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American Staffordshire, pit bull statistics revealed!

American Staffordshire Puppies
American Staffordshire Puppies

In one of the most well-known cases of a pit bull attack, the owner Dianne Whipple, was found guilty, not the dog. Bringing to light the need for responsible ownership. Unfortunately, the headlines read "pit bull" when the dog actually involved was a Pressa Canario. A breed from Spain that has very little relation to the American Staffordshire.

Even among clubs for pit bull owners there can be anywhere from 3 to 6 actual breeds of dog which fall under the category of pit bull. A news story involving a pit bull most times has nothing to do with the American Staffordshire. Unfortunately for the breed and it's owners, the general public and even our lawmakers don't know the difference.

There has been much said about the dangers of pit bulls. New laws have been tossed around our town and city halls, laws that would effectively ban pit bulls. Fortunately, there are still many responsible pit bull owners in our city, and many loyal, obedient, good natured pit bulls. The fact is that in temperament tests done by the AKC on various breeds of dogs, Staffordhires score higher than even the most famous of "family dogs", the Golden Retriever.

Since 1975 dogs of all breeds have been involved in fatal attacks including Yorkies, Dachshunds, and Labradors.Keep in mind that dog attack fatalities didn't even rank in the nation's death indexes. The facts show that pit bull types are as safe to own as any other large breed.

According to reports by the CDC, based on a 10 year period , German Shepherds were 5 times more likely to cause traumatic bites than pit bull type dogs.Rottweilers were the most reported breed involved in fatal attacks, ranking ahead of the notoriously dangerous "pit bull" types. The CDC stresses that in most cases of an attack the identity of dog breed is left up to eye witnesses. Therefore, it's difficult to positively identify the actual breed involved.

The Newark American Humane Societies take in 20-30 dogs a day, just from our city. They are part of the largest non-profit animal sheltering system in New Jersey. The next time you're in the market for a pet remember the facts and the Associated Humane Societies shelter at 124 Evergreen Avenue.

Adoption hours are: Mon-Fri 12:00pm to 5:30pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 12:00pm to 5:00pm. The phone number is 973-824-7080, ask for Roseann Trezza, who was kind enough to share some of the valuable information on pit bulls. Let them know the and its' readers care about the fate of  the American Staffordshire and other pit bull breeds and that we appreciate what they do in our community.


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    John Rupar 4 years ago

    EXCELLENT ARTICLE!!! Here is my article below about identifying a pit bull and how the stats are misleading, because everyone is so quick to call a dog a pit bull. Has a test in the article seeing if people can find the real so called "pit bull"

  • Faith 4 years ago

    Great article and just reiterates what educated people know about canine behavior. Unfortunately, our communities will not be safe from dog attacks/dog bites until we start targeting reckless owners of all breeds! And by reckless, I mean people from all walks of life, not just thugs in the ghetto which is what people tend to think of when referring to reckless owners. I am a professional dog trainer, I own three bully breeds who are extremely well-behaved, CGC tested, and one who has two therapy titles. I live in a nice area, yet I am constantly harassed by off-leash dogs; many who are not friendly, with wealthy, yet clueless owners who continue to let them run in local parks (that are not off-leash dog parks) harassing dogs that are walking on-leash. Laws need to be enforced, penalties need to be increased, and officials and the public need to stop targeting one breed of dog, when they are obviously not the problem.

  • Anonymous 4 years ago

    You make good points. Just want to mention that Marjorie Knoller and her husband Robert Noel were the dog owners, and Diane Whipple was the victim who was killed. Both Knoller and Noel were convicted, but I think Noel's was overturned.

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