New Charges Filed
UPDATE 01/18/12: Authorities filed new charges against the owners of two pit bulls that savagely mauled a woman, who later died from her injuries. The new charges against Alba Cornelio and her daughter, Carla Cornelio, include involuntary manslaughter and death from a mischievous animal. Both pleaded not guilty. In a previous court hearing, their defense attorney, Donovan Dunnion, claimed that the dogs were "running away from a swarm of bees" at the tim… [Read full blog post]
Pit Bull Breeder Pushes ‘Pit to Home’
Chas. Werner, and his pit bull terrier, Brindle Breaker, The Dog Fancier, 1911
New Orleans, LA - In this 1911 Dog Fancier advertisement, pit bull breeder Chas. Werner reflects how Americans feel about the breed: "Our Ideal Dog the Outcast American" (note handwriting on dog photo). "Outcast" is intended as a pitying label and also represents two other issues. One, by 1911, pit bulls were feared by the public due to their dangerous figh… [Read full blog post]
Misti Wyno, 40-years old, was attacked and killed by a pit bull in Valdosta, GA.
Neighbors Speak Out
UPDATE 12/09/11: WCTV reports that Misti and the neighbors who owned the pit bull were "close." Bobbie Joe Courson owns the pit bull that killed Misti, along with three other pit bulls. James Sharp, whose 5-year old son was bitten by one of Courson's pit bulls in September, said: "I've even told the district attorneys and everybody at the aggressive dog hearing, if these dogs get… [Read full blog post]
Joseph Hines, 58-years old of Burnettsville, was killed by his pet pit bull.
UPDATE 12/08/11: New details have been released in the fatal dog mauling of Joseph Hines. The coroner said the man died when his pit bull bit into his jugular vein. He had defensive bite wounds on his forearms too, showing that he had tried to fend off the animal. Neighbor Brad Holcomb said the victim was always friendly and that his dog was as well. Authorities have no idea why the "hea… [Read full blog post]
Tonia Parks, 39-years old, died after being attacked by one of her pit bulls.
Pit Bull Blamed
UPDATE 12/07/11: The Star updated the original article clarifying several details. Tonia Parks was mauled to death by one of her two pit bulls, each 8-years old, as she underwent a seizure in her home November 18. Parks remained in critical care until she was pronounced dead Tuesday at Rockford Memorial Hospital. The other dog attacked the pit bull that was mauling Parks. Both dogs are… [Read full blog post]
$500,000 Insurance Coverage
Rushville, NE - The City of Rushville recently voted to ban new pit bulls. Citing a "rash of attacks" City Council members voted unanimously to prohibit new pit bulls in the city. The ban goes into effect in January. Existing pit bull owners must gain liability insurance coverage of $500,000 (Kudos to City Council members and City Attorney Jamian Simmons!), keep the animal securely confined, except when leashed and muzzled, and display a "Bewar… [Read full blog post]
DogsBite.org - Today we release Hero Stories, a collection of stories honoring those who have placed their life at risk to save an innocent person or pet under attack by a dangerous pit bull. Those honored include: children, teenagers, mothers, fathers, everyday citizens, city employees and in one instance, a donkey, named Dotty. All told, there are 78 stories in the collection and 99 heroes. The stories unfold across 30 U.S. states and eight countries including: Australi… [Read full blog post]
Risked Their Lives to Stop a Violent Pit Bull Mauling
This post was originally published on November 22, 2011. Since that time, we have added new Carnegie Medal awardees who risked their lives to stop a violent pit bull attack.
2016: Derrick Johnson, 51-years old (St. Louis Park, Minnesota) - Presented with a Carnegie Medal for risking his life to save Galen Carlson as a 97-pound pit bull mauled the man and killed his pet dog on July 20, 2015. Working at a nearby construction site… [Read full blog post]