Police Storm Through Fence to Save Boy Being Attacked by Two Pit Bulls in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota

A 3-year old boy is in critical condition after being attacked by two pit bulls in Brooklynn Park.

Critically Injured
Brooklynn Park, MN - A 3-year old boy remains in critical condition after being attacked by two pit bulls Friday. Brooklynn Park police were dispatched to a home in the 7500 block of Brooklyn Park Drive North at approximately 12:45 pm for a report of a dog attack. Video from WCCO shows the wooden fence that police stormed through to reach the boy. Officers shot both dogs, killing one, while both dogs were actively attacking the child. The boy was visiting the home when he was attacked.

Dog Attack - On July 19, 2024, at 12:45 PM, officers of the Brooklyn Park Police Department were dispatched to a report of a dog attacking a 3-year-old child in the 7500 block of Brooklyn Park Drive N. Upon arrival, officers found two pit bulls actively attacking the child. Several officers discharged their service weapons, striking both dogs, killing one and injuring the other. The child was rescued by officers, and life-saving efforts were performed. The child was transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital and is in critical condition. The injured dog was secured and transported to a nearby animal care facility. Police detectives were called to the scene, and an investigation into the incident is underway. - Brooklyn Park, MN - Police Department

Footage from WCCO shows an "Affordable Electric" business truck in the driveway of the home. WCCO also spoke to neighbor Angie Towers who is "part of the problem." Towers states, "The dogs though have always been very nice, they've been to my house, they've played with my dogs." Anecdotes don't save lives. Pit bulls are responsible for over 65% of fatal human attacks in the US. Some of them had "good" owners and some of them had "bad" owners; this does not change statistical facts.

The owners are also backyard breeders. Towers states, "My concern is the one female dog just had a litter of puppies." Of the thousands of animal shelters at capacity right now, most overflowing with unwanted pit bulls, what kind of people are breeding pit bulls? The owners of these dogs are the central "part of the problem." It is not just the failure to spay/neuter, it is the "willful" continuation to breed pit bulls while for nearly two decades, this breed has filled 40-60% of all shelter inventory.

KARE 11 spoke with police, who provided a dramatic retelling of the events. Brooklyn Park Police Precinct Inspector Elliot Faust called the attack "horrific" and credited officers for saving the child's life. "Those officers were heroes," Faust said. "That child would not even be at a hospital right now if those officers had not done what they did. There's not a whole lot of time to react and there's not a whole lot of alternatives that can mitigate that attack, and the risk of injury at the moment," Faust said.

One adult was also "severely" injured trying to stop the attack, reports KSTP. That adult was a female, reports KARE 11. Investigators say the dogs belong to the home where the attack occurred. The attack occurred while the boy was playing on playground equipment outside the home, according to police. The injured pit bull was secured and transported to an animal care facility, police said. No information was released by police about the alleged puppies. The violent dog attack remains under investigation.

Minnesota Pit Bull Attacks

Recent high-profile pit bull attacks in Minnesota include a Saint Paul child mauled by five pit bulls in February that had a history of aggression. The dogs' owner, Marco Antonio Mendoza Landaverde, was later charged with four misdemeanors. In April 2023, Dezmond Trawick, 22-years old, was killed by his brother's four pit bulls while dog sitting at his Brookyln Center home. After his neighbor, Jerry Nelson, tried to intervene, he explained the canines were "big, giant, dogs and I couldn't get them off of him."

Police Storm Through Fence

Brooklynn Park police storm through fence to save boy being attacked by two pit bulls.

Police Storm Through Fence

A pit bull seen exiting a vehicle on the property after the attack in the KARE 11 video.

Photos from the pit bull owners facebook page

We managed to get a few photographs from the dog owner's Facebook page before the page was deactivated. This was posted on July 7, less than 2 weeks ago. The context is unknown.

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2024 Dog Bite Fatality: Woman, 62, Killed by One of Her Breeding Bullmastiffs in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama

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A 62-year old woman was killed by a "large breed" family dog in Tuscaloosa County.

