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Fifteen states now ban breed-specific ordinances, including California, Illinois, Texas, and Ohio.Thank you for including this information in your consideration of this important matter.
State Farm Insurance on May 17, 2013 disclosed that California, Illinois, Texas, and Ohio rated first through fourth in insurance claims paid for dog attacks in 2011. State Farm paid $20.3 million to 527 victims in California, $10 million to 309 victims in Illinois, $5.1 million to 219 victims in Texas, and $5.4 million to 215 victims in Ohio. The numbers of victims in California were 30% greater in 2011 than in 2010. The payout in California increased 31%, State Farm spokesperson Eddie Martinez told Sue Manning of Associated Press. A rival firm, Farmers Group Inc., in February 2013 notified shareholders that it would no longer insure pit bulls, Rottweilers, and wolf hybrids under homeowners and renters policies in California.
Nationally, said Insurance Information Institute representative Loretta Worters, the insurance industry paid dog attack victims $479 million in 2011, up 15% from $413 million in 2010, and up by more than half since 2006.
The numbers of attacks and amounts of payout increased twice as fast in states that prohibit breed-specific ordinances.
~~ Laws pre-empting breed-specific ordinances pass -- but polls tilt the other way
Her brother looked in a bedroom window and saw the dog locked onto Tayla's face. The two young men got into the house and tried to stop the attack by hitting the dog with keys and a broomstick, but the dog wouldn't let go. They then ran for help. Two neighbors came with baseball bats. "We had bats and we were beating on the dog and the dog wouldn't let go," said Winfred Davenport. They realized any help was going to be up to neighbor LaJayron Negrin, who had come into the house with his 9mm P95 Ruger. "I shot him three or four times in the side and once in the head," said Negrin, who has a concealed weapons permit. The dog did let go and looked up, for just a moment. Then he lunged again.
Neighbors rescue Deerfield Beach girl
. . . the pit bull continued to work the dog's neck in an effort to decapitate her. The police, recognizing that there was no alternative to killing the pit bull, moved the crowd of bystanders away from the scene. An officer fired one shot into the pit bull, which had no effect. Then an officer fired a second shot, hitting the dog again. Still, the pit bull kept going. The officers finally stopped the pit bull after firing 12 - 15 shots.
New Haven Independent
Miller’s daughter once told her pit bulls . . . would lock down when they bite. “I never knew what that meant. Lock?” Miller said. “I knew it then.”* * * * *
[Gay] was “very nonchalant and even laughed,” saying, “I just never seen him [the pit bull] do anything like that.”
Gay did nothing to restrain the dog during the attack.