Based on a study conducted by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on dog-bite related fatalities (DBRF) that occurred from 1979-1998, it has been found that 238 people have been killed due to fatal dog attacks within the 24-year period.
Based on the results of the DBRF study, pit bull attack statistics attributed 76 of the 238 deaths to pit bulls, which is about 32% of the overall percentage.
Collectively, pit bulls, rottweilers, and mixes of the 2 breeds are involved in 50% of the deaths of these people, with 67% of the fatalities in the last 2 years of the study also attributed to them.
These dogs are not the only one responsible for dog bites worldwide. Based on a survey conducted about 10 years ago, there are about 4.7 million victims of dog bites in the US.
While pit bull attacks might be the most common that does not necessarily mean that these dogs are the ones responsible for the 1,000 Americans that are sent to emergency rooms daily because of dog bites. In a 2010 study, it has also been shown that 34 dog-related fatalities have occurred in the US alone, wherein most of the victims are children and half of which were bitten in the face.
Because of these overwhelming statistics on fatal dog attacks and the usual correlation of pit bull bites to the canine-related deaths, several jurisdictions have already put restrictions on the ownership of pit bulls, in the hope that the number of pit bull attacks might decline.
Pit bull Attacks another dog Caught on Cam
Most of these restrictions would apply to the 3 breeds of pit bull: American pit bull terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier, and the American Staffordshire terrier, all of which has histories rooted back to the bulldogs and a variety of terriers.
Not only have there been restrictions on them, increased premiums for liability insurance have also been promulgated. Add up to that, some airlines also have strict regulations on air travel for dogs, most specifically for pit bulls.
These regulations were not imposed to discriminate a certain breed but also to ensure the dogs well-being. Though it cannot be denied that the breed of pit bulls is most likely to attack, pit bull attacks can be avoided through pit bull training.
Since they require a solid foundation in pack structure, responsible owners should also see to it to respond to the needs of their pet to pack behavior and rank drive issues. They must also make sure to enlist their dogs to obedience training programs to minimize the possibility of them turning into dangerous animals.
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