Harry Stump, Attorney At Law

1380 Old Freeport Road
Suite 3B
Pittsburgh, PA 15238

Phone: 412-281-5325
Email: hs@hstumpesq.com
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Dog Bites

  The pit bull type dog has its fans and its critics.  The website, Pitbullinfo.org., is very supportive of the breed.  The website, Dogsbite.org., is very critical of the breed. The pit bull includes the American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier and the American Bully. Some also include the American Bulldog in this category.  It may also include any mixed breed dog that is a combination of these dogs. The November 2015 edition of The Veterinary Journal casts doubt on the ability to identify the breed of dogs based on appearance alone.  Animal shelter personnel missed one in five

Dogs of any breed might bite, but some breeds account for a much larger percentage of dog bites than others. The Allegheny County Department of Health tracks reported dog bites.  Dog bites that occurred in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania are included in these county statistics.  . In 2017, the Allegheny County Health Department received reports of 1,330 dog bites. Dog bites occurred from the following dog breeds:  Mixed Breed (184 bites or 24%), Pit Bull (160 bites or 21.1%), German Shepherd (60 bites or 7.9%), Labrador Retriever (30 bites or 4%), Boxer (23 bites or 3%), Rottweiler (22 bites or 2.9%), Mastiff (20 bites or

April has two Dog Bite Prevention weeks.  National Dog Bite Prevention Week was April 7-13, 2019.  This is followed by the U.S. Postal Service Dog Bite Prevention Week April 14-20, 2019. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), estimates that  350,000 people received medical treatment for dog bites in the United States in 2017.  Approximately 10,600 of these were children two years old or younger. The American Medical Association (AMA) states that dog bites are the second leading cause of childhood injury. According to the U.S. Postal Service, 5,714 postal employees were attacked by dogs in the United States in 2018.  The Postal Service