July 19, 2007
Thursday YouTubein’ — adorable pit bulls
Don’t blame the dogs; blame the people. Just sayin’.
Some statistics from the Louisiana SPCA:
After you start looking a little deeper, the numbers tell a different tale. According to “Fatal Dog Attacks, the Stories Behind the Statistics,” by Karen Delise there were 431 deaths because of dog attacks in the years from 1965 to 2001. Children 12 younger were the victims in 79 percent of the fatal attacks.
In 37 years, 342 children were killed by dogs, an average of about nine children a year. Shockingly, approximately three children are killed each day, or 1,100 per year, by their parents. Delise notes that “A child in the United States is over 100 times more likely to be killed by his or her parent or caretaker than by a dog.”
Even more surprising is that approximately 50 infants die each year from broken baby cribs, and 250 newborns die at the hands of their parents or guardians. In comparison, two infants, on average, die a year from dog attacks.
One more, before I go hug my puppies:
I’ve seen that game before…