Dog Bite | Animal Behavior Expert Witness For Attorneys

Richard H. Polsky, Ph.D. CDBC
Los Angeles, California

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Dog bite fatalities in the USA 2004

dog bite fatalitiesDog bite fatalities in the United States happened relatively infrequently when compared with other causes of mortal fatalities fatality, such as gunshot wound, car accidents,and electrocution.  Pit bulls and Rottweilers have been consistently implicated in dog bite fatalities, and this can be explained solely through their powerful musculature and assumed bite force.  This statistical finding is no justification for the support breed specific legislation aimed at controlling ownership of these kind of dogs. Visit the web site of dog bite attorney Ken Phillips for more info about United States dog bite fatalities.

Presented below are the documented dog bite fatalities reported to have occurred the United States in 2004.  In total, there were twenty-six human fatalities caused by dogs. With the exception of two elderly ladies, all victims were under 10 years of age. About half of the victims were toddlers or newborns. The majority of the dogs involved were reported to be Rottweilers, Pit bulls and Chows. A significant portion of the 22 fatalities happened in the Spring or Summer months, and in the South. No fatality happened in the densely populated Northeast United States or mid-Atlantic States.

  1. North Carolina (January)
  2. Hawaii (February)
  3. Louisiana (February)
  4. Tennessee (March)
  5. Texas (March)
  6. Michigan (April)
  7. North Carolina (April)
  8. Washington (April)
  9. Texas (May)
  10. California (May)
  11. Texas (July)
  12. Georgia (July)
  13. Texas (July)
  14. Kansas (July)
  15. Indiana (August)
  16. South Carolina (September)
  17. Florida (October)
  18. Florida (October)
  19. Florida (December)
  20. Mississippi (December)
  21. Arizona (December)
  22. Alabama (December)


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