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Proper Dog Management Tips for Pet Owners

Richie on a walk during a snow storm.

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"The CDC clearly states this on its website: “There is currently no accurate way to identify the number of dogs of a particular breed, and consequently no measure to determine which breeds are more likely to bite or kill.” And while it’s anyone’s guess exactly how many pit bull type dogs there are in this country, it’s clear from looking around most cities, neighborhoods and shelters that dogs labeled as pit bulls are far more common than 5 percent."

Source: StubbyDog.org

Fact: There are over 80 million pet dogs in American homes. (Source: The Humane Society of the United States.)

Fact: Since 1975, dogs belonging to more than 30 breeds have been responsible for fatal attacks on people, including Dachshunds, a Yorkshire Terrier, and a Labrador Retriever. (Source: Center for Disease Control.)

Fact: Breed-specific legislation does not address the fact that a dog of any breed can become dangerous when bred or trained to be aggressive. From a scientific point of view, we are unaware of any formal evaluation of the effectiveness of breed-specific legislation in preventing fatal or nonfatal dog bites. (Source: Center for Disease Control.)

Fact: It is estimated that 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs every year. (Source: Center for Disease Control.)

Fact: Dog bite statistics are not really statistics, and they do not give an accurate picture of dogs that bite. Invariably the numbers will show that dogs from popular large breeds are a problem. This should be expected, because big dogs can physically do more damage if they do bite, and any popular breed has more individuals that could bite. Dogs from small breeds also bite and are capable of causing severe injury. (Source: American Veterinary Medical Association Task Force on Canine Aggression and Human-Canine Interactions.)

Fact: An often-asked question is what breed or breeds of dogs are most “dangerous”? This inquiry can be prompted by a serious attack by a specific dog, or it may be the result of media-driven portrayals of a specific breed as “dangerous.” Although this is a common concern, singling out 1 or 2 breeds for control can result in a false sense of accomplishment. Doing so ignores the true scope of the problem and will not result in a responsible approach to protecting a community’s citizens. (Source: American Veterinary Medical Association Task Force on Canine Aggression and Human-Canine Interactions.)

Fact: Dog bite related human fatalities have always been exceedingly rare, though they can attract the kind of publicity that creates an impression that they are more prevalent than they actually are. The annual total of such fatalities has risen and fallen with no discernable trend, while the canine population in the U.S. has continued its steady increase. (Source: NCRC. National Canine Research Council.)


Introduction.

I am writing this article after learning about two recent dog maulings. One was a jogger in a neighborhood that was brutally assaulted by roaming dogs that nearly tore her apart at the limbs. A second was a young child mauled in the face grotesquely by a family dog chained up.

It sickens and saddens me that these incidences seem like common occurrences daily.

However, what we need are for pet owners to step up and take responsibility. There are certain things we can do that start right at home to prevent the next dog bite.

It takes common sense, hard work, and proper pet management.

What I am observing in a lot of the cases where dog attacks occur are problems that could have been prevented:

  • Children are being mauled (after being left unattended by parents) by family dogs that otherwise seem harmless!
  • People leave babies, infants, and newborns in the care of a dog without adult supervision!
  • Dogs are escaping their chains or pens and brutally mauling innocent people as they enjoy a stroll around their neighborhoods!
  • People keep dogs that they cannot handle!
  • People keep dogs chained up for long periods of time without proper exercise or nutrition!
  • People keep more than one dog, sometimes several breeds of dogs, without any management considerations!
  • People smoke illegal drugs around their dogs which can cause the dogs to become aggressive!
  • People train dogs to fight without considering consequences to the mental state of the dog (never mind the injuries to the dog, other dogs, and humans)!

Based on research I've conducted over the last couple of months, dogs are more likely to attack elderly and children. Although anyone can sustain a dog bite or attack.

See Table A for supportive facts about dog bite fatalities.


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Table A

Source: NCRC

Four or more of these factors were present in 80.5% of the occurrences.

Based on an analysis of all dog bite related fatalities known to have occurred over a ten-year period, researchers at NCRC identified a striking co-occurrence of multiple, controllable factors:

No able-bodied person was present to intervene in 87.1% of occurrences.

The victim had no familiar relationship with the dog in 85.2% of the occurrences.

The dog owner failed to neuter/spay the dog in 84.4% of occurrences.

The victim had a compromised ability, whether based on age or physical condition, to manage their interactions with the dog in 77.4% of the occurrences.

The owner kept the dog as a resident dog on the property rather than a family pet in 76.2% of occurrences.

The owner had previously mismanaged the dog in 37.5% of the occurrences.

The owner abused or neglected the dog in 21.1% of the occurrences.

Dogs cannot be judged by their appearance.

I've encountered dogs that look sweet and innocent that bit me so seriously I had to be treated at an emergency room.

Other dogs may look ferocious but are truly the most gentle.

Personally, I am not easily influenced by what people say. So when I found a shelter in my home state that had a 7-month-old pit bull up for adoption facing the death penalty that day for nothing more than someone abandoning him tied to a pole, I went to meet him. And I adopted him.

There is one thing everyone must keep in mind. Pit bull ownership is not for everyone. The fact is pit bulls are one of the most controversial dog breeds in American culture. Almost daily, we are reading about another brutal attack which leaves victims fighting for their lives and angry protests against and for pit bull breed legislation.

I think change needs to happen. I don't think eliminating the pit bull breed will eliminate dog bites, so that's not a justified answer to the problem.

Responsible pet ownership is the key to public safety.


Our dog Georgia the day we brought her home. A dog behaviorist said she suffered with fear aggression and could bite if cornered.

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It took a lot of bonding before Georgia completely trusted us. Shown here on a regular leash. Before, she would escape every time we took her for a walk.

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Temperament cannot be judged solely on a dog's appearance.

Georgia is a border collie mix who was found as a stray dog. Her litter of pups was destroyed by the shelter before she was found.

Georgia came to us very shy and intolerant of fast movement or loud noises.

We worked with her round the clock to help her trust us.

Looking at Georgia, one would never know how difficult it was to bring her out of her shyness.

If Georgia had ended up in the wrong home, she may not have received the proper care and training that it took to overcome her fear aggression.

There are five perspectives about dog bites.

Whenever a dog bites a person, there are five different perspectives about the situation which often lead to online disagreements about dog breed legislation.

1. From the perspective of the victim.

When a person is attacked by a dog, it's a very frightening, horrific, terrifying, and painful. Dogs have very sharp teeth that can rip through flesh, exposing muscle and bone.

When I was a child, I was playing at my friend's house. They owned a small dachsund dog. My grandmother called me home for dinner, and as I approached the front door to leave, the dog tore at the back of my leg. The dog barked, growled, and ripped the flesh off of the back of my calf through my pants. I had to be taken to the emergency room.

A second time I was visiting relatives in West Virginia. My uncle's wife owned a large dog. The dog was chained near the sidewalk to the front of their house. As I walked by to go to the car, the dog latched on to the back of my leg, in a different spot where the prior bite occurred. Once again, my clothing was torn. The dog tried to shake me like a rag doll. I was left on the sidewalk bleeding, with teeth marks throbbing with pain, and my pants ripped half off my lifeless body.

From my perspective as a victim, both dog bites could have been prevented. To this day, I hold the owners accountable for the actions of these dogs. The dachsund was protecting her home. She should have been placed away from me so I could safely walk out of the front door without the dog attacking me so aggressively. The second dog was chained near a sidewalk. The dog perceived me as a stranger. It was only doing what it was placed there to do. It was serving and protecting it's territory. Again, the owner of the dog was careless.

2. From the perspective of the victim's family.

When the victim is a child, there is no greater devastation to a family than to see a child ripped apart by an animal. The tearing and shredding that occurs from the animal's sharp teeth cannot be described in words. The bleeding and screaming that occurs when the child screams in horror from the wounds and the pain, cannot be described in words.

When the victim is an adult, there is no greater devastation to a husband, wife or children of the victim. Will the person survive? Financial loss due to time off of work and hospital bills causes significant stress. When the victim is also a caretaker of children, that person is taken out of the family equation in order to heal which also causes hardship and burden to the family.

All because of a dog bite.

What words could possibly describe how victims feel?

  • Horrified
  • Dumbfounded
  • Shocked
  • Disbelieving
  • Angry
  • Hurt
  • Grieving
  • Depressed
  • Helpless

3. From the perspective of animal control authorities.

Animal control has a job to do. They are appointed to serve and protect people in communities. Laws are written to justify the euthanasia of animals that bite people. Dogs have to be quarantined for 10 days, usually, because of rabies and other diseases transmittable to humans. Once the quarantine is over, dogs are normally put down.

