Pit Bulls by the Numbers

May 3, 2012  

A look at the facts surrounding faulty pit bull ‘statistics’

By Micaela Myers

(photos by Melissa Lipani)

What do you do when you read a news story that claims pit bulls make up only 5 percent of the dog population but account for a third or even half of the dog bite related fatalities? Where did these numbers come from, and are they accurate? Here, we examine the truth behind these commonly quoted studies and what the other side is leaving out.

Some of the most frequently cited statistics come from the Center for Disease Control’s Special Report on fatal human dog attacks between 1979 and 1998. The report attributes a third of the fatalities between 1981 – 1992 to “pit-bull type dogs,” but what the other side fails to include is that the report comes with many warnings about its “statistics”:

• First, let’s look at where the CDC and other studies get their information: You guessed it – largely from media accounts. Of course, the media reports on pit bull-related incidents far more than those involving other types of dogs, a fact clearly detailed in the Canine Research Council’s publication, “The Pit Bull Placebo,” and the ASPCA’s “Pit Bull Bias in the Media.” Another commonly cited source, the anti-pit bull website Dogsbite.org, also sites studies that use press accounts to compile their numbers.

• Aside from the fact the collection methods were faulty, the CDC study notes that guessing a dog’s breed is just that, a guess. And what’s more, people are influenced by a dog’s reputation and may attribute breed to a dog involved in an incident based on that rather than any real knowledge. To quote the report: “… to the extent that attacks by 1 breed are more newsworthy than those by other breeds, our methods may have resulted in differential ascertainment of fatalities by breed. … [B]ecause identification of a dog’s breed may be subjective (even experts may disagree on a breed of a particular dog), DBRF [dog bite related fatalities] may be differentially ascribed to breeds with a reputation for aggression.” It gets muddier from there, considering that “pit-bull type dogs” are not a breed at all but a type encompassing several breeds and mixes that resemble those breeds. This means you have a very loose category of dogs that it’s easy for people to miss-identify.

• Sites like Dogsbite.org like to claim that pit bulls only make up 5 percent of the total dog population in the United States and are therefore “attacking” at a much higher rate than other dogs, but the truth is that there are no accurate statistics kept on the total number of dogs in this country, let alone dogs by type. 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.

• Of course, there are even more factors to consider. The CDC study begins at the same time pit bulls’ “Evolution of a Bad Rap” started. Prior to that, according to “The Pit Bull Placebo,” pit bulls were nowhere to be found on bite lists. “In a 10-year span, from 1966 – 1975, there is only one documented case of a fatal dog attack in the United States by a dog which could even remotely be identified as a ‘Pit bull,’ ” writes the book’s author, Karen Delise. (And there are no incidents to date of a spayed/neutered indoor family pit bull ever having killed anyone.)

• It’s also important to note which types of dogs are listed as responsible for bites or fatalities changes over time, depending on which types of dogs are popular for negative functions, such as guarding, at that time. The CDC report also discusses this: “[B]reeds responsible for DBRF have varied over time. … As ascertained from our data, between 1979 and 1980, Great Danes caused the most reported human DBRF. … [S]ince 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.” (It’s also key to point out that you are more likely to be killed by lightening than a dog, and dog bites are at historic lows.)

• The CDC report concludes that many factors contribute to whether a dog bites or not and recommends breed-neutral laws that focus on owner responsibility and individual dog behavior rather than breed-discriminatory legislation.

What’s the take home message of all this? It’s important to question statistics related to how many pit bulls there are in the United States and how often they bite for all the reasons listed above. And, if you’re in need of some positive statistics, consider this: Temperament evaluations by the American Temperament Test Society give American Pit Bull Terriers an extremely high passing rate of 82.6 percent. The average passing rate for the other 121 breeds of dogs tested was 77 percent. Pit bulls share their homes with all types of people – from celebrities to senators to everyday families like you and me. They work as search and rescue dogs, therapy dogs and service dogs, and they are our faithful companions and best friends.

