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February 23, 2015
Pit bull kills two-year-old girl near Pittsburgh
Associated Press | The Christian Science Monitor | According to the website DogsBite.org, which tracks "dangerous dog breeds": 42 U.S. dog bite-related fatalities occurred in 2014. Despite being regulated in Military Housing areas and over 700 U.S. cities, pit bulls contributed to 64% (27) of these deaths. Pit bulls make up about 6% of the total U.S. dog population...
February 11, 2015
Fatal Dog Attacks Reach Record High in 2014, Off-Property Attacks Surge and Other Annual Trends by DogsBite.org
DogsBite.org News Release | On February 11, DogsBite.org, a national dog bite victims' group dedicated to reducing serious dog attacks, releases its 2014 annual dog bite fatality statistics. Last year, dogs inflicted 42 deadly attacks in the U.S., the highest ever recorded by the Texas-based nonprofit. On average, a fatal dog attack occurred every 8.7 days...
January 5, 2015
Time to ban pit bulls in B.C.
Bill Tieleman | 24 Hours Vancouver | The non-profit DogBites.org tracks fatal attacks and reports that between 2005 and 2013 pit bulls killed an astonishing 176 Americans - or one every 19 days - representing 62% of all dog bite deaths. Rottweilers, another fighting/guard dog, killed 33 in the same period, for a combined total of 74%. The website chronicles...
January 2, 2015
Metamora couple face February trial in dog mauling
L.L. Brasier | Detroit Free Press | Colleen Lynn, founder of DogsBite.org, a Texas-based nonprofit organization that tracks dog bites across the nation, said police and prosecutors in recent years are growing more aggressive in prosecuting owners of dangerous dogs. "We're seeing it in California, and now in Michigan," she said. The uptick is due, in part...
December 28, 2014
Pit bull and Rottweiler cross attacks 16-day-old baby in Victoria suburb of Saanich
Charlie Smith | Straight.com | According to the dogsbite.org website, pit bulls killed 176 Americans between 2005 and 2013, amounting to 62 percent of all canine-related deaths of human beings. Together, pit bulls and Rottweilers were responsible for 74 percent of the deaths over that nine-year period. The percentage rose to 81 percent in 2013...
December 28, 2014
Indiana Man Mauled to Death by His Pet Pit Bull on Christmas Day
Sky Valley Chronicle | According to 2013 statistics on pit bull attacks and deaths from dogsbite.org: 32 U.S. dog bite-related fatalities occurred in 2013. Despite being regulated in Military Housing areas and over 700 U.S. cities, pit bulls contributed to 78% (25) of these deaths yet pit bulls make up only about 6% of the total U.S. dog population...
December 3, 2014
Woman mauled by dogs at Plainfield home
John Barry | The Norwich Bulletin | According to a study of dog bite deaths from 2006 to 2008 in the United States published on dogsbite.org, Rottweilers contributed to 12 deaths, about 14 percent, making the breed the second most dangerous. Pit bulls contributed to 52 deaths, 59 percent of the total, the study says. Neighbor Deborah Longo said about three...
November 28, 2014
Dog-owner group to fight ban on pit bulls in Minot
Associated Press | Bismark Tribune | Colleen Lynn, president of DogsBite.org, which advocates for breed-specific laws, said pit bulls aren't necessarily more likely to bite than other breeds. The issue, she said, is that their hold-and-shake style of biting when they do attack is unlike other dogs, "When they start an attack, they often don't stop," she said...
November 7, 2014
A Dangerous Dog Act of 2016?
Editorial | Merced Sun-Star | Dogsbite.org documented 32 fatalities in 2013. Of those, 78 percent were attributed to pit bulls. Statistics from California health authorities confirm that pit bulls are the breed most likely to bite people in California. But there’s little California communities can do to ban breeds that become a public menace – thanks to that prohibition...
November 6, 2014
Son saves mom from pit-bull attack but dies of injuries
Dave Marquis and Associated Press | USA Today | The son of a 77-year-old woman saved her from a pack of pit bulldogs but died after being mauled himself ... At least 32 people died last year from dog attacks, according to the nonprofit advocacy group DogsBite.org, based in Austin, Texas. Pit bull terriers accounted for more than three-fourths of those deaths...
November 4, 2014
Voters overwhelmingly back Aurora pit bull ban
Brandon Johansson | Aurora Sentinel | Colleen Lynn, a supporter of breed bans and founder of the group dogsbite.org, said she was happy with the outcome in Aurora ... Lynn said that while pit bull supporters are often very public and vocal in their support for the breed, there are many people who oppose the breed but don’t want to speak publicly about it...
October 31, 2014
Pit bulls can be deadly; hold owners accountable
Editorial | The Modesto Bee | The website dogsbite.org tracks death by dog, documenting 32 fatalities in 2013. Of those, 25 (78 percent) were attributed to pit bulls. Five were in California, and three resulted in criminal charges. The owner of a Stockton dog that killed has been charged with involuntary manslaughter. When four pit bulls in Littlerock killed...
October 28, 2014
Aurora's polarizing pit bull ban up for a vote
Nell London | Colorado Public Radio | Aurora voters will decide on Election Day ... That suits Colleen Lynn, founder of DogsBite.org, an advocacy group which supports restrictions on pit bulls. "We’d like to see more city councils putting it on the ballot," she says. "Our theory is that the majority of Americans don’t want to live next door to a pit bull."
October 27, 2014
Victims of Canine Attack Organize Week of Awareness and Remembrance -- November 9-15, 2014
AVOCA News Release | Awareness for Victims of Canine Attack (AVOCA) is organizing its first annual Canine Victims Awareness Week to take place November 9th to 15th, 2014 ... In 2013, 32 Americans (18 children and 14 adults) lost their lives to canine attack, according to non-profit organization DogsBite.org which has been tracking U.S. fatal dog attacks...
October 9, 2014
No criminal charges likely in dog attack on Detroit man
Eric D. Lawrence | Detroit Free Press | Colleen Lynn, founder of DogsBite.org, which is a national nonprofit organization that advocates on behalf of dog mauling victims and their families, said she was horrified by Constantine's attack ... Lynn said her organization is advocating for a mandatory pit bull sterilization policy to be implemented nationwide...
September 29, 2014
"Pit Bull Hysteria" Is Based on Fact
Barbara Kay | Huffington Post (Canada) | But Clifton is completely transparent about his methodology, and the full particulars of every pit bull-linked fatality are available at Dogsbite.org. I invite Huffington Post readers to consult Clifton's latest editorial in Animals24-7, which details his entire investigative chronology and epidemiology-consistent research strategies...
September 20, 2014
Pit bulls and small children may be a dangerous mix
Editorial Board | Lancaster Online | Statistics from DogsBite.org bear this out: Pit bulls were responsible for 25 of 32 – or 78 percent of — dog bite-related fatalities in the United States in 2013; 23 of 38 fatalities (61 percent) in 2012, and 22 of 31 (71 percent) in 2011. Not every pit bull is dangerous. But if you’re an owner of a pit bull, consider these statistics...
September 19, 2014
Pitbulls remain a danger to humans and their pets
Julie Wall Letter to the Editor | PostBulletin.com | They are the all-time No. 1 killer of humans and other people's beloved pets. In 2013, thousands of beloved pets were killed by pit-type dogs. Between 2004-2014, 208 people have been killed by pit-bulls in the U.S., according to dog bite fatality statistical data collected and recorded by DogsBite.org...
