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Thread: Dog Bite Related Fatalities and Breed Representation in Australia (not exhaustive)

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    I didn't mean genuine pitbull breeders and breed enthusiasts Beau, sorry about that. Rather I meant the 'breeders' who churn out pittie types and crosses to make a quick buck.

    I daresay there would be very few carefully bred pits that end up in homes where they become a problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reyzor View Post
    totally agree, but it boggles my mind when with car accident surveys there are surveys done on cars and drivers, yet with things like this the survey is only done on the car, in this case a dog.... and not the driver (owner)
    Hi reyzor,

    You might be interested in the fatality reports by National Canine Research Centre (they are anti-BSL, so I do wonder weather any of their information is slightly skewed against identifying Pit Bulls as the aggressor, but they do go into a lot of detail discussing other factors, like adequate care / supervision of children / prior history of aggression / gender and reproductive status.

    http://nationalcanineresearchcouncil...%20FINAL_1.pdf

    They have one for 2009 as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aSoulfulDecorum View Post

    Australia has an estimated dog population of 3,400,000 and an average of 1.1 fatalities per year (33 over the last 30 years), equating to one death per 3,090,909 dogs.

    The United States has an estimated dog population of 77,000,000 and an average of 30.29 fatalities per year (212 over the last 7 years), equating to one death per 2,542,093 dogs.

    You are slightly more (22%) likely to be killed by a dog in the United States. Most risk analysis base their findings on deaths per human population, however I feel that dogs involved per dog population is a better marker (if you half the dog population, but the human population stays the same, you will still likely see a 50% drop in bites). Given that breed popularity of Pit Bull types (estimates around 5-10%) is similar between Australia and the United States, and the risk of fatalities is only slightly higher in the United States, if breed were really the problem, we should have seen between 14-22 of Australia's 33 fatalities being attributed to Pit Bull type dogs.
    Having had a more thorough look at dog bite related fatalities in Australia (having now found 26 of the 33 mentioned above, along with dates) I've identified 15 of those having happened in the last 12 years (between 2000 and 2011) giving an average of 1.25 deaths a year (not 1.1 as previously stated) equating to 1 fatality per 2,720,000 dogs.

    You are now only 7% more likely to be killed by a dog in the United States. So fatalities per dog population is almost on par.

    There were 8 between 91 and 99, and 1 in the 80's and 2 in the 70's (at least, because I am still missing 7 fatalities). I'm going to research each fatality a little more closely and then post the results (inc. history of aggression, dog at large, etc.).
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