Pitbulls are dangerous dogs – In numbers.
Pitbulls ARE dangerous dogs, no doubt about it. The same way numbers are hard and cold.
Numbers transcend time and space, unlike loose words and affectionate opinions.
Numbers appeal to what is rational. We seek them to answer problems, to solve difficulties, to design and plan and envision a better world for the collectivity.
“We compared data for patients attacked by
pit bull-type dogs to those attacked by other breeds and
found patients attacked by pit bulls had more severe injuries,
higher hospital charges and
a higher risk of death.”
John K. Bini and Stephen M. Cohn, San Antonio, TX.
Trauma surgeons, physicians.
That is the goal of an educated humanity and civilization. Among us there are those who are keeping score at our arm-chair, those who had a collision with the “game of chance”, and we have the actuarial scientists who compile the numbers and we use them to make policy.
Pitbulls ARE Dangerous. Vicious. Unpredictable.
Policy for humanity, to create a more civil and just world. Those numbers are now speaking. This is a list of just a few numbers compiled for pit bulls.
The list for why pitbulls are dangerous, in numbers:
$92.7 million – Dog bite claims totaled $92.7 million for 2,400 claims in California (Insurance Information Institute, 2011). Source.
3000 % – Pit bulls and Rottweilers do three times more killing and maiming than all other dogs combined, meaning that their actuarial risk is approximately 3000% higher than that of the average dog. Source.
2,500 – More than 2,500 times higher risk of killing than Labradors. Source.
66% – 80% – Over 2/3 (66% – 80%) of the pit bulls who end up at the shelter are surrendered by their owners. Source.
65% – Pit bulls are responsible for 65 percent of all fatal dog attacks nationally. Source.
58% – Fifty eight percent of dogs euthanized at shelters are pit bull types.
44% – Forty four percent of Seeing Eye teams have reported being attacked by other dogs. Source.
25% – A fourth of all dog bite claims were by due to pit bull bites. Source.
14 – Every fourteen days, someone in the U.S. is killed by a pit bull.
14 – Pitbuls are fourteen times more likely to escape their confines. Source.
11th – Eleventh in popularity – *American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers and Staffordshire Bull Terriers, ranked 11th in popularity among 16 AKC-registered breeds and had by far the highest risk of killing — more than 2,500 times higher than Labs. Source.
8 – Eight times more likely to have been charged with drug crimes than owners of low-risked licensed dogs. Source.
6 – Six times more likely to kill their owners. Source.
5.4 – Every 5.4. days, a body part is severed and lost in a pit bull attack . Source.
3 – Owners of dangerous dogs are more than three times more likely to have been convicted of domestic abuse. Source.
1/3 of all home insurance claims are dog bites (25% of them, pit bull bites). Source.
3 – It is estimated that pit bull type dogs represent 3% of the total population of dogs in the U.S.A.. Source.
1 – The Leading biters in 25 states. Source.
1 – The Leading biters, nationally. Source.
1 – Leading in deaths and serious disfigurements and maimings. Source.
(U.S. statistics only)
So, is there any way a decent person would deny that Pitbulls ARE dangerous dogs? No, there isn’t.
Important – Those numbers may be Much, Much higher
The U.S.A. does not have standardized legislation regarding dangerous animals from state to state. Also, dog bite injuries aren’t reportable, according to CDC Centers for Disease Control guidance, so such data are captured inconsistently, probably underestimating the magnitude of this problem.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates 885,000 people per year require medical attention for dog bites, for overall types of breeds. In 2010, over 35,000 Americans required reconstructive surgery as a result of dog attacks.