Dog attacks are a topic that often prompts strong emotions from animal lovers and pet owners alike. While dogs are often seen as friendly and affectionate, they can also be unpredictable and dangerous in certain situations.
The World Animal Foundation's recent release of statistics on dog attacks sheds light on the prevalence and severity of these incidents, giving us a better understanding of them. Whether you're concerned about your own safety or simply curious about the latest trends in dog behavior, these statistics are sure to provide some fascinating insights.
1. Top 10 Dogs Most Likely to Bite
It can be difficult to imagine dogs as potentially dangerous animals, but the reality is that dog bites can happen. While all dogs can bite, larger breeds and mixed breeds pose a greater threat due to the force and damage their bite can cause. Dog bites are measured by PSO (pounds per square inch or newtons).
Dogs most likely to bite include:
- Pitbulls: 241 PSI
- Rottweilers: 328 PSI
- German shepherds: 238 PSI
- Doberman pinschers: 228 PSI
- Bullmastiff: 556 PSI
- Husky: 320 PSI
- Malamutes: 328 PSI
- Wolf hybrids: 406 PSI
- Boxers: 230 PSI
- Great danes: 238 PSI
It's important for us to acknowledge this fact and take responsibility by ensuring dogs are well-trained and socialized and also being vigilant around unfamiliar dogs. It's always better to be cautious than to face the devastating consequences of a dog bite.
2. Dog Bite Deaths by Age
Of 430 fatalities between the years 2010 to 2021, here are the following findings:
- 32% of dog bite fatalities were infants from zero to four years old.
- 10% of fatal dog bites occurred in children from five to nine years old.
- 5% of dog bite fatalities occurred in adults aged 50-54 years old.
- 5.5% of dog bite fatalities happened in adults who were 60-64 years old.
- 13% of deadly dog bite incidents occurred in adults above 75 years old.
3. Dog Bite Rates Increased by 300% During the Covid Pandemic
The pandemic brought with it unprecedented challenges for individuals, families, and their pets. With many people experiencing lockdowns and working from home, pet adoption skyrocketed. Statistics from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) show that 23 million households in America adopted a pet during the pandemic.
However, the increased amount of time spent together at home may have created some additional stressors for both pets and their owners. Emergency room visits due to pet-related incidents surged by 300% per 1000 visits, highlighting the various challenges that came along with this sudden uptick in pet ownership.
4. Nearly All Rabies Cases Occur from Dogs
Rabies may be thought of as a rare disease, but it remains a deadly threat. About 99% of human rabies cases can be traced back to.
Thankfully, modern medicine has given us the tools to protect ourselves and prevent the spread of this deadly virus. The rabies vaccine, developed by Louis Pasteur, has been a life-saving invention for millions.
5. Pit Bulls Are More Likely to Attack Strangers
Pit bulls are an infamous breed in the dog world, and their reputation has earned them a spot on many people's "beware" lists. A recent study has shown that this caution isn't unfounded - in fact, the tendency of pit bulls to attack strangers is 31% higher than any other dog breed.
However, it is important to note that this statistic doesn't mean that all pit bulls are inherently dangerous. Like any other animal, their behavior is shaped by a variety of factors - including how they are raised and trained. As noted by the ASPCA, some pit bulls have been bred for fighting ability while others have been bread for companionship. In addition, ASPCA notes that “the responsible ownership of any dog requires a commitment to proper socialization, humane training and conscientious supervision.”
It's essential to educate ourselves on dog ownership and to understand the responsibility that comes with adopting a pet.
Contact Our Dog Bite Lawyers
For many people, adding a furry friend to the family can be incredibly rewarding. Dogs in particular, are known for their loyalty, playfulness, and overall fun-loving nature. However, it's essential to understand that being a dog owner is a significant responsibility that shouldn't be taken lightly. Not only do you need to care for your dog's basic needs, but you also need to be aware of the potential dangers of dog attacks and what to do if bitten by a dog.
Unfortunately, even with the best efforts, accidents can happen, and you or a loved one may get injured by a negligent dog owner. In this situation, seeking help from a dog bite attorney at Bridges, Jillisky, Weller & Gullifer, LLC can help you pursue fair compensation and justice.
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