Texas is not the place to be when you talk about dog ownership. Which dogs cause the attacks? What can you do?
Unfortunately, our fine state leads the nation in some not-so-good ways.
We’re actually one of the more dangerous states, and frequently the most dangerous state (depending on the year), when it comes to serious dog bite injuries and fatalities.
DogsBite.org gathers and reports data on dog bites and the serious injuries and fatalities that result from them.
We led the nation in 2015, with a total of 5 deaths, and we also led the nation in total deaths from 2005 – 2013, with 34.
And we’re among the leaders again this year.
In recent years, states like California, Ohio, Florida, and North Carolina have taken the lead. But Texas always competes for the leading position.
So far in 2019, we have 4 confirmed dog attack deaths, and one under investigation. This year also includes the tragic story or Johana Villafane, who was actually killed by her own two pit bulls.
Shockingly, she was mauled to death while visiting her pit bulls when they were placed in quarantine in O’Connor Animal Hospital. They were placed under quarantine because they had bitten a man 8 days prior.
The animal hospital asked her to walk the dogs because they were so aggressive their own staff couldn’t walk them.
A sad story!
Pit Bulls are the Most Dangerous Dog Breed By Far
When it comes to staying safe around dogs, it’s important to understand the nature of the breeds.
From 2005 – 2018, 471 Americans died from dog attacks. Pit bulls caused 66% of these. Pit bulls and rottweilers together caused 76% of these fatalities, per data from DogsBite.org.
Pit bulls have been bred for over 1,000 years, but especially in the past 200 – 400 for their compact, muscular bodies and strong jaws.
They were originally bred to perform the sport of “bull baiting” in England beginning around 1,000 years ago. The sport involved bulldogs latching onto a male bull cow’s nose and pinning it to the ground.
Depending on the cow’s breed, the bull can weigh anywhere from several hundred to 2,400 pounds. And bulls are violent animals.
…So you can imagine how nasty and tough a pit bull would have to be to pin one to the ground!
And they’d need a strong jaw to latch on and not let go, which is precisely what they were bred to do.
Because the public was so outraged by the violence of this sport, England banned it in – get this – 1835!
That’s 180 years before our much more pro-animal views of today.
You Can Prevent Dog Bites and Dog Attacks
When it comes to dog ownership, you can do whatever’s in the law. However, you have to understand the high risk you take on by owning a dangerous dog breed.
There’s so many breeds of friendly, lovable dogs who would much rather please you and fetch a ball, rather than bite you or maul you to death.
So, it’s easy to make a safe choice in the first place and take your chances of a serious dog bite or dog attack down to practically zero.
Anyway, you can make whatever choice you want, as long as it’s within the law.
But why not make one that keeps everyone safe, including you and your own family?