140 Americans Killed by Pit Bulls/Pit Mixes ’04 thru ’11

Posted on: January 27th, 2012       Attorney Thomas Newell

A Jan. 16, 2012 press release from DogsBite.org claims that pit bulls/pit mixes killed 140 Americans from 2004 thru 2011. These pit bull fatal attacks have averaged 17.5 per year in the last 8 years. Conversely, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) published a report claiming a total of 23 pit bull caused deaths during the entire 8 years of 1991 thru 1998.

It is unclear as to why fatal pit bull attacks have risen from around 3 per year to a current average of over 17 per annum. One theory is that there is a far greater # of pit bulls today than 15-20 years ago. This author believes that the proliferation of pit bulls in urban areas accounts for this huge increase. Not only is there an increased number of pit bulls and people in urban areas, but the pit bulls have become a “necessity” for those engaged in criminal conduct and have been trained by their owners to fight to the death over any perceived threat.

Even the most fanatical pit bull advocate must admit that something must be done to protect the public from this breed. If you or a loved one have been injured after being attacked by a dangerous dog, please call Attorney Thomas Newell at 800-980-4842 for a free home consultation. Put his 30 years of experience to work for you. Visit his website of PADogAttackLawyer.com to learn more about the PA Dog Law.