Texas seems to be worse than the average state. In a report bydogsbite.org it showed there were 34 Texas dog bite fatalities between 2005 and 2013 —more deaths than any other state. The report further indicated that pit bulls were responsible for 76 percent of the total number of deaths and that Rottweilers accounted for 15 percent of the total. Pit bulls have more prominence in Texas compared to nationally. This is most likely due to the 1991 state wide law prohibiting municipalities from regulating specific dog breeds and perhaps the state’s long reputation for dog-fighting.
Texas data also indicates that 68 percent of the victims (23) were children ages 11-years and younger and 52 percent (12) were ages 2 and younger.
Other Dog Bite FAQs:
- Are dog bites a common occurrence?
- Are dog bites common in Texas?
- Are the dog bite laws the same across Texas?
- Do I need to take pictures after being bitten by a dog?
- How is liability for a dog bite established?
- My mother witnessed a dog attack and someone said there was a possibility of filing a bystander claim. Is that possible?
- What are the most common factors showing a dog owner knew or should have known their animal may be vicious?
- What compensation can I recover in a dog bite case?
- What happens if a dog not previously regarded as dangerous bites me?
- What is the current law in Texas in regard to dog bites?
- Who are usually the victims of dog bites?