Download the PDF

Related reading:
StubbyDog – Resources
BADRAP Monster – Myths
Pit Bull Rescue Central – FAQ
ASPCA – Pit Bull Bias in the Media
National Canine Research Council – the problems with dog bite studies

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Comments

57 Responses to “Pit Bulls by the Numbers”
  1. THANK YOU for writing this! While conducting research to fight a pit bull ban in Charles County, MD I cited similar findings not to mention the CDC report is/was outdated.  The perpetuation of these false and inaccurate fake studies is one of many reasons Maryland Court of Appeals Justices ruled the way they did.  It burns me to the core when folks rely on sensationalism to make a decision.  Education and being ambassadors for this bully breed is they key to overcoming stereotypes.  My sister walked Krush down the dogwalk at our inaugural Pits & Pumps Dog Fashion Show last Saturday.  It bought tears to my eyes.  She’s afraid of pit bulls due to media sensationalism. Through education and seeing what we do for this this bully breed did she let go of the fear and saw a dog not a vicious, man eating, mindless “thing” but a dog that wants what every breed needs and wants which is love.

    • StubbyDog says:

       @theprettychic Yay Krush! We made this in a handy PDF for you and others fighting for the precious pit bull!

  2. christielici0us says:

    I’ve long known that there are many people who, if they read something, automatically believe it without question. Or if they see it on the news, it MUST be true. That’s what’s happening to our dogs – a few people are putting out gross misinformation, and the general public is gobbling it up and running with it. THANK YOU, StubbyDog, for writing this. I will be sharing it far and wide!
     
    xoxo,
    Chrissy
    http://www.TheLazyPitBull.com

  3. AmandaFitzgerald says:

    What is up with Maryland? Something needs to be done about dogsbite.org! Would you let rapists and pare victims control the stats about rape crimes? NO! Why is OK for a dog bite victim to control dog bite stats? CRAZY

    • StubbyDog says:

       @AmandaFitzgerald We agree, dogbite.org does a lot of damage when municipalities are looking to enact BDL. we hope our numbers here will counteract  those faulty statistics. thanks for your comments Amanda!

    • CharlesBuckman says:

      @AmandaFitzgerald http://btoellner.typepad.com/kcdogblog/2008/09/dogsbiteorg—-when-a-quest-for-vengeance-becomes-dangerous.html

  4. MarthaKennedy says:

    Thank you for all your work in getting the truth out about these dogs! I have used your information and will continue to even more as we just had a very awful incident here in New Mexico where a pitbull killed his owner’s father – an intact male, supposedly had him from a pup, showed no signs of aggression, knew the father well… – the cries for exterminating the breed, etc… have already begun. Tomorrow our shelter’s annual “Paws for a Cause” walk is happening and I will be taking one of my ‘pitbulls’ and will be armed with fliers to hand out to anyone willing to take them – my little bit to educate during this event. My dog Vixen will do the rest!  :)

  5. honeyremedy says:

    I will be printing and handing out copies of this for my Bully Walk coming up at the end of May! Perfect timing for this article!

    • StubbyDog says:

       @honeyremedy Wonderful! Thank you.

    • MichaelMantion says:

       @honeyremedy Ok but make sure all your bully friends get their bully’s fixed.. 
       

      • skreidle says:

         @MichaelMantion  @honeyremedy  There’s nothing special about bully dogs in this respect. Any pet dog should be fixed, and most of them are.

      • honeyremedy says:

         @MichaelMantion All dogs should be fixed. There is such a huge population of unwanted dogs because of over breeding. One of my biggest pet peeves is “My dog is pretty so I will breed her.” There are MILLIONS of pretty dogs in the shelter. Adopt one of them!

  6. StephCorby says:

    our pit is the biggest wuss you will ever meet. He has never once in 5 years even growled at anyone. We call him a “Pit Bunny”. Its really sad when people run away from him because theyre scared and all he wants is for them to pet him. Its like he is Frankenstein or something. Our yellow lab is more fierce.

  7. AdrienneClegg says:

    Why does this seem to make perfect sense to those of us who live with and work with dogs. (Pit bull Type or other) And yet cities and now states are ignoring the facts and respected sources and making these terrible laws based on myth and hysteria and the information presented by a bias media.

    • MichaelMantion says:

       @AdrienneClegg I work with dogs, but I think pits should be fixed or destroyed.   Sure some people have positive results with the breed most do not.  There is a reason why 90% of pits born will be put down because no one wants them.  We need to get ahead of this problem..  
       

      • skreidle says:

         @MichaelMantion  @AdrienneClegg Michael, I think you’re terribly prejudiced and have no factual basis for your claims, and the problem here is a lack of education — starting with yours.