Animal control officers are faced with these situations every day. They respond to and have to act on dog maulings or other types of mutilations that can occur from dog bites.

4. From the perspective of dog owners involved in biting incidents.

When dog owners truly care about their dogs, dog bites come as a shock. They love their dog and don't want it to be put down, but at the same time they are in complete disbelief that something like this could happen to them. They often ask, what could they have done to prevent this. Sometimes, no one could have seen a dog bite coming and nothing could have been done to prevent it. Other times, there may have been subtle clues that the dog had aggression issues or the dog required particular care that maybe the owner wasn't aware of.

Then there are other types of dog owners that don't care at all. They have a dog and if it bites someone, they surrender the dog and go on with their life. They feel no obligation to the victim and no sense of responsibility for the victim's suffering. This is the perspective that needs to change.

5. From the perspective of the witness or hero that comes to aide a victim.

Imagine yourself walking down the street and suddenly hearing gut-wrenching screams for help. You see a dog tearing at a person's flesh while the body lays thrashing around in helpless agony.

Put yourself in that moment. Think about the adrenalin, the horror, the emotions, the fear, the stress you would feel.

The call of the victim for your help would override your instinct of fight or flight. On the one hand, you might not want to get involved. On the other, you go to the aide of the victim because you don't know what would happen if you don't help.

Post traumatic stress can occur to the innocent witnesses that help the victims. The witnesses who go to the aide of someone being mauled suffer just as much anxiety and fear.

Dogs that bite are harmful to everyone involved, not just the one bitten.

All of our dogs were shelter dogs. Re-trained and homed with us in the right environment.

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What to do if a dog won't stop barking.

There are dog barking laws in many jurisdictions.

How do you stop a dog from barking without resorting to choker chains or shock collars?

Fill an empty soda can with metal nuts and bolts from your workbench. Shake the can and tell the dog to be quiet whenever they are barking out of control. The dog will stop barking and listen to the noise. The brain becomes trained with repeated practice.

It takes about a week for this exercise to work properly and to cure the dog from barking nonstop.



10 Ways to Stop the Biting Before It Starts.

The picture above was taken in 2012. Pet ownership comes with a duty and responsibility to make sure your home is safe above everything else.

Here are some helpful suggestions that I apply to my own rescued dog training:

  1. Do not chain up a pit bull (or any other dog) with little room to move around.
  2. Offer love and attention daily.
  3. Create trust and bond with the dog.
  4. Socialize the dog daily.
  5. Feed the dog adequate amounts of food and water.
  6. Offer a crate for nitghtime. Many dogs find comfort in having a "den".
  7. Treat train.
  8. Stop any aggression immediately and don't allow the dog to behave that way. Teach the dog through proper training.
  9. Never leave a child alone with a dog.
  10. Never put the dog in a situation in which they feel threatened or cornered.

All of these must be implemented and followed together to build trust and help the dog feel loved and secure. Fearful and insecure dogs can bite if they feel threatened.


Stories like these could be prevented!

The child picked up a bone lying on the ground near the dog, which was kept on a chain. That's when the dog suddenly attacked the child.

Reported by Associated Press

Chaining Dogs Leads to Aggression.

In my opinion, based on countless horror stories about dogs mauling children, dogs kept on chains leads to aggression. There have been many stories reported over the news in the past couple of years where people, adults and children, were attacked without provocation by a dog that was either on a chain or broke free from a chain.

This is not always the case. Sometimes dogs have been kept in pens out back and never played with. They break free and brutally attack a neighbor.

Innocent people get injured when roaming dogs attack.

“They were playing tug of war with her.” “One was pulling this way and the other was pulling that way, trying to tear her apart.”

Reported by KHOU 11 News

Prevention is key.

I heard about another woman, a female jogger, who was mauled by two pit bulls. She was jogging around the neighborhood when two pit bulls got a hold of her. One by the arm and one by the leg. An elderly man with health problems walking with a cane went to the woman's aid. When the pit bulls tired out, they simply walked away. The woman was inflicted with horrendous wounds which will require many surgeries. She is fighting infection in one of her legs.

Animal control was able to find the owner of one of the dogs. The other dog remains unclaimed.

Yet in the three articles, I read no mention of why the dogs were loose in the first place, and why they were together. The dogs were from two different homes.

This was a tragic event. There is clearly no excuse for these dogs that attacked this innocent jogger. However, the dogs were loose and that's the owner's fault!

People all over the news articles online are saying that something must happen to prevent these attacks and to stop these needless accounts of dog aggression.

Folks, it starts at home. People have no business owning a dog they cannot care for or properly train. People have no business owning pit bulls if they don't take these attacks seriously. Because it only hurts the efforts to save the lives of dogs in shelters when one of these attacks occurs.

I grew up on a farm. I've handled bunnies to bulls. I've had to catch bulls that have escaped. I've helped round up cows. Never once was I bitten by an animal on the farm. Because I was properly trained by my elders to handle the animals. Proper techniques and management were in place for the safety of all concerned including the animals.

"Because of the vagueness of the “pit bull” label, many people may have trouble recognizing a pit bull when they see one."

Source: ASPCA

The truth about pit bulls.

Interestingly, statistics and facts about dog bites reveal something very troubling.

While reviewing the Center for Disease Control website about dog attacks on people, there is often confusion by witnesses as to whether the dog was actually a pit bull.

Another group advocating the need for dog breed legislation defends the notion that people know the difference between a pit bull and any other breed. In fact they blame dog advocates for trying to say that people can't tell a pit bull from another breed. This in conclusion results in facts being misrepresented against pit bulls. Truth be known, even police and animal control authorities often have trouble identifying a dog breed after an attack!

In fact, in 2011, a 9-day-old infant was fatally attacked in the family home. The CDC reported that "There were five dogs in the home, a pit bull, bulldog, Alaskan Malamute, German Shepherd, and German Shepherd-Bulldog mix. Three of the dogs were involved in the attack, but the news media did not report which three."

A two-week old was fatally attacked by a family dog. The CDC reported that "Some sources reported the dog as a Labrador retriever mix, others as a pit bull."

A thirty-nine year old woman was fatally attacked when trying to break up a fight between her two dogs. The CDC reported "Some news sources initially described the dogs as pit bulls and later described the dogs as American Bulldogs."

I could go on, but you get the picture. In these three examples, and trust me there are more, the news media or even sometimes the owners of the dogs themselves misrepresent the dogs as pit bulls. Pit bulls are written up in statistical data when in fact, another dog breed was at fault.

False claims about pill bull attack statistics hurt everyone. Not only does it not solve the problem, it also does not hold owners responsible.

The truth needs to be reported. Media frenzy is designed to gain profit to the media.

If the nation really wants change and to stop pit bull attacks from happening, everyone that wishes to own a pit bull needs to take responsibility in handling them which includes proper care and training!

I think we all can agree on one thing. Regardless of what you think of pit bulls, change needs to happen.

Pit Bulls are not for everyone!

"Although many are self-appointed lap dogs, pit bulls, like most terriers, can be extremely tenacious and energetic, too. They’re easily excited and, when in an agitated state, they may have little control over their behavior if they haven’t been taught to inhibit their impulses. This trait has given pit bulls a reputation for being “mouthy”—they tend to bite harder in play than other breeds. They are also quite stoic and can be insensitive to pain. These characteristics make the pit bull a sturdy, enthusiastic working dog and a fun-loving companion, but they can also make this breed a handful for some pet parents. Pit bulls aren’t for everyone."

Source: ASPCA

Baking dog treats is a favorite weekend tradition at our house.

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Recipe for homemade peanut butter dog treats

Train your dog to not grab for food while someone is holding it. This is Brownie in a treat training exercise.

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So what's the solution to preventing these horrific dog bites from occurring in the first place?

It's human nature to express our feelings by projecting blame on everything but ourselves.

For example, when a dog mauling incident makes the headlines, people start talking. They blame the dog breed. They blame the dog. They blame the victim in some situations. They blame the owner of the dog. They blame God for allowing this breed to be born. They blame, blame, and blame some more, but that never result in a solution!

Talking about it gets us nowhere except in more heated debates by people of all perspectives that all have one thing in common: coming together for the best interests of all.

Did you know?

When marriage ends in divorce with children, both parents must take a parenting class?

Then why aren't pet owners mandated to take dog safety courses before owning a dog?

How do we prevent dog breeds from becoming media sensations?

It starts with responsible pet ownership.

This means that not every person can own a dog.

Dogs owners are required to license their pet. Yet there is no license required to be a dog owner.

No one has to take a dog safety course in order to own a dog.

