DogsBite.org: Attacks On Pit Bull Owners
The Purpose of DogsBite.org
This website has a mission to education people on the dangers of pit bull type dogs. It contains statistics, myths, attack videos, and so called facts about owners. On there "About Us" page they admit that they are not funded or owned by any animal welfare group. They claim to put people's safety before animals.
Their blog has entries about laws, criminal trials, victims, pit bull owners and even family pet attacks. They clearly have a stand against pit bulls but what is most appalling is their use of statistics and media stories to spin the truth. The wonderful and annoying part of the internet is that anyone can post anything or make a website regarding any topic (true or not). They have taken the right to do so and abused it in such a way that many people in the pit bull community view as being libel.
The goal of this website is teach people that pit bull type dogs are bad, vicious, blood thirty, killers and that their owners have no regard for anyone's safety and will even lie about their dogs to justify keeping them.
Why The Site Was Started
The person who started the site has openly discussed her reasons since the beginning. 5 years ago she was attacked by a pit bull type dog while jogging. Since then she has made it her only mission to eradicate the breed and slander people who own these dogs. Without any forethought she has deemed that all "bullies" are bad and so are their owners.
The site states that owners of pit bulls lie about their dogs, that they disguise the name of the breed or if its a mixed dog leave out the pit bull when describing their dog. Pit bull owners always find fault in owners and not the dog when referring to dog bites and attacks. Owners think very highly of their ability to train pit bulls and think that with training and love every pit bull can be a safe dog. And finally, people who keep pit bulls are 9 times more likely to be criminals.
But They Have Statistics, Right?
Through fact checking and reading actual studies done by or acknowledged by the CDC (Center for Disease Control) and the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) we start to see a problem in the "statistics" that Dogsbite.org has posted on their site.
The CDC and AVMA have both determined that it is impossible to attribute bites to specific breeds of dogs. These is mainly due to the fact that thousands of bite occur while only a fraction are treated and/or reported. Along with that, many people don't know what type of dog bit them, this is especially true for mixed breeds. The CDC has stated that the only true way to determine the breed of a specific dog is to do DNA testing on that dog.
The CDC is an expert on health and safety, they use the AVMA as an expert when it pertains to animals. Our government turns to the CDC for health statistics and data. This isn't just some small group of people throwing information together to make a point. They check facts and verify every aspect of data they release. To say that the CDC is wrong especially on a published website would warrant some fact checking and raise some questions.
Who's the medical, scientific and veterinary expert that assists Dogsbite.org in their research and fact checking?