Feral “Dog Packs” Terrorizing Neighborhoods
An American Crisis
Not just in the United States but this has now become a worldwide problem.
In the US, dog attacks can become vicious. It’s one thing (and very horrible) when a dog attacks a stranger, but it becomes even more alarming when a dog attacks its very owner or another family member.
However, a lot of dog attacks… horrible, vicious and sometimes even fatal dog attacks, are done by feral dogs. Dogs that run the streets, usually in parts of cities where the population is poor and the crime rate is rather high. Towns and suburban cities can and do experience feral dogs, but they’re usually always handled by the town/city themselves or the Animal Control Department located within the county.
It’s best to avoid all dogs that doesn’t seem to have an owner close-by, or even better… avoid all dogs that aren’t on a leash. That’s your safest bet.
Feral dogs are known for being extremely vicious. This aggression is most likely caused by barely surviving through harsh weather where scavenging for food sometimes led to a “fight-to-the-death“. The winner, obviously, got to eat (most of the time for measly scraps) and the loser got killed — or fatally wounded. In a feral dog world, it really is survival of the fittest. Even winning can come with a price — sometimes their lives. Just because they got to eat doesn’t mean they weren’t fatally wounded themselves. It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there.
- 39 U.S. dog bite-related fatalities occurred in 2017. Pit bulls contributed to 29 of these deaths, even though pit bulls only make up about 6.5% of the total U.S. dog population
- Dogs have killed 433 Americans in a 13-year period between 2005 to 2017. Pit bulls were the cause of 284 of these deaths. Rottweilers were responsible for 45 of these deaths. 35 other dog breeds contributed to the remaining fatal dog attacks.
- The second highest death rate in 2017 killing 4 people was the German Shepard. Mixed-breeds are responsible for 3 deaths. The Labrador is responsible for 2 deaths and the mastiff-types with 2 deaths as well. There were also 2 deaths by dogs with little or no information.
- In 2017, there are 20 dog bite fatalities that involved more than one dog, 5 which involved a pack of 4 or more dogs.
*NOTE* All 5 fatal pack attacks in 2017 involved pit bulls.
- In 2017, pit bulls are responsible for 18 deaths within the family as to 11 deaths to non-family members.