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Re: “Pit Bulls May or May Not Be Dangerous. But Bronwen Dickey Can Attest That Writing About Them Definitely Is.

On page 178, Dickey describes a fatal pit bull attack that Delise refuses to label as a fatal pit bull attack. In 2010, Ethel Horton was killed when the pit bull she was dog sitting attacked her. In the middle of the attack, Horton had a heart attack. Dickey describes the “bites” as “in no way fatal.” But the pit bull kept attacking after Horton died from the heart attack, doing great damage to Horton's body. And Delise believes that since Horton had a heart attack in the middle of her dog attack, the dog attack was in no way responsible for her death. Among the many strange assumptions Delise is making is that the attack did not precipitate the heart attack AND that the pit bull would have stopped attacking had Horton not had a heart attack.
On page 172, Dickey explains that Delise uses the CDC custom of only counting dog bite related fatalities (DBRF) “in which the medical examiner had listed the mechanical trauma of a dog bite injury - lacerations (cuts), avulsions (removal of skin), crushed bones, or exsanguination - as the primary cause of death.”
OK, so Delise doesn’t count attacks, no matter the severity, if the victim happens to have a heart attack in the middle of it.
Got it.
On the very next page, 173, Dickey explains that Delise found many many fatal dog attacks that the CDC researcher missed and that 44 different breeds were involved in fatal dog attacks including a West Highland white terrier. Considering what she just said one page earlier, that Delise only counts DBRFs that result in the mechanical damage a dog can do, that little Westie must have really torn that victim up, right?
It turns out that the only known recorded fatal Westie attack was a bite on a calf that led an elderly woman, 75 year old Rose Kazarian, to have a series of three heart attacks which led to her death the next day. So, now Delise DOES count heart attacks precipiated by a dog bite in the list of fatal dog attacks.
Karen Delise has different rules for including attacks by pit bulls and attacks by little dogs in her list of fatal dog attacks, and Dickey doesn’t say one word about it. Seems a bit biased, doesn’t it.

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Posted by Lucy Muir on 07/22/2016 at 7:18 PM

Re: “Pit Bulls May or May Not Be Dangerous. But Bronwen Dickey Can Attest That Writing About Them Definitely Is.

Bronwen Dickey says of DBO: "Dogsbite.org contradicts everything put forth by the groups most qualified to speak about animal science, animals behavior and dog bite epidemiology.... (p. 186) 100% wrong, Ms Dickey!
" Most of the information on dogsbite.org comes from one self-published paper..." That is an absolute and egregious lie, (p. 187) Ms Dickey!
http://www.dogsbite.org/dog-bite-statistics-bibliographies.…

DOGSBITE.ORG CONSISTS OF OVER 2200 WEB PAGES
MS. DICKEY, HOW MANY OF THESE 2,200 PAGES DID YOU READ?
http://blog.dogsbite.org/2013/07/dogsbite-org-consists-of-over-2200-web-pages.html

"The site is also littered with childish ad hominems...." (p. 187) ANOTHER LIE, MS. DICKEY
You can literally read 100 DBO site pages a day for 2 weeks straight and not come across any of the ad hominems you mentioned.

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Posted by Lucy Muir on 07/22/2016 at 7:12 PM

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