Dog bites are on the rise as pit bulls grow as pets, the LA Times reports.

Animal Watch – “The growing popularity of pit bulls is partly responsible for the recent record increase in serious dog bites,” declared the Los Angeles Times in a January 26, 2024 article with a photo of an adult. A pit bull is shown available for adoption. In California Humane Society.

Information originally prepared by KFF Health Newsaccording to the Times, acknowledged that plague dogs “are becoming a growing public health problem, and cited that, in 2022, 48,596 emergency room visits for dog bites in California will occur in at least 18 years.” were the most.”

The report also provides estimates from the American Veterinary Medical Association that “households nationwide About 86 million dogs are owned. In 2020, up from approx 62 million In 2001and this is likely the result of a trend during the pandemic. Millions of people to adopt dogs For companionship in times of social isolation.

Most behaviorists agree that even isolated people were forced to place their new dogs in situations where they lacked the early socialization needed to develop comfort levels with strangers and others. Needed to interact socially and physically with animals and humans.

According to the Times, Dr. Elizabeth Stello, of UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital confirmed that experiences from three weeks to four months of age are important for teaching acceptable social behavior and the lack of these opportunities during COVID has led many professionals in the animal behavior field to believe that Forced that “it’s a source of anti-social or fearful behavior. Many of these dogs, which are now dogs.”

Dr. Stello believes it’s also one of the reasons why ER visits rose 12 percent, “the highest annual total in California history,” the Times reports.

While the data in this report is important for examining local increases, it does not take into account the staggering increase in reports of pit bull attacks worldwide, particularly on women and young children. , such as those reaching such alarming levels as those recently introduced by England and Wales. With the ban on XXL bullies, which is also set to come into force in Scotland on February 1, 2024, many of the dogs involved in biting incidents are of an age where their initial training has been affected by COVID or post-covid. It must have happened before birth. .

Is aggressive behavior “nature” or “nurture?”

Although animal behaviorists may disagree about the extent to which dog behavior is influenced by nature and nurture, breeders certainly believe that nature creates racial similarities to produce purposeful dogs. can continue to grow. And, anyone who has been around a purebred dog. Such as herding breeds, the dog may be found nipping at the heels of a group of children to try to keep them together.

Although it can be difficult to detect brain patterns in a dog’s litter, studies of twins and the influence of genetics have revealed some interesting findings, which may be transferable to non-human animals.

An interesting article,”Genetics have a greater influence on brain development than environment.“, posted on November 17, 2021, cites a finding in human fraternal and identical twin studies that, “brain development can be influenced by both genetics and environment such as nature and nurture.”

Oh Studies led by Ross Lowe, M.Sand published in Brain Structure and Function found that some microstructural features of the brain, esp AxisThe part of the nervous system that carries nerve signals from your brain to skeletal (voluntary) muscles so you can move—are highly heritable, shaped more by genetics than environment. (Emph. added.)

Another possible explanation, the Times said, is the popularity of breeds that some call aggressive. Kenneth Phillipsone of the nation’s best-known dog bite litigation attorneys, blamed much of the damage on pit bulls, which One of the most popular Races in America. “Every study always comes up with the same conclusion, which is that it’s the dog that does the most damage,” he said.

According to the Times article, “Some studies suggest that pits are bull bites. Often attached with serious injuryWhile Other studies Insist that they are Not disproportionate risk.

A socialized and trained pit bull is no more dangerous than other breeds of dog, Stello said. “Why is the No. 1 dog breed for dog bite bulls? Because they are one. too big Percentage of the canine population in California,” he said.

Phillips also said animal shelters are under increasing pressure to euthanize fewer dogs, meaning people unwittingly end up adopting more aggressive dogs. Number of “no-kill” animal shelters has grown rapidly According to the Best Friends Animal Society over the years. However, even no-kill shelters. Can euthanize Aggressive dogs that cannot be safely adopted, the nonprofit says.

Oh 2019 California Law Animal shelters are needed. Rescue groups Disclosing a dog bite history to an adopter. While the data in this report is important for examining local increases, it does not take into account the staggering increase in reports of pit bull attacks worldwide, such as those reaching such alarming levels that England and Wales recently introduced a ban on XXL bullies. There are many dogs where their initial training took place before COVID or dogs born in the post-CoVID era after 2021.

Pit bull attacks are a national and global epidemic

Two pit bulls pushed the disabled man out of his wheelchair, attacked and “torn him to pieces.

Daily Mail on Sunday 28 January 2022 Reports A disabled Florida man was pulled out of his wheelchair and mauled to death by two large pit bull dogs in Miami-Dade County, Florida, while neighbors watched helplessly.

The two dogs reportedly escaped from a nearby yard where they had been cared for and cared for by neighbors since their owner was arrested and jailed.

The two pit bulls, named Jimpady and Boo Boo, allegedly tore chunks of flesh from the man’s body while “dozens of horrified neighbors were helpless to stop them.” According to the report.

The car’s horn proved futile as the dogs tore apart their helpless victim, the report said.

A neighbor is trying to scare them.

The report states that 20 to 30 people gathered around the horrific incident, throwing things and trying to scare the dogs away. Local 10.

“But then he kept going. The cut man and you know his face was red,” said one.

First responders eventually reached the victim, and he was eventually airlifted to a hospital.

Although at least one of the dogs attacked first, neighbors believed the other, Boo-Boo, was “peaceful,” according to the Daily Mail. However, his face was found covered in blood, the report said.

Boo Boo was stained with the blood of his victim when he was captured by Animal Welfare.

A spokeswoman said the dogs were taken in by animal welfare to determine if they were a public safety concern, in which case, the department would be humanely euthanized in accordance with Miami-Dade County code. But they will die.

37-year-old mother required double amputation after 3 pit bull attacks.

In January, Brittany ScolandA 37-year-old mother in Fort Dodge, Iowa, was savagely attacked by three pit bulls in the street and mauled so badly that she was released. Double cropping is required. Eventually a police officer came and shot the dogs.

She had just visited a friend near her home in Fort Dodge when the dogs escaped and attacked her. Police arrived and shot the dogs after a neighbor reported them “howling down the street.” According to the report.

A 63-year-old Utah woman died after her son was attacked by seven pit bulls

A 63-year-old on November 8, 2023 Utah The woman was reported dead, a week after she was mauled to death by her 38-year-old son’s seven pit bulls in her backyard. According to the report, there were one male and one female and six dogs of unreported age.

None of the dogs were licensed.

She was able to call the Taylorsville Police Department for help. When officers arrived at the scene, the victim was still surrounded by a pile of dogs.

Doctors had. One of his legs was reportedly amputated.But failed to save his life.

“According to the American Veterinary Association, about 800,000 people in the U.S. are hospitalized for dog bites each year, and pit bulls are responsible for more attacks than any other,” said the Daily Mail.

Dog Attack Statistics by Breed in 2024 – Forbes Advisor

According to Forbes Advisor, pit bulls are more likely to be involved in bite incidents and are more likely to be seriously injured or killed when bitten.

And, Forbes Advisor The report found that total dog attack claims increased from 7,359 in 2013 to 17,597 in 2022, with payouts increasing from a total of $483,700 to $1,135,000 for the same period.

Positions on Pit Bulls by Major Humane Groups in America

Pit Bulls: Everything to Know | Best Friends Animal Society

Position Statement on Pit Bulls | ASPCA

All dogs are equal Humane Society of the United States

(Phyllis M. Daugherty is a former Los Angeles City employee, animal activist and contributor to CityWatch.)

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