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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

Pit bull attack victim - Ronin Waldroup

Ronin Waldroup

Pit bull attack victim - Cameron Hatfield

Cameron Hatfield

Pit bull attack victim - Jacqueline Downs

Jacqueline Downs

Pit bull attack victim - Zachary Willis

Zachary Willis

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.

Fatal & nonfatal statistics

Of the 46 dog bite fatalities recorded in 2020, 61% (28) had some form of breed identification photograph. Our nonprofit was responsible for capturing 79% of them. Pit bulls and their mixes represent 71% of all images collected in 2020.

2019 U.S. Dog Bite Fatality Statistics -Discussion Notes, Charts & Graphs

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Aurora Dog Bite Statistics & Intake Data Over a 3-Year Period (2017-2019)

Aurora, Colorado

Special reports

In December 2020, the Department of Transportation eliminated emotional support animals from the definition of a service animal. In our ninth special report about flying by air with service animals, we examine the Department's final rule.

Traveling by Air with Service Animals - Public Comments from DogsBite.org

United States

125 Behavior Terms for Shelter Dogs Decoded that Mask Aggression in Dogs

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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 successful breed-specific laws. View model and noted breed safety laws, mandatory pit bull spaying and neutering laws, and breed-specific policies in military divisions for sample legislation.


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.