Dog availability is overwhelming. Anyone can get a dog from a shelter, breeder, or pet store. Depending on where the dog comes from, there may be a brief exterior home check. But for many, there are no policies.

People view pet ownership as a right.

But there is also a huge level of commitment and responsibility that comes along with pet ownership.

The first step in understanding dog ownership should be training courses designed by professionals.

Honestly, how many dog owners would know what to do if their dog ever attacked someone else or another dog?

The second step is understanding the dog. This has nothing to do with the breed. Now, it is possible that all of one dog breed has similar personalities or character traits. Yes, but, every dog is different. Just because my grandmother's toy poodle bit my toe doesn't mean that every toy poodle is going to rip through someone else's shoe. In fact, the other toy poodles I've met, run and hide from me. They won't even come near me.

The third step is understanding how to provide for the dog and its needs so that the dog feels secure.

Chaining dogs in the backyard with a bowl of water doesn't work.

Locking up a dog in a kennel in the backyard with yesterday's bowl of water doesn't work.

Keeping the dog penned up in a small wooden dog house with a dirt floor doesn't work.

Dog owners have to nurture and love their pet even if it is just a dog.

Love builds trust. Locking up a dog builds fear and instills aggression.

This isn't to suggest that dogs won't bite if they are left in the living room all day while the owners go to work. I've also known dogs to jump out plate-glass windows and maul mail carriers. My own mail carrier fell victim to this five times. But, not all of the dogs were pit bulls.


Richie, the day he was rescued from a shelter in 2012.

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Make Your Pet Pit Bull a Good Canine Citizen!

"As a responsible pit bull parent, you have the power to educate the public and change people’s minds about this much maligned breed. The best way to accomplish this is to have a well-controlled, well-socialized, well-behaved dog at your side. It’s hard for people to make the argument that your dog is vicious when they’re faced with a peaceful, gentle pet in an obedient heel or down-stay at your feet. Teaching your pit bull a few entertaining tricks, such as high five and roll over, can make him seem less intimidating, too. It’s also a good idea to thoroughly educate yourself about pit bull history and common breed characteristics. If you’re knowledgeable about the breed, you can help people understand what great dogs pit bulls can be."

Source: ASPCA

Richie's Story

We named him Richie because he was rich in love to have found a family willing to take him in. He was left tied up to a street pole without food or water for days before animal control was called to rescue him. He was adopted from the shelter on the 10th day, the maximum days allowed for an animal to be kept alive by authorities if left unclaimed. He was to be put down that day if we had not taken him in.

This is why dogs can't be labeled by the breed. Richie is an example of a dog that found a second chance. And with that chance, came amazing therapy for my child who has Autism.

Dogs have been proven to be effective therapeutically.

How to become a safe and responsible dog owner.Notes

Seek training from a professional before attempting to own a dog the first time.

If you've never owned a dog, don't expect the dog to know how to behave. It takes time and dedication to work with a dog.

Make your home dog friendly.

Don't expect the dog to treat your home like you treat it. Dogs have to be trained not to sit on furniture or that the bathroom is outside.

Learn how to effectively use dog crates.

Some dogs do very well if crated at bed time. Some have to be crated in the matter of medical issues such as heartworm. Never crate a dog for behavioral issues or for punishment.

Never chain a dog in the back yard without supervision.

If you are gardening and want your dog with you, staking out your dog is proper. It's not proper to chain up a dog in the back yard in very hot or cold temperatures on a really heavy chain. In fact, that's animal cruelty.

If you can't provide a humane environment for your dog, don't get one.

Treat your dog as a beloved pet. If you treat your dog like a wild animal, that's how they will behave.

Feed your dogs separately, in crates if needed.

If you have more than one dog, it's ok to feed them separately. I've always fed my dogs together and never had a problem.

Introduce a new pet with caution.

Don't bring a new pet in to the environment without proper planning and caution.

Be extra cautious for your children's sake.

Train your dog to be gentle around your children. Allow the child to feed the dog by hand often. This builds trust and companionship. "Don't bite the hand that feeds you."

Attend a dog training class with your dog.

Pet stores and local professionals offer training classes year round.

Temper test your dog.

Especially if you have children in your home, hire a dog behaviorist to observe and define your dog's behavior. We were surpised to learn that one of dogs has fear aggression while another one is tolerant of just about anything.

Important elements to raising a healthy pet!

Provide plenty of fresh food and water daily. Play with your dog daily. Walk your dog daily. Give your dog plenty of calm space to rest.

We need to take responsibility for the care and proper training of our pets.

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Whenever I hear about a dog bite victim, I have to wonder what could have been done to prevent the attack. It's so upsetting and hurtful to read about innocent victims being brutally attacked by dogs, especially ones that were either chained or pent up in a backyard makeshift cage.

It starts at home.

We all have to take responsibility for our own pets and be extra cautious when introducing multiple pets to a home.

People that cannot care for or properly train a dog should not own one.

While there is no argument that dogs are very therapeutic, it's also ignorant to take in a dog and expect it to just know what's expected of it.

Pit Bull Companionship is Immensely Rewarding!

"Pit bulls aren’t all bad. They’re not ferocious beasts to be feared and reviled. Pit bulls aren’t all good either. They have teeth and the potential to use them, just like any other dog. Their powerful bodies and persistent nature make them formidable animals. As such, they should be treated with care and respect. They require a great deal of exercise, proper training and responsible management. But if you’re willing to devote the time and effort necessary, befriending a pit bull can be immensely rewarding. Along with their strength and spirit comes an inspiring zest for life and an ardent affinity for people. As any committed pit bull parent will tell you, beneath the brawn, most are faithful, fun-loving, affectionate companions. So before you make up your mind about them, get to know a few pit bulls. You may be surprised."

Source: ASPCA

Lessons learned from past bites.

Tables B through M are detailed statistics researched from Wikipedia and CDC. The data starts in 1887, but it wasn't until over a hundred years later that a dog bite was reported about a pit bull.

Read the tables to learn more about what can be learned from past fatalities.

Some common issues I see from glimpsing at the tables are as follows:

  • Dogs have been known to grab and drag victims, especially babies, to their death.
  • Dogs attack owners while having seizures.
  • Dogs attack during times when children are playing or fast movement, such as sledding down a hill.
  • Dogs commonly attack young children from ages 2-4 years old that escape unnoticed from their homes and wander in to back yards where dogs are chained or kept in pens.
  • In some of the attacks, dogs are guilty of attacking other people or animals before a fatal event.
  • Sometimes parents leave their child alone with a dog in the same room.
  • Parents leave sleeping babies on beds or in other areas of the house unsupervised.
  • People subject their pets to drugs in the home which in turns leads to bizarre behavior exhibited by the pet, sometimes to the point of death of an individual.
  • Elderly and children are often helpless against dog attacks and are more likely to be victimized by improper management of dogs in a home.
  • Dog attacks are more serious when multiple dogs are involved.
  • Dogs attack when they are malnourished.
  • Dogs have brutally killed children who climb over fences into neighboring yards.
  • Fatal dog attacks are often mistakenly blamed on a dog when in fact the person had a stroke or heart attack prior to the dog attacking.
  • The most fatal attacks occur when children are left unsupervised with penned or chained dogs. Why are the children allowed to be near the penned or chained dogs in the first place? Pet owners must take responsibility and manage their homes carefully including proper pet placement in the home.
  • Baby gates should be used properly to provide management between areas of a home.
  • Many times stray dogs run in packs and are never reported to animal control.

As a pet owner, think about what you could be doing differently to avoid a dog bite in your home.

Table B. Years 1887-1979

Dog bite fatalities reported by yearBreedNotes

1887

Lap Dog

Bit its owner. Had rabies.

1901

Fox Terrier

Dog attacked owner while she was having a seizure.

1936

Mongrel

Dragged child into water and drowned him.

1945

Staffordshire bull terrier

Killed infant out of possible jealousy.

1947

German Shepherd

Killed child while child was sledding.

1948

German Shepherd

Killed baby by dragging her out of her bassinet. Jealousy possible motive.

1950

Bulldog

Killed child.

1950

Siberian Husky

Killed child. Dog was chained at the time of the attack.

1955

Pack of dogs

Killed infant.

1958

German Shepherd

Killed child. The dog was adopted two weeks prior.

1959

Pack of stray dogs

Killed woman by knocking her down and mauling her.

1959

Pack of stray dogs

A neighbor found the pack attacking the child. Afterwards, a group of 100-150 people armed with guns and clubs searched the area and killed 15 dogs and wounded or captured 3 more.

1965

Mongrel

Toddler killed after wandering in to the back yard where the dog was kept.