August 29, 2014
Pit bulls: Why people love, and fear, this common breed
Tom Knapp | Lancaster Online | DogsBite.org reports that 25 of 32 dog bite-related fatalities in the United States in 2013 — 78 percent — were caused by pit bulls, compared to 23 of 38 fatalities in 2012 and 22 of 31 in 2011. The organization records two fatal attacks by pit bulls in Pennsylvania — in February 2010 and August 2011, both in Philadelphia...
August 17, 2014
In Cambridge, a pit bull named Sherlock triggers a rancorous showdown
Doug Erickson | Wisconsin State Journal | Other groups, such as DogsBite.org, recount study after study purporting to show that pit bulls bite, maim and kill at disproportionately high rates. It says more than 700 U.S. municipalities have adopted breed-specific bans since the mid 1980s, when pit bulls started becoming popular with the general population...
August 2, 2014
Another day, another mauling
Keith Magill | Houma Courier | Too bad the same logic is so infrequently applied to something that kills far more people — a breed called the pit bull, which one count says is responsible for 25, or 78 percent, of the 32 dog-bite deaths in the U.S. last year. Last Sunday, a Dulac woman suffered life-threatening injuries after her family pit bull mauled her...
July 27, 2014
Barry Lewis: Pit bulls are dangerous and should be feared
Barry Lewis | Time-Herald Record | A report published in the Annals of Surgery found that "one person is killed by a pit bull every 14 days, two people are injured by a pit bull every day, and young people are" ... The website DogsBite.org noted that in the first eight months of 2011, nearly half of the persons killed by a pit bull were the dog's owner...
July 20, 2014
Pit-bull bans controversial, but they work
Andy Davis | Wausau Daily Herald | The city of Antigo has been pit-bull-free for almost 20 years.
In 1995, the city hired an attorney who suggested that the city adopt an ordinance prohibiting the oft-maligned dogs from the city ... In the almost 20 years since it was adopted, Antigo has had no attacks, no maulings, and no dogs killed by pit bulls or other dogs...
July 7, 2014
Pit bull attacks leave lasting wounds, devastate families
Eric Veronikis | The Patriot-News | Colleen Lynn, founder and president of DogsBite.org, said Blouch's statement minimizes human life. The nonprofit started tracking vital human fatality statistics, along with 18 other factors, because the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention stopped tracking the data in depth in 1998, Lynn said...
June 20, 2014
The Problem With Pit Bulls
Charlotte Alter | Time | “Why do herding dogs herd? Why do pointing dogs point? They don’t learn that behavior, that’s selective behavior,” says Colleen Lynn, president and founder of DogsBite.org, a national dog-bite-victims group dedicated to reducing dog attacks. “Pit bulls were specifically bred to go into that pit with incredible aggression and fight"...
May 29, 2013
Boy, 8, injured in attack by three pit bulldogs in Burke
Jessica Cooley | The Lufkin News | "He went to Memorial first and then on to Texas Children’s by ambulance," Roy said. "I know people say these dogs are so gentle and so sweet but if you do your research, you can see why pit bulls get the media attention they do." According to DogsBite.org, during the nine year period from 2005 to 2013...
May 13, 2014
Killeen: Mother Pushes For Stricter Animal Rules After Son Killed
Rachel Cox | Our Town Texas | A national nonprofit called DogsBite.org has tracked fatal dog attacks and the breeds associated. According to the group's site during the nine-year period from 2005 to 2013 283 Americans died as a result of a dog bite injury. Of those deaths the group says 62.2 percent of the attacks involved a pit bull, 11.7 percent...
April 26, 2014
Dangerous or not?
David Atchison | The Daily Home | Colleen Lynn, 44, founder and president of DogsBite.org ... "These dogs often attack without any warning," she said. "People say it’s all about how you raise them. But you don’t have to train a pointer to point, or a herd dog to herd, and you don’t have to train a pit bull to attack. Genetics matter in a dog"...
April 10, 2014
Simpson County pit bull attack reignites ban debate
Dustin Barnes and Terricha Bradley-Phillips | The Clarion-Ledger | On March 31, 3-year-old Christopher Malone died after being mauled by two pit bulls in Holmes County ... Pit bulls account for the majority of fatal animal attacks in the country, according to data compiled by DogsBite.org, a national dog bite victims' group that advocates...
April 3, 2014
Strict laws for dangerous dogs
Jeff Zeringue | The Daily Iberian | Because of this breeding, according to DogsBite.org, pit bulls have "enormous jaw strength" and attack using a "hold and shake" method. “They tend to attack the deep muscles, to hold on, to shake and to cause ripping of tissues," the website states. "Pit bull attacks were compared to shark attacks"...
April 1, 2014
Pit bulls attack 3 before being shot
Pauline Repard | U-T San Diego | The dogs all died after the barrage of gunfire on Petal Drive, near Dillard Street, about 8:30 a.m. ... Statistics compiled by DogsBite.org show that pit bulls were responsible for 25 of the 32 fatal dog bites in the United States last year. Bull mastiffs and German shepherds were each blamed for killing two people...
March 29, 2014
Railey: Why let these dogs keep maiming and killing?
John Railey | Winston-Salem Journal | Pit bulls killed 176 people from 2005 to 2013 and accounted for 62 percent of fatal dog attacks nationwide, according to the website DogsBite.org. The latest fatal attack came Tuesday in Louisiana, where a 4-year-old girl was killed by her family’s pit bull. Anecdotally, many of us know that pit bulls are trouble...
March 27, 2014
Pit bull attack unprovoked
Jordan Gribble | HoumaToday.com | Sudden attacks are a hallmark of pit bulls, said Colleen Lynn, founder and president of DogsBite.org, a nonprofit group that raises awareness about dangerous dogs, focusing particularly on pit bulls. "Unlike other dog breeds, pit bulls will attack without warning signals. It will always look like the attack is sudden ...
March 17, 2014
LETTER: Pit bulls still a problem
Pame Ashley Letter to the Editor | The Gasden Times | Pit bulls killed my dog. He suffered. I knew nothing of fighting breed dogs. I found DogsBite.org with links to hundreds of attacks. I wrote a commentary posted in The Gadsden Times armed only with the knowledge of my dog’s tortured death and DogsBite.org. I am part of a group organizing to demand laws protecting ...
March 13, 2014
Legislation would halt bans on dog breeds
Jeff Fox | Examiner | “From a city standpoint, we believe locally elected officials (should) have local control,” said City Manager Robert Heacock. Dogsbite.org finds 47 Missouri cities that ban pit bulls -- a few also ban Rottweilers and Doberman pinschers...Dogsbite.org also says pit bulls accounted for 25 of the 32 fatal dog-bite attacks in the U.S. in 2013...
March 11, 2014
Attitudes and laws against pit bulls soften
Bill Draper | Associated Press | Colleen Lynn, founder of DogsBite.org, pointed to a friend-of-the-court brief her organization submitted in a 2012 case in which the Maryland Court of Appeals declared pit bulls "inherently dangerous." "Appellate courts agree with us. Doctors and surgeons agree with us. That is credibility right there,” Lynn said...
February 28, 2014
Local attack fuels pitbull debate; polarizing topic can get heated
David J. Coehrs | Fulton County Expositor | According to DogsBite.org, an educational site provided by a national dog bite victims’ group, between 2005 and 2013 pitbull-type dogs killed 176 Americans. In 2013 alone, there were 32 dog bite-related deaths in the U.S., of which 78 percent were attributed to pitbull-type breeds. Data from that year shows...
January 31, 2014
BITTEN: Pit bulls and public safety
Jim Mathey Letter to the Editor | CDAPress.com | On Friday, Jan. 17, an experienced female Coeur d’Alene letter carrier was attacked and severely mauled by a pit bull while attempting front door mail service ... According to DogsBite.org, pit bulls are six percent of the dog population, but account for 78 percent of attack fatalities nationally. Twenty-five deaths...
