If we were to get rid of Pit Bulls in every country, state and town, would we really be eliminating the risks of dog attacks? Probably not… But, we would be affecting many people.
Many pit bulls are not only family companions, but search and rescue dogs that find missing children. Some are seizure dogs and diabetic alert dogs that help alert their person of an oncoming seizure or sugar spike/drop. Some pit bulls are nursing home residents, keeping the elderly company.
By eradicating pit bulls, more than “the scared and unknowing” are affected.
Before the decision is made or complaint risen, it’s important to understand the bite statistics that you may read in your local or state records.
Bite statistics can be scary when you see how high pit bulls are rated for the number of bites and attacks, but when looking at these numbers, you’re looking at a set of numbers without any further explanations. Dog bites and attacks are the effect of some cause; whether the owner or person who was attacked is aware of the cause or not, the bite is the end result.
Example of a number without an explanation: In 2005, at an animal hospital in Charlotte, NC, a bite report had to be filed when a technician reached into an unconscious dog’s mouth to find a source of bleeding. The very ill and sedated dog went into convulsions as a seizure came on. The skin on the technician’s hand was broken when the dog began to seize, which was considered a “bite.” These details will not be found on the report.
And, when reading the bite statistics for your county or state, the number of dogs that are mis-identified may not be corrected in the count. For example, if a dog was initially identified as a pit bull mix, but later id-ed as a lab mix, the report most likely will not be updated. These numbers are often skewed due to mis-identification. Greyhounds, Boxers, French Bulldogs, and Presa Canarios all come in brindle colorations but brindle colored dogs often get labeled as Pit Bulls, even if the dogs do not have one ounce of bully DNA in their blood.
Pit Bulls are rated very high by the American Temperament Test Society as friendly dogs with an average of 85+ percent pass rate.