the perceived threat by snapping at the “enemy”. I’ve seen even service dogs react this way when startled; it’s instinctive behaviour that cannot be fully trained out of them.

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