Death by Family Dog
Tuscaloosa County, AL - A woman is dead after being mauled by family dog, according to authorities. The Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call around 9:20 pm Thursday for a report of a dog attack. Deputies responded to a residence on Highway 69 North near the Berry community, where they found a woman dead inside of a dog pen. The 911 caller was a family member who found her. When the man entered the pen, the dog attacked him too. He was "forced to put the dog down."

Captain Marty Sellers, the co-commander of the multi-agency Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit, said that deputies arrived shortly after 9:00 pm. The investigation began after the victim's husband called her but could not reach her. The husband then asked a family member, the 911 caller, to perform a welfare check on her. That person found her inside the pen and was attacked by a "large breed dog" when he tried to enter. Deputies arrived at the scene and killed the animal, according to Sellers.

The "large breed dog" was a family pet, Sellers said, who had not been an issue for the family in the past. Authorities didn't know the specific breed, according to various media reports. No additional information, including the victim's identity, is being released due privacy considerations for the family, Sellers said. The unidentified woman's death marks the fourth fatal dog mauling in Alabama this year that has been reported by media outlets. The actual death-by-dog count in the state is unknown.

News Conference

WBRC broadcast the news conference with Sellers Friday. Regarding the circumstances of the attack, Sellers said the victim had intended to feed the dog. "The husband said that once he left, he talked to her and she was going to feed the dog," Sellers said. "We don't know anything after that." Concerning the breed of dog, Sellers said, "I was told [the dog] was a bullmastiff." Only one dog was involved. The dog was loose in the pen, he believed, not chained. The 911 caller shot and killed the dog, he said.

Bullmastiffs are a well-recognizable dog breed. However, the XL bully, which can range widely in appearance -- from having more pronounced pit bull or mastiff features -- has become more popular than the bullmastiff and has confused law enforcement identifying breed in the past. Sellers did not know if the family had raised the dog from a puppy. There were no witnesses or video of the fatal attack. The victim suffered severe and fatal injuries. The 911 caller only suffered minor injuries.

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Three different large molosser bull breeds between 120-160 pounds. Pick your poison.

Bullmastiff Breeder

A friend of the victim's family started a GoFundMe to "ease the upcoming financial burden of funeral costs" for the family. The 62-year old victim was a bullmastiff breeder. In August 2023, she posted to Facebook, "These are the only babies I have left at home. They are really big babies especially the red/tan and the brindle." The last two refer to an adult male red/tan and a female brindle, she intended to breed "on the next cycle." In April 2024, the victim advertised a litter of bullmastiff puppies.

The woman's death marks the fourth breeder-related fatality this year. In January, 72-year old Lenora Hale, a catahoula leopard dog breeder, was killed by one of her dogs in Florida. In February, 35-year old Dominic Cooper, a pit bull breeder, was killed by a pack of his breeding pit bulls in his backyard in Compton, California. Also in February, a 4-year old boy was fatally mauled by a great dane at his family's home. His parents owned and operated Limestone Sphynx and LFD Great Danes in Illinois.

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Two adult bullmastiffs on the property used for breeding, a male and female. Males are the primary culprits -- by a landslide -- in fatal dog maulings when only a single dog is involved.

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Baseline reporting requirements:
Law enforcement departments across the United States should release consistent "baseline" information to the media and the public after each fatal dog mauling, including these items.

2024 Dog Bite Fatality: Pit Bull Fatally Attacks Woman Riding Bicycle in Florence, South Carolina

Owners Arrested, Charged with Misdemeanor After Mauling Death

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Karen Nelson, 71, was fatally attacked by a pit bull while riding her bicycle.

Owners arrested
UPDATE 07/17/24: The owners of a pit bull that killed 71-year old Karen Nelson on July 10 were charged with owning a dangerous animal, a misdemeanor, in connection to her death, Florence police said. Justin Conroy, 40, of 105 Williams Way, Chapin, and Ashley Maclean, 30, of 1134 Clarendon Avenue, were taken into custody and transported to the Florence County Detention Center, where they underwent a bond hearing. Both defendants face a fine of up to $5,000 or three years in jail.

