How to Prevent Dog Bites and Attacks



dog bites and attacks in America


You and I know them as "Man's best friend."

...And sure, every once and a while - "they can get a bit wild." For instance, have you ever seen a dog do a "Crazy Run" after you give them a bath? How about after you give them a bath in the back yard?

You hold them down, get them soaking wet, lather them up with a soap that you think smells good out in the back yard. However the entire time - they're just waiting to run away from you and the ever inconvenient "bath time" that you share together.

You can feel their muscles tighten up and get tense as they wait for the perfect moment when you release your grip on them; hoping to seize that very second for a daring escape into freedom and away from the icy cold water that is making them clean.   Another precious moment for the memory bank!

Now the bath is over and you're spraying off the last part of the soap from their fur as the cold water has them shaking like a leaf. Finally, the moment of release...they quickly dart a few feet away from you - then they shake and then water goes flying in all directions. But that's not enough, they're still wet...and this simply will not do!



yorkie yorkshire terrior - dog bites

So now comes the crazy run where they totally unleash (no pun intended) and run for their lives in circles around the back yard. Their rear end is low to the ground, ears flying back in the wind, and they might even dive into the grass or a nearby blanket (or dirt or mud) and roll...only to quickly catch their breath and run a few more loops around the yard. Yes, fellow dog owners - that is the "crazy run" and it is pretty darn cute - just like this little Yorkie in the image above.

That is great fun to share with your dog and it is just one of the many gifts that dogs give to us. Laughter, love, companionship, etc. - That's why we love them so much.


But now let's talk about Dog Bites in America:

Don't think for a moment that people in this country are not FED UP with careless dog owners and dogs off of leashes. Take a few quality and educational minutes to read this great blog post here - on "Riley's Place."

If you know a lot about dog bites in America then you must have done your studying to find out this information, because it is not necessarily a highly talked about subject. In fact, it is very rare that you even hear about dog bites, a dog mauling or much less about a dog attack that turned out to be fatal to the victim.

But rest assured, as the numbers below will show you, they are happening all around our country - maybe even as you read this page on our site.

Let's ask a few questions to get things out in the open:

  • Do you like to take walks around your neighborhood or local city streets?
  • Do you have small children (age 12 or under) that you let play outside on a regular basis?
  • Are you elderly in years but still like a brisk walk or simply to do minor gardening in your front or back yard?
  • Do you or your children take pleasure in bike rides around the neighborhood?
  • Do you ride your bike to work at times?
  • Do you like to go running or jogging in your neighborhood or other local places?
  • Do you ride your bike or go running/jogging off-road? Like on dirt trails, nature trails, etc.?
  • Do you like to go camping, fishing or hiking in secluded areas?
  • Have you ever seen a large dog off of the leash in your neighborhood before?
  • Have you ever had a close encounter or chose to go a different way because of a loose dog?
  • Do you think that dog bites only happen to other people and that they will never happen to you or to someone you love?

Okay, that was easy, just a few questions to let you know where we're heading, but if you said "Yes" to any of the questions above, then keep reading below and we'll blow you away with the harsh reality of just how big this problem is in our country.

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Now let's look at the statistics for dog bites in America.

Start by looking at the image below and then read the numbers that follow.

about dog bites attacks maulings fatalities in America or the U.S.A.

As our site policies state, we're not responsible for the content on third party sites that we may link to, but there is a wealth of dog attack, bites, maulings, and even some fatalities on the websites listed below. Each of the links will open in a new browser window or tab.


  • DogsBite.org is a national dog bite victims' group dedicated to reducing serious dog attacks. They conduct research on the growing, but under reported, public safety issue of severe and fatal dog attacks inflicted by dangerous dog breeds. They champion the rights of victims through  research, education and advocacy. 
  • The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest and most effective animal protection organization. They and their affiliates provide hands-on care and services to more than 100,000 animals each year, and they professionalize the field through education and training for local organizations. 
  • United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

 

More pit bull attack information from DogsBite.org:

A dog bite victims' advocate alerted us to this video on the day it was published on YouTube, February 27, 2015. For those who can bear to watch it, it is a classic "unprovoked, unpredictable" attack by a pit bull, the very type of attack that appellate courts have described for over 25-years and why cities and entire countries choose to regulate this breed.

CONTENT WARNING Readers who have been viciously attacked by any breed of dog and suffered Posttraumatic Stress Disorder should not watch this video. It might reignite this emotional trauma. The setting is an innocent Ice Bucket Challenge performed by a grandmother in a residential backyard. The grandmother is seated in a chair when the video begins. Three young children, her grandchildren, hold modest sized bowls filled with ice water. "Okay, press the red button," she says, indicating to the camera holder to start filming.... At 35 seconds, she covers her face with her hands and braces for the icy cold water.

The unpredictable violent attack by the pit bull begins just seconds later -- at 43 seconds -- which is the first time the dog is seen. If you've ever questioned the veracity of an unprovoked, unpredictable attack by a pit bull, in this case an attack on a family member, you won't again after watching this video.

 

Don't become a dog bite victim. Carry OC Pepper Spray!

