"T. Swindler received a 1-year sentence for endangering the welfare of a child after her 3-year-old son climbed in to the pen of the resident dog and was attacked and killed. Autopsy results revealed the child had both human and canine bite marks on him, (2003)."
Fatalities in South Dakota: 5 Year Span: 2000 - 2004
Persons killed by dogs: 0 Persons killed by lightning: 1 Bicycle-related fatalities: 6 Persons drowned in tub or swimming pool: 8 ATV-related fatalities: 41 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ So, are dogs a danger? Fact is, people in South Dakota routinely accept far greater risks from bicycles, ATVs and swimming pools than any that are associated with companion animals.
Thank you for that website patchopits. I had never seen that site before. I try to educate people every chance I get. I love my breed and it really irritates me when you say what kinda pet you have and people look at you crazy.. It just shows how ignorant people are to believe everything they hear on the news. They are always quick to say in the headlines "PIT BULL ATTACK" or Pit Bull Mix. But whenever it is another breed, all they say is Dog attacked.... I really hate FOX news, due to they are really bad about BSL.. They always overly stress the PIT BULL.. Anyway, had to vent after reading that..lol..
I think dogs are dangerous and causing death is not the only measuring stick. I have to say I hate it when I see dog people try to negate this fact. Dogs can be dangerous. Comparing fatalities to deaths by bicycles is not going to change the minds of the folks whom wish to take your dog from you.
Getting on a bicycle is a risk someone assumes on thier own will. My dog running out of the yard and taking a chunk out of them is totally different. They did not wish to assume that risk.
What we need to do, is admit the fact dogs have the power hurt, and kill. Then and only then will people start taking precautions. Because if thier is no problem, thier is no problem to fix.
Websites like the one above only make us look ignorant and irresponsiable. And if you think FOX news, or senator so,and so will change thier mind because of it. Your more off your rocker than I thought.
***Edited By: gunny on 10/19/2007 4:16:46 PM*** Reason: d
I believe a dog's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment he holds dear, is when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle-with a ball in his mouth."
What would happen if you ask someone who is mauled by a bear, "Do you think bears pose a risk?" Would you expect them to say, "No -- I didn't die. After all -- I'm more likely to die from lightning." ?!?!