A ferocious bull-dog attacked the three-months-old child of Mrs. Beining, of Allentown, Pa., Tuesday last, biting off the right foot and otherwise mutilating the child. It will die. – The National Tribune. (Washington, D.C.) July 30, 1885
factU.S. fatal pit bull attacks have surpassed 370 since 1998; the last year the CDC studied fatal dog attack data by breed. In the last 8-year period of the CDC study (1991 to 1998), pit bulls averaged 2.9 deaths per year. From 2013 to 2020, the most recent 8-year period, pit bulls averaged 28.4 deaths per year, an increase of over 850%.
Fatal Dog Bite Statistics