In the 12-month period of 2009, DogsBite.org recorded 726 pit bull attacks reported by the U.S. media. In these attacks, 868 victims sustained bite injuries and each incident produced just over one bite victim (1.2 per incident). Bite injury information was available for 831 victims. Of these victims, 64% (534) suffered severe injury and 36% (297) suffered minor injury. Of the severe injuries, 7% involved the loss of a body part totaling 35 severed body parts and 3% (14) of these victims suffered death by a fatal pit bull mauling.
Property information was available in 696 instances. The data shows that 65% (455) of the pit bull bites occurred off owner property and 35% (241) occurred on property. This is a reversal of non-breed specific dog bite data, which consistently reports that up to 70% of biting incidents occur on the dog owner's property. As documented in the 2009 6-month report, as well as the DogsBite.org 3-year fatality study, pit bulls escape owner property and inflict bites at a substantially higher rate than all other dog breeds.
The date, location, victim's name and age (when available) for each recorded incident is listed below. DogsBite.org hopes to release the final 2009 report by the end of the year.