January 20, 2014
DogsBite.org Releases Annual Dog Bite Fatality Statistics; Pit Bull Fatalities Rise in 2013 and Other Annual Trends
DogsBite.org News Release | On January 20, DogsBite.org, a national dog bite victims' group dedicated to reducing serious dog attacks, releases 2013 dog bite fatality statistics. Of the 32 U.S. fatal dog attacks that occurred in 2013, pit bulls contributed to 78% (25) despite comprising an estimated 6% of the total U.S. dog population. This is a 17% rise from 2012...
January 16, 2014
Dog-bite victims speak out against bill to end breed discrimination
Ashley Stewart | Seattle Times | Colleen Lynn, part of Dogsbite.org, an advocacy group for dog bite victims, submitted written testimony to the hearing, “Cities need to be able to respond when they have a problem and this handcuffs them on an issue as basic as animal control,” said Lynn, who was attacked by a dog in 2007. Appleton said that though the bill would...
January 10, 2014
Police push for pit-bull restrictions
Damian Mann | Mail Tribune | According to the website DogsBite.org, of the 251 fatal dog attacks in the U.S. from 2005 to 2012, 60 percent, or 151, were caused by pit bulls. Police Chief Tim George said he wants a local ordinance that will prevent attacks rather than existing laws that deal with the situation after the attack. George said officers have been bitten by pit bulls...
January 6, 2014
Police: 1 dead, 2 injured from dog attack in southeast Houston
Yang Wang | Houston Chronicle | Two pit bulls mauled a homeless woman to death and injured two men in southeast Houston ... Dog attacks killed 32 people in the U.S. in 2013. Pit bulls or pit-bull mixes were blamed for 25 of those deaths, according to DogsBite.org, a national dog bite victim group dedicated to raising awareness of the public health and safety issue.
December 20, 2013
Nevada Supreme Court sends Onion the dog case back to lower court
Sean Whaley | Las Vegas Review-Journal | Colleen Lynn, founder and president of Dogsbites.org, a national dog bite victims’ group, said: "I hope the evidentiary hearing once and for all resolves that an out-of-state rescue cannot disrupt local proceedings through questionable legal interference after a dog has fatally mauled a human being."
December 12, 2013
Empire Editorial: Every dog is a good dog - until it isn't
Juneau Empire | Pit bulls, which include the breeds pit bull terrier, Staffordshire terrier and bull terrier, have the worst reputation of all dog breeds and with good reason. About 60 percent of the 251 dog bite fatalities in the United States between 2005 and 2012 were the result of pit bull attacks, according to DogsBite.org, a public education website...
December 8, 2013
Chicago Girl, 2, Dies as Result of Dog Attack
Juana Poareo | Las Vegas Guardian Express | According to DogsBite, a public education website about dog bites in the U.S., one in 50 Americans has a chance of being bitten by a dog. In 2012, about 32% of all dog bite victims were visiting or living temporarily with the dog’s owner when fatal attacks occurred, which was the case with Jah’niyah...
November 25, 2013
Pit bull bites off N.Y. 5-year-old's genitals
Hoa Nguyen, Jorge Fitz-Gibbon and Jane Lerner | USA TODAY | A 5-year-old who wandered into his aunt's bedroom likely faces continuing surgery after her pit bull attacked him, biting off his penis ... The pit bull breed, with a reputation for viciousness that some argue is unfair, is responsible for most fatal dog attacks in the United States, according to DogsBite.org...
November 22, 2013
Pit bulls dominate shelters
John Burgeson | StamfordAdvocate | The glowing comments have to be weighed, however, against what Colleen Lynn has to say ... "They're killing and mauling disproportionately," she said. "And so far in 2013, the percentage of deaths attributed to pit bulls is 80 percent" ... Lynn said dog lovers ramped-up the pro-pit bull "propaganda" after Philadelphia Eagles quarterback...
November 22, 2013
Pit bull severs Yonkers boy's genitals
Hoa Nguyen and Jorge Fitz-Gibbon | The Journal News | The public education group DogsBite.org reports that last year 38 people died as a result of dog attacks in the U.S. Pit bulls, which make up 5 percent of the country’s dog population, were responsible for 23 -- or 61 percent -- of the deaths, the group reports. Half of those killed were children 8 or younger...
November 14, 2013
Pit bulls debate: Bad dogs or bad rap?
Brian Lockhart | GreenwichTime.com | Across the country, however, Colleen Lynn, founder of Texas-based DogsBite.org, said: "We just don't have poodles and German shepherds doing this." ... "We like to say, 'You're valid if you think these dogs are dangerous,' " Lynn said. The ASPCA supports having pit bulls as pets, but warns owners that they must...
November 11, 2013
Bully Breed Bans In The Kansas City Metro
Susan Wilson, Matthew Long-Middleton and Sydney Llewellyn | KCUR.org | Many of the communities around Kansas City have passed into law what some call "bully breed bans" -- restrictions on specific breeds ... Guests include: Don Bauermeister, Assistant City Attorney for the City of Council Bluffs, Iowa and author of the Amicus Brief for DogsBite.org...
November 4, 2013
Baltimore Woman Mauled To Death By Her Pit Bull Was Previously Attacked
Rochelle Ritchie | CBS Baltimore | Why the dog was returned to Douglass after it attacked her remains unanswered. WJZ tried to speak with health officials; they would not go on camera ... According to the website DogsBite.org, between 2005 and 2012, 151 people were killed by pit bulls, compared to 32 people killed by rottweilers. Some 4.5 million...
October 29, 2013
Riverside city ordinance enforces sterilization of pit bulls
Devin Deshane | Highlander | According to Dogsbite.org, “In the eight-year period from 2005 to 2012, pit bulls killed 151 Americans and accounted for 60 percent of the total (251) recorded deaths (from dog bites).” Another driving force behind the ordinance was pet overpopulation. Pit bulls constitute 20 percent of the shelter dogs, and 30 percent...
October 22, 2013
Candlelight Vigil Event for Victims of Dangerous Dogs Draws Attendees from Across the Country
DogsBite.org News Release | The family of a 3-year old girl mauled by a pit bull last year is hosting a vigil event to remember and honor the victims of dangerous dogs and to raise awareness about the growing frequency of serious and fatal dog attacks. On Saturday, October 26, Kaylie's Candlelight Vigil for Victims of Dangerous Dogs takes place...
October 16, 2013
A matter of time
John Grula | Pasadena Weekly | Nationwide, there have so far been at least 14 people killed this year as a result of dog attacks. In every case but one, the dogs were pit bulls, according to the Web site DogsBite.org. According to Pasadena City Councilman Steve Madison and other sources, pit bulls are now responsible for more than 50 percent of fatal dog attacks...
October 8, 2013
Stricter Pit Bull Regulations Approved In Riverside County
Toni McAllister | LakeElsinore-Wildomar Patch | Beaumont City Councilwoman Brenda Knight embraced the county ordinance, recalling two vicious encounters she'd had with pits. Knight submitted statistics amassed by a victims' advocacy group, DogsBite.org, indicating that of the 38 fatal dog attacks reported nationally in one year, 61 percent...
September 29, 2013
5-Year Old Oregon Boy Killed by Pit Bull Dog
Sky Valley Chronicle | According to data supplied by DogsBite.org there were 38 U.S. fatal dog attacks in the U.S. in 2012. Despite being regulated in Military Housing areas and in over 600 U.S. cities, 3 pit bulls contributed to 61% (23) of these deaths. Pit bulls make up less than 5% of the total U.S. dog population yet together, pit bulls (23) and Rottweilers (3)...
