Break Sticks: A Tool Used to Pry Open a Pit Bull's Jaws - A break stick is a tool used to pry open a pit bull's jaws after the dog clamps down on an object, animal or human being. The device was traditionally used by dogfighters, and still is, yet leading pit bull education websites, such as Pit Bull Rescue Central, recommend that pit bull owners carry a break stick in case their dog "accidentally" gets into a fight. A pet that requires a break stick to loosen its jaws. This logic, combined with the fact that many policy make… [Read full blog post]

2008 Dog Bite Fatality: 5-Year Old Girl Killed by Pet Pit Bull in Simi Valley

Katya Todesco, 5-years old, was killed by a pit bull-mix while visiting a friend's home. Police Contradict Initial Statements UPDATE 10/10/08: The Simi Valley police did not release information about Katya Todesco until six days after she was attacked and three days after she was pronounced dead. It appears the department failed to follow standard protocol in this matter. When police finally did release the information, they told the Ventura County Star newspaper: "Pol… [Read full blog post]

2008 Dog Bite Fatality: 3-Day Old Infant Killed by Family Husky

Kylie Daum, 3-days old, was pulled from her crib and killed by the family husky. Death Ruled Accidental UPDATE 09/25/08: An Ohio medical examiner has ruled the infant's dog mauling death was an accident. Kylie Mae Daum, 3-days old, had been home from the hospital only one day when the family's Siberian husky attacked and killed the newborn. Warren Township police Lt. Don Bishop said the baby's father left the room briefly and when he returned, he discovered the dog had attacke… [Read full blog post]

09/19-24/08 Pit Bulls Shot by Police

#293: Chicago Police Shoot, Kill Two Pit Bulls 09/19/08 | Chicago, IL Summary: Two of three pit bulls were shot and killed by police after mauling a 6-year-old boy in the West Side's Garfield Park neighborhood. Authorities say Trayshawn Toliver is in serious but stable condition at Mt. Sinai Hospital, and that he was bitten so severely that some of the bone in his leg was exposed. View full story. Pit bulls killed: 2 #295: North Liberty Police Shoot, Kill Pit Bull 08/21/08 | Nort… [Read full blog post]

09/10-18/08 Pit Bulls Shot by Police

#278: Officers Shoot Pit Bull; 5 Victims in Melee 09/10/08 | Racine, WI Summary: Police officers shot and injured a pit bull terrier after it and two other dogs attacked several people. One of the pit bulls ran toward Richard Anderson, 50. All three dogs surrounded the man and began biting and pulling at one of his legs. Anderson pulled out a small pocket knife and began swinging at the dogs in an attempt to get them away from him. The dogs did release Anderson, but turned to attack a… [Read full blog post]

2008 Dog Bite Fatality: Family Pit Bulls Fatally Maul 4-Month Old in Las Vegas

No Charges Filed UPDATE 10/21/08: There will be no criminal charges after a baby girl was violently killed by two family pit bulls. District Attorney David Roger said his office couldn't find that the family members of the child had intentionally placed her in harm's way. "There were no significant prior actions of the dogs that would suggest that these dogs would be dangerous to human beings," Rogers said. Despite the well-documented fact that pit bulls routinely unpredic… [Read full blog post]

Felony Charges: Owners of Pit Bulls that Killed Kelly Caldwell in Yermo Arrested

Pit bull owners arrested after their dogs brutally killed 45-year old Kelly Caldwell. "Weekend" Jail Time archived 07/23/12: Nearly five years after a 45-year old Yermo woman was brutally killed by pit bulls, the owners of the dogs were sentenced to 120 days in county jail -- and to be served on "weekends," a diversion program. Both John Peterson, 26, and Jeffrey King, 26, pleaded no contest to owning a dangerous dog that caused death, a felony crime, for which they could have f… [Read full blog post]

09/04-10/08 Pit Bulls Shot by Police

#264: Pit Bull Shot, Owner Arrested in Springfield 09/04/08 | Springfield, IL Summary: A police officer shot a threatening pit bull. Later, the dog's owner, Robert T. Yates, 33, was arrested for fleeing and fighting officers. The dog, which was shot in the head and shoulder, was taken to an animal clinic for treatment. Police said the dog had been declared a dangerous animal a week ago and that it bit a mailman earlier this year. NOTE: Woman Attacked By Own Dogs, Officer Shot 09/… [Read full blog post]