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September 8, 2015
Dog Bite Victims' Group Releases FAQ about Breed-Specific Legislation to Help Inform City Officials and Advocates
DogsBite.org News Release | Austin, TX September 8, 2015 -- DogsBite.org, a national dog bite victims' group dedicated to reducing serious dog attacks, releases a Breed-Specific Legislation FAQ on its website. The new in depth FAQ explains what breed-specific legislation (BSL) encompasses, why it primarily involves pit bulls, how cities and counties enforce...
August 26, 2015
In One Week, Pit Bulls Attack 4 People Across Upstate
Mike Manzoni | WSPA.com | Pit bulls have attacked at least four people across the Upstate within the past week, killing one woman and seriously injuring another one. The attacks, which happened in both Spartanburg and Greenville ... According to DogsBite.org, pit bulls are the most deadly dog breed in the United States, accounting for 64 percent of the 42 fatal dog attacks...
August 25, 2015
When it comes to violent dog attacks, Pit Bulls top the list
Tim Waller | WYFF4.com | WYFF News 4 Investigates’ Tim Waller digs into the numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on fatal dog attacks in the country ... [The 10-year period of dog bite-related fatality statistics by DogsBite.org (2005 to 2014) is likely included in this news report because CDC stopped tracking deaths by dog breeds in 1998.]
August 25, 2015
Greenville deputy saves two women from pit bull
Romando Dixson | GreenvilleOnline | A Greenville County deputy shot and killed a dog that attacked and injured two women Tuesday morning, the Sheriff’s Office said ... Last year, 42 dog bite-related fatalities occurred in the U.S., according to dogsbite.org. Pits bulls contributed to 27 of those deaths. Fatal pit bull attacks have been in the news recently in the Carolinas...
August 12, 2015
Hogansville man, dog attacked by pit bull
Donny Karr | LaGrange Daily News | According to DogsBite.org, a nonprofit research and education organization that conducts research on severe and fatal dog attacks inflicted by dangerous dog breeds, there have been 18 documented cases in the United States of people who have died in pit bull attacks so far in 2015. Eight of those victims were children age 10 or younger...
August 11, 2015
Pit bulls are disproportionally dangerous. Why is Calgary importing more of them?
Barbara Kay | National Post | Commenting on the Strother case, Colleen Lynn, founder of Dogsbite.org, an advocacy site for victims of dangerous dogs, stated, “Currently, there is no way to reliably test for unpredictable pit bull aggression. The ‘state-of-the-art’ temperamental assessment test SAFER cannot measure unpredictable aggression, nor can any current test..."
August 4, 2015
Bring Back New West's Pit Bull Law
Bill Tieleman | The Tyee | This year alone in the United States, 14 people have already been killed in pit bull attacks -- including seven children and infants. In 2014 there were 27 people killed by pit bull attacks and 25 in 2013, according to non-profit DogsBite.org, which tracks dog attacks across the U.S. Pit bull breeds accounted for 64 per cent of all dog attack deaths...
July 28, 2015
Nearly half of all shelter dogs of pit variety; Animal Society recommends owners sterilize pets
Christina Elmore and Melissa Boughton | The Post and Courier | “A sterilized dog is not necessarily less dangerous, but it is less likely to roam,” Colleen Lynn said ... Lynn also lobbies for mandatory insurance for pit bull owners. “We come back to this issue over and over again. Their simply isn’t enough money to put these people back together,” Lynn said of the victims...
July 22, 2015
Letter: Difficulty in assessing level of aggression in pit bulls can lead to tragedy
Julie Wall | Post-Bulletin | Either the Asheville Humane Society absolutely failed at assessing the dogs in their shelter, or it has to admit there is currently no accurate way to assess pit-bull-type dogs ... These families know exactly what type of dog killed their loved one. From 2005-2014, 204 people were killed by pit-bull type dogs, according to dogsbite.org...
July 17, 2015
Pit bulls are inappropriate pets for criminals
Mike Dunbar | The Modesto Bee | As we cited in our March 22 editorial, 27 people were killed by pit bulls or close cousins in 2014, according to the website dogsbite.org. Of the 203 deaths-by-dog since 2005, two thirds have been attributed to pit bulls. This is a broader issue than whether a single criminal (assuming he gets out of jail) should be allowed to own a pit bull...
July 13, 2015
Woman dies following pit bull attack
19 Action News | Annie Williams, 71, of Cleveland, died at South Pointe Hospital after being attacked by a pit bull on Pennington Road ... 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...
July 11, 2015
Boyle column: Stats don't lie about dangers of pit bulls
John Boyle | Citizen-Times | When that genetic switch flips, as it did with little Joshua, they detect a threat and have one reaction: to bite until the other animal is dead. Last year, the United States had 42 dog bite-related fatalities, according to dogsbite.org. Pits bulls contributed to 64 percent, or 27 of those deaths. The numbers are screaming at you, like a child under attack...
