2010 Dog Bite Fatality: 'Very Loving' Pit Bull Kills Baby in Jacksonville Home

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]

State Law Only Allows for Meager Charges After Near Fatal Mauling

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]

2010 Dog Bite Fatality: 'Yard Accident' Leaves Callaway County Reverend Dead

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]

The DNA Paradox: Hired Gun Ledy VanKavage Flip-Flops Position on Pit Bull DNA

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]