September 10, 2013
DogsBite.org founder responds to local criticism
Colleen Lynn Letter to the Editor | Burnaby Now | DogsBite.org advocates on behalf of victims of serious dog attacks. The United States-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization also tracks U.S. dog bite fatalities, dog bite injury studies, jurisdictions with breed-specific laws and appellate court rulings that uphold these laws. Statistical data from DogsBite.org...
September 6, 2013
Breed-specific wording in Burnaby's animal control bylaw could stay
Stefania Seccia | Burnaby Now | A statistic from Dogsbite.org, a U.S.-based dog bite victims’ group website, was included in the report, as well, which states that pitbulls were responsible for 61 per cent (23 of 38) U.S. fatalities due to dog attacks in 2012. The proposed amendments for vicious dogs include: establish a $500 fine for vicious dog incidents...
August 29, 2013
As Labor Day Approaches, East Texas Woman Shares Story of Severe Pit Bull Mauling at 'Dog Friendly' Private RV Park
DogsBite.org News Release | DogsBite.org, a national dog bite victims' group dedicated to reducing serious dog attacks, releases a 7,000 word blog post detailing a powerful victim's story on the heels of Labor Day weekend. The 59-year old woman was brutally attacked by a tethered pit bull while visiting a friend at a "Dog Friendly" private RV park in East Texas...
July 26, 2013
DogsBite.org Releases 'Beyond the Interview' Essay: Father of Child Killed by Babysitter's Pit Bulls Speaks Out After Attack
DogsBite.org News Release | DogsBite.org, a national dog bite victims' group dedicated to reducing serious dog attacks, releases Beyond the Interview, an 8,500 word essay detailing a fatal pit bull attack. The essay follows a June 10th interview with WISN when the father spoke to the media about his son's death for the first time. On March 6th, 2013, Daxton Borchardt...
July 3, 2013
Nevada justices hear arguments for Onion, the killer dog
Sean Whaley | Las Vegas Review-Journal | The fate of Onion the dog is now in the hands of the Nevada Supreme Court ... Colleen Lynn, founder and president of Dogsbites.org, a national dog bite victims' group, continues to question the motives of Lexus in the dispute ... "Why is this group doing this for a dog that killed a child? That I can't understand. It's misguided..."
June 30, 2013
Debate swirls around pit bull ownership
Phillip Ramati | The Telegraph | Colleen Lynn, founder of the website DogsBite.org, which tracks pit bull attacks in the U.S., said pit bulls are potentially dangerous because of their genetic makeup ... How a dog is raised affects its temperament, but at the same time, many dogs display traits associated with their genetics. "We know that's true," she said. "That's why pointers point."
June 24, 2013
Family Sponsoring Candlelight Vigil for Victims of Dangerous Dogs Launches Fundraising Campaign
DogsBite.org News Release | The family of a 3-year old girl mauled by a pit bull last July launches a fundraising campaign to help raise money for an upcoming vigil event. On Saturday October 26, Kaylie's Candlelight Vigil for Victims of Dangerous Dogs takes place in Sacramento on the steps of the state capitol building. In preparation for the vigil, the family launched...
June 19, 2013
Boy, 6, fatally bitten by relative's dog
Henry K. Lee | San Francisco Chronicle | A 6-year-old boy who was playing with a relative's dog in Union City died after the animal bit him ... According to Colleen Lynn, director of the nonprofit DogsBite.org in Texas, pit bulls kill more people than any other breed. From 2005 to 2012, pit bulls killed 151 people in the U.S., accounting for 60 percent of dog-related fatalities, Lynn said.
June 19, 2013
Pit Bull That Killed Boy Owned by Bay Area Cop
Jodi Hernandez, Christie Smith and Lisa Fernandez | NBC Bay Area | The pit bull that bit a 6-year-old boy to death on Monday is owned by a San Mateo police officer, NBC Bay Area has learned ... According to DogsBite.org, a national organization dedicated to reducing serious dog attacks, there were 38 fatal dog attacks last year. Pit bulls contributed to 23 of those deaths.
June 3, 2013
Woman Loses Arms After Family Pitbulls Attack Her
Ruth Manuel-Logan | NewsOne.com | Henry and Allen are behind the proposed pit bull legislation wholeheartedly. And they have data to back up their support. According to DogsBite.org, from 2005 to 2012, pitbulls have killed 151 Americans, about one citizen every 19 days. Of these deaths, fifty-two percent involved a family member and a household pitbull...
May 24, 2013
The Front Burner: Banning pit bulls saves lives and protects the innocent
Colleen Lynn Guest Columnist | Orlando Sentinel | So far this year, 13 of the 14 Americans who have been killed by dogs — 93 percent — were killed by pit bulls and pit mixes. This is well above the average of 60 percent from 2005 to 2012. As the pit bull population rises, more human fatalities ensue. During the last eight-year period that the Centers for Disease...
May 10, 2013
California Jogger Killed During Attack by Pit Bull Dogs
Sky Valley Chronicle | According to data supplied by DogsBite.org there were 38 U.S. fatal dog attacks in the U.S. in occurred in 2012. Despite being regulated in Military Housing areas and over 600 U.S. cities, 3 pit bulls contributed to 61% (23) of these deaths. Pit bulls make up less than 5% of the total U.S. dog population. Together, pit bulls (23) and rottweilers (3)...
May 7, 2013
Pulling our chain with pit-pull charm charade
The Lowell Sun | However, our state lawmakers opted to protect the civil rights of dogs over the public-safety of humans, apparently assuming that pit bulls indeed were getting a bad rap ... A series of findings, compiled by DogsBite.org, a national dog-bite victims' group, should lead any level-headed individual to an obvious conclusion: From 2005 to 2012...
April 24, 2013
Dog mauls, kills Prairie City girl
Jens Manuel Krogstad and Sharyn Jackson | Des Moines Register | Thirty-one fatal dog attacks occurred in the U.S. in 2011, the most recent year for which data are available, according to DogsBite.org. Pit bulls, which make up less than 5 percent of the U.S. dog population, accounted for 71 percent of the attacks, according to the website. The American...
April 23, 2013
Lakritz: Pit bulls really are the problem, not their owners
Naomi Lakritz | Calgary Herald | Calling the debate outdated, DogsBite.org, a public education website based in Austin, Texas, which tracks dog bite statistics, says the idea that "it's the owner, not the breed, has caused the pit bull problem to grow into a 30-year-old problem. Designed to protect pit bull breeders and owners, the slogan ignores the genetic...
April 5, 2013
The Pit Bull Stigma
Alyona Minkovski | HuffPost Live | The live Google Hangout panel included: Colleen Lynn @dogsbite (Austin, TX) Founder and President of DogsBite.org; Dr. Jennifer Scarlett (San Francisco, CA) Co-President and Veterinarian at the San Francisco SPCA and Molly Darden @MollyDarden (Atlanta, GA) Managing Editor of Azizah Magazine, HuffPost Blogger...
April 4, 2013
Jessica Key | Indianapolis Recorder | "The pit bull's traits make it dangerous. It is a very tenacious dog. The dog is also unpredictable ... They show no signs of preparation of attack, they just do," said Garten who is a board member for DogsBite.org, a national dog bite victims' group. "Another trait is their tremendous bite. When they bite, they clamp down and don't release."
