Part I: Doretta Zinke, 39, Killed by 9 Pit Bulls (1945)

Dade County, FL - In what may be one of the earliest recorded cases of an adult fatally attacked by dogs in the U.S., Doretta Zinke was brutally killed by a pack of pit bulls May 16, 1945. Headlines of the grisly attack covered hundreds of newspapers. Florida authorities were horrified by the attack. They acted fast by arresting the owner of the dogs, Joe Munn, and killing the dogs. These events occur 10 days after Germany surrenders unconditionally in World War II. Death due to a v… [Read full blog post]

2008 Dog Bite Fatality: 2-Year Old Boy Killed in Clark County, Nevada

Alexander Adams, 2-years old, was killed by his family's pit bull-mix. Case Concludes UPDATE 12/03/08: Police spokesman Bill Cassell could offer no theory as to why the family pit bull killed Alexander Adams. The boy's grandmother was walking with the dog's food bowl into a room where the dog was normally fed. The toddler followed and was attacked, he said. "While it's possible that the presence of food, combined with the young victim in the area where the dog was normally fed… [Read full blog post]

11/21-25/08 Pit Bulls Shot by Police

#370: Claremont Officer Shoots Pit Bull After Chase 11/25/08 | Claremont, MN Summary: A Claremont man faces criminal charges after allegedly leading police on a high-speed chase that included going through the Saint Marys Hospital emergency entrance. The chase ended in rural Rochester with an officer shooting an attacking pit bull. Adam Joseph Saxton, 26, is charged with felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and misdemeanor driving after revocation. After t… [Read full blog post]

Aurora, Colorado Fighting Breed Ban Goes to District Court

Fighting Breed Ban UpheldUPDATE 11/20/08: Chief U.S. District Judge Wiley Y. Daniel has ruled in favor of the City of Aurora. Once again, the American Canine Foundation loses, making their "track record" undeniably horrific. The United States Supreme Court has also spoken on breed-specific law. The court rejected all grounds that a dog lobbying group brought forth: Procedural due process, Substantive due process, Equal protection of the laws and Void for vagueness. Lo… [Read full blog post]

11/12-19/08 Pit Bulls Shot by Police

#364: Elkhart Officer Fatally Shoots Pit Bull 11/19/08 | Elkhart, IN Summary: An Elkhart police officer fatally shot a pit bull last week after it began charging him. Officer Daniel Milanese was called to the scene after receiving reports the brown pit bull was attacking another dog. A witness said the pit bull had the other dog by the throat shaking it back and forth before police arrived. Milanese fired three rounds at the dog. The pit bull spun around and continued charging,… [Read full blog post]

1945 Fatality: Doretta Zinke, 39, Killed by 9 Pit Bulls

Council Bluffs (Iowa) Nonpareil, 1945Miami, FL - While researching a recent family pit bull attack in McCook, Nebraska, we came across a newspaper article from 1945. The Council Bluffs (Iowa) Nonpareil newspaper -- dated May 20, 1945 -- writes about a savage pit bull attack, right alongside an article titled, "Airborne Rockets Played a Large Part in German Defeat." On May 7th, Germany surrendered unconditionally. The following day, V-E Day is declared -- Victory in Europ… [Read full blog post]

2007 Dog Bite Fatality: Kylie Cox, 4-Months Old, Killed by a Rottweiler

Jail Time for Owner UPDATE 11/12/08: Christopher Fura -- the 21-year-old Warren man whose rottweiler, Chopper, killed an infant last year -- pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter and began a six-month jail sentence today. Macomb County Assistant Prosecutor Steve Kaplan said Fura pleaded just before a jury was to be selected for his trial today. Fura previously had entered the same plea, but withdrew it six weeks ago when prosecutors insisted he serve jail time. C… [Read full blog post]

11/01-11/08 Pit Bulls Shot by Police

#356: Kansas City Police Shoot Pit Bull 11/11/08 | Kansas City, MO Summary: Police shot a pit bull that broke its chain and charged an officer. The dog ran away after the shooting. Police followed a blood trail and searched 45 minutes, but could not find the wounded dog. The dog had broken its collar into two pieces. The collar had also been ripped from the chain. The dog’s owner told police his dog was a "trained attack dog." Besides law enforcements officers, the "right" to own… [Read full blog post]