"The captured dog was a male pit bull." And I'm Vladimir Putin. Screen grab from The Indy Channel.
Speaking of regional differences: Selma over at Caveat has a nice collection of "pit bull" photos. If it has
I particularly remember the dogs below, from a tragic case in Virginia. [The parents were charged with murder.] I commented on PBF:
There were no witnesses -- parents were upstairs. In their condemned home [sigh].
The doctor quoted in the article trots out the old bite-strength myth: "[Pit bulls are] definitely one of the stronger breeds their bite strength is probably the strongest; six to seven times that of a German Shepard." [It's shepherd, for crying out loud! You'd think a newsroom would have SpellCheck.] Strange to read the doctor's words, and then look at the small, malnourished animals:
The breed-bashers and breed-banners can't quite define exactly what a pit bull is, but they by God know one when they see it. And if this reminds you just a wee bit of the One-Drop Rule, well, you're not alone.
Dog bites and bite force
Bite force links from PubMed
“Dangerous breeds,” dog bite statistics, and the Merritt Clifton report