March 30, 2013
Recent dog attack fuels pit bull debate
Nico Savidge | GazetteXtra | Lynn founded the blog DogsBite.org, which is critical of pit bulls and calls for mandatory sterilization to reduce the breed's prevalence. The dogs' violent reputation is "well-deserved," she said, in part because of maulings such as the one March 6 in Walworth. "We believe they're born inherently dangerous because of their attack traits...
March 28, 2013
Viewpoints: What can be done about dangerous dogs?
BBC News | Colleen Lynn - founder and president of DogsBite.org - "Every country should help establish a human victim-centred organisation with resources and statistical studies. This organisation should be independent of influence and funding by dog breeder, veterinarian and animal welfare groups." We're a US charity dedicated to reducing serious dog attacks...
March 20, 2013
Texas Leads the Nation in Fatal Dog Attacks; Dog Bite Victims' Group Releases Report: Texas Dog Bite Fatalities, January 1, 2005 to February 17, 2013
DogsBite.org News Release | DogsBite.org, a national dog bite victims' group dedicated to reducing serious dog attacks, releases a report of Texas dog bite fatalities from January 1, 2005 to February 17, 2013. During this period, 34 Texans suffered death due to a dog mauling, making Texas the leading state in the nation for dog bite-related fatalities...
March 10, 2013
Gary Stein: Pit bull lovers throw a few bombs
Gary Steil | Sun-Sentinel | I could go on for a long time, but you get the idea. I was accused of being a doggie racist. I was accused of discrimination ... I stand by every word I wrote, that pit bulls don't belong in an urban area. I can give you statistics -- for one example, check out DogsBite.org. Pit bull lovers don't like that site, because it makes their dogs...
Ron Cassie | Baltimore Magazine | According to DogsBite.org, a national dog-bite victims' group, which monitors attacks, breed-specific legislation, and court rulings, more than 500 municipalities and 18 counties in the U.S. have some type of pit-bull-specific law. Founded by Colleen Lynn, whose arm was broken in a pit-bull attack...
January 11, 2013
DogsBite.org Releases 2012 Dog Bite Fatality Statistics, Features Two New Tracking Categories and Trends About Child Deaths
DogsBite.org News Release | On January 11, DogsBite.org, a national dog bite victims' group dedicated to reducing serious dog attacks, releases 2012 dog bite fatality statistics. Of the 38 U.S. fatal dog attacks that transpired in 2012, pit bulls contributed to 61% (23) despite comprising less than 5% of the total U.S. dog population...
December 17, 2012
Solesky Family Releases 911 Call at the Center of High Court Decision
DogsBite.org News Release | Anthony and Irene Solesky, the parents of a young pit bull mauling victim at the center of Tracey v. Solesky, an appellate court decision that declared pit bulls "inherently dangerous," release the 911 call of the attack upon their son. The life-threatening attack inflicted by a neighbor's pit bull occurred...
December 16, 2012
Site shows children the victim of most dog attacks
Aly Van Dyke | Topeka Capital-Journal | As of Nov. 12, 34 people have died from dog attacks this year alone. Half were children ranging in age from two days to six years, and the other half were adults ages 23 to 84. Two victims this year were 2-year-olds. The statistics come from DogsBite.org, a national website dedicated to educating people about dangerous dogs...
December 8, 2012
Dog restrictions, bans exist in Mobridge, Hecla and Leola
Jeff Bahr | Aberdeen American News | A pit bull may not be more aggressive than any other dog, Osterloh said. But a pit bull can do a lot of damage, he said, referring to the strength of its jaw muscles ... Marion, Hurley, Spencer, Sturgis and Tea have also passed dangerous dog ordinances, according to the website DogsBite.org.
November 15, 2012
Dog in Yadkin attack was dead when animal-control officer arrived
Jennifer Young | Winston-Salem Journal | Safety advocates emphasize that a baby should not be left alone with a dog. And even when an adult is present, an animal can do something unexpected, said Colleen Lynn, the founder of DogsBite.org, a group dedicated to reducing serious dog attacks. "The infant is helpless... and these attacks..."
October 4, 2012
‘An awful tragedy'
Cory Riner | The Robesonian | Bill Smith, director of the Health Department, said seven dogs that are at least part pit bull that attacked Hunt are being held ... According to an April 2009 study by Dogsbite.org, a public education website, from 2006 to 2009 there were 88 fatal dog attacks in the United States, and pit bulls were responsible for 52 of those deaths.
September 24, 2012
Infant dies after dog attack at Burleson residence
Wendy Corona | WFAA.com | Rayden was rushed to Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth, where he died less than two hours later ... A group called DogsBite.org monitors deadly dog attacks. Last year, it found that pit bulls were behind 22 fatal maulings in the U.S. Together, pit bulls and Rottweilers accounted for 84 percent of all deadly dog attacks in 2011.
September 21, 2012
Dog bite website defends its credentials
DogsBite.org | The Vancouver Sun | Both authors ignored the peer-reviewed scientific study Hume wrote about in his article ... Pit bull injury data from DogsBite. org is cited in several areas of this study. Hume indisputably relied upon peer-reviewed data and Dogs-Bite.org data has been published in a peer-reviewed scientific publication. The pair next state...
September 12, 2012
Hume: Certain dog breeds and owners combine for violence
Stephen Hume | The Vancouver Sun | Let's face an unpleasant fact: Pit bulls and Rottweilers are the lethal, loaded weapons of the canine world. A study by DogsBite.org, a U.S.-based group seeking to reduce serious dog attacks, found that from 2006 to 2008, pit bull-type dogs killed 52 Americans. From 2005 to 2011, pit bulls and Rottweilers combined...
September 5, 2012
Pit bull fans rally to defend breed
Jon Hand | Democrat and Chronicle | Colleen Lynn started the website in 2007 ... Lynn's website says that "perpetrators of this myth (It's the owner, not the breed) also cannot account for the many instances in which pit bull owners and family members are victimized by their pet dogs. There are too many good pit bulls who still attack, unpredictably."
August 14, 2012
Does your dog attack?
abc2news.com | According to information gathered by DogsBite.org, there were 31 fatal dog attacks in America in 2011. Of those attacks, 71 percent were pit bulls. The site reports pit bulls also make up less than five percent of the total U.S. dog population. The website reports rottweilers to be the second most dangerous breed based on statistics – responsible for...
August 2, 2012
Woman fears roaming pit bulls after cat is eaten
Carol Christian | Houston Chronicle | Colleen Lynn of Austin, who suffered a broken arm during a 5-second encounter with a pit bull in 2007, maintains a website, www.DogsBite.org, about the breed. Lynn says pit bulls have a "dangerous tool set," including a propensity to attack without warning and to bite and hold. Lynn said Baert was lucky to avoid being mauled...
July 31, 2012
Pit bull owners want city law changed
Kent Mallett | The Newark Advocate | Duke Frost, R-5th Ward, a Licking County assistant prosecutor, presented statistics he found on the Internet at DogsBite.org, showing pit bulls represent 5 percent of the population but accounted for 71 percent of fatalities in 2011 in the U.S. Pit bulls accounted for 67 percent of fatal dog attacks in 2010, 44 percent in 2009...
June 22, 2012
Spate of Pit Bull Attacks Has Nation on Alert
Jamie Reno | The Daily Beast | Colleen Lynn is in the former camp. The founder of Dogsbite.org, which collects data on dog attacks, said these latest pit bull attacks are "tragic, but they aren't shocking to me. People who have pit bulls are in denial about this breed." Lynn, herself a survivor of a pit bull attack, says 128 people in the U.S. were killed by pit bulls...
