Even though there are no truly accurate census records for dogs in the U.S., Pit Bulls are estimated to comprise 30 – 40 % of the dog population, making it a very popular breed. Considering that an estimated 53,000,000 dogs in the U.S. and assuming that Pit Bulls make up 10% of that population, there would be approximately 5.3 million pit bulls in our society. In 2013, thirteen Pit Bulls were involved in 8 fatal attacks. That is roughly ONE dog out of 204,000 or .000385% of the Pit Bull population.
Between 1995 – 2013, Pit Bulls have been blamed for an average of 2.48 human fatalities per year.
Approximately 40 children per year die by drowning in 5-gallon water pails. 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.
Approximately 50 children in the U.S. are killed every year by their cribs…25 times the number of children and adults killed by Pit Bulls.
Approximately 150 people are killed every year by falling coconuts. Therefore, you are more than 60 times more likely to be killed by a palm tree than a Pit Bull.
Each year, 350 people drown in their bathtubs. You are 151 times more likely to be killed by your bathtub than you are by a Pit Bull.
It is estimated that about 500 deaths per year are caused by aspirin. You are 200 times more likely to die from taking aspirin that from a Pit Bull attack.
Every year, more than 2,000 children are killed by their parents or guardians either through abuse or neglect. A child is 800 times more likely to be killed by their parents or their guardian than by a Pit Bull.
It is estimated that 5 million dogs are euthanized per year in shelters. Since, in many places Pit Bulls make up 30 – 50% of the shelter population and are less likely to be adopted than any other breed, guessing that 25% of those dogs are euthanized is a reasonable estimate. Therefore, it can be assumed that 1.25 million Pit Bulls are euthanized per year.
So…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.
For every Pit Bull that causes a fatality, there are hundreds of thousands that DON’T. Get the facts, spread the word!
- Article resources: Humane Society of the United States; National Safety Council; Center for Disease Control and Prevention
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