There has been a lot of talk in northern California lately about Pit Bulls and possibly banning them because, frankly, “we only really hear about Pit Bulls killing people.”
Of course, we know that’s not true. In 1980, the first year the CDC study covered fatal dog bites, Great Danes topped the list of dogs that killed people.
But the issue isn’t about breed. It’s about making sure that people who own dogs choose to own dogs that are SAFE around people and managed responsibly — regardless of breed. It’s about not having a false sense of security because one owns a Labrador or a Golden Retriever or a Border Collie (all of which have been involved in fatalities or serious dog attacks on human beings).
It’s about preventing deaths from any dog, regardless of breed.
We are going to take a moment and remember the victims of fatal dog bites from dogs other than Pit Bulls, to remind people that, if we really care about public safety and making sure people aren’t seriously hurt or killed by dogs, that we cannot and should not just focus on one breed of dog.
Below are 15 recent fatal or VERY serious dog attacks across the United States that have not made national news:
- Carolyn Mahon, Rottweiler, Florida, critcally injured.
- Kyle Holland, five years old, killed, Labrador and German Shepherd/Husky mix, Michigan
- Hoa Yun, Rottweiler, killed, Oceanside, CA
- Krystal Brink, 3 years old, killed, “Sled Dog,” Alaska
- Olivia Rozek, infant, killed, Illinois, Siberian Husky
- Boys, Labrador and German Shepherd, MD
- James Sims, 11 years old, Labrador, mauled, Washington State
- Christian Elder, 3 years old, Labrador, lost ear in the attack, Virginia
- Ashlynn Anderson, killed, 4 years old, Oregon, Rottweiler
- Robert Hocker, infant, killed, Husky, Minnesota
- Liam Perk, 2 years old, killed, Florida, Weimaraner
- Baby (name not released), critical condition, Labrador Retriever, Kansas
- Triston Reed, 9 years old, mauled, Washington, Border Collie
- Dustin Faulkner, 3 years old, killed, Husky, Georgia
- Kate-Lynn Logel, 7 years old, killed, Denver area, Colorado, Alaskan Malamutes
Chako advocates euthanizing dogs, of any breed, that are vicious or have demonstrated that they are a danger to human beings. We believe in tough laws that hold people criminally responsible if they keep a dog they know to be dangerous, and that dog hurts a human being. We want to have all dogs treated humanely and to be kept as family pets, not isolated in small kennels, back yards, or kept on chains their entire lives. We don’t want a single child to die from a dog bite, ever — regardless of the breed of dog involved. We want to see all dog owners be held equally responsible for their pets and equally accountable for any injuries their dogs cause.
We hope the media reports responsibly on this issue, and gives comparable coverage to dog bites of all breeds, based on the severity of the bite and the injury, not the breed involved. We care about all dogs and all people, and we want to see society deal responsibly with this issue, for all dogs and all human beings.