2009 Dog Bite Fatality: Flora Woman, 85, and Her Dog Killed by Loose Pit Bull

Rosie Humphreys and her poodle were killed by a neighbor's loose pit bull. Police Press Conference UPDATE 12/04/09: Police Chief John Nicholson said the attacking dog was indeed a pit bull, an unaltered 3-year old male, with full registration papers. "The dog did not appear malnourished or abused and had no visible signs of mistreatment," he said. The dog did not slip its collar or break its chain either. According to Nicholson, the dog had gotten loose because the metal "D" r… [Read full blog post]

4-Year Old Boy Killed by 'Pit Bull Terrier Type' Dog in United Kingdom

From left: John-Paul Massey, Uno the pit bull and its owner Christian Foulkes.1 "Dozy Teddy Bear" UPDATE 04/13/10: Last November, John-Paul Massey was mauled to death by his uncle's pit bull. The fatal attack, committed by a banned breed, caused enormous public outrage in the UK. The dog's owner, Christian Foulkes, was recently charged with possessing a dangerous dog, breeding a dangerous dog and giving a dangerous dog as a gift.2 The boy's mother, Angela McGlynn, told the… [Read full blog post]

Service Dog Organizations Urged to Support Breed Specific Laws (BSL)

Relentless Attack UK - London police officials recently released a shocking scene captured on CCTV cameras. The October 4 incident shows the full-length assault of a pit bull type dog attacking a guide dog near the dog's blind owner. The grisly scene unfolds at a London railway station. The blind woman had walked by a man standing in an underpass, reportedly drinking a can of beer, next to his dog. The unleashed dog bolted and violently attacked the woman's dear guide dog. Plea… [Read full blog post]

2009 Dog Bite Fatality: Dog Kills Retired Librarian in White Mills, Kentucky

From left: Victim Karen Gillespie and the seized white boxer-mix. Misdemeanor Charges UPDATE 06/12/10: Last November, Karen Gillespie was mauled to death on a property adjacent to Howard Miller. It was reported Friday that Kentucky State Police filed misdemeanor charges against Miller for violating the county's vicious dog ordinance. The complaint comes shortly after a grand jury declined to indict Miller on a more severe felony charge. Gillespie's family was devast… [Read full blog post]

The Resignation of Lucas County Dog Warden Tom Skeldon

From left: Tom Skeldon and chart depicting dramatic drop in euthanasia. Interview with Dog Warden Toledo, OH - On Friday November 20th, the "Yellow" Blade1 reported that Lucas County Dog Warden Tom Skeldon submitted his resignation (view letter), effective January 31, after 22 years of service. According to Pete Gerken, president of the board of Lucas County commissioners, Skeldon will take advantage of accrued vacation time and make December 31 his last day in office. S… [Read full blog post]

After Fatal Pit Bull Mauling, the City of Prescott Bans Pit Bulls

Matthew Hurt, 2-years old, was killed by a neighbor's chained pit bull in Prescott. City Passes Pit Bull Ban Prescott, AR - Nineteen days after a pit bull killed Matthew Clayton Hurt, the Prescott City Council declared an emergency to approve an ordinance banning pit bulls. The ordinance was approved on November 16. Prescott now joins a number of Arkansas cities that ban pit bulls including: De Queen, Dierks, Dover, Jacksonville, Lonoke, Maumelle, Mineral Springs, Mounta… [Read full blog post]