June 15, 2012
Pit bulls debated after bite leads to baby's death
Kristina Davis and Debbi Baker | U-T San Diego | Colleen Lynn, who runs DogsBite.org and collects data on fatal dog attacks nationwide, contends pit bulls have dangerous traits ... "It's bite is designed to inflict the maximum impact possible, and oftentimes when a pit bull starts to attack, you can't get it to stop," said Lynn, who advocates for pit bull sterilization laws.
June 8, 2012
DogsBite.org Launches Maryland Dog Bite Victim Advocacy Web Page in Support of the Court of Appeals Ruling
DogsBite.org News Release | DogsBite.org, a national dog bite victims' group dedicated to reducing serious dog attacks, launches a Maryland advocacy web page and corresponding email list to support the Court of Appeals ruling that holds owners of pit bulls and landlords financially responsible after an attack. Victims, parents, activists...
May 29, 2012
2-year-old dies in dog attack near Mount Pleasant, second fatality in six weeks
Tony Bartelme | The Post and Courier | Statistically speaking, it's exceedingly rare to have two fatal dog attacks in the same area so close together in time. In 2011, the entire country had just 31 deaths related to dog bites, according to DogsBite.org, a nonprofit that tracks fatalities. Yet dog attacks themselves are quite common...
May 24, 2012
Onus on dog owners
Freddie Ng | theSundaily | According to DogsBite.org, from 2005 to 2011, a pit bull killed a US citizen every 20 days. Between 2006 and 2008, pit bull type dogs killed 52 people and accounted for 59% of all fatal attacks in the US while, combined, pit bulls and rottweilers accounted for 73% of those deaths. Britain introduced the Dangerous Dogs Act...
May 21, 2012
Dog bites and dog facts
WTHN.com | What is a Pit Bull? From DogsBite.org, "A pit bull type dog is a combination of dog breeds that includes the American pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier, American bulldog and any other pure bred or mixed breed dog that is a combination of these dogs. The World's Most Dangerous Dogs...
May 17, 2012
‘Some Dogs Don't Let Go'
Leslie Linthicum | ABQJournal Online | If you look at the numbers compiled for 2011 for U.S. attacks by the dog bite victims' group DogsBite.org, pit bulls show up even more often ... Remember the details of that autopsy report and all of the multiple 1-inch to 3-inch cuts and punctures ... The motto of DogsBite.org is "Dogs bite. Some dogs don't let go."
May 13, 2012
Dog that killed 1-year-old part of ongoing debate nationwide
Brian Haynes | Las Vegas Review-Journal | "There are a lot of animals in need out there. Why are we trying to save one that's killed someone?" said Colleen Lynn, who founded and runs DogsBite.org, a nonprofit group that advocates for dog-bite victims ... The bottom line is a child is dead, a fact that the dog activists tend to minimize, Lynn said...
May 10, 2012
EXCLUSIVE: Family of Baby Killed Speaks from the Scene of Pit Bull Attack
Matt Dougherty | KVIA.com | "It's the hold and shake bite style," DogsBite.org director, Colleen Lynn said. "And when they bite, they don't stop shaking" ... "When a pit bull has a bad day, it means something really bad is going to happen," Lynn said. "It's not going to be a bite. It's going to be a mauling, or as it was in this case, a death."
May 9, 2012
New Mexico Breeders Defend Pit Bulls After Baby Is Killed
Matt Dougherty | KVIA.com | DogsBite.org, the Austin-based organization for dog-attack victims, claims there were 31 dog-attack deaths in the U.S. in 2011. Of those deaths, 22 involved pit bulls, 71-percent of all the attacks. It is a startling number considering that pit bulls make up only five-percent of all dogs in the U.S. More than 700 cities in the...
May 9, 2012
Are breed-specific laws needed for pit bulls?
Brian Fraga | Las Cruces Sun-News | Dogsbite.org released a study that claimed pit bulls were responsible for 24 of 31 fatal dog attacks last year in the United States. From 2006-08, pit bulls also accounted for 52 of 88 fatal dog attacks, according to Dogsbite.org.
The 2000 CDC report said that that pit bulls and rotweillers were involved in more than half...
May 4, 2012
Maryland shelters, rescues brace for increase in Pit bull surrenders
Kate S. Alexander | Gazette.net | Humane groups bear the responsibility for Maryland being pushed to the point of a breed-specific declaration and a strict liability ruling for landlords, said group founder Colleen Lynn. "Humane groups have been totally aware of the pit bull problem for 30 years, and they refuse to stand behind laws that directly target the breeders...
May 3, 2012
Pit bull ruling outrages rescue groups, owners
Whit Johnson | CBS This Morning | Colleen Lynn, who runs an education website about dangerous dogs called DogsBite.org, wrote a brief to the Maryland court supporting the decision. She told CBS News, "When they attack, they don't stop. This is what ends up killing people. Pit bulls are the top killing dog breed." Lynn hopes other states will follow Maryland's lead...
May 2, 2012
Maryland Court Finds Pit Bulls to be 'Inherently Dangerous'
Martin Austermuhle | DCist | According to a Centers for Disease Control report cited by the court, pit bulls were responsible for 66 of the 238 dog bite-related fatalities across the country between 1979 and 1996; DogsBite.org reports that pit bulls were responsible for 71 percent of the 31 fatal dog attacks that took place in 2011.
April 27, 2012
One breed, two stories: Pit bulls' nature varies with who you ask
Emily Le Coz | djournal.com | But while all breeds can bite, pit bulls have caused 60 percent of U.S. canine-related fatalities even though they comprise just 5 percent of the U.S. dog population, according to 2005-2011 statistics from DogsBite.org, a national dog bite victims' group. Most victims were children, the organization reported.
April 25, 2012
Chris Brown is now breeding pit bulls
Kate Wilkson | National Post | otential buyers can get to know "Precious," "Pretty," "Music," and five other little pit bulls, before deciding whether they'll spend $1000 adopting a "Chris Brown Puppy." According to DogsBite.org, "a national dog bite victims' group," 650 cities in the U.S. have enacted "dangerous dog laws" to regulate pit bulls.
April 25, 2012
DogsBite.org Announces Neighborhood Safety Campaign and New Brochure, 'How to Keep Your Family Safe from Dangerous Dogs'
DogsBite.org News Release | DogsBite.org, a national dog bite victims' group dedicated to reducing serious dog attacks, announces a neighborhood safety campaign with a new brochure in preparation for National Dog Bite Prevention Week, May 20-26, 2012. The safety brochure, How to Keep Your Family Safe from Dangerous Dogs...
April 1, 2012
Alabama legislation needed to address pit bulls
Pam Ashley (Letters to the editor) | TuscaloosaNews.com | My grandchildren will never be allowed to play in my yard until the pit bulls who killed Bleu are gone ... The organization DogsBite.org has a nationwide fact collecting site that should be viewed by everyone on both sides of this issue --- there will only be one side of the issue after that.
March 20, 2012
Owner says pit bulls were 'family members'
Melissa Crowe | Victoria Advocate | According to a 2009 report by DogsBite.org, 373 incidents were recorded in a 12-month period in 2008 nationwide that involved pit bulls and their mixes shot for public safety reasons by U.S. law enforcement officers and civilians. Of those incidents, 148 people were bit, six of whom died...
March 9, 2012
Statistics show pit bulls will kill
Matt Harding (Letters to the editor) | SeacaostOnline.com | Most notable among all facts is the following which can be referenced at www.DogsBite.org: "From 2005 to 2011, pit bulls killed 128 Americans, about one citizen every 20 days. Of these attacks, 51 percent (65) involved a family member and a household pit bull. In the first eight months of 2011..."
