Of the 4,466 dogs involved in fatal and disfiguring attacks on humans occurring
in the U.S. & Canada since September 1982, when I began logging the data,
2,845 (64%) were pit bulls; 538 were Rottweilers; 3,618 were of related molosser
breeds, including pit bulls, Rottweilers, mastiffs, boxers, and their mixes. Of
the 518 human fatalities, 264 were killed by pit bulls; 84 were killed by
Rottweilers; 387 (75%) were killed by molosser breeds. Of the 2,533 people who
were disfigured, 1,694 (67%) were disfigured by pit bulls; 315 were disfigured
by Rottweilers; 2,106 (83%) were disfigured by molosser breeds. Pit
bulls--exclusive of their use in dogfighting--also inflict about 10 times as
many fatal and disfiguring injuries on other pets and livestock as on humans, a
pattern unique to the pit bull class. Surveys of dogs offered for sale or
adoption indicate that pit bulls and pit mixes are less than 6% of the U.S. dog
population; molosser breeds, all combined, are 9%.
A close friend of mine had a pit bull. It was never abused or teased. one day,
it just snapped and chased a little girl down the road and bit her. when animal
control showed up, this friend grabbed the dog and threw it into the truck, the
officer didn't even have to request it, or touch it. when asked, he looked
at the officer and said; "I can't afford a viscous dog!" There are
some breeds that I think, are just unstable. It seems that some insurance
companies feel the same way.
Owners of pit bulls should have to be licensed just the same as if they owned an
exotic wild animal.