Each day more than 1,000 people in the U.S. require emergency care and treatment as a result of dog bite injury. Shown above are the two most deadly dog breeds in America: Pit Bull Terriers and Rottweilers. According to research from DogsBite.org, these two breeds accounted for 73% of all total recorded fatal attacks in the past 8 years. And this is not a new phenomenon: compiling decades of U.S. and Canadian press accounts, areport issued by Animal People found that Pit Bulls (245) and Rottweilers (84) and their mixes contributed to nearly 66% of the total recorded fatal attacks (497) from 1982 and 2012.
Whether the danger posed by these two breeds of animal is a result of genetic makeup, learned behavior/training, strength/capacity for harm or a combination of all these factors, it is good practice to never approach an unfamiliar dog of any breed, and to teach our children this valuable, and perhaps life-saving, lesson.
Reporting a Tampa Dog Bite
A Tampa dog bite should immediately be reported to Animal Services and Rabies Control, with as much available detail regarding: the dog’s owner; vaccination history; location of the attack; and the current location of the animal, when possible.
In addition to providing care for sick or injured animals, Animal Services is authorized to quarantine animals that have bitten a human in order to insure the public's health, safety and welfare. All injuries by animals occurring in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Orlando and majority of Florida Counties are investigated by Animal Services in compliance with Florida’s dangerous dog law.
At the Fernandez Firm, our Tampa dog bite attorneys have significant experience in litigating animal attack claims. Regardless of animal’s breed, our lawyers will guide you through the steps necessary to immediately investigate this traumatic event and report all dangerous dogs to proper authorities as required by law.
"In the 8-year period between 2005 to 2012, Pit Bulls killed 151 Americans, about one citizen every 19 days, and accounted for 60% of the total recorded deaths (251) in the United States."
2012 Dog Bite Fatalities
National Dog Bite Statistics