1965

Mongrel

The dog had attacked the woman twice prior to the fatal attack. One month before the fatal attack, an attack had required 2 weeks of hospitalization.

1966

3 Great Danes

Dogs had escaped from their kennel and killed one child, seriously injuring another.

1967

German Shepherd and 2 mongrels

Killed two children behind their house.

1971

German Shepherd

The child's parents left her in a pen with the dog, which was owned by a friend.

1972

German Shepherd

Killed child. Pedigreed dog.

1974

Stray Saint Bernard

Killed child in a neighboring back yard.

1974

Golden Retriever

Killed in an unprovoked attack by her neighbor's dog.

1974

Saint Bernard

Elderly man killed while working in his back yard when the dog ran in and attacked him.

1975

Basenji mix

Infant was killed while sleeping on her living room floor.

1975

Husky

Child was killed. Dog was chained outside of a welding shop.

1975

7 dogs. German Shepherd-Labrador retriever mixes.

Child was killed after entering a fenced yard where all 7 dogs (all 5 months old) were kept.

1976

German Shepherd

5-day-old infant was killed after the mother left her alone for 1.5 hours with the starving, 4-month-old, 15-pound, female dog.

1976

Cur

Child was killed. It was reported that the child was holding a stick in his hand. Curs are bred for hunting.

1977

3 dogs. Saint Bernard, Labrador Retriever-Shepherd mix, and puppy.

Child was killed.

1977

Elkhound-German Shepherd mix

Baby was killed after being left alone for a few minutes by his deaf babysitter. The 11-month-old dog entered the boy's playpen.

1978

German Shepherd

Child killed by friend's dog.

1979

Dachshund

Killed 2-week-old infant by mutilating his legs while his mother slept in a nearby room.

Table C. 1981 to 1999.

Dog bite fatalities reported by yearBreedNotes

1981

Doberman pinscher

Child killed after he climbed over a fence where the dog was kept in a kennel.

1981

Mongrel

Elderly women killed by her pet.

1981

Pit Bull

Child killed in Hawaii. No details.

1984

Siberian husky

Child killed in her front yard after a neighborhood dog broke free from his rope.

1984

German Shepherd

Burglary suspect killed by single bite to the neck by police dog.

1985

English Sheepdog

Elderly woman. Family reported woman died of stroke before she was attacked. Medical examiner ruled death by dog mauling.

1986

Pack of 8 wild dogs

Child killed while playing alone in a field near his home.

1988

Labrador Retriever

Child killed after sustaining bites to the head.

1988

Rottweiler

Toddler killed. The dog was usually kept in a cage in the house but was let out by the girl's brother.

1988

Husky-wolf mix

Child killed by neighbor's dog, two hours after being adopted at animal shelter.

1989

2 Rottweilers

Killed a man jogging near his home.

1989

German shepherd and possibly a German Shepherd-Chow chow mix

Child killed. The dogs were usually kept fenced in behind a storage building but were running free at the time of the attack.

1990

German Shepherd

A homeless woman was killed by a police dog that entered a vacant house where she was staying.

1990

Manchester Terrier

The child was bitten on the face while playing with her father's tenant's dog. She was brought to the hospital for surgery and her heart stopped during the operation.

1995

2 Wolf-German shepherd hybrids

Child killed by dogs that were chained up after he wandered into a neighbor's yard.

1995

Rottweiler

Child killed by grandmother's dog.

1995

12 dogs including a Rottweiler-mix

A child was killed when visiting the trailer where the dogs lived to check on one that he had hit earlier in the day with his go-cart. The boy's father and cousins were accused of burning the trailer where the dogs lived in retaliation.

1995

Rottweiler

A child was killed by a chained dog.

1995

Chow Chow

A baby was killed in her crib while her parents slept in another room.

1995

3 dogs including a Rottweiler

Woman killed.

1995

2 Rottweilers

A child was killed while visiting the home of relatives and upon entering the back yard with the owner of the dogs.

1996

Rottweiler and German Shepherd

Child killed.

1996

2 Rottweilers

An elderly woman killed after going outside of her home. The neighbor's dogs fatally mauled her. The dogs had attacked and injured the woman 1 month before the fatal attack.

1996

2 Rottweilers

A child was killed after he and his friends were teasing the dogs with a ball.

1996

Rottweiler

A child was killed after being snatched by the dog from his mother. The dog was tied up at the time.

1996

Rottweiler

A child was killed after the dog broke free from his chain.

1996

6 Rottweiler mixes

A child was killed after the dogs escaped from a fenced yard.

1999

Labrador retriever and German shepherd mix

Child was killed in back yard after family had adopted both dogs.

1999

Airedale Terrier

The 2-week-old infant was asleep in bed before his grandparents heard a noise and then found the dog shaking him in its mouth.

1999

Rottweilers or Doberman Pinschers

Man was mauled by dogs. Breeds identified by police.

1999

German shepherd mix

5-day-old infant was bitten by his foster family's dog, 3 days after being placed in their care.

Table D. 2000 to 2004.

Dog bite fatalities reported by year.BreedNotes

2000

Rottweiler

A child was killed after becoming entangled in the chain that restrained his family's dog.

2000

Pack of 20 dogs at one home

An elderly census worker was killed after going to the rural home to survey the occupants. The owners of the dogs had been cited for failing to restrain them on multiple previous occasions.

2000

German shepherd-Husky mix and Pit bull-Labrador retriever mix

A baby was killed after being left alone in baby swing.

2000

Pomeranian

6-week-old infant girl killed after being left alone while relative prepared a bottle for her.

2000

Pit Bull

Toddler was killed while playing in his back yard. He got too close to the tethered dog.

2001

2 Perro de Presa Canario

Woman killed in the hallway of her apartment building by two dogs that were reported to have been mistreated and trained for violence by their prior owners.

2001

Rottweiler

Child killed.

2001

Pack of stray dogs

Child killed by stray dogs at a park where he went to play.

2001

Rottweiler

1-month-old baby killed after dog escaped from his pen.

2001

Rottweiler

Child killed at home of his foster mother. The dog was usually kept in a chain-link cage behind the home.

2001

Pit bull

Baby killed. Dog belonged to houseguest. Mother also mauled while trying to save her son.

2001

Mixed breed dogs (possibly including Rottweiler, Pit bull, Beagle, and Labrador retriever)

Two-year-old child was killed by as many as 9 dogs belonging to a neighbor. The child was found 50 yards from his home.

2001

Rottweiler

Child killed by dog after it broke free from its tether.

2001

Rottweiler

Toddler killed after walking up to the chained dog. The dog's owners had starved and mistreated it.

2001

German Shepherd

3-day-old infant killed after being left alone in a bassinet.

2001

2 Huskies

3-week-old infant killed after being left alone in bassinet.

2001

3 Rottweilers

Killed child

2001

Chow

A cemetery worker was killed.

2002

Rottweiler and Rottweiler Pug mix

A child was killed after escaping from the yard.

2002

6 Rottweilers

A child was killed by her neighbor's six dogs.

2002

Rottweiler

A child was killed by the dog after seeing a lizard and screaming. The dog was a show dog.

2002

German Shepherd

A child was killed by the dog being trained to be a police dog.

2002

2 Rottweilers

A baby was killed after wandering in the backyard where the dogs were chained.

2002

Husky mix

A two-week-old baby was killed.

2003

Rottweiler

A child was killed after the dog escaped from its kennel.

2003

Rottweiler

A child was killed after crawling in to the dog's pen.

2003

2 Rottweilers

A child was killed by two dogs.

2003

Pit Bull

A child was killed by a friend's dog.

2003

2 Rottweilers

A child was mauled and died two months later.

2003

Malamute-Wolf hybrid

A baby was killed while sleeping in the living room of his friend's mother.

2003

Pit Bull

An elderly woman was killed by her landlord's dog.

2003

Pack of stray dogs

A woman was killed by a pack of dogs.

2003

Pit Bull

A child was killed by her babysitter's dog after being left alone with the dog in the house. The dog had previously bitten two other children.

2003

Rottweiler

A child was killed.

2003

Doberman Pinscher

An elderly lady was killed by the dog she had adopted from a rescue group.

2003

2 Great Danes

A child was killed by two chained dogs when she wandered in to their backyard.

2003

3 Pit Bulls

A woman was killed by three dogs

2003

6 Labrador-pit bull mix

A woman was killed by 6 dogs.

2004

Pit Bull Mix

A child was killed by a dog chained in the neighbor's yard.

2004

Beagle Mix

A toddler was killed after wandering with his brother from his parents, a farmer and his wife who were working their land, onto an adjacent farm. Got too close to a chained dog, who, although well-fed and watered, appeared to spend most of his time tethered in place.