February 26, 2012
Pit bull owners not showing the love
Sun-Sentinel | Gary Stein | Just do go to DogsBite.org, and see pit-bull types at the top of the list for attacks. Go to the website for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which links to a journal that says from 1979 to 1998, "purebred, pit-bull-type dogs were responsible for the most fatal dog bites to human for that period, with 66 fatalities..."
February 13, 2012
The Columbus Dispatch | According to DogsBite.org, a victims' advocacy website, 23 Ohio cities, including Bexley and Reynoldsburg, ban or regulate pit-bull ownership, as do more than 625 other communities in the U.S. In Bexley, City Attorney Lou Chodosh said he'd be surprised if Bexley revoked its pit bull ban: "I think I can speak for the (police) chief...
February 2, 2012
As number of dog bites grow, debate over safety of breeds intensify
Cindy Horswell | Houston Chronicle | Colleen Lynn, who heads a national dog-bite victim group based in Austin, said 71 percent of the 31 dog-bite deaths recorded across the U.S. last year involved pit bull-type dogs. She describes them as "canine gladiators" known for their strength, tenacity and ability to ignore pain. Houston's animal control...
January 20, 2012
Thumbs up or down, city needs your input
News-Leader.com | Thumbs up ... The ordinance, which requires pit bulls to be registered, micro-chipped, and secured, helps keep Springfield residents safe from these vicious dogs. According to victims' group DogsBite.org, there were 31 fatalities nationwide in 2011 from dog bites. Of those, 22 were pit bulls. The facts here speak for themselves.
January 18, 2012
Wentzville considers changing pit bull regulations
Mark Schlinkman | St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Founder Colleen Lynn said when cities decide against restricting pit bulls, "we (in the public) are supposed to take the risk." Lynn started the website after she was injured in a pit bull attack in 2007 while jogging in the Seattle area. Pit bulls were involved in 22 of 31 fatal dog attacks across the United States last year...
January 17, 2012
Grandmother of toddler killed by pit bull hospitalized for shock
Cindy Horswell | Houston Chronicle | While many dog enthusiasts support the pit bull breed as being safe and blame misbehavior on trainers, a nonprofit group tracking dog bite incidents reported that 71 percent of 31 fatal attacks in the U.S. involved pit bulls in 2011. Harris County reported two deaths from pit bull attacks this past year...
January 16, 2012
30-Year Summary of Dog Attack Deaths and Maimings Report is Released by Animal People Editor
DogsBite.org News Release | Merritt Clifton, editor of Animal People, has released a 30-year summary of his report, Dog Attack Deaths and Maimings, U.S. & Canada, September 1982 to December 26, 2011. It has been over 10 years since the CDC published its 20-year fatal dog attack study. Moreover, the 30-year Clifton dog attack report measures a much...
January 16, 2012
Pit Bull Attack Victims May Have New Hope to Recover from Landlords After Maulings
DogsBite.org News Release | DogsBite.org, a national dog bite victims' group dedicated to reducing serious dog attacks, announces amicus brief filing in Solesky v. Tracey, recently argued in the Court of Appeals of Maryland. The case involves the parents of a young boy seeking damages for injuries inflicted by a pit bull owned by a landlord's tenant...
January 13, 2012
Pit bulls unsettle residents
Chance Wright | The Bolivar Commericial | According to DogsBite.org, a leading authority in advocacy for restricting and caring for pit bulls, between Jan. 1, 2006, and Dec. 31, 2008, "of the 88 fatal dog attacks recorded, pit bull type dogs were responsible for 59 percent, or 52. This is equivalent to a pit bull killing a U.S. citizen every 21 days during this three year period."
January 15, 2012
Boy killed by dog at Magnolia-area home
Naheeda Sayeeduddin | Houston Chronicle | Neighbor D.J. Smith said he has seen pit bulls running loose on his street. "We've got problems out here with all kinds of dogs," he said ... In 2011, 71 percent of fatal dog attacks reported in the U.S. involved pit bulls, according to DogsBite.org. Of those, seven fatalities were children 5 years old or younger.
January 5, 2012
Marlins' Buehrle welcome in Dade, but his pit bull isn't
Elinor J. Brecher | The Miami Herald | Breed foes say that pit bulls kill or maim more people than any other type of dog. In statistics just released, DogsBite.org, a national dog bite victims' group, said that pits were responsible for 22 of the 31 fatal dog attacks in the United States in 2011, "despite only comprising about 5 percent of the total U.S. dog population."
January 4, 2012
Our take on: Pit bull mayhem
Orlando Sentinel | Despite the horror stories involving little girls or old men, Florida continues to ban local governments from imposing breed-specific dog ordinances, like requiring special enclosures or muzzles for breeds known to shred humans. Before McSweeney died, we asked state legislators to tell him why the state won't give local jurisdictions the freedom...
January 4, 2012
DogsBite.org Releases 2011 Fatal Dog Bite Statistics; Features Trends About Victims of Fatal Pit Bull Attacks
DogsBite.org News Release | On January 4, DogsBite.org, a national dog bite victims' group dedicated to reducing serious dog attacks, releases 2011 fatal dog bite statistics. Of the 31 U.S. fatal dog attacks that occurred in 2011, pit bulls contributed to over 67% despite only comprising about 5% of the total U.S. dog population. The next deadliest dog breed...
December 7, 2011
Good dog, bad dog
Stathi Paxinos | The Age | Colleen Lynn, an American website designer, became a vocal advocate against pit-bull types after she was attacked by a pit bull while she was out running ... "We don't know which one is going to go off -- nice pit bulls kill their owners. We do not say that every pit bull is born vicious. We do say every pit bull is born with a dangerous tool set."
December 7, 2011
Town OKs ban on new pit bulls
Roger Holsinger | World-Herald | According to DogsBite.org, other Nebraska cities that have banned pit bulls include Auburn, Ceresco, and Minden. Loup City bans pit bulls, rottweilers and Doberman pinschers. Osceola bans pit bulls, chows, Dobermans, rottweilers, American bandogge mastiffs and Neapolitan mastiffs, while Omaha has certain restrictions...
November 24, 2011
Lady — A Lovable Liability?
Scott Shelters | The Post-Journal | Some local governments and U.S. military housing areas became so concerned about pit bulls that they created special regulations for them, according to DogsBite.org. Those decisions may have resulted from the number of dog attacks that caused bodily harm for North Americans in recent years.
November 22, 2011
DogsBite.org Releases Hero Stories; Honoring Those Who Risked Their Lives to Stop a Pit Bull Mauling
DogsBite.org News Release | On November 22, DogsBite.org, a national dog bite victims' group dedicated to reducing serious dog attacks, releases Hero Stories, a collection of 78 stories depicting individuals, and in several instances pets, who placed their life at risk to save the life of an innocent person or pet under attack by a pit bull.
October 31, 2011
It's time for tough laws on pit bulls
Billie J. Pesek (Letters to the editor) | The Arizona Republic | Some cities have banned them, and others have strict rules regarding pit bulls. Refer to the website DogsBite.org, a national dog bite victims' group dedicated to reducing serious dog attacks. How many injuries or deaths does it take to bring this to the attention of our city and state officials?
October 18, 2011
UF researchers help develop coyote plan
Karen Voyles | The Gainsville Sun | In contrast, statistics compiled by www.DogsBite.org, a public education website about dangerous dogs, show domestic dogs are responsible for about 5 million attacks on Americans each year, and an average of 1,000 people a day go to an emergency room for treatment of a dog bite. The organization also determined...