July 10, 2015
Onus falls on owners to keep dogs under control
Grand Haven Tribune | Granted, some dogs are more prone to violence than others. While many pit bull owners will claim their dogs are cuddly little teddy bears that wouldn’t hurt a fly, the numbers don’t lie. According to DogsBite.org, from 2005 to 2014, pit bulls killed 203 Americans — or 62 percent of the 326 total deaths over that time period. Rottweilers accounted...
July 8, 2015
Update: Family grieving boy's death in pit bull attack
Sabian Warren | Citizen-Times | According to Dogsbite.org, a national dog bite victims' group dedicated to reducing serious dog attacks, in the 10-year period from 2005 to 2014 pit bulls killed 203 Americans and accounted for 62 percent of the total recorded deaths from dog attacks in the U.S. (326). Combined, pit bulls and Rottweilers accounted for 74 percent...
June 10, 2015
NY Street is Thrown Into a Frenzy When a Pit Bull Attacks a Cat – And What the Owner Does is Damning
Kyle Becker | IJReview | Statistics published at DogsBite.org estimate that in 2014, pit bulls were responsible for 64% of all dog bite fatalities against humans, although pit bulls make up just 6% of the U.S.’ canine population. The second most deadly breed, rottweilers, were estimated to be responsible for 10% of all fatalities; just four deaths, compared to pit bulls...
May 31, 2015
Pit bulls can be sweet, but they also figure prominently in Wichita attacks, officials say
Tim Potter | The Wichita Eagle | In Dallas in April, media reported that a family pit bull fatally mauled a 2-month-old boy in his home while his father was outside checking a sprinkler. According to DogsBite.org, of 42 dog bite deaths in the nation in 2014, pit bulls accounted for nearly two-thirds of the fatalities, even though they are only 6 percent of the U.S. dog population...
April 22, 2015
As family mourns, propaganda hides danger of pit bull attacks
Columnist Steve Blow | The Dallas Morning News | A tragic deception has been perpetrated on the American public, says Colleen Lynn of Austin. And the gruesome consequences were seen in Dallas last weekend. In a scene almost too sickening to imagine, a 2-month-old baby in a bouncy seat was attacked and fatally mutilated by the family’s pit bull...
April 22, 2015
The cult of the pit
Bill Manson | San Diego Reader | That’s when I started paying attention to pits. Reading the stats. Because, it turns out they seriously kill people, too. According to Dogsbite.org, a victims’ website, pit bulls mauled to death 176 Americans between 2005 and 2013. In 2013, pit bulls killed 25 of the 32 Americans mauled to death by dogs, or 78 percent...
April 20, 2015
First Quarter Report: Municipalities and Grassroots Prevail Against State Preemption Bills Barring Local Breed-Specific Ordinances
DogsBite.org News Release | During the first quarter of 2015, state preemption bills prohibiting local governments from enacting pit bull ordinances were brought in five states: Arizona, Georgia, Kentucky, Montana and Washington. In all five states the bills failed. Grassroots advocates helped make this victory possible. In 2014, similar state preemption bills...
March 21, 2015
Our View: Start protecting us from dangerous pit bulls
Editorial | The Modesto Bee | Should we have the right to protect ourselves from vicious dogs? Or do we just roll over, play dead and refuse to speak up because the misguided pit bull lobby makes a lot of noise? ... The website dogsbite.org attributed 27 fatalities to pit bulls in 2014. That was up from 25 in 2013. From 2005 to 2014, pit bulls accounted for 203 deaths...
March 4, 2015
Dog attacks not a crime, but owners will pay
Sharon Coolidge | The Cincinnati Enquirer | Nationwide, from 2005 to the end of 2014, pit bulls killed 203 people in America and accounted for 62% of the 326 recorded deaths from dog attacks, according to the website DogsBite.org, a non-profit that says it puts people's safety first. Combined, the website found, pit bulls and rottweilers accounted for 74%...
March 2, 2015
Tom Loewy: Ryan Maxwell remembered by what we didn't do
Tom Loewy | The Register-Mail | That's what happened to Ryan Maxwell on March 2, 2013. He died in the jaws of a pit bull named Ghost ... Here are some plain facts about pit bulls, from dogsbite.org: 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%...
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...
February 11, 2015
Rescued Pit Bulls Fight Stigma by Guiding People in Need
Associated Press | New York Times | "There are over 100 dog breeds that are far more suitable to perform tasks for persons with disabilities than pit bulls, especially rescued pit bulls with unknown backgrounds," said Colleen Lynn, founder and president of DogsBite.org, a national group that tracks bites and works to reduce attacks through bans and other laws...
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 19, 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...