Despite being known as a dangerous breed, pit bulls are sought-after by many people who believe these dogs are great companions. But the majority of Americans think otherwise. In the past decade, pit bulls accounted for 203 out of 326 fatal dog attacks in the United States. Because of this, states and cities are adopting pit bull bans. Pit bull owners, breeders and fans are voicing their concern about these ordinances. They believe that negligent owners are the ones who should be blamed for attacks, not the breed.
States such as Wisconsin have proposed to ban breeds such as American Staffordshire terriers, American pit bull terriers, Staffordshire bull terriers, and mixes of those breeds. However, that proposal was shot down, due to strong opposition from pit bull owners. Owners claim that such bans affect all pit bull owners, even those who are responsible and have well-behaved dogs. Opponents point out that the bans result in the unnecessary killing of dogs, many of which would make great pets with proper training and socialization.
While the right owner may make a difference in behavior, the pit bull’s genetic traits do make it a more dangerous breed. Pit bulls have a “hold and shake” biting style and a locking jaw that prevents them from letting go of bite victims. This behavior often causes serious injury and even permanent disfigurement to victims. The breed is also known for its tenacity and tendency to attack unpredictably.
Many pit bull owners believe that pit bulls are similar to children, in that they behave according to how they are trained. The American Veterinary Medical Association is in agreement, stating that any dog has the ability to bite, and all breeds are equal in this regard. They conclude that if a dog is poorly trained, it’s the owner’s failure to adequately train and socialize the pet. Supporters of the pit bull bans point out that 53% of those killed by a pit bull, between 2005 and 2014, actually resided in the same household with a pit bull.
The dog bite lawyers of Nadrich & Cohen, LLP note that the majority of their dog bite cases have involved pit bulls. We have handled hundreds of dog bite claims over the years on behalf of victims and their families. Contact us today, if you or a loved one has been attacked by a dog. We never collect a fee, unless a recovery is made.