What you need to know about pit bulls
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What you need to know about pit bulls

On Behalf of | Oct 8, 2020 | Dog Bites

Between 2005 and 2019, canine attacks claimed the lives of 521 Americans. One of the hardest-hit states was Indiana where pit bulls contributed to 346 deaths. Pit bulls weigh from 35 to 100 pounds, and the characteristics of the breed make them able to deliver significant damage if they bite a human.

Why are pit bulls dog-aggressive and not human-aggressive?

Pit bulls were developed through selective breeding to create fight dogs. Thus, they are dog-aggressive. The aggression is also extended to other domesticated animals and companion pets. Typically, pit bulls should not be left with other dogs or animals. The aggression can also lead to human aggression since the dogs might bite their handlers.

Why pit bulls “do not let go”

Due to the selective breeding for fighters, pit bulls have enormous jaw strength. A pit bull’s bite can be ruinous since the dog will shake as it bites a victim, inflicting maximum damage. Some pit bull owners carry a break stick to open the pit bull’s jaws if the dog gets into a fight.

Do pit bulls bite more than other breeds?

The answer may vary depending on where you live and the population of pit bulls. However, even if they bite less often than other breeds, pit bulls can inflict significantly more severe muscle and bone damage when they do bite. Some of these injuries can be permanent and disfiguring.

Can you identify a pit bull correctly?

A series of court decisions in 1988 stated that a dog owner or a layman could easily identify a pit bull. However, dog owners and animal welfare groups disagree; they argue that an average person and even professional shelter workers cannot always correctly identify this breed. The Supreme Court of Ohio, in 1991, stated that the pit bull has identifiable physical and behavioral traits that make the breed easily recognizable, which might affect a court case involving a dog bite.

Although pit bulls are lovable canines, owners need to be responsible for their pets to prevent attacks. To protect yourself in case of a pit bull bite, you may want to contact a personal injury attorney.