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So let’s look at these “facts” one by one and dissect the issues.Pit Bulls, according to the paper, are:1)
“Responsible for 65% of all fatal attacks in 2008”. In 2008there were 23 total human fatalities from dog attack. 13of those were identified as Pit Bulls
. That is 56.5%, not65%, a significant difference, and a factual error.2)
“94% of (Pit Bull) attacks on children were unprovoked”.This statement is pretty accurate regarding all breeds of dogs. Small children do not have the capacity toknowingly provoke a dog. Older kids should be given thebenefit of the doubt unless observed tormenting a dog.This statistic is flashy, but irrelevant.3)
“81% of attacks that occurred off the owners’ propertyinvolved Pit Bulls”. Factually incorrect. In 2008, the worstyear, three of the four fatal attacks that happened off the owners’ property were Pit Bulls, which is 75%. In 2009that number was five out of twelve, making 41.6%. In2010 two of nine off property fatalities involved Pit Bulls,which is 22%.
None of this adds up to 81%.4)
“One person is killed by a Pit Bull every 14 days”. Thisline is repeated in the text of the paper. For this to betrue, it would require 26 people every year to be killed byPit Bulls. In 2007, in 18 of 33 attacks the dogs wereidentified as Pit Bulls, not 26. In 2008 there were 13 totalfatal attacks by Pit Bulls, half the required number. In2009 there were 15, still short of the needed number. In2010, 18 of 34 fatal attacks were attributed to Pit Bulls.This blanket “statistic” is flashy and grabs headlines, butis incorrect. The paper, in the narrative, does mentionthat this is based on a limited time period, but a cannyresearcher can choose a time period during which dogattack human fatalities were caused by Dachshunds; infact, during 24 days in 2010, 100% of all human fatalattacks by dogs in the US were due to Weimaraner attack.Sweeping statements cannot be accurately based on smallslices of reality. The figures on file don’t support thisoutrageous claim.5)
“1.5 Pit Bulls are shot to death every day”. To addressthis I examined the media reports of dogs shot by policefrom 1/1/2011 to 5/9/2011. There have been 22 dogsreported shot by police during that time period. Only nineof those 22 were Pit Bulls, although a vicious (inherentlydangerous?) Lhasa Apso was shot by police in Cape Coral,Florida on February 6
. To meet the standard of killing1.5 Pit Bulls every day would require, for this period (129days) that 193.5 Pitt Bulls be shot and killed, or a total of 547.5 per year-every year. The documented total is a fewshort. Of course, this is just police shootings, but crueltycases are a different story and one can’t conclude thatanimals are vicious just because vicious humans break thelaw.