  8. AaronYoung says:

    I punched the numbers a couple of months ago and this is what I came up with. It was for a conversation I was having so ignore the personal references: I used 2009 statistics since it was the most recent year I could fact gather all the numbers I needed. 2009-2010 dog population was estimated at 77.5 mil. (Aug.11,2009 http://www.ohmidog.com/…/american-dog-population-rises-to-77-5-millio...). According to you pit bulls make up 5% of all dogs(false number since every reputable source states several times there is no way to get accurate breed population numbers). So that makes the number of pit-bulls in the U.S. (according to your 5%) 3,875,000. In 2009 885,000 dog bites required medical attention .(2009 CDC Study http://www.cdc.gov/HomeandRecreationalSafety/Dog-Bites/biteprevention.html). I’ll even use your number of 60% of all bites being caused by pit-bulls(an absurd percentage and down right laughable, most sources put the number somewhere between 18% & 34%) 60% of 885,000=531,000 bites caused by pit-bulls. The actual number is somewhere between 95,980 and 300,900. So even with your lowball population number and your ridiculously inflated bite percentage. The number of “vicious” pit bulls (percentage wise) is 13.7%.  The actual percentage is somewhere between 2.4% and 7.7%(according to reputable source numbers). In 2009 ther were 30 fatal dog attacks 14 of which were from pit-bull/pit-bull mix (assuming all dogs were correctly identified) thats 46.6% of all fatalities for 2009 were pit-bull/pit-bull mix related.That means out of the entire pit-bull population (according to your 5%number) 0.00036129% caused fatalities in 2009. Not Even 1%! Not even 0.1% that is 3 TEN-THOUSANDTHS of a percent of the entire estimated population of pit-bulls in the U.S. in 2009!!!!! SO… you want to exterminate an entire breed to the point of extinction on a 3 Ten-Thousandths percent chance of a fatality???? 

    • CharlesBuckman says:

      @AaronYoung I’ve done this as well (I got told that I was obviously “comfortable” with the number of gruesome deaths caused by pit bulls.) If you look up this report: http://www.guerrillaeconomics.biz/bestfriends/best%20friends%20methodology%20and%20write%20up.pdf they ESTIMATE about 5 million pit bulls. They do not claim to be 100% accurate, but that is their estimate. Also, most of these figures are based on breed registration with AKC/UKC, and most experts say that they are very likely to be low due to pit bulls being under-represented in those registries.

  9. skreidle says:

    Check out this great similar analysis over at Skeptoid.com! http://skeptoid.com/episodes/4288

  10. jhassell71 says:

    What is sad in all this is that so many people take what the media says as absolute truth.  Yet, in a scholastic setting a media source is not considered a trustworthy piece of info.  Essentially it is common practice to ignor any and all media stories as the media is nothing more than a generator of revenue and a business.

  11. MarcusHill says:

    Thanks for the facts, I’ll save the pdf for future reference. SIx years ago I didn’t know diddly about pit bulls other than what was flying around the media. Then one day in December 2006 i came across a small puppy sitting on a street corner looking oh so pityful. I picked him and took him home only to discover this was one sick puppy. My vet diagnosed him with the parvo virus and started a course of treatment and saved him. So i named him Parvo the Barbarian. As he grew bigger it dawned on me that he was a Pit Bull, That set me back a bit but rather than condem outright I studied up and found faith in the goodness of this breed. Parvo got along swimmingly with my other three dogs and also loves our cat. Parvo grew up to be a sixty+ lb blue lovebug. He, along with the other dogs, big brothers the foster puppies we take care of for our local shelters, 23 so far. I have had a couple of people react in a negative way while out walking him. One lady was out with her tiny lap dog, we stopped and chatted and I complimented her dog. She asked what Parvo was and when i said Pit Bull she reached down and scooped up her dog and gave me a dirty look even though the two dogs were getting on just fine. Go figure. Another lady remarked what fine a dog he was as she pet him and asked what is he? When told she stood up and looked at me saying ‘Really’? She did allow that he seemed to not fit the picture and went back to petting him with a smile. At the moment our foster is a three month old puppy found in a pasture hiding under a piece of tin roofing. He had been chewed about the head some what. He looks to be pittie so we think he had been tested as a fighter and failed then dumped. Romeo is his name and he has healed up nicely and seems to be over his trauma. :-)  Anybody need a dog? He’ll be up for adoption after he gets ‘fixed’ in a couple of months. Shameless plug FB at hsofwc.

