It is rare for a month to pass without news of a child being attacked and bitten by a vicious dog. Dog bites occur often and can result in disfigurement or even fatalities.
According to a Vet Med Today special Report (JAVMA, Vol 217, No. 6., September 15, 2000, during 1997 and 1998, at least 27 people died of dog bite attacks (18 in 1997 and 9 in 1998).
At least 25 breeds of dogs have been involved in 238 human dog bite-related fatalities during the past 20 years. Pit bull-type dogs and Rottweilers were involved in more than half of these deaths.
Of 227 reports with relevant data, 55 (24%) human deaths involved unrestrained dogs off their owners’ property, 133 (58%) involved unrestrained dogs on their owners’ property, 38 (17%) involved restrained dogs on their owners’ property, and 1 (< 1%) involved a restrained dog off its owner’s property.
Merritt Clifton, editor of Animal People, reported that between 1982 and 2013, the breeds most responsible for serious injury and dea Continue Reading ›