Pitbull attacks account for about half of deadly dog bite attacks
Just mentioning a pit bull raises red flags for most people. This breed of dog has been associated time and time again with violent attacks, including death. In 2008, as reported by respected news organizations, out of 23 dog bite fatalities in the US, 16 were sustained from pit bulls – a whopping 65 percent. So far in 2009, the number is eight out 16, a positive change, reducing the percentage to fifty. What provokes these dogs to attack and why so viciously?
The American pit bull originated in the British Isles, bred for hunting, companionship and fighting other dogs. Although they purposefully and historically are not aggressive toward humans, many of these animals have been used in dog fights and are skittish and violent due to horrendous mistreatment or outright abuse by their owners. There have been a few instances where pit bulls that have been raised by a loving and caring family still seem to lash out.
Perhaps the saddest incident was that of Nicholas Faibish, whose family lovingly raised two pit bulls. One day as the family was preparing to move out of their San Francisco home in 2005, the dogs viciously mauled and killed him. What seemed to provoke the attack by these otherwise gentle pets was the disorientation of moving, the boxes strewn all over the house. In the case of this particular incident, experts agree this is what could have set the dogs off. Another theory is that the dogs became overly excited while playing with the boy, thereby escalating to a devastating level. Unfortunately, the boy was left alone in the house with the animals for two hours, thus no one knows the real reason behind the attack. However, it was known that the dogs were male and not neutered, which can lead to aggressive behavior.
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