It's time to ramp everything up a notch...More and more cities are tracking dog bite stats by breed and almost everytime Pit Bulls lead in biting incidents by a mile. Normally, these stories just fade of the front page and are forgotten while the pit Bull PR Machine spews lies that their breed is least likely to bite.
In 2008, pit bulls and pit bull mixes accounted for about 20 percent of the dog population at the city's animal shelter, Geir said. In addition, last year those breeds were responsible for nearly 39 percent of reported dog bites in the city, he said.
Woonsocket, Rhode Island:
In 2006, the pit bulls accounted for 32 percent of all the dog bite cases in Woonsocket,” Paulhus says in the report. “The number increased to 37 percent in 2007. The year 2008 reflected half of all dog bites in the city were attributed to pit bulls. Many were serious.”
The statistics show there were 75 dog bites during the period in question, 15 of which involved humans and the rest other pets. Of the eight dog bites that occurred so far this year, three were caused by pit bulls, the report said.
Ventura County, California:
Pit Bulls are ranked 8th in licensing, but the number one biter producing 117 biting incidents in 2007-2008. Cocker Spaniels, often cited by Pit Bull groups as the leading biter, ranked 6th in registration numbers, but 8th in bite numbers producing only 28 biting incidents. The Pit Bull mauling death of Katie Todesco was characterized as “biting incident”.
Marion County, Indiana (Indianapolis)
The active Pit Bull community managed to influence dangerous dog laws producing a 33 percent increase in pit bull biting incidents in 2008 over previous years. Pit Bulls produced 490 biting incidents while Labradors produced 152 biting incidents and Cocker Spaniels only produced 27 incidents.
Broward County, Florida
Broward County has an excellent bite incident database which includes attacks on pets/livestock. Once again pit bulls are the leading biter by a wide margin producing 586 biting incidents during the period from 2005-2008. Over the same period, Labradors produced 151 bites while rage inflicted Cocker Spaniels inflicted a mere 16 bites on the public.
Lincoln has an excellent database which also includes licensing numbers by breed. In 2008 a licensed population of 858 Pit Bull and mixes produced 60 biting incidents. The citys massive population of Labs and lab mixes totaling 5448 dogs produced 39 biting incidents over the same period. Data shows that 1 out of every 14 pit bulls in Lincoln is a biter, while its takes over 142 Labs to produce a bite.
As of 2008, Pit Bulls comprise 3.4 percent of Seattle’s registered dog population, yet produce 25 percent of the city’s annual bite total. In comparison, Labrador Retrievers represent 17 percent of the city’s dog population yet produce only 12 percent of the annual biting incidents. As an added bonus to the tax payer, the nearly half the dogs euthanized each year by Seattle’s Animal Control infrastructure are Pit Bulls.
Richmond County, Georgia
"They tend to get the most exposure because unfortunately they do the most damage," said Diane Downs, the director of Richmond County Animal Control.
Animal control has had 139 complaints of animal bites this year, with 26 of them being pit bull cases. That's about 19-percent and is the most out of all dogs.