Monday, April 21, 2014
Fatal dog attacks on the rise so far this year
DogsBite.org is reporting today that 16 Americans have been killed by dogs so far this year. On average, that is a fatal attack inflicted by a canine every 6.3 days since January 1. According to the report, pit bulls and their mixes are responsible for 69% (11) of these deaths. Pit bulls alone have an average kill rate of every 9.2 days during this period. The only other dog breed to inflict more than one death so far in 2014 is the bullmastiff, which has caused two deaths. Three other dog breeds have inflicted one death. If this rate continues, there will be 58 human fatalities inflicted by dogs by the end of 2014, nearly double the national annual average of 31.5. Go here for the full story.