The Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association analyzed known dog bite-related fatalities from 2000 to 2009, and identified a co-occurrence of seven, controllable factors. Four or more of these factors were present in over 80% of cases. Breed was not one of those factors.
– lack of supervision (see Tuesday’s post!) Factor #2
– lack of familiar relationship between the victim and the dog (see Wednesday’s post)
– failure to spay/neuter
In over 84% of dog bite-related fatalities, the dog was sexually intact. Studies have shown that castration decreases dog aggression towards other dogs. Although it is unknown whether castration directly affects the incidence of aggression toward people, it is suggested that testosterone acts as a behaviour modulator, and thus sexually intact male dogs react more intensely, more quickly, and for a longer period of time. Intact dogs are also more likely to roam.
We condone spay and neuter subsidy and outreach programs, like BAD RAP’s “Nut Truck” initiative. Mandatory spay/neuter laws have not been shown to be effective.
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