2007 Dog Bite Fatality: Kelly Caldwell Killed Pit Bulls on Christmas Day in Yermo, California

Pit Bull Owners Arrested and Charged with a Felony Pit bull owners arrested after their dogs brutally killed 45-year old Kelly Caldwell. Dog Owners Arrested archived UPDATE 09/18/08: The owners of the pit bulls that brutally killed Kelly Caldwell on Christmas Day have been arrested. Jeffrey Dwayne King Jr. 23, and John Allan Peterson, 23, of Yermo were arrested in Barstow on September 17 and booked into jail on suspicion of failure to control a mischievous animal, resultin… [Read full blog post]

2007 Dog Bite Fatality: Attack Shows Underbelly of Pit Bull Ownership

Blanche Brodeur, 76-years old, was killed by her son-in-law's male pit bull. Pit Bull Kills Caretaker Mountain City, GA - Blanche Brodeur, 76-years old, was found face down with severe head and neck injuries on December 17. She was brutally attacked by her son-in-law's pit bull while trying to feed the animal. Brodeur had agreed to take care of five pit bulls belonging to her daughter Joan and husband Thomas Robinson while they were in jail. Both were arrested and jailed 5 days… [Read full blog post]

2005 Dog Bite Fatality: Victim's Family Sues Animal Control in Spotsylvania

Officers Cleared in Suit UPDATE 03/06/09: A jury decided against awarding any money to Dorothy Sullivan's beneficiaries in the wrongful death suit filed against county employees. The suit, filed in 2007 against four Spotsylvania County animal control officers, claimed gross negligence by the officers in the time leading up to Sullivan's killing by a pack of pit bulls in March of 2005. Deanna Large, who owned the dogs, was convicted later that year of involuntary manslaug… [Read full blog post]

2007 Dog Bite Fatality: Pit Bull Attacks and Kills Toddler in South Carolina

Holden Jernigan, 2-years old, was killed by his grandmother's pit bull. Pit Bull Kills Boy archived Summerville, SC - In today's tragedy,  a 2-year old boy wandered out of the back door of his grandmother's home and was killed by his grandmother's pit bull. The approximately 40-pound dog latched onto Holden Jernigan's throat and head, inflicting fatal wounds, Dorchester County sheriff's 1st Sgt. Mike Miller said. Holden died in the backyard of Tracey Shelton's home… [Read full blog post]

2007 Dog Bite Fatality: Jennifer Lowe, Killed by Two Pit Bulls, No Charges Filed

Jennifer Lowe was killed by two pit bulls that had been legally declared "dangerous." Parents Want Charges Knoxville, TN - On November 12, a neighbor called 911 after seeing a pit bull attack 21-year old Jennifer Lowe in a nearby home. Upon arriving at the scene, Knox County Sheriff's deputies shot both pit bulls, killing one and wounding the other. The second dog ran off into the woods and was missing until the next day. The parents of Lowe in disagreement with the preliminary d… [Read full blog post]

Group Asks: How Popular Were Pit Bull Terriers Once Upon a Time?

Photo from America's Dog, chronicling the baiting bulldog through photographs. Not Very Popular Whidbey Island, WA - Pit bull advocates often claim, "By World War I, the pit bull terrier had become the most popular dog in America." The source of this claim, however, is never cited. Last year, the publication Animal People (pg 6) decided to test this claim. By searching the classified dogs-for-sale ads between 1900-1950 on NewspaperArchive, they discovered the most popul… [Read full blog post]

2007 Dog Bite Fatality: Seth Lovitt, 11, Killed by His Grandmother's Pit Bull in Killeen

Grandmother and Mother Indicted in Mauling Death Seth Lovitt, 11-years old, was mauled to death by his grandmother's pit bull. Deferred Adjudication UPDATE 01/13/12: Four years after a woman's pit bull killed her grandson, she was sentenced to probation. Brenda Ellen Parker, 51, received five years of deferred adjudication and 200 hours of community service in connection to the death of 11-year old Seth Lovitt. Parker previously pleaded guilty to criminally negligent… [Read full blog post]

2007 Dog Bite Fatality: Tori Whitehurst, Killed by an Adopted Out American Bulldog

Tori Whitehurst, 4-years old, died after a recently adopted out dog attacked her throat. Adopted Dog Kills Child archived Phoenix, AZ -A 4-year old died after being attacked by her family's American bulldog. Tori Whitehurst was airlifted to a hospital in Phoenix, but did not survive. The attack happened just before 4 pm at the family's home in the 500 block of Yearling Road. Tori and her sister had been playing in the backyard with four dogs. A live-in nanny was watching the gir… [Read full blog post]