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Pit Bull Attacks, Maybe I’m wrong…

By on July 16, 2008

All these years with the breed and being outspoken for the breed, and you know what, maybe I’m wrong about the “pit bull problem.” Maybe, we are facing a rash epidemic of Pit Bull attacks and maybe, it is because these dogs are born killers ready to unleash their fury on any unsuspecting person/animal that has the unfortunate day of crossing their path.

Or Maybe…

I am not in anyway serious about that. I do not believe Pit Bulls are a problem, and it will take a lot more than some Fox news report to convince me otherwise.

Why do you see so many Pit Bull attacks reported? Simple, media bias and sensational fear based media sells. Look at the news, how many “feel good” stories are on there? How many “scare the hell out of you” stories are on there? You don’t need anymore proof. The proof is right there.

The media will run 10-15 “killer strikes again”, “child abducted”, “bus crash kills 9”, “flood kills 30” stories and then they’ll throw in one or two feel good stories. Just to keep you watching.

Reports on dog bites are not any different. A few examples…

A girl is bitten in the face by her Labrador Retriever and her injuries are extensive. She goes to the hospital. Only four reports on this story were ever published and they were all in local media.

A woman is attacked by a German Shepherd, her dog is severely injured and she receives to bites to the face. It took bystanders involvement to get the Shepherd under control. The Sheltie mix died as a result of the Shepherds attack and the woman required hospitalization. This incident was reported in one local paper.

Two Pit bulls bite a girl on the leg in California. She has to have stitches but the wounds are not life threatening. She does require hospitalization. This incident was reported in 99 national and international news sources. Forbes, Fox, L.A. times, Chicago Tribune, and dozens of other newspapers with the headline, “Pit Bull Attack.”

If you are so naive as to think these stories receive so much attention because Pit Bulls are roaming the streets lurking in wait to harm innocent people and dogs then you need to have your head checked.

The media drives the “pit bull problem” preception because they are biased.

So yes, you will see so many more Pit Bull “attacks” in the newspapers and on T.V. because they sell! It’s that simple.

To this day, I still maintain we do not have a “pit bull problem” and this is a made up story to frighten you. I really believe that and the proof is right there.

How many “pit bulls” do you think there are in the US? In the world? How many people do you think are in the US? IN the world?

How many attacks, that are PROVEN to involve American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, or Staffordshire Terrer (the only breeds referred to as pit bulls), are there?

Do the math. Even if you only include “pit bulls” the total number of attacks, fatal or otherwise, is less than 000000.2%. Of course this number is not completely accurate since I am going on the “estimated” number of Pit bulls that are “estimated” to have attacked that are based on the “estimated” number of reported bites.

Pit Bull Problem? Not by a long shot. We have a stupid people problem. We have a “create hysteria to make money” problem. We have “well it’s true, I saw it on T.V.!” ignorant person problem

This Pit Bull owner is tired. Tired and weary. But it is when we are at a weakest, just when we think we can’t take another step, that we find ourselves. I applaud the strength of pit bull advocates. I applaud your courage and I applaud your efforts.

We may not see eye to eye on everything, but we do see eye to eye on the one thing that matters, no matter what we do not give up fighting those who would have our dogs exterminated.

Until Next Time,
Jason, Angel, Honey and Patch

About Jason Mann

Jason Mann is the founder of and retired professional dog trainer. He retired from Dog training in 2013 so he could devote more attention to and helping Pit Bull owners around the world learn how to live a more peaceful life with their dogs as well as educate the general public about the true nature of these incredible canines.


  1. Ryan

    July 16, 2008 at 3:21 pm


    That is all…

    Ryan and Harley (Actually, Harley says BARK!!!, which means AMEN in “dog”)

  2. s kennedy

    July 19, 2008 at 3:39 am

    You are right about the media, as it is they who drive these stories, and hence the continuing beliefs. Altho the anti BSL advocates are many, being on the defensive end is not an easy task.