September 22, 2011
A morning stroll shouldn't be a matter of life and death
Kent Harper | Mesquite Local News | According to the website DogsBite.org, between 2006 and 2008 pit bull-type dogs killed 52 Americans and accounted for 59 percent of all fatal attacks. Pit bulls aren't the only dangerous dogs, of course. Add rottweilers to the statistics during that period and the two breeds account for 73 percent of the deaths...
September 6, 2011
It's rah-rah for Vick and the pit bulls
Paul Carpenter | The Morning Call | The http://www.DogsBite.org website says 71 percent of dog attacks that injure people are by pit bulls or similar breeds, even though such breeds represent only 5 percent of the American dog population. There are 100 times as many cases of bodily harm caused by those breeds as by big bad Dobermans...
September 5, 2011
Newborn dead after family dog attacks
Hallie Jordan and Anita Hassan | Houston Chronicle | DogsBite.org recorded 33 fatal dog attacks in 2010. Fifteen of the victims were 4 or younger, according to the website. Most recently, a 9-day-old baby was mauled to death earlier this month in North Carolina. "Just like all relationships, a dog needs time to become familiar with the new baby in the home...
August 12, 2011
Pacifica tragedy renews pit bull debate
Justin Berton and Kevin Fagan | San Francisco Chronicle | Colleen Lynn, director of the nonprofit DogsBite.org in Texas, absolutely disagreed. Her organization contends that pit bulls kill more people than any other breed, and that at the very least every locality should pass laws requiring they be spayed and neutered. In the Bay Area, only San Francisco...
July 15, 2011
Nelson: Pit bulls' bad rep earned
Robert Nelson | Omaha World-Herald | "If you just see the total number of dog bites in any given area, it can be very misleading," said Colleen Lynn, founder of DogsBite.org, a Texas-based organization that tracks dog attacks and dog-related legislation around the country. "And those numbers can be used to mislead if they're taken out of context."
July 9, 2011
Views mixed on pit bulls in light of recent attacks in Schuylkill County
Peter E. Bortner | Republican Herald | Colleen Lynn, Austin, Texas, survived a pit bull attack in 2007 in Seattle, and later founded DogsBite.org, a website that chronicles attacks by such dogs. "The pit bull problem arose ... because of the severity of the attacks. They are a fighting breed," Lynn said. Owners do play a role in creating problem pit bulls...
July 5, 2011
Editorial: Dangerous dogs
The Columbus Dispatch | Pit bulls were behind 59 percent of 88 fatal dog-bite attacks in study of incidents in 2006, 2007 and 2008, according to DogsBite.org, a victims' advocacy group. The study concluded that the number of deaths caused by pit-bull attacks were "equivalent to a pit bull killing a U.S. citizen every 21 days during this three-year period."
June 26, 2011
Pit Bulls: Safe or Dangerous?
Sarah Grieco | NBC San Diego | Colleen Lynn, founder of Dogsbite.org, said the example of the recent attack exposes pit bulls as a hazardous breed. "We know not all pit bulls are going to attack," she said. "Pit bulls are not born vicious, they are born dangerous. If you're going to own one you need to know." Lynn believes both genetics and a dog's surroundings...
June 21, 2011
The Pit Bull Debate: Crackdown, Ban or Nothing?
John Wilkens | SignOnSanDiego.com | "We have to stop pretending there isn't some giant elephant in the room," said Colleen Lynn, who launched the website DogsBite.org in late 2007 after a pit bull bit and broke her right arm while she was jogging. "It's a problem that isn't disappearing." By her count, pit bulls killed 104 people nationwide between 2005...
June 18, 2011
Pit bull attacks cannot go unabated
Jeannette Krebs | PennLive.com | In Pennsylvania, communities are not allowed to create laws that ban dogs of a specific breed. But the problem is this seems to be a breed-specific issue. Pit bulls make up about 5 percent of the dog population in the United States, but they account for 44 percent of the attacks, according to DogsBite.org, a national group...
June 3, 2011
Council discusses animal control ordinance
David Lazenby | Daily Mountain Eagle | Citing information from the nonprofit website DogsBite.org, Scarlett Braddock said 40 states have breed-specific laws that target pit bulls. "Between Jan. 1, 2006 and Dec. 31, 2008, a pit bull killed a U.S. citizen every 21 days," Braddock said. "Now, since some of those ordinances have been put into effect...
May 31, 2011
When family dogs attack: Are some breeds too risky?
The Week | This tragedy could easily have been prevented, says DogsBite.org. Jones says he wouldn't have kept the dogs in the home if he thought they were dangerous, and Jubeark insists the Cane Corso (named Machete) was "good with kids." Come on. Anyone familiar with these breeds knows that keeping them "in a home with three toddlers...
May 11, 2011
The (unbelievable) cost of dog bites: By the numbers
The Week | Number of pit bull attacks that caused bodily harm from 1982 to 2010, according to an Animal People study. Pit bulls were implicated in more attacks causing bodily harm, maimings, and death than any other breed. Rounding out the study's list of the five most dangerous breeds were the Rottweiler, Husky, wolf hybrid, and Bull mastiff.
May 4, 2011
Texas bill would give dog owners life in prison for certain attacks
Alex Bentley | Pegasus News | There seems to be no indication why the bill was limited to just children under 18 and seniors 65 and over, although their relative inability to protect themselves perhaps played a role. No specific breeds are mentioned in the bill, but as DogsBite.org points out, the bill only applies to dogs that have a history...
March 31, 2011
Latest attack by vicious breed won't muzzle pit bull fans
Kerry Dougherty | The Virginian-Pilot | According to Dogsbite.org Inc., a national organization that keeps track of fatal dog attacks, more than 60 percent of all such fatalities are caused by pit bull-type dogs. According to the group, there have been eight fatal dog attacks in the United States so far this year. Five were caused by pit bulls...
March 27, 2011
PRO: Banning pit bulls would eliminate breed responsible for most dog-bite fatalities
Kayla Bell | Victoria Advocate | As far as human fatalities go, pit bulls accounted for 59 percent of 88 dog-bite deaths in the United States from 2006 to 2008, according to a review of media reports done by DogsBite.org. Another study by the Centers for Disease Control found that pit bulls accounted for 32 percent of all dog-bite deaths from...
February 11, 2011
Pit Bulls: Man's Best Friend or Worst Enemy?
Sue Manning | Associated Press | Lynn said Vick's dogs hadn't been bred for generations like those in so many illegal fighting rings. But, she said, all fighting dogs should be euthanized because they are too unstable. Despite temperament tests given by some shelters, Lynn said a dog that has been trained to fight will always be a risk...
January 27, 2011
Ban the ownership of pit bulls?
J. Martin Brennan | Detroit Free Press | Any dog can bite or attack another animal or human, but pit bulls top the list when it comes to the number of attacks, the severity of injuries inflicted on people and animals, and the number of U.S. fatalities from dog mauling. According to DogsBite.org, between Jan. 1, 2006, and Dec. 31, 2008...
January 14, 2011
Multiple Factors In Pit Bull Behavior
Mark Rumsey | WFAE.org | It's as least the second pit bull attack in the Charlotte area in the last month. In December, a pit bull attacked a 6-year-old in Matthews. A group that tracks dog attacks called Dogsbite.org reports there were 33 fatal dog attacks in the U.S. last year. Pit bulls were responsible for 67 percent of them.
January 7, 2011
Colusa Woman Alive When Pet Mauled Her
Todd R. Hansen | Tri-County Newspapers | According to DogsBite.org, a national group that works to reduce dog attacks, there were 33 deaths attributed to dog maulings in the U.S. last year — 67 percent, or 22 fatal attacks, by pit bulls. Twenty of those victims were children 11 or younger. California had the most fatal attacks with seven...