  12. MichaelMantion says:

    I found your article void of any logic or facts.  I did find it laughable that you included “American Temperament Test Society “. Which is completely irrelevant.  they estimate up to 1million pit like dogs will be put down this year.  they also estimate there are about 3 million pits in the US at any one time.
     
    Assuming an average life span of 10 years that means 10 million pits will be euthanasia. the logical thing to do is  Euthanize all 3 million pits this year and rid our selves of them forever.   
     
    I know it seems harsh but would you rather 10 million get killed over the next 10 years or just 3 million get killed this year?

    • skreidle says:

       @MichaelMantion : 1) ATTS irrelevant: Explain? 2) “They estimate … they also estimate”: They clearly estimate incorrectly, as you can’t remove 1M/yr from a population of 3M unless it’s growing at a rate of 1M+/yr, which is ludicrous.  Either “their” euth rate estimate is too high, “their” population estimate too low, or both — and I’d love to know “their” source(s) for those numbers. 3) I’d rather no dogs get needlessly euthanized, and the best way to accomplish that is a campaign of education, not needless killing. 

    • honeyremedy says:

       @MichaelMantion Okay Michael, so think about this, according to dogsbite.org; “Of the 88 fatal dog attacks recorded by DogsBite.org, pit bull type dogs were responsible for 59% (52)” that means that of those 3 million pit bulls in the US at any given time only 88 killed someone. That means that only 0.0029333333333333334% of the pit bull population. Little facts like those are pretty insignificant when added up in the big picture. Also, 1 million maybe put down due to unnecessary BSL? Over population in shelters? Health Concerns? Old Age? Injuries? Who is they, by the way?

      • StubbyDog says:

         @honeyremedy  @MichaelMantion Another not so fun fact: 3 out of 4 times animal control officers misidentified breeds/types of dogs. Dog bite statistics come from ACOs that are clearly not so reliable.

        • honeyremedy says:

           @StubbyDog I completely agree! I did some volunteer work for my local animal shelter and my job was to update the animal control files from paper to the computer. As I was updating all the information on each breed of dog animal control had to deal with I discovered 2 things; “unknown breed” was usually followed by “pit bull mix” when describing the breed of the dog, and “pit bull” was rarely the culprit in dog biting incidents. I was shocked to discover Australian Shepard was at the top of the list for biting incidents because I owned one at the time (rip zues-moose) and he was the sweetest boy. But anyways, a dog is a dog is a pit bull is a dog. Am I right?!

        • StubbyDog says:

           @honeyremedy So true, a pit bull is just a dog and we hope one day soon all pit bulls will be seen and treated as the individual dogs that they all are.

  13. RichAllen says:

    Don’t come here looking for FACTS or INFORMATION. The moderator deletes all factual posts, leaving only the ones that agree with her article and strokes her ego.Short version since this will be deleted too:4,000,000 Pit Bulls368,245 dog attacks resulting in hospitalizationInsurance companies pay out $479 Million in homeowners claims each year and keep records of the breeds responsible for the injuries.34% of dog attacks are by Pit Bulls.368,245 x 34% =  125203That’s 125 THOUSAND, mostly children, sent to the hospital by Pit Bulls each year!125,203 / 4,000,000 = .03The chances are 3% that each Pit Bull will send someone to the hospital this year.If the chances were 3% that your child would have their face ripped off if they visit your neighbor, would those odds be acceptable to you? TO THE MODERATOR: If you’re against Freedom Of Speech, the sharing of factual information, and open communication, go to fricken China where they don’t have those things you fricken communist! 

    • skreidle says:

      @RichAllen Since no organization currently records or dog ownership tallies or bite statistics by breed–nor has any accurate way to do so–I’d love to see your sources for these numbers.