"The defendant did know or should have known the canine which belongs to him and the co-defendant has a propensity, tendency, or disposition to attack unprovoked, cause injury, or otherwise endangers the safety of human beings or domestic animals; which makes an unprovoked attack that causes bodily injury to a human being and the attack occurs in a place other than the place where the animal is confined. The canine broke free from its leash and collar device and attacked the victim. The canine punctured the victim's neck, which resulted in the victim's death." - Lance Cpl. T. Matti, Florence Police Department, arrest warrant statement

Judge Marsh A. Julian presided over the bond hearing, which set the bonds for Conroy and Maclean at $15,000 each. Neither spoke during the hearing, WPDE reports. The dog involved was euthanized on July 13 after the owners surrendered the animal to the city. The attorney for the couple, Madalyn Norton, asked for a personal recognizance (PR) bond for each of them, given this is the first offense for each. Judge Julian did not grant PR bonds due to the seriousness of the charges against them.

"A lady is now gone. And her family is grieving at her funeral right now. It's an extremely tragic event. But what concerns me most is I know you don't have a record. And I don't consider you a flight risk. However, I believe what I read in the report is that there are two other dogs at the house. I don't know what kind of dogs those are. I'm not asking. And I'm not interested in that today. And, the fact that there's been previous reports of this dog being a dangerous dog." - Judge Julian

The Post and Courier reports that as Maclean walked her canine along Brigadoone Lane while her child rode his bicycle nearby, the dog was able to bolt away from Maclean by "breaking its leash and collar device." The dog then attacked Nelson unprovoked, knocking her off the bike, and fatally biting her neck. Maclean could not pull the dog off Nelson before her fiancé, Conroy, arrived, according to the police report. Maclean rendered first aid until emergency responders arrived at the scene, police said.

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Justin Conroy, 40, and Ashley Maclean, 30, were charged with owning a dangerous animal in connection to the fatal pit bull mauling of Karen Nelson, 71, in Florence on July 10, 2024.

07/11/24: Pit Bull Kills Bicyclist
Florence, SC - A 71-year old woman riding her bicycle through a neighborhood in southwest Florence is dead after being attacked by a dog, police said. On Wednesday, at approximately 8:15 pm, first responders were dispatched to the 1800 block of Brigadoone Lane and Waccamaw Drive for a report of a 71-year old female falling from her bike, according to audio dispatch log files from Florence Fire. "She appears to be seriously injured. She's not alert and has a hole in her neck," states the dispatcher.

After responders arrive on scene and attempt to "control bleeding" and administer CPR to the victim, they related back to the dispatcher, "this lady was attacked by a dog" (not a fall). Police state in a press release that during the investigation, officers learned the victim was riding her bike through the area when a dog got loose and attacked the woman, knocking her off her bike. The dog then bit the woman causing multiple "traumatic injuries." She was transported to a hospital, where she died.

Captain Stephen Starling with the Florence Police Department confirmed the dog involved is a pit bull, reports WPDE.

Animal control took possession of the dog. The Florence County Coroner's Office is assisting in the investigation. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday morning. The deadly attack is the latest in a series of dog attacks in Florence County, including the high profile attack of a 14-month old child, who was critically injured by eight pit bulls in January. After months of debating, the city of Florence finally passed a new ordinance that lowers the threshold for a dog to be considered dangerous.

Victim Identified

A close friend identified the victim as Karen Nelson to WPDE. "I’m having a hard time. She was one of the best people I ever knew. She never met a stranger. She always made you feel good. She was just a phenomenal person. And it was just a horrible thing that happened," said Mary Crouch, who described Nelson as her best friend. Family and friends described Nelson as an avid cyclist, a loving grandmother, a beloved music teacher, and "incredibly involved in the church here in Florence."