2004

Multiple mixed breed dogs

A toddler was killed by a relative's loose dogs.

2004

2 Rottweilers

A child was killed by two dogs.

2004

Pit Bull

A baby was killed by his grandmother's dog. The dog bit off one of its owner's fingers when she tried to intervene.[

2004

4 Pit Bulls

A child was killed by his father's four dogs.

2004

Pit Bull Mix

A child was killed by his uncle's chained dog.

2004

2 Bullmastiff–German Shepherd mix

A child was killed by neighbor's two dogs while playing in the neighbor's yard.

2004

Rottweiler

An elderly lady was killed by her own dog.

2004

6 Pit Bulls

An elderly lady was killed by her son's six dogs.

2004

Pit bull-Labrador Retriever mix

Baby was killed by a chained dog in his own yard.

2004

Mixed Breed dog

A five-week-old baby was killed by his mother's dog.

2004

2 Pit Bull mix

A child was killed by a dog the family was babysitting for a friend.

2004

Pit Bull mix

A one-month old infant was killed while she was sleeping next to her mother at a friend's house. The dog grabbed the child, dragged it down the hall, and killed it. The dog was usually kept outside but brought inside that night because it was cold out.

2004

3 Mongrels

A child was killed while playing in the front yard of her home.

What changed in 2005?

All of the information in the above tables were reported by news organizations a/k/a the media.

In 2005, the news media reported more pit bull attacks than ever before, citing 15 deaths caused by pit bulls and 6 deaths caused by rottweilers.

I find this interesting considering in 2004, there were almost 30 deaths reported from rottweiler attacks.

This is an example of media sensationalizing one breed over another.

Table E. 2005.

Dog bite fatalities reported by year.Breed.Notes.

1

2 Mixed breeds. Unknown types, reported as pit bull.

A child was severally mauled and killed by neighbor's two dogs.

2

3 Pit Bulls, 1 mixed breed

A teenager died of hypothermia after being attacked by 4 dogs while walking alone at night in a rural area, one-half mile from home.

3

Pit Bull

An elderly woman died after being attacked by a pit bull that was abused by it's owner. The owner had beaten a former dog to death.

4

3 Pit Bulls

An elderly woman was killed by three dogs while walking her small dog on her own property.

5

2 Rottweilers

A woman was killed by her friend's two dogs that she had been caring for.

6

2 Pit Bulls

A child was killed by her family's two dogs as she walked to a swing set with her 4-year old brother.

7

Rottweiler–German Shepherd-mix

A child was killed by the dog when he opened the dog's pen.

8

3 dogs. Unknown if American Bulldog or Pit Bull and a Cane Corso.

An elderly man was killed while watering his own lawn after being attacked by the three dogs from his neighbor's yard.

9

2 Mixed Breed dogs

An elderly woman was killed after being attacked by her own dogs.

10

2 Rottweilers

A child was killed by her family's two dogs in her own backyard.

11

2 dogs. Husky, Alaskan Malamute

A child was killed by her family's two dogs in her own back yard.

12

Alaskan Malamute

A child was killed by the family dog in her own back yard.

13

2 Pit Bull mix

A man was killed by his own dogs.

14

Labrador Retriever-mix, Dachshund

An elderly woman was killed by her family's two dogs.

15

Pit Bull

A child was killed while visiting a friend's home with her mother.

16

2 Pit Bulls

A child was killed after escaping from the basement his mother locked him in while she went to run errands. The two dogs were acting possessive of one another and the mother felt that the child would be safer in the basement while she ran to the store. The child got out of the basement in her absence.

17

2 American Bulldogs, Neapolitan Mastiff, Border Collie

An elderly man was killed by his own four dogs in his own back yard.

18

Pit Bull

A five-week-old infant was killed when a neighborhood dog grabbed him from his aunt's arms.

19

Siberian Husky

A six-day infant was killed by her family dog while she was in her crib.

20

Rottweiler

A toddler was killed when her grandparent's dog grabbed her from her mother's arms.

21

Pit bull, Schnauzer

An elderly man was killed by two dogs while out walking.

22

Rottweiler

A child was killed while visiting the home of a family friend.

23

Pit Bull

A toddler was killed by her family's dog.

24

2 Pit Bull mixes

A man was killed while walking home.

25

Unknown breed

A man was killed during the night in a relative's yard.

26

6 Pit bull–Rottweiler mix

An elderly lady was killed by her neighbor's six dogs in her own front yard.

27

Bullmastiff

An elderly lady was killed by her own dog in her own home.

28

Pit Bull

A child was killed by his uncle's chained dog.

In 2006, the pit bull frenzy worsens.

The media started reporting even more pit bull attacks in 2006. However, they were classified vaguely as pit-bull type or pit-bull mix breeds.

In one situation, a man was illegally trespassing on to business property by climbing over a fence. There were three guard dogs on the property. They killed the man, but obeyed police after being called off the victim. Is it fair for these three dogs to be labeled vicious and included in the media's head count toward the amount of pit bull attacks? After all, isn't this why the dogs were placed on to this fenced business property? To protect and serve? How do we as a society justify punishing a dog or a breed after it does what we ask of it?

Even still there were other reports of pit bulls guarding salvage yards where people were killed. Why should these count against specific dog breeds?

Table F. 2006.

Dog bite fatalities reported by year.Breed.Notes.

1

Rottweiler

A baby was killed by his grandmother's dog.

2

Bullmastiff

A child was killed by his neighbor's dog.

3

Rottweiler

A child was killed in his own back yard by a relative's dog.

4

2 Pit Bulls

A man was killed by his relative's two dogs.

5

Rottweiler

A child was killed by his family's dog.

6

Pit Bull Mix

A man was killed after climbing a fence in to a business with three guard dogs. When the police arrived, they were able to order the dogs away from the victim.

7

Pit Bull and 3 unknown breeds

A man was killed on the property where he worked as a handyman, by one dog, unknown which breed.

8

Mixed Breeds

A woman was killed by one dog conclusively confirmed by bite mark evidence, although during the investigation four dogs were suspected.

9

3 Pit Bulls

An elderly man was killed by his daughter's three dogs in his own home.

10

Pit Bull

A woman was killed outside of an illegal drug lab by the lab's watch dog.

11

Pit Bull

A toddler was killed by her family's chained dog.

12

Rottweiler

A child was killed by the neighbor's chained dog in the neighbor's yard.

13

9 wolf-dog hybrids

A woman was killed by one or more of her son's 9 dogs.

14

Pit bull

A man was killed in his own home by his own dog.

15

Pit bull, Rottweiler

A child was killed in her own home by the family's two dogs.

16

Pit Bull

An elderly woman was killed while gardening in her own yard by a neighbor's dog.

17

2 Pit Bulls

An elderly man was killed by his neighbor's two dogs while taking out the trash.

18

Perro de Presa Canario

A woman was killed by her own dog while giving it a bath.

19

2 Pit Bulls

A man was killed by two dogs in a salvage yard where he was living.

20

Boxer

A man was killed when he entered the pen of his employer's dog.

21

Pit Bull mix

A child was killed by his family's dog.

22

Rottweiler

A child was killed when a neighbor's dog escaped its pen.

23

Pit Bull

A woman was killed by her friend's dog while taking care of it.

24

Pit Bull

A man was killed by the dog he was inquiring about buying.

25

Rottweiler

A child was killed by her family's dog.

26

6 Mixed Breeds

A child was killed by six dogs while walking home. In 2009, it was revealed that dogs attacked and killed the child for food.

27

4 Pit Bulls

A toddler was killed by his father's four dogs after he was moving to a new trailer and took the dogs off their chains and left them in the new trailer unsupervised with his young son.

28

Rottweiler

A child was killed by dogs guarding his home which the parents were using for drug trafficking.

29

Pit Bull

A man was killed by a dog guarding a salvage yard.

30

Rottweiler

A man was killed by his girlfriend's two dogs.

31

Mixed-breed dog and Pit Bull-mix

A child was killed by two stray dogs near his home.

Table G. 2007.

Dog bite fatalities reported by year.Breed.Notes.

1

Pit Bull

A child was killed when she tried to free a neighbor's dog after its collar was caught on their chain link as the dog tried to jump over the fence.

2

German Shepherd

An elderly woman was killed by her own dog.

3

2 Rottweilers

A child was killed by two dogs that the family had just adopted.

4

Rottweiler

A toddler was killed by a stray dog the family had chained in their front yard in hopes the owner would find it.

5

Pit bull-mix English Mastiff-mix

A child was killed while visiting relatives while the two dogs escaped from their pen.

