Statistically speaking, Pit Bulls cause more dog bites than other breeds. However, that does not necessarily mean that your neighbor's Pit Bull is more dangerous than the Golden Retriever down the block.
The Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association did a 20-year study on fatal dog bites associated with various breeds of dogs. During those 20 years, Pit Bulls accounted for 66 fatal dog bites, while Rottweilers came in second with 39 fatal bites. Third place dropped to 17 fatalities due to bites from German Shepherds.
Because of these statistics, there has been a lot of controversy over specific dog breeds. Some cities, including 45 in Missouri, have outright banned citizens from owning Pit Bulls, while other cities tack on stringent requirements for Pit Bull owners. A handful of cities have also banned Rottweilers.
A dog's temperament is not necessarily predictable based on a particular breed. Some Pit Bulls are incredibly sweet and gentle, while some Golden Retrievers can be rather aggressive. St. Louis does not ban or restrict any particular breed of dog, instead focusing on proper containment of any dog (of any breed) that has had a history of aggressive behavior.
If you or a family member has been injured from a dog bite, or if you've lost a loved one to a fatal Missouri dog attack, you may be understandably angry. In most of these cases you are eligible to recoup some damages to help pay for your financial losses.
To request more information from a skilled St. Louis dog bite lawyer, call Alvin Wolff, Jr., and Associates at 877-241-1020. When you come in for your appointment, be sure to pick up a free copy of our book: How to Pick a Lawyer.