    • StubbyDog says:

       @RichAllen First of all, we would ask you to check out our commenting guidelines. Secondly if you want to make up statistics, this isn’t the place for you. We aren’t against free speech, but we do encourage facts and that people think for themselves. You have done neither.  Perhaps if you were thinking based not on what others like the media have told you to think, you would not be likely to discriminate, although, you may do that with people too. Animal control officers misindentify dogs 3 out of 4 times. So any so called facts you get from dogbite.org are based on lies and misinformation. If you want to be a free thinker, we encourage you to read any of the over 10,000 stories on this site that show the true colors of pit bull type dogs. If you want to spout hate, false numbers, we suggest you find another site to talk your hateful speech.  We wonder if you have ever even met a pit bull. If you have any personal experience, good or bad, we would like to hear that. We suspect you have none. We love bully breeds here, not bullies!

    •  @RichAllen  I’ve done everything my power not to respond to such ignorance. It’s apparent you have nothing better to do than attempt stir up negative emotions.  Please take your banter elsewhere.  Enjoy your life!

    • jhassell71 says:

       @RichAllen
      Holy Troll Batman.  Dear RichAllen, I am sorry to inform you that your “facts” are from a fellow troll with no eduacation on animal matters or how to research actual facts.   Please go troll somewhere else.

      • RichAllen says:

         @jhassell71 I’m sorry to inform you that I didn’t just stumble upon this forum and decide to post whatever info I found in a quick Google search. I’ve spent hours / days researching this topic so that I would have facts on which to base my opinion (and I really didn’t care which way the FACTS leaned). If I was just copying and pasting whatever garbage I found, I would have copied statistics that say that Pit Bulls commit 74% of attacks blah blah blah, but my information comes from many reliable sources, including insurance companies that pay out about $500 MILLION (less reliable sources claim $1 Billion), in homeowners insurance claims each year. It stands to reason that if 1/3rd of all homeowners insurance claims are for dog attacks, that those paying out those claims would have an interest in finding out what breed is responsible for each $20,000 average claim (some sources claim $40,000 average). Gang members involved in Pit Bull fighting don’t carry home owners insurance. These claims are made by home owners with mortgages and families. Search google for “FAMILY DOG ATTACKS” PITBULL then do another search for “FAMILY DOG ATTACKS” IRISH SETTER. You’ll find about 40,000 results for the first search, and about 9 results for the second one. and by putting family dog attacks in quotations, most of the gang member pit bull fighting scum will be eliminated from the results.
        Here are the facts:Pit bulls were bred to fight bulls, not as baby sitters. Social cues that EVERY OTHER breed of dog uses to avoid fights have been bred out of Pit Bulls. Most dogs growl when an attack is imminent, most Pit Bulls do not growl before lunging at a victims throat or other extremity. Pit bulls were bred to be similar to an obedient, loyal alligator, that gives no warning before an attack, clamps down on the victim, thrashes when attacking, and often doesn’t let go until the victim stops moving, and often happily wagging it’s tail during the entire attack. No one with any sense would suggest keeping an alligator in a home with children, and to keep a Pit Bull, rather than over 500 other safe breeds, is totally irresponsible.EVERY PRO PIT BULL ADVOCATE POSTS BASED ON EMOTION. MY POST IS BASED ON NOTHING BUT FACT. 100,000 people are admitted into emergency rooms each year because of Pit Bull attacks, and no pet is worth keeping when it inflicts bodily injury on that many people each year!
         

        • skreidle says:

          @RichAllen , your “facts” are almost completely bogus and not Borne out by any science or expert opinion. Pit bulls have the same body language as every other breed, with the same social cues. *That* is fact.

          As for “search Google for number of hits”, that’s comparable to “search the news”–and that just demonstrates media bias, not fact or actual statistics. Given that canine experts and animal control officers and veterinarians cannot reliably identify dog breeds, how does “a reporter or eyewitness attributed an incident to a pit bull” have any value whatsoever?

        • RichAllen says:

           @skreidle  @RichAllen You didn’t mention insurance companies and homeowners policy pay outs.I know… you’d fight for drunk driving too if you were an alcoholic. Statistics and facts don’t mean anything to you, and anyone who provides facts that contradict your emotional selfish ignorant point of view is just making it up. Stick with that story, no one with any intelligence and an objective point of view will buy it.

        • skreidle says:

          @RichAllen Verifiable facts from reputable sources are wonderful things. Please provide some, rather than baseless stereotypes and relying on “search Google” for statistics.

