A National Canine Research Council Perspective Report
Graphic depiction of fatal injuries that dogs have inflicted on their few unfortunate
victims is a topic that NCRC has been hesitant to address.
Fatal dog attacks are vanishingly rare occurrences; a person is five times more likely to be struck and killed by lightning than to be killed by a dog. There seemed no useful purpose in addressing the nature and type of injuries a victim sustained during such a rare event, nor would we ever wish to compromise the privacy of victims or sensationalize their tragedies.
Unfortunately, certain groups and individuals seek to capitalize on the already
disproportionate dread that some people feel toward dogs. They persist in making false claims about the severity and nature of pit bull attacks versus those of other
breeds/types of dogs.
They expose the victims’ identities and traffic in descriptions of the victims’ injuries in order to forward their personal theories and agenda.
Claims about the “unique damage that pit bulls inflict” are made by individuals or special interest groups with no knowledge or experience in analyzing fatal dog bite injuries. In the interest of accuracy and fairness, the NCRC feels compelled to address these tactics and claims.
Pictured below the brains trust of the anti pit bull activists…..
For nearly two decades, the NCRC has investigated and analyzed injuries from every fatal dog attack for which data is available and has found that no breed of dog
has a particular method of attack or inflicts an exclusive type of injury; claims that
one breed of dog inflicts injuries unlike other breeds have no merit.
“NO BREED OF DOG HAS A PARTICULAR METHOD OF ATTACK OR INFLICTS AN EXCLUSIVE TYPE OF INJURY; CLAIMS THAT ONE BREED OF DOG INFLICTS INJURIES UNLIKE OTHER BREEDS HAVE NO MERIT.”
Below is a list of 15 victims of dog attacks (table 1), along with descriptions of the fatal wounds listed on the autopsy reports. Each victim was attacked and killed by a single dog.
There are 15 different breeds represented in these incidentsi (table 2).
Not only is it impossible to match the incidents listed in table 1 with the breeds of dogs listed in table 2, it is impossible to determine which breed of dog is responsible for any injury based solely upon examination of injuries, autopsy reports or photos.
Note: Breeds were chosen for this sample only if dogs of that breed have been involved in more than one human fatality (i.e., Airedale Terrier, Pomeranian, Jack Russell Terrier, et.al, were not used as only one human fatality has been attributed to each of these breeds in the United States).
Source….. National Canine Research Council
More to come…..