In the 14-year period of 2005 through 2018, canines killed 471 Americans. Pit bulls contributed to 66% (311) of these deaths. Combined, pit bulls and rottweilers contributed to 76% of the total recorded deaths. | More »
At left, the"very loving" family pit bull, at right, the now deceased infant.
Parents Release Photo
UPDATE 10/26/10: Perhaps trying to avoid child neglect charges, the baby's parents released a propaganda photo showing their "loving pit bull," Briggs, near their newborn. The baby's father, Mark Valentin, said the dog attacked the baby on the bed while the mother took a shower. "I don't know what happened," Valentin said. "My wife went to the restroom and the dog got to the ba… [Read full blog post]
James Bright, Jr. after 3 surgeries.
Pleads Not Guilty
UPDATE 10/21/10: On Monday, Virgil C. Mitchell III pleaded not guilty to a fourth-degree felony, a charge that was not initially anticipated, and four misdemeanor charges in connection to the dog attack that hospitalized James Bright, Jr. If convicted, Mitchell faces up to 18 months in jail and a $5,000 fine on the felony charge, and 60 days in jail and a $750 fine for each lesser charge. Between now and the trial date, Janu… [Read full blog post]
From left: Rev. John Reynolds, his son, 2 of the 17 pit bulls and the Reynold's property.
Son Blames Cougar additional archive
Williamsburg, MO - In what can only be described as a "yard accident," 84-year old Rev. John Reynolds was found mauled to death in a pen containing 17 pit bulls owned by his son, also named John. The son raised the dogs on property owned by his father and discovered the grisly scene October 13. John believes that "stray dogs" or a "mountain lion" broke into t… [Read full blog post]
Dogfighting DNA Database
San Francisco, CA - In September, the San Francisco affiliate of NPR, KQED, ran a segment about the Canine Combined DNA Index System, a DNA database of pit bulls seized in dogfighting raids. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) helped establish the database, which they dubbed the "Canine CODIS,"1 and hopes that it will help authorities connect dogfighting investigations across the country by creating multi-juri… [Read full blog post]
Mountain Ranch, CA - Jerry Yates, 69, was mauled to death by two pit bulls owned by Sheryl Sellers August 22. Sellers has since pleaded not guilty to the felony of knowingly having a mischievous animal, letting it be at large or keeping it without ordinary care, resulting in the death a person. Calaveras Enterprise1 journalist and video author, Joel Metzer, talks to Jami Southard as she recounts the events that occurred on the day of her father's death.
What's notably missing f… [Read full blog post]