6

Catahoula Bulldog

A woman was killed by her own dog.

7

Pit Bull

A child was killed by one of her family's dogs.

8

Pit Bull

A child was killed by one of the family's dogs that killed a cat the week before.

9

Pit bull

An elderly man was killed by his great niece's dog.

10

German Shepherd Dog, Doberman Pinscher

An elderly woman was killed by her dogs when she went to feed them.

11

Unknown breeds

An elderly man was killed by unknown dogs.

12

Pit Bull

A child was killed when he tried to climb over a fence into the dogs' yard.

13

Chow Chow mix

A woman was killed by her own dog.

14

Mixed breed dog

A woman was killed by her sister's dog while visiting her sister.

15

Rottweiler

A child was killed when she wandered into a neighbor's yard.

16

2 Siberian Huskies

A baby was killed while visiting family friends when the friends' two dogs got into his playpen.

17

Pit Bull

A child was killed by the family dog when trying to feed it.

18

Pit Bull

A child was killed by his family's dog.

19

Chow Chow mix

A toddler was killed when playing with the puppies of a stray dog his family had chained in the yard.

20

Pit Bull

A child was killed without warning by his family's dog.

21

Rottweiler

A baby was killed by visitor's dog when her mother set her down to warm a bottle of milk.

22

Pack of roaming American Bulldogs

First of two victims killed by same roaming dogs.

23

Pack of roaming American Bulldogs.

Second of two victims killed by same roaming dogs. This victim was 91.

24

German Shepherd Dog-mix

A child was killed when he wandered onto a neighbor's property.

25

Pit Bull

A woman was killed by her own dog.

26

8 Wolf dog hybrids

An elderly woman was killed by her son's eight wolf-dog hybrids.

27

7 Pit Bull Mix

A woman was killed by her son-in-law's 7 dogs.

28

American Bulldog-Mastiff mix

A child was killed by her family's dog.

29

Pit Bull

A child was killed by his family's dog.

30

2 Pit Bulls

A woman was killed at her friend's home by her friend's dogs, both having earlier been determined to be legally "dangerous",

31

4 Pit Bulls

A woman was killed by her own dogs.

32

Pit Bull

A child was killed by her grandmother's dog.

33

Pit Bull

An elderly woman was killed by her son-in-law's dog at his home.

34

Pit bull or Pit bull mix

A woman was killed outside her home by roaming dogs.

Table H. 2008.

Dog bite fatalities reported by year.Breed.Notes.

1

Doberman Pinscher

A baby was killed by his family's dog.

2

Jack Russell Terrier

A baby was killed by his family's dog while sleeping on a bed.

3

2 Pit Bulls

A woman was killed by her own two dogs.

4

Husky-mix

A toddler was killed by a neighbor's chained dog, apparently protecting its food.

5

Pit Bull

A child was killed in his own home by a neighbor's dog.

6

4 Pit Bulls

A child was killed by four of his neighbor's dogs.

7

Pit Bull

A child was killed by his family's chained dog.

8

Golden Retriever-mix Australian Shepherd-mix

An elderly woman was killed while trying to break up a fight between her own dogs.

9

Pit Bull

A child was killed when he wandered next to his neighbor's chained dog.

10

Old English Sheepdog Mix

A toddler was killed by her family's dog.

11

Labrador Retriever

A two-month baby was killed by the family's 10-12 week puppy that had not been fed in days. The mother left her baby unattended in a swing for over 6 hours with the hungry puppy.

12

Pit bull

A man was killed while saving the lives of a neighbor and her dogs from a stray or escaped fighting dog.

13

Pit Bull

A child was killed by her family's dog.

14

Pit bull

An elderly man was killed in his own back yard by a neighbor's dog.

15

3 Pit Bulls

An elderly woman was killed when her neighbor's three dogs broke out of their pen.

16

Husky

A 6-day-old baby was killed in her crib by her family dog.

17

2 Pit Bull

A baby was killed by her two family dogs after being torn out of her stroller.

18

Husky

A 3-day-old baby was killed by her family dog.

19

Pit Bull mix

A 5-day-old baby was killed by her neighbor's dog.

20

Mixed Breed

A baby was killed by her mother's dog.

21

Pit Bull

A man was killed by his daughter's dog.

22

Terrier or pit bull mix

A child was killed by his grandmother's dog when the boy approached the dog eating from it's bowl.

23

Male Pit bull-Mastiff mix and Female Pit bull

A man was killed by his nephew's dogs in the backyard. The dogs had a litter of newborn puppies.

Table I. 2009.

Dog bite fatalities reported by year.Breed.Notes.

1

3 Pit Bulls

A child was killed by a dog belonging to her mother, a dog belonging to her mother's boyfriend, and a puppy produced by those two dogs. Prior to the attack two of the dogs were chained up. The third dog, who was pregnant, was not chained at that time.

2

Rottweiler

A child was killed by his foster family's dog.

3

Rottweiler

A child was killed after crawling through a fence to the neighbor's yard.

4

Husky

A three-week-old child was killed by her family's dog after the dog pulled the child from a bed and dragged her into a hallway.

5

Rottweiler Mix

A child was killed by a dog that was chained outside a camping trailer that the dog used for shelter.

6

Chow-Chow–Golden Retriever mix

A two-week-old baby was killed by her family's dog.

7

Mastiff

A man was killed by his own dog.

8

Unknown breed

An elderly woman died while walking her own dog. The woman was bitten by a different dog when she attempted to feed it. She died several days later from the subsequent infection.

9

Husky

A child was killed by a neighbor's dog when it broke free of its chain.

10

Pit Bull

A child was killed by a dog chained in the back yard.

11

2 Pit Bulls

A baby was killed by his great-grandmother's two dogs.

12

3 Boxers

A child was killed by his neighbor's dogs when they escaped from their yard.

13

Pack of 11 Mixed breed strays

A man was killed by a pack of stray dogs.

14

3 Blue Heeler–Australian Shepherd mix

A man was killed by his landlord's dogs.

15

Pit Bull Mix

A baby was killed by his family's dog.

16

Pit Bull

A child was killed when visiting a friend by dogs owned by the friend's family.

17

Pit bull mix and collie mix

A child was killed by mother's boyfriend's dogs.

18

Pit Bull

A man was killed by his brother's two dogs.

19

Pack of 16 stray mongrels

A woman was killed by a pack of strays. Victim 1 of 2.

20

Pack of 16 stray mongrels

An elderly woman was killed by a pack of strays. Victim 2 of 2.

21

Pit Bull and German Shepherd mix

A three-day-old baby was killed after being brought home from the hospital.

22

Pit Bull

A baby was killed by her family's chained dog.

23

Akita and pit bull mix, not confirmed

A baby was killed at her babysitter's home by her babysitter's mixed breed dog.

24

Pit Bull

A child was killed after wandering four blocks from his home and crawling in to a dog house where the dog was chained.

25

Pit Bull

A baby was killed at the home of her babysitter's boyfriend by one of the boyfriend's dogs when the dog slipped free from its collar where it was usually chained.

26

Boxer or mixed breed

A woman was killed by her neighbor's dog.

27

Pit Bull

An elderly woman and her pet poodle were killed when the chained dog broke free.

28

5 Pit Bulls

An elderly woman was killed by a pack of dogs.

29

Rottweiler-Labrador Retriever mix

A toddler was killed at his great-aunt's home by her dog during his cousin's birthday party.

30

Alaskan Malamute

A woman was killed at her friend's house by her friend's dog.

31

Weimaraner

A child was killed by his family's dog.

Table J. 2010.

Dog bite fatalities reported by year.Breed.Notes.

1

Pit Bull

A child was killed after playing with his father and the dog in the back yard. The father stepped inside the home leaving the boy unattended with the dog.

2

4 mixed breed dogs

A man was killed by his daughter's four dogs. Police said dogs were pit bulls. Animals control said the dogs were mixed breeds.

3

Rottweiler

A woman was killed by her pet dog.

4

Unknown dogs, never found, deemed must have been a pit bull

A child was killed while walking to a friend's home. The dogs were never located. Sheriff's deputies initially reported that a pit bull was responsible.

5

Siberian Husky

An eleven-day-old baby died after being left alone on a bed and suffering dog bites.

6

Pit Bull

A woman was killed while fighting with her mother. The family said the dog was protecting the mother.

7

American Bulldog (originally falsely reported as a pit bull)

A child was killed when she became entangled in the chain restraining one of the dogs at the family's breeding facility.

8

Pit Bull

A five-day-old baby was killed by the family dog.

9

Rottweiler

A child was killed by a dog owned by her stepfather.

