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Continuing our series on dog bites and dog attacks, have you ever wondered where you are more likely to be bitten? There are many, many sites and sources that would have you believe that there is a dog bite epidemic, there is not. There is a lot of inaccurate information regarding dog bites and many sites and blogs post somewhat scary statistics regarding the high incidence of dog bites, dog maimings and fatalities.  Because the incidence of dog bites/attacks and the dog populations in the U.S. have not been correctly analyzed, there is not a sure-fire way to determine the actual risk factor.

However, having said there is no dog bite epidemic, dog bites and attacks can be extremely serious injuries and often life-altering events. One has only to look at the photos of children and victims of dog bites to understand the gravity of the long-term effects. It is critical that if you or a family member is attacked by a dog to get immediate help, both medical and likely legal.

5 Quick Safety Tips

  1. Watch your dogs especially around children and elderly.
  2. Train and socialize your dog.
  3. Educate your children on dog safety, remember 79% of all fatal attacks were on children under the age of 12.
  4. Watch for any aggressive behavior on the dog’s part.
  5. Spend time with a dog before buying or adopting it. Always use caution when bringing a cog into a household with an infant or toddler.

Where are You More Likely to be Bitten?

Karen Delise conducted an extensive study of fatal dog attacks from 1965 to 2001 (and has likely updated her findings since then).  Below you can see the result of her extensive research:

•    73% involved dogs within the boundaries of the owners’ property [Karen Delise]
•    The data also shows that pit bulls commit the vast majority of off-property attacks that result in death [DogBite.org Survey]
•    Only 18% (16 of 88) of the fatal attacks occurred off owner property, yet pit bulls were responsible for 81% (13 of 88 fatalities) of off-property attacks [DogBite.org Survey]
•    10% involved leashed dogs or miscellaneous circumstances [Karen Delise]
•    17% resulted from attacks by dogs roaming off their owners’ property [Karen Delise]
•    25% by chained dogs [Karen Delise]
•    25% by dogs in yard [Karen Delise]
•    23% by dogs inside the home [Karen Delise]

Surprisingly, it made no difference whether or not the dogs were chained as 75% involved in fatalities were not chained, and yet this has been frequently cited by animal rights proponents to cause aggression.

DogsBite.org founder Colleen Lynn adds, “The off-property statistical data about pit bulls shows just how dangerous they are.” She noted that six senior citizens were killed under these circumstances: “Two were killed while standing in their own backyard,” she said. “Four others were killed while taking a morning walk or getting the mail.”

For more information on dog bites or for a free consultation, please call our office at 602-971-1775 or visit our website www.alexandassociates.com

see related posts:
Dog Bites | Dog Attacks | Dog Bite Fatalities
Dog Bites | Is Your Dog Costing You More $ in Homeowners Insurance Premiums?
Dog Bites | Who Has the Highest Risk of Being Bitten?
Dog Bites | Which Dogs are Most Likely to Bite?
Dog Bites | Where are You More Likely to be Bitten?

Dog Bites | Dog Owner Safety Tips
Dog Bites | Preventing Dog Bites
Dog Bites | Dog Owner Safety Tips
Dog Bites | What to Do if a Dog Attacks You

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Dog Bite Attorney Phoenix, Dog Attacks, Which Dogs Are Most Likely To Bite?In previous posts we discussed whether or not there IS a dog bite epidemic, how much dog bites are costing homeowners in claims (2009 = dog bite claims totaled more than $412 million) and who has the highest risk of being bitten and so on. See related post at the end of this article.

Many studies have been conducted about which dog is most likely to bite. Pit bull and pit bull type dogs topped the list.

What Dogs are Most Likely to Bite?

No matter which report or whose data you look at, pit bulls do seem to top the list:

  • Pit bull type dogs were responsible for 59% (52 of 88) this is equivalent to a pit bull killing a U.S. citizen every 21 days during this 3-year period [DogBite.org Survey]
  • Pit bulls were involved in 42 (41.6%) of 101 deaths where dog breed was reported, almost 3 times more than German Sheppards (the next most commonly reported breed) [JAMA]
  • Deaths attributable to pit bulls increased from 20% in 1979/1980 to 62% in 1987/1988 [JAMA]
  • Even if the pit bull category was split 3 ways attacks by pit bulls and their closest relatives would still outnumber attacks by any other breed [Merritt Clifton, Editor of Animal People]
  • Pit bulls attack adults nearly as often as they attack children [Merritt Clifton, Editor of Animal People]
  • A characteristic not shared by any other breed [Merritt Clifton, Editor of Animal People]
  • In the 21-54 age group, pit bulls were responsible for 82% (14) of the deaths. [DogBite.org]