        • jhassell71 says:

           @RichAllen
          I will make a deal with you. If you truly decided to wake up and do unbiased research than you will gladly do this. Write me a 500-2000 word paper using peer reviewed articles, not websites, not blogs, not newspapers, not online news, not “google research” but actual facts. This may get you started:
           
          A peer-reviewed article is a special type of journal. Peer reviewed (or refereed) journals or articles have been reviewed by a panel of subject experts. These peer reviewers scrutinize articles and journals for significance, relevance, sound research design, accurate presentation, and clarity before they are accepted for publication.
           
          You have made it clear that you have the time to do this. If you can convince me then I will gladly stop defending “pitbulls.” 
           
          Until then you are nothing more than a troll going to websites to antagonize people with ignorance and self-righteous rhetoric. If you truly believe what you say then you are a sad little person. If you are simply a troll, then you are a damn good troll.

        • honeyremedy says:

           @RichAllen  wait… so you’ve done research that tells you pit bulls do not growl before attacking? There are studies on this? Because I cannot find a single one of them. Hmm. Strange. And, you cannot justify any alligator-dog comparison. I am sorry, but 2 different species of animal of 2 complete different origins cannot be educationally compared to one in other. Dogs are often mis-identified as pit bulls with dog attacks. Google searches do not hold any educational foundations of legit numerical studies. Sorry. 

        • ShareaBrown says:

          @RichAllen@jhassell71
            “Here are the facts:Pit bulls were bred to fight bulls, not as baby sitters.”
           
          Actually they were bread for both. People would leave their toddlers with “pitbull” type dogs which is why they were called The Nanny Dog. When breeding, any dog that showed aggression was killed, along with the sire, dam, and rest of the litter to ensure that the breed remained “people friendly.” Common sense comes into play, as did with Great Danes, when breeding a powerful dog, you want to take no chances that it will attacking you?
           
          “No one with any sense would suggest keeping an alligator in a home with children, and to keep a Pit Bull, rather than over 500 other safe breeds, is totally irresponsible.”
           
          No breed is “safe”. No child should be left with any dog. Those that are account for a hung number of bites. People are quick to blame the dog (of any breed) than to admit they have a child that pulls ears, teases, throws things, etc. By your logic, vehicles should not be allowed because there is a chance of them causing damage if someone mishandles it. I do agree, if you dont have common sense then there are a lot of things you should not be allowed to own.
           
          The insurance companies do not go by facts as much as “one person ruins it for everyone else” logic.
           

  14. @RichAllen Please name your “source”. Statistics mean nothing if you can’t cite your source.

    Did you know that bites by non-aggressive breeds rarely get any press? That’s because the media knows its not a very sensational story when a poodle or a collie bites someone. Pit Bulls, though, those are big news. You’ll ALWAYS hear about those because the media likes to spread hysteria and misinformation, and sheep like you jump right on board and perpetuate it.

    No one here wants to read your “facts”. Go be a “bully” somewhere else.

    • RichAllen says:

       @TheLazyPitBull  @RichAllen We’re not talking “bites”, we’re talking attacks that require an emergency room visit. When a baby gets mauled in a small town, it’s a sensational story whether it’s a pit bull or an irish setter. I asked people to search google for FAMILY DOG ATTACKS (insert breed here, and also do Pit Bull) and I’ll bet that not a single pit bull advocate has done that, or read any of the articles, because they don’t care about the baby that the 8 year old family pit bull mauled in her bed. Like I said, I’d be happy to find the reliable sources again (and I’m kicking myself for not bookmarking or making a file), but even when I do, none of you will put any energy into backing me up. You keep claiming that the MEDIA is responsible for the information, and I keep telling you that the reliable information comes from hospital emergency rooms and insurance companies, but as usual, you keep pretending that I haven’t mentioned them, which proves my point, that my reward for finding those sources again (out of the thousands that I ignored because they weren’t reliable), will be the same as Galileo’s reward for telling the church that the earth revolves around the sun.

