The mainstream media are quick to provide "how to avoid a dog attack" articles after a pit bull mauling. They often include pit bull-friendly dog trainers, rescuers and pit bull advocates assuring us that pit bulls aren't more aggressive or dangerous than other kinds of dogs, which is completely untrue. The advice given, (stand like a tree; curl up like a rock; don't pet a strange dog) is largely useless when faced with a pit bull attack, but it is safe, non-threatening, and palatable advice to give that is sure to not raise the ire of pit bull defenders.
The harder and more urgent question is "How can I stop a pit bull attack?" Media outlets don't want to tackle this one. The answers are difficult because pit bulls are bred to be game. One dogfighter's definition of gameness in pit bulls is "a drive to kill, or die trying." This means that answers to the question, "how to stop a pit bull attack" will necessarily be extreme. The first answer is, "most people can't stop a pit bull attack." And the rest of the answers involve violence, weapons and strategies to use lethal force.
To make matters worse, pit bull advocates condemn people for wanting to know how to protect themselves. A quick internet search shows that all kinds of good and decent people who only want to protect themselves from grave injury and death are worried about avoiding pit bull attacks. This isn't about a desire to kill anything, just a desire to not be a victim.
Below are few of the many advice articles which detail ways to stop a pit bull attack. Inclusion in the list below is not an endorsement of any particular method. The purpose of this list is to demonstrate that the concern people have about stopping pit bull attacks is widespread and common. After the list of advice articles is a very short list of stories about people who stopped an attacking pit bull.
How to Defeat a Pit Bull with Your Bare Hands
Secrets of Survival
Expert Security Tips
Responsible Citizens for Public Safety
Combative Anatomy: How to fight a dog
Police Station: Crime Prevention & Personal Safety
Crime Safety Security
Whats a good weapon against vicious dogs besides firearms?
How to Defend Against Dog Attacks?
High Road Forums
Am I Justified in shooting an Attacking Pit Bull in my Back Yard?
How to Prevent and Handle a Dog Attack While Running
Protect yourself from dog-inflicted wounds
How do you kill a dog in self defense with your bare hands?
People who defended themselves or others from a pit bull attack
Man uses martial arts chokehold on pit bull to save his dog
Boy stops pit bull attack with jujitsu choke hold
Man choked to death his pet Staffordshire bull terrier of ten years when it attacked him for no apparent reason
MMA fighter chokes out pit bull with poodle in its jaws
Man strangles attacking pit bull in Conroe TX
Man Saves Neighbor’s golden doodle by Strangling Pit Bull to Death
Used a Machete to defend against pit bull attack
Field & Stream
I Shot a pit bull yesterday morning with my bow.
Very long list of pit bulls that were stabbed to stop an attack
Facebook page about pit bulls shot by police to save themselves or victims
Neighbor shot attacking pit bull
Aunt shoots, kills pit bull to stop attack on 9-year-old boy