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  1. #1
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    Mar 2008
    Georgia, USA

    Dog Attacks, Comprehensive study & statistics

    more fuel for the fire:


    ATLANTA: The death of a 5-day-old Rockdale newborn by the family's pit bull heightens the need for people to use extreme caution with having certain dog breeds near children. "There's no place for pit bulls or rottweilers around children," Dr Mark Wulkan, Children's Healthcare surgeon in chief and an associate professor at Emory.

    In 2009, 29 children were admitted to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta for treatment of serious injuries due to dog attacks. Those children represent the most severely injured. Dozens of others arrive at hospital emergency rooms for treatment for dog bites.

    "Unfortunately, a lot of times, it's the family dog or the neighbors' dog. People get this false sense of security." As far as children are concerned, Wulkan said pit bulls and rottweilers in particular are responsible for the most severe injuries. "With German shepherds, they bite you and then that's it," he said. "Pit bulls and rottweilers, once they go, they're going for the kill."

    Merritt Clifton, editor of Animal People, did an in-depth analysis of dog injuries by breed based on 24 years of data. According to the Clifton study, pit bulls, Rottweilers, Presa Canarios and their mixes are responsible for 74 percent of attacks and 68 percent of the attacks upon children. In more than two-thirds of the cases included in the study,the life-threatening or fatal attack was apparently the first known dangerous behavior by the animal in question.


    Check this out & pass it along. Link to the study mentioned above. Very interesting website/ a lot of info here:

    Last edited by noZme; 02-26-2010 at 01:20 AM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Planet Earth
    How horrible that the poor 5 day old baby wasn't being watched carefully. It's an unfortunate accident, for sure, but it would have NEVER happened on MY watch.

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