Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Pit Bulls; The Truth

For all you people out there who work in animal shelters, don't you realize how many Pit Bulls are cramped into your shelter? A lot, right? People think that these dogs are dangerous, but they are not. Seriously. Pit Bulls were the most popular dogs in the world in the early 20th century.

So what happened?

1.) Since 1998, the breed most involved in fatal attacks has been the **********(don't want to put any other breeds on the spot), not the Pit Bull.

2.) Although there are no accurate or even near accurate census records for dogs in the U.S., in some populations pit bulls are estimated to comprise some 30-40% of the dog population, making it by FAR the most popular breed. Considering that there are an estimated 53,000,000 dogs in the U.S., and assuming that pit bulls make up 20% of that population, there would be approximately 10,600,000 pit bulls in our society. In 1998, five pit bulls were involved in 2 fatal attacks.
That is roughly ONE dog out of 2,120,000 of the pit bull Population.

3.) Over the 32-year period from 1965-2001, Pit Bulls have been blamed for/accused of an average of 2 human fatalities per year.

4.) A person, during their lifetime, is 16 times more likely to drown in a 5-gallon water pail than to be killed by a Pit Bull.

5.) Approximately 150 people are killed every year by falling coconuts. Therefore, you are more than 60 TIMES MORE LIKELY to be killed by a coconut than a Pit Bull.
6.) It is estimated that 5,000,000 dogs per year are killed in shelters. Since in many places pit bulls make up 30-50% of the shelter population, and are less likely to be considered for placement than any other breed, guessing that 25% of those dogs killed are pit bulls is a very conservative estimate. Therefore, it can be assumed that roughly 1,250,000 pit bulls are killed per year. Therefore - it is at least a HALF MILLION TIMES MORE LIKELY that a Pit Bull will be killed by a HUMAN than the other way around.

7.) The average Number of people killed by a Pit Bull each year is 3.

8.) It can be estimated that for every Pit Bull who kills, there are 10.5 MILLION that DON'T!


Sorry! I had to take a couple facts out because they were a little 'inappropriate' for this blog.

Source- click here


mossheart-hallie-baxter-brightsage said...

I'm glad some people have a brain.
I'm happy your pointing out the things most people don't.

Have you heard of Anthony Marr?
here is his blog link

Silverstorm said...

The reason people think pit bulls are dangerous is because of "Lock Jaw" It's kind of sad if you think about it. These animals have a thing where when they bite, they hold on. This is because their jaws get stuck. So what was supposed to be a tiny bite may end up a big incident. It's very sad, considering I think so many dogs are put in shelters for bites.