Layton woman, dog injured in attack by 2 pit bulls

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  • MerrittClifton Greenbank, WA
    Oct. 8, 2013 4:10 p.m.

    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%.

  • Shimlau SAINT GEORGE, UT
    Oct. 8, 2013 9:01 a.m.

    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.

  • southmtnman Provo, UT
    Oct. 7, 2013 6:20 p.m.

    Owners of pit bulls should have to be licensed just the same as if they owned an exotic wild animal.