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Infographic About Dog Bite Statistics!

To keep with the theme of Dog Bite Prevention Week, we are going to spread as much information about dog bite attacks as possible! So, now that you know how to prevent a dog bite situation from happening, here’s a helpful and very informative graphic to really drive the point home. This infographic breaks down what kind of dog bites happen, who they happen to, and other alarming facts about dog bites.

Thanks a bunch to UltimateHomeLife for creating and posting this eye-opening graphic! Spread it around to all of the dog owners and rescuers that you know; I bet that they will be shocked! Knowledge is power, and with this power we can prevent future situations that involve preventable dog bites. The literal and figurative scars from dog biting events affect the person/victim – but they usually ALWAYS result in the dog being euthanized, which is even more tragic. Let’s avoid ALL of that horrific mess and raise awareness about this issue for everyone’s safety!

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  • Chuong May 18, 2016, 11:47 am

    http://btoellner.typepad.com/kcdogblog/2010/03/the-truth-behind-dogsbiteorg.html

    Dogsbite.org is a website run by Colleen Lynn. In June of 2007, Lynn was an unfortunate victim of a dog bite while she was out jogging. Because of the dog bite, by a dog that is said to be a ‘pit bull’, Lynn decided to create the website dogsbite.org. According to the original “about us” section of the website, the intent of the website was three-fold:

    — Distinguish which breeds of dogs are dangerous to have in neighborhoods

    — Help enact laws to regulate the ownership of these breeds

    — Help enact laws that hold dog owners criminally liable if their dog attacks a person or causes serious injury or death

    While I actually agree with her original third mission statement, the original purpose of the website is very clearin the first two statements — she intended to target particular breeds of dogs and ban ownership of those breeds. The goal was not public education or anything that she claims it to be about now — it was about enacting breed specific legislation…even though she has no credentials to propose legislation like that with any basis of expertise.

    And make no mistake, all of the experts organizations disagree with her idea on breed-specific legislation.

    • VetDepot May 19, 2016, 9:58 am

      UGH! Yeah the breed specific legislation is HORRIBLE and doesn’t even make sense in my opinion. I personally know of more dog attacks NOT committed by Pit Bulls than I do that involved Pit Bulls. German Shepherds, Labs, and Chihuahuas have bitten more people that I know than Pit Bulls. But that being said, I don’t believe in *ANY* breed specific legislation. It is all about the OWNER, not the DOG! It is very frustrating, because then what is stopping an irresponsible BOXER owner or a GOLDEN RETRIEVER owner who has an untrained, possibly “aggressive” dog? I use the term “aggressive” because very few dogs are actually AGGRESSIVE, most of them are just on a varying spectrum of untrained excitability, reactivity, fear-based reactions, etc. I am glad that slowly the stigmas surrounding certain breeds are falling away, but there are still many people that have BSL which is really frustrating.

  • Heather Bishop May 25, 2016, 2:25 pm

    Great infographic! Thank you!

  • bit by a dog May 27, 2016, 5:34 am

    Wonderful article, thanks for putting this together! This is obviously one great post. Thanks for the valuable information and insights you have so provided here.

  • Fred Lossman June 1, 2016, 10:36 am

    I’ve served on the board of a local dog park. By far … our greatest problem has been with pit bulls (OK – pit bull types)
    than any other breed. Usually it is also apparent observing the owners that they have close to zero control over their dogs.

    • VetDepot June 1, 2016, 1:55 pm

      I don’t think that is an inherent problem with the nature of a Pitbull though, I think many people just get them and either don’t train them, or do a bad job at training them. I have encountered more Chihuahuas that seem “aggressive” and “reactive” than Pitbulls.

  • Fred Lossman June 1, 2016, 10:38 am

    don’t know what “awaiting moderation” means ??

    • VetDepot June 1, 2016, 1:54 pm

      Hey Fred, it means that we have to approve comments before they are posted. 😉

  • Tim June 8, 2016, 8:36 am

    Worst infographic ever. Left me far more confused by the faulty graphics, undefined terms, confusing ranges of percentages. Is someone trying to obfuscate the data?

    • VetDepot June 8, 2016, 10:00 am

      What is so confusing about the graphic? I thought it was pretty straightforward. No one is obfuscating any data, this graphic was made FROM data. Please elaborate your confusion and I’d be happy to help.

  • YT June 30, 2016, 9:13 am

    Very good article / infographic. It’s unfortunate that an owners dogs, in a properly secured enclosure with visible signs on owners property, are often ordered to be euthanized because they bit/attack a human who tresspassed (including robberies) causing injuries and even death. (A states dog laws, and even county laws within the state vary, containing loopholes ). While there have been good outcomes for dogs in resulting court cases, many courts order dogs, good dogs of all breed types, be euthanized regardless of how it’s law is clearly written because of the “attitude” of the court, the public, and the legal loopholes. A sad situation for all involved, and especially the dogs. All end up victims.
    Thank you for your article on this topic, because educating people about this is key to prevention of human error on both sides in the future .

    • VetDepot June 30, 2016, 10:39 am

      Thank you so much for your comment, YT! You seem like a very intelligent and knowledgeable person, and we are definitely both on the same page! <3 There was a case about a year ago or so where a police officer was looking for a "missing child" (who ended up NOT being missing at all) and he trespassed into a backyard, where a Pit Bull was, and the officer ended up shooting and killing the poor dog from quite a distance away. According to the police officer's testimony, he said the dog "lunged at him" but from where he was standing and the dog's body was found, there were at least 30 feet between them. Not to mention, WHY would you go into someone's YARD, to look for a child, and kill a dog for being protective of said yard? Even IF the dog "lunged" at him, that's kind of his own stupid fault, don't you think? Maybe RUN out of the backyard, not shoot the dog to death?! Of course, as all of these cases go, the police officer got off without any kind of slap on the wrist, and the owner of the dog (who said he never even showed any slight aggression EVER in its short 3 year old life) was DEVASTATED, and even had to clean UP the dead dog and all the blood HIMSELF. I couldn't even imagine what would happen if some idiot somehow killed my dog, or caused it to "attack" resulting in its euthanasia. I would probably skip town with the dog and move to Canada in order to keep it alive (I'm crazy though, lol). It is honestly so ridiculous how our society in general just feels the need to kill any and all animals who surprisingly - ACT LIKE AN ANIMAL. How many zoo animals (including poor Harambe) and other wildlife have been killed because stupid humans provoke them, causing the animal to literally act on their animal instincts? It is so sad that we are at the point in humanity where we expect animals to behave perfectly or else they get killed, when in reality ALL animals can be unpredictable and lash out for a number of reasons. I am crazy though, because even if my dog for some reason attacked me and ripped my face off, I would NOT get it euthanized, and I would probably still love it. LOL Anyway, rant over! 😛 Thank YOU for your kind words, and for being so conscious of this phenomenon!

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