For the average person in the U.S., how likely are you to die from:
Car accident? 1 in 6700
Murder? 1 in 18,000
On-the-job accident? 1 in 48,000
Bathtub drowning? 1 in 840,000
Lightning? 1 in 3 million
Hornet, wasp or bee sting? 1 in 6.1 million
Shark attack? 1 in 280 million
Where do dogs fit in?
Janis Bradley, dog bite researcher and the author of ‘Dogs Bite: But Balloons and Slippers Are More Dangerous,’ states, “Dogs can be dangerous. And they are more dangerous to children than adults. Not as dangerous, of course, as kitchen utensils, drapery cords, five-gallon buckets, horses or cows. Not nearly as dangerous as playground equipment, swimming pools, skateboards, or bikes. And not remotely as dangerous as family, friends, guns, or cars.
A child is more likely to die choking on a marble or balloon, and an adult is more likely to die in a bedroom slipper related accident. Your chances of being killed by a dog are roughly one in 18 million. [emphasis added]
By contrast, if we estimate that 3 – 4 million pets are killed by shelters every year, that works out to one pet being killed every 9 seconds. The 2366 pets unfortunate enough to cross the threshold at PETA’s so-called shelter in VA last year had a 97% chance of being killed. I’d hate to face those odds. I think I’d rather stand in a slippery bathtub with a murderer and wait for a shark to swim up the drain.