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DogsBite.org is a national dog bite victims' group dedicated to reducing serious dog attacks. We conduct research on the growing, but underreported, public safety issue of severe and fatal dog attacks inflicted by dangerous dog breeds. We champion the rights of victims through our research, education and advocacy.  Learn more about us »  |  Make a donation today »

Dog bite victims

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Victims of severe dog attacks often suffer acute damage, which may require $250,000 to one million dollars in specialized medical care treatment. Reconstructive surgery, such as skin grafts, tissue expansion and scar diminishment, often requires multiple procedures over a period of years. Medical studies show that pit bulls are inflicting the majority of these damaging attacks.

In depth coverage

DogsBite.org contains hundreds of accounts of victims of serious and fatal dog attacks. We examine various aspects in great depth to show the multi-layered dangerous dog breed problem.

Special reports

In 2019, 81% of dog bite fatality cases had one or more breed identification photograph. Of the 266 dog bite fatalities recorded by our nonprofit since January 1, 2013, nearly two-thirds, 63%, have one or more breed identification photograph.

Pediatric Study: Pit Bulls Inflicted Highest Prevalence and Severity of Injuries

Central Texas

2018 U.S. Dog Bite Fatality Statistics and Trends Over 14 Years - Discussion Notes

United States

Rescue dog attacks

In 2019, rescue dogs killed four people. In one case, a rehomed pit bull belonging to Annie Hornish, the Connecticut senior state director of the Humane Society of the United States, killed 95-year old Janet D'Aleo. Hornish is now being sued.

Woman, 49, Dies After Being Mauled by Her Two Rescue Great Danes in Ohio

Warren County, Ohio

Volunteer at Humane Society of St. Lucie County Dies After Violent Pit Bull Attack

Fort Pierce, Florida


Dog bite studies and statistics

DogsBite.org is a comprehensive resource containing the foremost studies and statistics regarding dog bite injuries, pit bull injuries, dog bite fatalities, dangerous dog breed ownership and more.

DogsBite blog

Our popular blog tracks serious and fatal dog attacks and dangerous dog law trends across the country. We also track world trends. Fatal dog maulings, mainly inflicted by pit bulls, occur on every continent.


Dangerous dog breeds and legislation

These two sections of the website highlight the most dangerous dog breeds, pit bulls, rottweilers and fighting breed derivatives, and the types of breed-specific laws cities adopt to regulate them.

Dangerous dogs

Pit bull terriers were selectively bred for dogfighting. This is why pit bulls don't let go once they bite. Learn about other fighting breeds, pit bull owners, the false myths they spread and the danger of adopting a pit bull.

Legislating dogs

Many cities have adopted breed-specific laws. View cities and counties, military divisions, Indian reservations and housing authorities that are setting national trends. Also, view a recent appellate decision.


About us

DogsBite.org is a public education website about dangerous dog breeds, chiefly pit bulls. We are the primary 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to putting the safety of humans before dogs and the principal source of information on this topic that is not owned, controlled, or funded by dog breeders, dog advocacy, veterinarian or animal welfare groups. We do not receive government or corporate funding; we rely on donations from the public and our supporters -- people like you.