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John D April 24, 2014 at 01:34 pm
MARK WULKAN, MD, surgeon at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta "There is a difference with theRead More pit bulls. In the last two years we've seen 56 dog injuries that were so severe the patient had to be admitted to the hospital so this doesn't count just a little bite and then goes to the emergency room. Of those 56, 21 were pit bulls. And then when we look at our data even further, of the kids that were most severely injured, those that were in the hospital for more than 8 days or had life threatening injuries, 100% of those were pit bulls. STEPHEN COHN, MD, professor of surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center “I think this is a public health hazard, this particular dog. We just have to have them contained in a way that protects the general public. I don't want to see another kid come in dead.” JOHN BINI, MD, chief of surgery at Wilford Hall Medical Center “There are going to be outspoken opponents of breed legislation, who say: ‘My pit bulls lie with my baby and play with my rabbit.' And that's fine. I just think we're seeing something here, and I think it does warrant a discussion as to whether this is a risk that a community wants to take.” MORTALITY, MAULING, AND MAIMING BY VICIOUS DOGS, April 2011 Annals of Surgery “Fortunately, fatal dog attacks are rare, but there seems to be a distinct relationship between the severity and lethality of an attack and the breed responsible,” they wrote in an article published in the April issue of the medical journal Annals of Surgery. “These breeds should be regulated in the same way in which other dangerous species, such as leopards, are regulated.” DAVID E. BLOCKER, BS, MD, Dog Bite Rates and Biting Dog Breeds in Texas, 1995-1997 Bite Rates by Breed page 23 One out of every 40 Pit Bulls (2.5%) and about one out of 75 Chow Chows (1.4%) generated a reported human bite each year (Table 29; Figure 7). One out of 100 Rottweilers (1%) caused a reported bite, and less than one out of 250 German Shepherds (0.37%) bit a human each year, not statistically different from the average for all dogs combined (0.53%). Huskies, Dobermans, and Australian Shepherds had bite rates slightly lower than German Shepherds but higher than Labrador Retrievers. Less than one in every 500 Labrador retrievers (0.15%) was associated with a reported bite each year. All other breeds examined individually, including Poodles, Cocker Spaniels, and Dachshunds, had bite rates lower than Labrador Retrievers. Odds ratios for each of the five most commonly biting dog breeds versus all others presented similar findings (Table 30). The odds of a Pit Bull in Bexar County causing a bite were 5 times greater than the odds for all other breeds combined, at 4.9 to 1. Chow Chows and Rottweilers also had odds ratios significantly greater than the average, at 2.9 to 1 and 1.8 to 1, respectively. The odds ratios for German Shepherds and Labrador Retrievers were significantly lower than the average, at 0.67 to 1 and 0.26 to 1. PETER ANTEVY, pediatric E.R. physician, Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Dr Antvey sees at least five dog-bite victims a month in his emergency room. Unfortunately, he said, "the biggest offender is the pit bull." MELISSA ARCA, MD The reality is that any dog can bite, and statistically speaking, a child is most likely to be bitten by the family dog or a dog that they know. When you're talking about bite severity resulting in life-threatening and even fatal injuries, pit bulls and Rottweilers are the main culprits. Experience absolutely colors our perception, and in this case I can't help but be affected by what I've seen. I will never forget a young child I treated in the ER during my pediatric residency. She suffered severe facial lacerations and tears to her face after a pit bull attack in her local park
Boss Hogg April 24, 2014 at 01:45 pm
EDUCATION from the truly EDUCATED. Not sourced from a TV show or the dog pound.
Kyle Christopher April 24, 2014 at 03:06 pm
Stay out of low income/high crime rate housing areas and you wont have to worry about it. ProblemRead More solved.
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Harriet Laurin April 24, 2014 at 08:41 am
#John - I did see the stats. I also know that such studies often are flawed, with dogs beingRead More misidentified, etc. - sometimes even by professionals. I will never advocate for a breed ban, because that is an ineffective policy that punishes an entire classification based on the actions/incidents associated with a relative few in terms of the entire population. I will always advocate for increased education of owners, what it means to be a responsible owner - including providing the dog with proper training, exercise, nutrition, veterinary care, socialization, licensing, microchipping, adherence to leash laws, etc. - and that should be for EVERY dog owner. And for the record, both of my dogs are "fixed" so they will never add to the pet overpopulation problem. Both went to obedience school, and the PB earned the AKC CGC on her first try. She was also the ONLY dog in the class who passed. While prepping her for that test, she went to a crowded mall where a plate of food was dropped on the floor in front of her. Most dogs would have jumped on the opportunity to scarf up what was on that plate; not her. She looked to me for direction, which was "leave it" - and that's exactly what she did. While training towards becoming a certified service dog, she flew a round-trip flight 5.5 hours each way, in coach. A TSA agent happened to be seated two rows behind us, and when he saw my PB at my feet, he made some comments to another passenger that weren't very nice about my dog, based solely on her breed. He didn't know it, but that passenger he was talking to knew me and she didn't tell him. However, by the end of the flight, he reversed his position and told her that he would never have believed it if he hadn't seen it for his own eyes - but he's flown many, many flights and had never seen a more well-behaved dog and watching her work - which included staying quiet the entire flight, escorting me down the length of the aisle to the lavatory and back, without batting an eye at any of the many other passengers on the plane - changed his previously negative view on PBs. Unlike some PB-proponents who deny a PB could attack, I admit they can - as can any other dog. It often comes down to responsible ownership and management of the dog, rather than the actual breed.