10

Pit Bull

An elderly woman was killed while trying to defend her older husband from her nephew's dog.

11

2 Rottweilers

A baby was killed by two dogs his family adopted the day before.

12

Pit Bull Mix

A 7-day-old baby was killed while in bed next to his mother who slept through the attack. After attacking the baby, the dog went outside and attacked a second dog chained in the yard.

13

Sled Dog

A child was killed when she wandered into her neighbor's sled dog yard. There were six dogs in the yard.

14

Rottweiler

A USPS mail carrier was killed by a dog in a house that pushed open a door and ran after the mail carrier. The dog chased the mail carrier and caused his head to strike the ground which caused his death.

15

Pit Bull

A child was killed by his family's dog.

16

Pit Bull

A child was killed in her home while trying to open the door to let the dog out.

17

9 dogs. Bullmastiff-mix, Pit Bull-boxer mix, and Rottweiler Mix. Unknown which dogs participated in the attacks.

A man was killed by his nine dogs. It was unknown which dogs participated in the attack.

18

German Shepherd-Husky mix and Labrador retriever

A child was killed by the dogs of his mother's live-in boyfriend.

19

2 Pit bulls

An elderly man was killed by his neighbor's dogs which had attacked previously two days earlier.

20

3 Pit Bulls

A child was killed by three of his step-grandfather's dogs. The dogs had previously killed an Akita, Chihuahua and parror within the prior year. The dogs were kept in a garage and showed aggression toward the boy.

21

German Shepherd mix

A child was killed by his family's dog.

22

Unknown dog

A woman was killed by an unknown dog in a vacant lot.

23

2 Pit Bulls

An elderly man was killed by two dogs his tenant was keeping on his land.

24

3 Pit Bulls and a mixed breed shepherd

A child was killed by a neighbor's dogs while staying at the neighbor's house.

25

Boxer

A 4-day-old baby was killed by a dog owned by a family friend.

26

Pit Bull

An elderly woman was killed by her daughter's dog.

27

Several pit bulls

An elderly man was found dead in a pen containing pit bull dogs.

28

Pit Bull

A 4-day-old baby was killed by his family's dog.

29

2 Pit Bull Weimaraner mix

A woman was killed in her own yard by her neighbor's dogs.

30

Pit Bull mix

A child was killed by his grandfather's dog which was chained to a tree.

31

5 Mixed breed dogs

A child was killed in his own yard by his neighbor's dogs.

32

German Shepherd

An elderly woman was killed by her own dog.

33

Pit Bull

A man was killed by his family's dog.

34

Pit Bull

A man was attacked by his nephew's dog while disciplining it.

35

Pack of stray dogs

A man was killed by a pack of stray dogs (he died in 2011 from complications).

36

9 Rottweiler mix

A 3-month-old baby was killed by one of nine dogs kept in the family's back yard while the mother bathed a tenth dog in the house.

Erroneous media reports of pit bull attacks in 2011.

In 2011, the next wave of media hysteria came after the media reported that all of the fatal attacks in 2011 were by pit bulls. This chart puts that false claim to rest as many dog breeds were involved in fatal dog bites.

Table K. 2011.

Dog bite fatalities reported by year.Breed.Notes.

1

Pit bull mix

A woman was killed by her family's dog.

2

2 Pit Bulls

A child was killed by her neighbor's dogs in her own yard.

3

Akita

A child was killed by her grandfather's newly adopted dog.

4

3 Pit Bulls

A man was killed by landlord's three starved dogs while crossing yard from trailer home to landlord's home.

5

Pack of stray dogs

A homeless elderly man was killed by a pack of stray dogs.

6

2 Rottweilers

A woman was killed by her neighbor's two dogs in her own backyard. They also attacked the owner who came to her aid.

7

Pit Bull

A 15-day-old baby was killed by the family dog.

8

2 Rottweilers

A child was killed by her uncle's two dogs in the backyard.

9

Rottweiler

A baby was killed by the family's dog while left unattended by the drunken mother.

10

Pit Bull

A man was killed by a dog chained to the front porch of a neighbor's house.

11

4 Pit Bull mix

A woman was killed by four dogs while walking alone in her neighborhood.

12

Cane Corso

A child was killed by dogs belonging to the mother's boyfriend. News media originally reported that the dog was a pit bull.

13

Dutch Shepherd Police Dog

An elderly man was killed after being dragged by a police dog that was searching for an unrelated suspect.

14

Pit Bull

A man was killed at home by his own dog.

15

2 Pit Bulls

An elderly man was mauled by two pit bulls while walking on his property.

16

American Bulldog-mix, or Dogo Argentino, or Pit Bull mix

A baby was visiting his aunt and uncle and left alone in a room with the dog which is of unknown breed. The medical examiner said the baby had one bite wound to the head.

17

American Bulldog

A baby was killed by his grandparent's dog at a family gathering.

18

Pit bull mix

A man was killed by his own dog.

19

Pit Bull

A woman was killed by her own dog.

20

Rottweiler

A child was killed by his grandfather's dog when it escaped its enclosure.

21

3 unknown dogs

A 9-day-old baby was killed in the kitchen of the family home. There were five dogs in the home: pit bull, bulldog, Alaskan Malamute, German Shepherd, and German Shepherd Bulldog-mix. Three of the dogs were involved in the attack.

22

Pit Bull

A woman was killed by her boyfriend's dog. The owner had been previously cited for animal cruelty.

23

Labrador Retriever mix or Pit Bull

A two-week-old baby was killed by the family dog. Some sources reported the dog as a Lab mix, and others as a pit bull.

24

Doberman Pinscher

An elderly woman was killed by her dog.

25

3 Pit Bulls

A baby was killed by her aunt's three dogs.

26

Pit bull-mastiff mix

An 11-day-old baby was dragged from her bassinet and killed by the family dog.

27

2 Pit bulls

An elderly woman was killed when the neighbor's dogs slipped through a hole in their fence.

28

Pit Bull

A man was killed by a dog in his home.

29

American bulldog or pit bull

A woman was trying to break up a fight between her two dogs. She was attacked during a seizure. Sources weren't sure if the dogs were bulldogs or pit bulls.

30

Pit bull

A woman was killed by her neighbor's dog.

31

Pit bull

An elderly woman was killed by her grandson's dog.

32

2 Pit bulls

An elderly woman was attacked by her neighbor's two pit bulls.

Table L. 2012.

Dog bite fatalities reported by year.Breed.Notes.

1

Pit bull

A baby was killed by his grandparent's dog.

2

German Shepherd

A child was killed by a medical service dog trained to help with military vets suffering from PTSD.

3

Husky

A 2-day-old infant was killed by one of his family's four dogs.

4

Pit bull

A woman suffered a stroke and a pit bull was blamed. The dog was resting quietly in a garage with some kids when the woman walked up to the house. Witnesses said there seemed to be something wrong with the woman that the dog sensed. The dog was euthanized.

5

Rottweiler

A toddler was killed by a neighbor's chained dog.

6

Pit bull mix

A child was killed by a chained dog in a fenced yard after wandering 1/2 mile from his home.

7

Pit bull

An elderly man was killed by a neighbor's roaming dog.

8

Golden retriever/labrador retriever mix

A two-month-old infant was killed by the family's dog.

9

Mastiff-Rhodesian Ridgeback mix

A baby was killed by the family dog.

10

Pit bull

An elderly man was killed by his son's dog.

11

Pit bull

A toddler was killed by the family dog.

12

Pit bull mix

A 3-day-old infant was killed by a family's dog.

13

Pit bull

A man was found dead in his car port with dog bites. Through DNA testing, the dog was found at a neighbor's house.

14

2 stray dogs believed to be Labrador Retriever/German Shepherd mix

A child was killed by two stray dogs.

15

2 mixed breed dogs

A child was killed by the neighbor's two mixed breed dogs after wandering onto the neighbor's property.

16

Pit bull

A baby was killed after suffering a single bite from a dog owned by the mother's roommate. Immediately prior to the attack, the mother's roommates were smoking illegal drugs and noticed the dog became frisky.

17

Alapaha Blue-Blood Bulldog (originally reported by the media as a pit bull)

A man was killed by his own dog when it bit through his IV tube while he was undergoing dialysis.

18

5 dogs: Presa Canario, Pit Bull, Boxer mix

A woman was killed, but it is unclear which dogs are responsible. Four were her own, one was her neighbor's.)

19

Pit Bull

A man was killed by his girlfriend's dog. The dogs were usually kept in a cage.

20

2 Cane Corso

An elderly woman was killed by her own dogs.

