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Beware of Dog: Are Some Breeds More Dangerous?


Americans love their pets — especially dogs. But when a dog bites someone, the line between personal ownership and public safety becomes blurred.

In January, Oklahoma State Senator Patrick Anderson stepped back from legislation he introduced to allow communities to enact breed-specific ordinances. Although he abandoned the measure in the face of public backlash, the Senator from Enid had hoped the measure would improve public safety.

In March, two Tulsa women were attacked and seriously injured by a pit bull that escaped the control of its owner as the women were door-to-door canvassing. Beverly Wright and Irene Parker suffered multiple injuries, including broken bones, the removal of facial skin, bites and, for Ms. Parker, an ear bitten off.

Most can agree that irresponsible dog ownership is a leading factor in serious dog attacks, and many argue against breed specific bans for good reasons. While not endorsing breed-specific bans, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) notes research on dog breeds more frequently involved in bite or attack incidents include:

  • German shepherd
  • Pit bull
  • Mixed breed
  • Rottweiler
  • Chow chow
  • Jack Russell terrier
  • Collie
  • Springer spaniel

The AMVA notes pit bulls suffer the stigma of a dangerous breed but are not disproportionately involved in mauling attacks. In years past, breeds including Doberman pinschers and Rottweilers were also branded as inherently dangerous dogs.

Any dog bite is frightening and painful. If you sustain injuries in an attack by a dog, get good medical help, and then talk to a lawyer from Stipe Law Firm. We provide the rapid response you need to protect your rights and health.