Dogs Responsible for 39 Deaths in 2017
Nearly forty people became the victims of vicious dog attacks last year. That’s the news from a nonprofit tracking the statistics of dog bites across the country. The dog bite victims’ advocacy group says these numbers add to a total figure of 433 fatalities caused by violent dogs in the last 13 years. Pit bulls and Rottweilers alone were responsible for nearly two-thirds of that figure, they report. The information is difficult to collect, they say, because not every city publishes the breed responsible for attacks.
Pit Bulls, Rottweilers and German Shepherds
Three breeds made up the vast majority of the fatal attacks included in the report: pit bulls, Rottweilers and German Shepherds. While any dog can lash out violently, these three breeds are frequently to blame for serious injuries. While a Chihuahua may be as prone to bite as any other breed, they are likely to do far less damage than a dog multiple times its size. While scientists may not all agree, some believe the bully breeds like pit bulls are genetically more likely to attack than other kinds of dogs.
Circumstances are Everything
The report details more than just the number of fatalities attributed to violent dogs in a year. It also tracks the details surrounding the tragic attacks. Surprisingly, a majority of the attacks were caused by family pets who lashed out against their owners. Rehomed pets contributed to the figures, too, with 15 percent of incidents involving rescued or rehomed dogs. While the numbers do not paint a complete picture of the problem, they do give us a peek inside the dangerous trend.
Virginia Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Lawyers
If you’ve been in injured in an accident, you should consult with a personal injury lawyer about your legal rights. Our personal injury lawyers have helped victims injured by the negligence of another for over 30 years. If you’d like to setup a free consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact us today 877-544-5323.