Florence County Coroner Keith von Lutcken confirmed the victim's identification and that the attack occurred at the intersection of Brigadoone Lane and Waccamaw Drive. According to Lutcken, the pit bull broke loose to attack as it was being walked. No information was provided about the dog's owner. "We are still investigating the circumstances of this situation," Capt. Starling said. In 2021, another attempt was made to pass a state-level pit bull spay/neuter law in South Carolina, but it failed.

Dog was Leashed

WPDE received new information from Capt. Starling, including that the dog was leashed prior to fatally attacking the bicyclist. As law enforcement continues to gather information, Starling said, "We just have to look at circumstances surrounding the incident ... Did the leash break? Was the leash tight enough. Was the collar the right kind of collar? ... And then we will look into the history of the dog. Has there been complaints before question things like that? So it is just an evolving investigation."

The Post and Courier reports the dog's female owner was walking the dog "while her child rode his bicycle in the area of Brigadoone Lane." Nelson, who lived at a home just "yards" away from the fatal attack site, was on her bicycle as well. The dog broke free from its leash and knocked Nelson off her bike, then fatally attacked her neck, leaving a hole in her neck. The owner was "unable to get the dog away from Nelson before her fiancé arrived." He was able to pull the dog away, but it was too late.

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Intersection where a Florence woman was fatally attacked by a pit bull while riding her bicycle.

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After Karen Nelson was targeted and killed by an aggressive pit bull -- the dog knocked her off her bike then fatally attacked her neck -- a fellow bicyclist shows a "token" ghost bike symbol in her honor. A real ghost bike, a life-size bike painted white with a sign reading, "A cyclist was killed here," might be too controversial for the Brigadoone subdivision in Florence.

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Baseline reporting requirements:
Law enforcement departments across the United States should release consistent "baseline" information to the media and the public after each fatal dog mauling, including these items.

2024 Dog Bite Fatality: Man Killed by Dogs on Corsair Road in Southwest Harris County, Texas

A southwest Harris County man was mauled and killed by his neighbor's dogs on Corsair Road.

Houston, TX - A man was killed by one or more of his neighbor's dogs on July 6, 2024. The attack occurred around 2:30 pm on Corsair Road near Beltway 8. Police told KHOU the man died at the scene and the dog(s) are in the custody of BARC, the city of Houston's Municipal Animal Shelter. No other information was released, including the number and breeds of dogs involved, and the victim’s name or age. At the time of this attack, local media and law enforcement were preparing for hurricane Beryl.

On the KHOU YouTube page, a comment was left, seemingly by a local. The person said the victim was an 80-year old Hispanic man who lived alone. He was "last seen defending himself with his trash cans alongside his own house." A "large amount of tissue was torn off his body." The dogs had a history of getting loose. The commenter stated five dogs were involved and two rottweilers "ate him." Now, "everyone is afraid to walk around." The dogs have been confiscated and will be euthanized.

@matthollymarshalls - It was 5 dogs total. Two Rottweilers fkn ATE him... The 80 year old Hispanic man living alone was attacked, was last seen defending himself with his trash cans alongside his own house. Large amount of tissue were torn off his body. These dogs lived in the area and got out alot, owned by a younger man nearby. The dogs all got stuck in the old mans back yard, and when told, the owners grandfather went and let the dogs out of the yard to run home. All dogs were eventually taken by the police to be put down. Charges?? Unknown. People who own badass dogs to protect themselves in this bad world, must balance the responsibility they have to their neighbors. And everyone is afraid to walk around now. Sad world. RIP Mr. Old Man, wish you had a better end...sad sad story.

Because this investigation in currently active, and there's barely enough information to file a FOIA with BARC, there is not much we can do except to wait. The Harris County Institute of Forensics will eventually release the victim's name and cause and of manner of death to their public database. Once that information is known, we can request the quarantine records, breed information, and hopefully, a brief narrative from BARC. We do not expect any further media reports about this man's brutal death.

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Recent fatal dog maulings in Harris County, Texas, which encompasses the city of Houston. The population is estimated to be 4.7 million, the third most populated county in the US.

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