2009 Dog Bite Statistics: California ranks top 5 states for dog bite fatalities.
Every day, about 1,000 Americans seek emergency treatment for dog bite injuries. Most of these injury victims are children. Dog bites are the 5th most common reason for emergency room visits by children under 11 years of age.
These statistics were compiled by Dogsbite.org, a national dog bite victim’s group that seeks to reduce dog bites.
In 2009, there were 32 fatal dog bite attacks in the United States.
Although pitbulls make up only 5% of the American dog population, they were responsible for 44 percent of fatal dog attacks (14 attacks).
As a breed, Rottweilers accounted for the second most fatal dog attacks. Rottweilers accounted for 13% of fatal dog attacks (4 attacks).
2009 fatal dog attacks by breed
• Pitbull: 14 (44%)
• Rottweiler: 4 (13%)
• Mixed-breed pack attack: 3 (9%)
• Husky: 2 (6%)
• Boxer: 2 (6%)
• Other: 8; 1 attack per dog of eight different breeds (3% each). The breeds include, American bulldog, Blue heeler-mix, Chow-mix, Great Dane, Italian mastiff, Malamute, Collie-mix, and Weimaraner.
In the past five years (2005-2009), pit bulls killed 82 Americans. This averages to one death by pit bull attack every 22 days.
Pit bulls and their relatives (Rottweilers, Presa canaries and pit bull mixes) are responsible for 80% of dog attacks that cause injury, 69% of attacks on children, 83% of attacks on adults, 74% of attacks that result in maiming and 68% of dog attack deaths.
Sixty-three percent of fatal dog attacks (20 attacks) involved children under 11 years old. Sixty percent of the children (12) were age two and under.
Thirty-eight percent of fatal dog bite victims were adults. About half were senior citizens (over age 60).
Fifty-nine percent of fatal dog bite victims in 2009 were male.
Thirty-two percent (12) of fatal dog attacks involved multiple dogs.
Nineteen percent (6) of fatal dog attacks involved dogs that were chained.
Seventy-five percent (24) of fatal dog attacks occurred on the dog owner’s property. Half of the children killed by dogs were killed in their own homes.
The youngest dog bite fatality victim was only three days old. He was attacked by the family pitbull only hours after being brought home from the hospital. Two other young children were dragged from their beds and attacked by dogs.
The oldest dog bite fatality victim was 96. He was attacked by a pack of wild dogs.
Top five states for fatal dog attacks:
1. Texas (5)
2. Georgia (4)
3. Illinois (4)
4. California (3)
5. Virginia (3)
The average cost of treating a dog bite injury is $24,461.
Dog bite injuries include: punctures, lacerations, contusions, and fractures. They often result in amputations, infections and nerve damage. Children almost always sustain facial injuries. Many dog bite injuries require multiple surgeries and extended hospitalization.
Nearly all dog bite victims suffer psychological trauma.
If you or a family member have been attacked by a dog or you have lost a loved one to an orange County or Los Angeles dog attack, contact the attorneys at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis and Leslie. Our law firm has handled hundreds of serious dog bite cases throughout Southern California and we understand the dog bite laws governing each city. We can help you deal with the insurance companies and get fair compensation for your losses.