My Photo

Categories

follow us in feedly

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

Best Of KC Dog Blog

Become a Fan

« Weekly Roundup -- Week Ending 1/13/13 | Main | First fatal incident in 2013 »

January 14, 2013

TrackBack

TrackBack URL for this entry:
http://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00d83451f90869e2017ee7318ec0970d

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Dog Attack Fatalities -- 2012 Final Report:

Comments

Laura

Thanks for posting....it is really important that people are aware of these dangers. If nothing else maybe someone will think twice before leaving their newborn infant in a room with an unfamiliar dog.

Badnab

Do you have any information available on how many of the dogs involved were unaltered males?

Other than that, very good, honest, responsible reporting.

Brent

Badnab -- Thanks for the kind words.

I don't track intact status information for a variety of reasons. #1: The availability of the information is pretty limited. Unless they specifically note that a dog was used for breeding, or in the case of feral dogs, there really is limited information on intact-status.

#2) I generally think that intact-status is more of a correlative factor, and less of a causal one.

Here's more on this: http://btoellner.typepad.com/kcdogblog/2011/01/dog-attack-fatality-report-why-is-intact-status-not-part-of-the-report.html

Dianne R

Badnab - the NCRC reports contain a lot more detail including intact status, check out the 2011 report. It's quite disturbing.

mark osborne

What a lovely website and touching views and comments. Personally I have had many breeds of dogs and any dog can be aggressive or friendly. It truely boils down to how they are raised...just like children. No dog is at fault if aggressive...of course its the owners.

KateH

I really wish that every obstetrician would make sure that each patient - whether they have a dog or not - be given a video with information about baby/child & dog safety, and would ask them questions at a later appt to see if they watched it, what they thought of it, and then give the mother contact info for a trainer partner of the Family Paws Parent Education resource. I really think it would help those mothers who actually want to do the best they can.

CLAWZ

Thank you for this article. The majority of these dog attacks were not from pit bull types and yet the media makes it sound as though almost every dog attack is by a Pit Bull or Pit Bull Mix. Every Pittie I've ever personally known has been great with kids and other dogs.

Stacy Strickland

Thank you so much for this very valuable information!

db

I'm sorry for the victims and their families, but I'm also sorry for the dogs who died and the thousands more who will die because of the misinformation and negative media these bites often get.
Thanks for going the extra mile to make sense of these "statistics".

kmk

Thanks for putting the information together, Brent. Great job.

Wow, in reading through these attacks there's just nothing new under the sun, is there?

NoKillDelaware

Excellent article! I think it is important to point out that the "temperament tests" used at animal shelters are misused to justify killing. Tests such as pinching the paw of a terrified dog or pulling away a food bowl of a starving stray do not predict how a dog will behave when in a loving home. These tests are the means for pounds to designate dogs as "aggressive" and justify killing them. A law suit was filed yesterday in Delaware on killing a Pit Bull type dog in violation of CAPA, and the misuse of "temperament" tests are part of the case. The attorney allowed Animal Control to take away a friendly Pit Bull who followed his son home, and then tried to get her back, but she was already dead. The complaint is attached to my blog. One of the remedies is to require an independent monitor at KCSPCA to assure CAPA compliance. Another is to permanently enjoin KCSPCA from killing animals based on "temperament tests" that characterize cats and dogs as "aggressive" or "unadoptable." Also, the lawsuit seeks to mandate a 5 day period for rescues/shelters to pull an animal after the notification goes out to the Rescue Registry.

NoKillDelaware

Oops, I neglected in my post above to include the link to the story and the plaintiffs' complaint in the Delaware law suit: http://www.nokilldelaware.org/?p=1821

Brent

kmk -- the only think even remotely unique about any of these incidents is really the involvement of two rescuers who each got overwhelmed by a pack of dogs they were managing. These cases are a little troubling becuase I have seen/heard of incidents in which rescuers could have gotten themselves into tough situations. Otherwise, everything is exactly as it has been for 20 years or more.

Morgan Marie

It doesn't matter if the dog is altered or intact. What matters is that ALOT of these owners and parents were neglectful and irresponsible. I have 2 unaltered American Staffordshire Terriers. They love the toddlers they visit at the park and YES they are always supervised with small children.

Nichole

As always, thank for fair and balanced reporting. A website that will remain nameless has done a similar accounting of the fatalities for 2012 with, of course, a very different analysis.

JMC

I think in the following quote, the first "8 years old" should say "8 months old." I mention this because it is an important distinction and will aid the clarity of your well written message. I apologize if this has already been pointed out

"In total, there were 36 people who were fatally injured in dog attacks this year.

-- 6 were infants less than 8 years old

-- 13 were children aged 8 months - 8 years

-- 17 of the victims were adults over the age of 23"

Brent

Fixed JMC. Thanks for pointing that out. No matter how hard I try, proofreading your own work is really difficult.

Grace Acosta

I want to thank you for your great report. This should be used by the news media. I will make sure our club members read it.

Ashley Mclellan

Bottom line, it is not about the breed. Most people are so against pitbulls, but as it shows here they are other breeds as well. A child should never be left alone with any type of dog. My nephew got bit up bad by a Pomeranian dog when he was left alone in the living room crawling around. Dogs can be good and like the write said, it is rare that people get attacked by family dogs. You just have to know how to raise a puppy, get them as puppies not grown dogs. Never hit a dog, NEVER! This is a mistake made by so many owners, a good owner never punishes a dog in this manner. Train from day 1, it is easy as long as you have the patience. I am an owner of two 8 year old American Bully's never have they attacked anyone. I got them when my daughter was 16 months and my son was 5, never once showed aggression. Another thing people fail to do is socialize with the dogs and make sure they have a social life with other dogs and people as they grow up. just be smart, if you need help ask an experienced owner. Never just get a puppy because they are cute and you want one, you have to make sure you have time for the puppy and lots of it, and proper training. And NEVER leave any dog alone with kids ever, as you see above most attacks happened when kids were left alone. Thanks writer, you really showed that not just pits are involved in attacking.

Wanda Hart

People just don't think about good old Rex or Sweetie Pie, the family dog, would ever do anything wrong. What ashame young children are the ones to pay the price.

bichon rescue

I am an owner of two 8 year old American Bully's never have they attacked anyone. I got them when my daughter was 16 months and my son was 5, never once showed aggression. Another thing people fail to do is socialize with the dogs and make sure they have a social life with other dogs and people as they grow up. just be smart, if you need help ask an experienced owner. Never just get a puppy because they are cute and you want one, you have to make sure you have time for the puppy and lots of it, and proper training. And NEVER leave any dog alone with kids ever, as you see above most attacks happened when kids were left alone. thanks for sharing

The comments to this entry are closed.