The data indicates that pit bulls do not only kill children and senior citizens; they kill men and women in their prime years as well. [DogBite.org]

For more information on dog bites or for a free consultation, please call our office at 602-971-1775 or visit our website www.alexandassociates.com

see related posts:
Dog Bites | Dog Attacks | Dog Bite Fatalities
Dog Bites | Is Your Dog Costing You More $ in Homeowners Insurance Premiums?
Dog Bites | Who Has the Highest Risk of Being Bitten?
Dog Bites | Which Dogs are Most Likely to Bite?
Dog Bites | Where are You More Likely to be Bitten?
Dog Bites | Dog Owner Safety Tips
Dog Bites | Preventing Dog Bites
Dog Bites | Dog Owner Safety Tips
Dog Bites | What to Do if a Dog Attacks You

 

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Dog Bite Attorney Arizona - Who has the highest risk of being bitten?Karen Delise in her extensive 35 year study of fatal dog attacks in the U.S. reported that the most fatal dog attacks occurred in California and the mostly likely dog to attack was a pit bull or a pit bull type of dog. Delise in her inclusive report states:

  • 79% of all fatal attacks were on children under the age of 12
  • 12% of the victims were the elderly, aged  65 – 94
  • 9% of the victims were 13 – 64 years old
  • The age group with the highest number of fatalities were children under the age of 1 year old;
    • Accounting for 19% of the deaths due to dog attack.
    • Over 95% of these fatalities occurred when an infant was left unsupervised with a dog(s).

Delise further breaks these statistics down stating:

  • The age group with the second-highest number of fatalities were 2-year-olds;
    • Accounting for 11% of the fatalities due to dog attack.
    • Over 87% of these fatalities occurred when the 2-year-old child was left unsupervised with a dog(s)
    • Or, the child wandered off to the location of the dog(s).
  • Boys aged 1 – 12 years old were 2.5 times more likely to be the victim of a fatal dog attack than girls of the same age.

DogBite.org Notes that:

  • Of the six victim fatality age groups documented, the 55 and older group suffered the most fatalities 26% (23 of 88), followed by the 2-4 age group 22% (19 of 88).
  • 14% (12 of 88) of the fatal attacks on children ages 0-4 there was a “watcher,” a person such as a grandparent or babysitter watching the child. Of these attacks involving a “watcher,” 75% (9 of 88) involved a grandparent type.

The Canadian Hospitals Injury Reporting and Prevention Program Website found that bites from cats and dogs owned as pets is very common in U.S. and Canada with between 1 million and 2 million dog bites reported annually in both countries. In addition they found that:

  • Dogs are responsible for 85% of all bite wounds
  • 5-9 years old males are most frequent victims
  • In about 70% of the cases dog and cat bites are more serious in children as they are more likely to be bitten in the face, neck and head
  • Children account for the majority of deaths from animal bites that occur annually in the US
  • Up to 85% of dog and cat bites are caused by victims family or by a neighbor’s pet
  • About ½ of these bites are considered to be provoked

JAMA confirms the high incidence of fatalities in children from dog bites:

The CDC indicates that families who own a dog have a higher incidence of dog bites. As the number of dogs in the home increases, so does the incidence of dog bites. Adults with two or more dogs in the household are five times more likely to be bitten than those living without dogs at home.

For more information on dog bites or for a free consultation, please call our office at 602-971-1775 or visit our website www.alexandassociates.com.

see related posts:
Dog Bites | Dog Attacks | Dog Bite Fatalities
Dog Bites | Is Your Dog Costing You More $ in Homeowners Insurance Premiums?
Dog Bites | Who Has the Highest Risk of Being Bitten?
Dog Bites | Which Dogs are Most Likely to Bite?
Dog Bites | Where are You More Likely to be Bitten?

Dog Bites | Dog Owner Safety Tips
Dog Bites | Preventing Dog Bites
Dog Bites | Dog Owner Safety Tips
Dog Bites | What to Do if a Dog Attacks You