    • RichAllen says:

       @TheLazyPitBull  @RichAllen Here is A source… a comment by someone who was an insurance agent for 12 years. But this wasn’t one of THE sources that I based my information on. This agent actually claims that 1/2 of all dog attacks involved a Pit Bull. On all the reliable information that I read, I always took the statistics that were in the Pit Bulls favor. I really have tried to be extremely fair in compiling this information, but as with religion, fair and facts seldom matter even when both are overwhelming.In many cases, to find information, I started with a google search using the most decisive words I could think of. I often went to a page, read an article, clicked their resources, read another article, and found another resource, occasionally finding a reliable resource based on statistics (like compiling all the dog attack claim information from an insurance company or hospital emergency room). My hobby is researching, and it would be unreasonable to save every reliable resource of every statistic for every topic that I’ve found worth researching. That is why I didn’t bother saving Pit Bull statistics just as I didn’t save Obama vs Romney statistics, or global warming statistics etc…”I was a licensed insurance agent for 12 years and sold many home policies. Our policies had restrictions on insuring Dobermans, Pitbulls, Rotweillers, Wolf Hybrids, Akitas and a few others. Statistically 1/3 of homeowner insurance liability claims are from dog bites. Out of those over half were dog bites involving the Pitbull breed. Unfortunately insurance is all about statistics. There are companies that will cover the Pitbull breed provided that certain requirements are met….”http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110117093758AA0Js8J 

  15. GracesMama says:

     @AaronYoung
     Finally!I love it when someone uses logic :)

  16. Mrbrainsyck says:

    There is absolutely no such thing as a dangerous or bad breed of dogs.  Pit bulls of all breeds are sweet, innocent, loving, and handsome.  My name is Nic, and I own a Pit Bull named Cocoa Bear who is 7 years old.  I rescued him from paws when I was 15 (know 19), after my previous dog who was a Bull Mastiff/ Rottweiler mix named Rock passed away from Addison’s disease.  He was in Paws for 4 months, because no one wanted a dangerous vicious pit bull.  Except me of course, but I’m not brain washed like most people.  No one at paws thought Cocoa Bear would ever be adopted, so when we adopted him he became adoption of the month, and they had a story printed about him on the back of their magazine.  If you are interested you can Google search (PAWS – PAWS Magazine: Issue 72, Page 16).  It has a very adorable picture of him, and also has a picture of me, my dad, and my brother.  I am the one kneeling down receiving a kiss from him.  I have never owned, or known a dog my entire life with so much personality, until I met Cocoa.  He has never growled (unless during tug of war), bit, or even barked viciously at a human being.  He loves other dogs, because every time we meet someone new he thinks, he’s made a new friend to play with.  I recently got another dog Razz who is boxer, chocolate lab mix, and they refuse to leave each other’s side for even a moment.  Every night both dogs sleep on my bed, and they keep my feet warm.  I have to sleep with my door open though, because Cocoa has to greet everyone in the morning on their way out before returning to bed.  He is wonderful, and I have been very lucky to have found him.

  17. Mrbrainsyck says:

    @skreidle Yea he is saying he doesn’t base anything on emotion, but he has claims we dont care about a child killed, and want’s us to look up specific single attacks. When trying to debate something like this you can’t just look at one, and the nature of it. Also by his reasoning methed, since more that 100 children are killed each year by their own mothers. No child’s mother should be around when they could possibly kill, or abuse them. That number doesn’t include father’s that murder their children, or other guardians.

  18. skreidle says:

    @Mrbrainsyck  @StubbyDog – I recently came across a fantastic infographic from 1800PetMeds, that addresses a lot of the real statistics. Check it out! http://www.1800petmeds.com/education/pit-bull-facts-and-myths.htm

  19. Mrbrainsyck says:

    @skreidle Thanks allot, I was happy to find out that I already know most of the tings on the website you provided. I always love adding more resources to my collection though. Occasionally I get some ignorant people coming, and going in my house hold. Educating them is something I love to do, and proof to back it up helps tremendously.

  20. StubbyDog says:

    @Mrbrainsyck  @skreidle Keep up the good work and take advantage of our resources page for back up. :)

  21. AmandaFitzgerald says:

    Wow can someone please squish the troll? 

  22. honeyremedy says:

     @RichAllen  Correction: Alligators were not breed to be fighting machines. Nature produced them that way. Also, thousands of years of human production of creating dogs to do our bidding and to respect the humans around them has a MUCH higher standing in a dogs genetic coding to fight other animals. Dog-dog aggression and dog-human aggression are 2 complete different things. Also, 880,000 people report dog bite incidents in hospitals each year. Insurance companies have these liability coverages because we live in a sue-happy community. No one wants to even risk being sued these days, hence silly warning on things like “This Cup of Coffee is HOT, please use caution when drinking!”  

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