If you went to any of the sites listed above and you came back to our site, then you're beginning to see the importance that a simple can of pepper spray can offer you or someone you love. A dog's bark may be worse than his bite, but most of us would rather not find out one way or the other. So let's move on to the statistics and numbers that should grab your attention:

Dog Attack Deaths and Maimings, U.S. & Canada, September 1982 to December 31, 2014

  • About 78,000,000 dogs are owned in the United States
  • About 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs in the U.S.A. every year.
  • Every day of the year, in America, about 12,000 dog bites occur
  • Every day of the year, in America, about 1,000 of those bitten - require emergency medical care
  • $18,200 is the average cost of a dog bite-related hospital stay. That number is 50% higher than other injuries.

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  • The combination of molosser breeds, including pit bulls, rottweilers, presa canarios, cane corsos, mastiffs, dogo argentinos, fila brasieros, sharpeis, boxers, and their mixes, inflict:

    • 86% of attacks that induce bodily harm
    • 81% of attacks to children
    • 89% of attack to adults
    • 76% of attacks that result in fatalities
    • 86% that result in maiming
    • Embody 9.2%+ of the total dog population

dog bite statistics

Click here to read about Dog-Bite Fatalities by year. What do some of these attacks sound like?

  •  In January 1995, a 2-year-old boy in South Dakota wandered into a neighbor's yard, where he was attacked and killed by two chained wolf-German shepherd hybrids.
  • In September 1995, a 3-week-old girl in Pennsylvania was killed in her crib by the family Chow Chow while her parents slept in the next room.
  • In March 1996, an 86-year-old woman in Tennessee went outside of her home to check the weather and was fatally mauled by two rottweilers owned by a neighbor; the dogs had attacked and injured the woman 1 month before the fatal attack. 
  • A 75-years old woman, was viciously attacked by two pit bulls while delivering Christmas presents in her neighborhood on December 21, 2013.
  • If you click on the link above or the one in the next paragraph, you'll be able to read about individual people that that died and you'll be able to put a name behind the numbers in the statistics.
  • One attack was a 71 year old retired veteran that was working in his garden in his own front yard. Two pit bulls, that were roaming he streets, attacked him and had actually amputated his arms before medical assistance arrived.
  • The frightening thing about these vicious dog attacks is that most of the victims were completely alive before medical attention arrived to help them....then they died later. This means that they felt, were able to see, were able to hear - during the attack. Whether in shock or not - no one should have to suffer through a slow and painful death such as a dog attack.

 

Protect the ones you love with Pepper Spray

Again, we hope that you're getting the message by now that even though you may not hear about dog bites, maulings, attacks, or even fatalities - they are happening at a dangerous and high rate. Our last link on this message - click here to read about dog attack fatalities by year - and then really take the time to read about the individual fatalities.

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But don't think for a moment that people in this country are not FED UP with careless dog owners and dogs off of leashes. Take a few quality and educational minutes to read this great blog post here - on "Riley's Place."

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Refuse to be a statistic of a brutal attack from a dog or a human!

As we state on our About Us page; the majority of our staff are former military or law enforcement officers and we REFUSE to become a victim of a random act of violence. Our staff is more prepared than the average person walking the street and many of us are a criminal's worst nightmare should they try to attack us - whether at home - walking the streets - or anytime during our busy day.

Likewise, we did not serve our country for 20+ years to be threatened or to fear a dog as we go about our daily life. However, that threat is real and it is one you must be prepared for at all times. Therefore, our staff carries pepper spray when we take walks in public places, ride bikes, go jogging, hiking, and for most other outdoor activities as well.

Have members of our staff had to pepper spray a dog before to keep from getting bitten? Yes, and more than once.

Did that simple can of pepper spray do its job and keep our staff member safe from the attack? Yes.

Did the pepper spray leave the dog flipping upside down in the grass trying to breath and then eventually run the other way? Yes, it most certainly did.

Did we become a dog bite statistic, give up our freedom, result to living a life in fear after that incident? No, not at all and seeing pepper spray do its job so incredibly well gives you even more confidence to go about your daily life without cowering to fear of violence in any form.

  • Even if you do not buy it for yourself, buy pepper spray for those that you love:
    • for your family or loved ones
    • for your friends or your neighbors
    • for elderly neighbors or surprise a stranger on your walking or jogging path
    • buy some for your employees and let them know you care about their welfare
    • put a can in your car to protect you during roadside emergencies or when traveling

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What kind of pepper spray should I buy?

All too often we hear from customers that have already suffered an attack or they know someone that did and they want to know what kind of pepper spray they should buy. (1) It's too bad that they waited to contact us and to buy a self-defense tool AFTER the attack took place. (2) We simply tell them - buy any kind of pepper spray and you'll be better protected than you were without it before.

But there are a few things to consider when buying pepper spray:

  • You should try and buy a pepper spray that fits your life style.
  • If you like to walk, run or jog - buy one that is made just for that.
  • If you have little children around, make sure you buy a pepper spray with a good safety device.
  • Pepper spray is dispensed in "a stream - a fog - or a cone."
    • A stream is good for distance or windy conditions, but you must be a good aim with it.
    • A fogger will blow wildly in the wind, but it is good for covering an entire area quickly.
    • A cone kind of gives you the best of both worlds.

 If in doubt, by a few different kinds so that you have the best one on hand for any given situation.

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