PETA Offers Recommendations To Prevent Dog Bites

In the wake of several recent pit bull attacks, officials in Ellenville, New York, are considering requiring dogs to wear muzzles to protect residents from bites. But the best way any community can prevent dog bites is by passing legislation requiring all dogs to be spayed or neutered and banning the cruel, dangerous practices of chaining, caging, and crating dogs.

Dogs of any breed who haven’t been spayed or neutered are three times more likely to bite than sterilized dogs are. According to a Journal of Veterinary Medical Association report, a 12-year study in the U.S. found that unsterilized dogs accounted for 95 percent of all fatal attacks on people. Spaying and neutering eliminate an animal’s instinct to roam and reduce aggressive tendencies.

Chaining and crating dogs deprives them of socialization, exercise, and the ability to escape perceived threats. Many chained, caged, and crated dogs become frustrated, depressed, hyperactive, and aggressive—often lashing out when they finally escape or are released from the intense confinement.

Mandatory spay/neuter and anti-chaining/caging laws protect animals and humans. To learn more, visit

Teresa Chagrin
Animal Care & Control Specialist
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

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