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Are dog bites common in Texas?

Texas seems to be worse than the average state. In a report 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.

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