Which breed inflicted most of Omaha's dog bites last year?

Ninety-two bites by labs, a popular breed among dog owners, were reported to the Nebraska Humane Society in 2012. Pit bulls ranked No. 6 among dog bites, with 31 cases reported last year, said Mark Langan, vice president of field operations for the Humane Society.


Pit bulls may be known for their occasional nasty dispositions, but other dogs certainly hold their own when it comes to biting the hand that feeds them.

Mark Langan, vice president of field operations for the Nebraska Humane Society, said Wednesday that pit bulls were not among the top five breeds in Omaha that attacked humans last year.

That top-bite distinction belonged to Labrador retrievers, Langan said. Ninety-two bites by labs, a popular breed among dog owners, were reported to the Humane Society in 2012.

Pit bulls ranked No. 6 among dog bites, with 31 cases reported last year, Langan said.

The American Kennel Club said Wednesday that the lab remained the most popular dog in the U.S. for the 22nd straight year in 2012, followed by German shepherds, golden retrievers, beagles and then bulldogs.

In Omaha, Langan said, Nos. 2 through 5 were strays or dogs that could not be found, 56 bite cases; German shepherds, 46; boxers, 41; and chihuahuas, 32.

Each year, children are among the largest number of Omaha's dog-bite victims, usually suffering painful wounds to their faces.

“Little kids love to put their faces near dogs' faces,'' Langan said, “and that can be a recipe for disaster.''

Also Wednesday, the Humane Society released its 2012 figures for tickets to Omaha pet owners and dangerous dog declarations:

» Restraint or dog tethering — 24 citations issued for dogs being tethered outside for longer than 15 minutes, with no adult 19 or older present.

» No proof of insurance for dangerous animals, potentially dangerous animals and pit bulls — 35 tickets to pit bull owners for not having proof of insurance for their pets. A dangerous dog is a pet that has inflicted injuries on another dog or human.

» Reckless owners — 23 declarations issued. Eleven appeals have been heard, with seven granted and four denied. A reckless owner has three pet-owner convictions on his or her record in the past two years.

» Potentially dangerous dogs — 97 declarations issued. Thirty-two appeals have been heard, with 14 granted and 18 denied. There are 51 active potentially dangerous dogs in Omaha. A potentially dangerous dog has inflicted minor injuries on another dog or human and must meet certain requirements to avoid being considered a dangerous dog.

» Breed ambassadors — There are 24 current breed ambassadors, which are pit bulls that have successfully passed a Humane Society class that allows them to venture off their property without a harness or muzzle. They must remain on a leash with a collar.

» Pit pull leash, muzzle, harness requirements — 74 tickets issued for pit bulls not wearing a harness, muzzle or a leash, and a leash being too long.

Contact the writer:

402-444-1259, jay.withrow@owh.com

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