Proud Hamster April 24, 2014 at 10:53 am
#Harriet. All those positive things can be accomplished with other types of dogs. I think that isRead More what perplexes non-Pit Bull owners. Why would you take such a risk with a dog that was created for bull and bear baiting and has such a sordid history -- when they do attack.
Harriet Laurin April 24, 2014 at 02:24 pm
@PH - Why? Because every dog is an individual. I know a Golden Retriever who growls and doesn'tRead More like children - but that doesn't mean all Golden Retrievers are that way. Airedales are supposedly nice family dogs, but as I said, I had to take refuge in a bathroom when one went after me at a house I was babysitting. I remember, as an older child, walking the family dog (a Heinz 57 mutt) along with a friend walking a beagle. A German Shepherd charged out of an open backyard gate, snatched up my friend's beagle, and proceeded to try to kill it. Doesn't mean all GSD's are dog-aggressive killers; just that one. Stereotyping dogs - either way - isn't a way to accurately assess a given dog and determine if that dog should live or die. Did I purposely seek out the PB I have? Not really; I spotted her staggering on a city street close to heat exhaustion, just moments before a car (not mine) mowed her over. When I got to her, it became pretty clear that she had previously been mistreated by humans and was quite frightened. It took perhaps ten or fifteen minutes for her to decide to cautiously approach me (with me sitting, cross-legged, on a hot concrete sidewalk), another five minutes of me giving her water from the palm of my hand before she surrendered her heart and loyalty to me, got closer and with a sigh, laid down and put her head into my lap. Why did I take that risk with her? Simply because she was a dog I spotted, clearly in dire straits and I happened to be the only person there, in that moment, who was comfortable with dogs. When I got her to a vet and put her on the table, she stood there and let the vet do everything she needed to do for her to put her on the road to recovery, without any problems. The vet herself said "This is a good dog", pleased with the dog's temperament and behavior, even though the dog had been through a lot - and was barely a year old. Since then, she's learned all the obedience basics and a few cute tricks (shake hands, high five, double high five, find it, etc.), but also will pull a light wagon of garden debris for me, will pull a sled with a small child in it, literally will help remove unwanted brush and saplings in my yard (I point, she pulls them out). I had a knee injury that put me in a wheelchair for a short time, but she was able to provide assistance for me as I worked through physical therapy. While walking out just with her in a large, quiet quiet park, I slipped - and couldn't get back up on my own with my knee in the shape it was in. And no one was around to help. She positioned herself so that I could use her shoulders as leverage and literally hauled me up and out of a gully in the park. Could another dog have learned all of that? Sure. But just as I happened to be there for her, she now happens to be there for me. Someday, she will grow old and die. Will my next dog be a PB? Maybe, or maybe not. It will depend on who I find in a shelter and who seems to be the right match, as an individual, for me at that stage in my life. And for her to have a dog buddy, she picked her buddy out from a shelter - a little Jack Russell - Chihuahua mix. While my PB is pretty rock solid, the little guy is the temperamental feisty one.
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Kim April 23, 2014 at 12:05 pm
What I think is really scary and a public health threat is the violence PEOPLE do to pit bulls. WeRead More kill millions of them every year. They are tortured in fighting rings, look at what Vick did. Humans are a very dangerous breed. THere should be laws or something to protect the public--and animals--- from people.
tribble April 23, 2014 at 12:56 pm
#Kim, all the more reason for restrictions, such as spaying and neutering. Less animals to be hurtRead More in fighting pits or put in the pound, only to be put down.
Notbricktrash April 23, 2014 at 07:20 pm
Here's a story http://m.digitaljournal.com/article/355611
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Mad as hell... April 22, 2014 at 11:28 pm
Savecritters...I appreciate your concern but like I said you may want to make sure your homeownersRead More insurance will cover that dog. When you're on the receiving end of a pit bull dog's attack it's hard to fathom the logic in owning one.
Savecritters....you lost the argument as soon as you wrote "...owned by countless movieRead More stars..." What the hell does that prove?
tribble April 23, 2014 at 06:53 am
Yeah, Miley Cyrus' pit bull killed her little doggie last fall. The other dog that just died...it'sRead More being covered up how it died. That's why all the articles that mention coyote say "allegedly".