In the 13-year period of 2005 through 2017, canines killed 433 Americans. Pit bulls contributed to 66% (284) of these deaths. Combined, pit bulls and rottweilers contributed to 76% of the total recorded deaths. | More »
From left: Steven Woods, his pit bull (in pink) and former attorney Randy Turner.
UPDATE 08/11/11: Pit bull owner Steven Woods recently made the local news again after his two dogs got loose and attacked a man walking with his pregnant wife and young son. Luckily, victim Gary Latimer had a defense weapon handy. When the male pit bull, King, locked onto his arm, he stabbed the dog repeatedly. The other pit bull, Mimi, who was the focal point of the Steven Woods scan… [Read full blog post]
Jeannette Vaughn, 3-months old, was killed by one of her family's rottweilers.
Criminal Charges Unlikely
UPDATE 12/21/10: New information reveals that baby Jeannette Vaughn was inside the home when one of the rottweilers pushed through a washing machine and a heavy slab of marble and mauled the infant to death. In a separate article, Chris Glaser of Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care (BARC)1 was quick to point out to abc13.com reporters, "You can't judge the family unles… [Read full blog post]
From left: Rock Ward, his warning sign, Trouble and it's owner, Collins Tully.
A Brewing FeudTyler, TX - In what may turn into a long standing feud between neighbors, a man named Rock Ward recently erected a large wooden sign alerting residents to two nearby pit bulls. Ward created the sign after one of Collins Tully's1 two pit bulls, Trouble,2 attacked his own dog Wolfgang. Collins used a typical Maul Talk response after the incident saying, "dogs are dogs." (Pit bull owners o… [Read full blog post]
Claytownship, PA - A DogsBite.org reader recently brought a story to our attention that occurred in August. The story involves a 16-year old student, an instructor, a student driver's vehicle and two pit bulls that had previously been leashed, but broke free. What do you think happened? Surprisingly, no one was physically harmed. The dogs attacked the vehicle, holding the student and instructor hostage inside. The damage to the car was reportedly $3,800… [Read full blog post]
Death Due to Bites
UPDATE 03/30/11: New information has been released about a 55-year old man who was discovered dead last December. Autopsy results from the state Office of Medical Investigator show that bite wounds inflicted by dogs killed Larry Armstrong on December 6. Investigators wrote in their report that they didn't know if Armstrong, who had a history of seizures, suffered one before the dogs attacked or if he was conscious when the dogs began attacking him.
Invest… [Read full blog post]
Man Dies of Injuries
Murrieta, CA - Back in October, a 67-year old man was horribly mauled by his nephew's pit bull in the backyard of the family's home. At the time, authorities did not release his name. The Press-Enterprise described the incident as the dog "biting his arm and mauling his throat and groin." The victim was left in critical condition. According to the Riverside County coroner's office, Edward Mitchell died Sunday, due to complications from injuries suffered… [Read full blog post]
Jackson, MS - The Clarion-Ledger recently published an article about the adoptability of pit bulls seized in dogfighting operations. Ledy VanKavage of Best Friends is quoted in the article. The Ledger took an interest in dogfighting after the February mauling death of Anastasia Bingham, which involved at least one fighting pit bull, an uncooperative family and a Grand Jury that assigned no charges in her death. In June, Hinds County adopted a pit bull law.1… [Read full blog post]
Richard Martratt, Canton Animal Control, Michael Miller and Sheriff Pat Burnett.
"Non Bite" Fatality
Van Zandt County, TX - It was reported over the holiday weekend that a 64-year old man died, apparently due to a heart attack, and a 78-year old woman suffered head injuries after intervening in a dog fight involving two pit bull type dogs. The dogs escaped their owner's property and attacked Joan Hardin's border collie. Hardin had been outside, along with the dog, unloading… [Read full blog post]