    We should all remember the fact that ACF and help was able to show the Colorado legislature that BSL is nothing but an emotionally driven, media circus based upon drama/sales for papers–and BSL was outlawed in Colorado.

  3. Pit Bull Tees

    August 7, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    Jason first off thank you again for what you do and the efforts you put in for this breed.

    You are very correct in what you are saying here, it is not that hard to figure out Pit Bull in the headlines whether it be a newspaper or the six o’clock news is going to grab attention. When an industry standard is focused on feeding the general public everything that went wrong today it is no wonder that the general public is so misinformed when it comes to this breed.

  4. Barbara

    August 8, 2008 at 10:11 am

    I totally agree about the media but here is a story that really makes me angry, this guy thinks its ok to let his dogs roam the streets freely. the owner is the problem here.

  5. Brian

    August 14, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    There is no conspiracy against pit bulls, its ridiculous. If they simply stop attacking, maiming and killing other dogs, animals and people then the media will stop printing the stories, its that simple. What a surprise, the dog that was bred for bloodsports such as bull baiting and dog fighting is attacking dogs and people. Should I be shocked when my lab brings me back a ball or goes for a swim? Duh, of course not its what he is, its what he was bred for. Why do you think the Golden Rule of pit bull ownership is never trust your pit not to fight? Its because thats what they are, fighting dogs. Im not for taking anyones pet but I think pit bulls should be made illigal to breed.

  6. Jason Mann

    August 18, 2008 at 12:04 pm

    Many breeds were created for some sort of work. Guarding the land, house, attacking people in battle, catching rank bulls, the list goes on. I guess you should ban Border Collies now because they attack sheep from time to time and hurt them. Or maybe we should ban Rat Terriers for being bred to kill rats and other small animals.

    Wait, we need to ban Irish Wolfhounds. I mean good lord! They are huge and bred to hunt and kill Wolves!

    Or maybe the Rhodesian Ridgeback. They were bred to kill Lions.

    Jack Russell Terriers are hyper and bred for killing animals. We better ban them too.

    German Shepherds are bred for herding and guarding work. I guess they should be banned as well. You know in the 1950’s these dogs were the most feared dogs in America.

    Huh Oh! Bloodhounds, these dogs were routinely used to attack and find slaves, run away prisoners, and they were demonized in the play, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” Ban’em!

    A Golden Retriever ate it’s owner’s face off. Uh oh! Better ban them! They have a taste for blood now!

    In Victoria Australia the Labrador tops the bite list. Ban’em!

    You have stated I erase your post. Look around here, how many posts have you made? How many did I erase? I admit, when you call me a “HOMO” I feel that really doesn’t belong here. I mean come on. Homo? Are we in the second grade?

    You act as if you know about my breed of dog. Your ideas are based ignorance, stupidity, and frankly they hold zero weight.

    In one comment you said Pit Bull owners will defend them no matter what. You’re right. My dogs have NEVER bitten anyone. Why should I not defend them?

    Should I just agree with every one who hates my breed? Yeah, I guess laying down and letting people walk over you is the right thing to do.

    Sorry but I will never allow you or anyone to walk over me, call me names, spout lies and half-cocked B.S. about my breed or me. If you have a problem with that well, you know what to do. Pucker up buddy.

    Jason Mann

  7. Johnny

    October 19, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    I love how people use numbers to their advantage… there are many other pitbulls out there than the purebred American pitbulls that are used to show how “few” attack. I also love how pit bull lovers feel the need to show how a few other breeds can be aggressive also…. that doesn’t make pit bulls any less aggressive. And yes if I have my choice of being attacked by a golden or a much stronger pit bull… I’ll take my chances with the golden!

  8. Jason Mann

    October 21, 2010 at 10:41 am

    Even if you added every single breed that is mistakenly called a Pit Bull the number of bites/attacks/fatalities is so small that it is hardly worth the hysteria. Your comment is a lovely example of someone who knows nothing about a subject acting as if they know what they are talking about.

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