21

Stray bull dog

A child was playing in his friend yard and disappeared. He was found dead in the woods from a dog attack. Authorities captured a stray bull dog.

22

2 Pit bulls

A woman was killed by her own dogs.

23

Labrador-American Bulldog mix

A baby was killed by the family dog which was originally thought to be a pit bull.

24

2 Rottweilers

An elderly man was killed by his neighbor's two dogs while checking his mail box. The neighbor owned 30 rottweilers.

25

Pit bull mix

A 3-month-old baby was killed by the family dog after police responded to the home for a domestic dispute. The baby was left alone in another room with the dog while police took statements.

26

Pit bull

A woman was killed by a family member's dog.

27

7 dogs including mixed breeds, German shepherd mixes, and pit bull mixes

A woman was killed while using a rake to stop an attack in which the pit bulls killed a pug and injured two terriers. All seven dogs were euthanized.

28

Pit bull

A 3-week-old infant was mauled indoors by the family dog when left unattended.

29

Rottweiler

A 3-month-old infant was killed at a boarding kennel owned by the mother.

30

2 Olde English Bulldog mixes

A woman was killed by the dogs at a house she was hired to clean. The owners were breeding the dogs to sell.

31

Mastiff

A woman was killed by a dog she had obtained less than one week earlier.

32

4 Pit Bulls

A man was killed while visiting relatives.

33

Boston Terrier

An elderly woman was killed by a Boston Terrier. The media didn't cover this story so no other information was given.

34

Pit bull

A child was killed while visiting a relative who rented living space from the dog's owner.

35

Pack of stray dogs

A child was killed by a pack of stray dogs while sledding on a hill near his home.

Table M. 2013.

Dog bite fatalities reported by year.Breed.Notes.

1

Pit bull

A woman was killed at a friend's home. The dog previously killed a Husky.

2

Pit bull

A child was killed after climbing over a neighbor's fence and getting too close to the tethered dog.

3

Pit bull

An elderly woman was killed by her dog in a motel room she shared with her son and two dogs. Autopsy reports are pending as to whether the dog caused the fatality.

4

Pit bull

A child was killed in a neighbor's yard by a dog tied up in the yard.

5

Pit bull

A child was killed by a dog that was kept chained in the back yard of a home he was visiting. The dog was underfed.

6

2 Pit bulls

A baby was killed by his babysitter's two dogs at the babysitter's residence.

7

7 Pit bull mix

A toddler was killed by dogs belonging to her mother's boyfriend.

8

2 unknown breeds. Media reported dogs as pit bulls. Other sources named the dogs as brindle bulldogs or Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog.

A child was killed while riding his bike and attacked by his neighbor's dogs.

9

Pit bull mastiff mix

A woman was killed after jumping into a fenced yard where the dog was kept.

10

Pit bull

A child was killed at her babysitter's home. The sitter had a history of child negligence charges.

11

Pit bull mix

A child was killed after being left unattended by his mother.

12

German Shepherd

A woman was killed at her home.

13

4 stray dogs, mixed breeds

An elderly man in a wheelchair was attacked by a pack of dogs in the neighborhood. He was pulled from his wheelchair. Animal control labeled the dogs mixed breeds with possible pit bull influence, while the media labeled the dogs automatically as pit bulls.

14

4 dogs, possibly pit bulls

A woman was killed while walking near her home by a pack of dogs. The dogs belonged to a man in the neighborhood that had four prior dogs taken away after attacking other animals.

15

Bull mastiff

A child was killed in the family home after crying loudly which drew the dog's attention.

16

Pit bull mix

A child was gravely injured with a bite to the head after trying to ride the dog like a horse. The dog was the family's guard dog and kept in the back yard.

17

Pit bull mix

A child was killed after walking up to a chained dog that belonged to her aunt. The dog had been kept on a chain in violation of the country's law against prolonged tethering.

18

Labrador Retriever mix or mastiff rottweiler mix

A woman was killed by a dog that she had taken in as a stray. She was trying to stop the dog from attacking her small dog.

19

Husky mix

A child was killed by a loose dog.

20

3 Pit bull mix

A child was killed by three dogs in his babysitter's home.

21

5 Mixed breed pit bulls

A child was killed by five dogs that belonged to his grandmother in the back yard of the house. No one knows how the child ended up in the back yard. Occupants of the house deny hearing any screams.

22

Pit bull

A child was killed while unsupervised at a family friend's house and entered a backyard pen where the dog was kept.

23

Pit bull

A handicapped woman was killed by her own dog. The dog was acquired for protection. It had previously attacked her in the face. Authorities took it away and she fought to get it back.

24

Pit bulls

A woman was killed after walking to the kennel behind their home to feed the dogs.

25

Pit bulls

A woman was mauled on her daily walk about a mile from her home. She died of a heart attack a week later, and the dog attack wounds were thought to cause her death.

26

3 Pit bulls

A child was killed while visiting a home and managed to get out and enter a fenced in area where three pit bulls were kept.

27

Pit bull/Bull mastiff/Rat terrier

An elderly woman was killed after the dog was left outside unsupervised, off leash, and in an unfenced yard.

28

2 Pit bulls

A child was killed by his family's dogs.

29

2 Shiba Inu

A 3-month-old baby was killed in her home while her parents slept. She had only been home two weeks from the hospital after being born premature.

30

Pit bull

A woman was killed after she went outside to break up ice in the dog's water bowl where it was kept chained in a pen. Her other eleven dogs were taken by authorities.

31

Boxer

A man was killed after trying to break up a fight between their two dogs.

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Comments

moonlake from America on January 21, 2016:

You never know for sure what a dog is going to do. At Christmas my granddaughter wanted me to bring my new adopted dog with me. She had not seen him yet. I ask my daughter if her dog Max would be ok with him. Her answer, Max is a big baby loves the cats he will be fine. The minute I walked in with my dog Max went after him.

Max had to be locked in the bedroom. It was a miserable Christmas for me watching over my dog. Never again will I take my dogs with me.

I'm afraid of dogs. When I was a child a Boxer killed my puppy. She was chained had pups broke her chain and got my little dog. I don't even like taking my small dogs to the vet. I worry about larger dogs when I have to be in the waiting room.

Great Hub.

Adi on December 21, 2014:

. but when did it become gitluy before proven innocent? i totally agree, the dogs didn't mean to do what they did, they did it to get love they thought that if they did this maybe they can get some love (i'm talking about the dog fight dogs.) when did it ever, EVER! become okay to kill a dog because it was a pit bull? you know a long time ago the pit bull was thought of to be the best dog any one could have? but then some day after a person decided that the pit bull wasn't a good dog that the dog was horrible! and ever since the breed has been put on the death list? if pit bulls never existed, you know we'd all be saying that a dog like the rottwelier was horrible and needed to be put down like some are saying about pit bulls for once people GIVE THE PIT BULLS A CHANCE AT LOVE AND TO PROVE THAT THEY CAN LIVE A LIFE LIKE THE GOLDEN RETIVER OR THE YELLOW LAB HAS!

Shelley Watson on May 08, 2014:

This is a marvellous, in depth and well researched hub. I have never been bitten by a dog, and thankfully none of our dogs have ever bitten anyone. When I read about dog attacks I am always horrified at how scary it must be, more often than not the dog has been consistently teased, and when it's' free it doesn't forget.

Audrey Howitt from California on May 01, 2014:

Fabulous, fabulous hub! I also have a shelter dog---and she is a happy, well cared for, and well trained dog. We exercise her every day--and it still amazes me how unhappy dogs I see. So many people get dog and then ignore it--I really think you are correct --if there is a problem with a dog, it almost always starts with a human who is mismanaging the dog somehow--

CraftytotheCore (author) on April 30, 2014:

Hi Teaches! Thank you so much for your kind words. All of my rescued dogs were slated for death row and abused. I trained one from 7 months old and another around age 10. We can teach old dogs new tricks, and it's such a rewarding experience. Dogs don't come knowing what to do. They have to be taught.

Dianna Mendez on April 27, 2014:

I just read an article on a news web site about dogs that bite. I find your article also very informative and fascinating. WEll done! I only hope people take note on the fact that it is all how you train and raise your dog that makes the difference.

CraftytotheCore (author) on April 23, 2014:

Hi Shravan, thank you for your comment! It's very nice to see you here.

CraftytotheCore (author) on April 23, 2014:

Hi Rajan, so true! No matter how much training, a dog can still bite. Thank you so much for stopping by and your kind words.

CraftytotheCore (author) on April 23, 2014:

Hi Lady M, thank you for stopping by!

Shravan K Acharya from India on April 20, 2014:

Maybe this is the most longest hub I have ev