By Anthony Solesky
A guest writer for the DogsBite.org Blog.
Accident: an unexpected happening causing loss or injury which is not due to any fault or misconduct on the part of the person injured but for which legal relief may be sought.
Every year in America a child will take a few firecrackers and tape enough of them together to manufacture a device that maims him. Other children inclined to do the same will not be injured, but that fact alone does not qualify it as a safe activity… [Read full blog post]
Fatalpitbullattacks.comDogsBite.org - For several years, DogsBite.org has been gathering historical fatal dog attacks, incidents occurring prior to 2005, and posting them to a web page. The number of fatal pit bull maulings grew so voluminous, that we decided to launch a new website, Fatal Pit Bull Attacks, to list these attacks along with brief facts about the history of breed-specific laws. Nearly all of the historical incidents were found through Google News Archiv… [Read full blog post]
Kristen Dutton, 9-years old, was fatally attacked by an akita new to her home.
Fatal Neck Injury archived
McCormick County, SC - A 9-year old girl was killed by a dog Saturday at her grandfather's home in Modoc. Kristen Dutton, a fourth grade student at Meriwether Elementary School, was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Her grandfather, Mickey Abercrombie, had purchased the 98-pound Japanese akita1 -- a breed with a well known heri… [Read full blog post]
Men seen hauling away one of the pit bulls that killed Ronnie Waldo.
UPDATE 03/03/11: To our dismay and delight, the owner of the pit bulls that brutally attacked and killed Ronnie Waldo has been charged with manslaughter. James Casey Swanson, 30, of Topsy Road was arrested Thursday morning after the charges were issued by a special grand jury. We encourage readers to take a good look at Mr. Casey, as he represents the "exhausted cliche" pit bull owner who… [Read full blog post]
Pit bull attack victim, Makayla Woodard.
Grand Jury Indicts Pit Bull Owner
UPDATE 03/16/11: A Union County grand jury has indicted the owner of the pit bulls that killed Makayla. The indictment formally charges 23-year old Michael Gordon of Waxhaw with felony manslaughter in connection with her death. Deputies arrested Gordon Thursday inside the Union County courthouse while he was to appear on the felony and misdemeanor charges. In the weeks leading up to the attack, Wax… [Read full blog post]
Fatal Dog Attack Statistics
DogsBite.org recorded 33 fatal dog attacks in 2010.1 Citations of each victim's story are located on the Fatality Citations page. The last year the CDC recorded human deaths by dog breeds was 1998. Likely due to pressures from animal advocacy groups, the CDC stopped further research into this area. Since 1998, pit bulls alone have killed 162 U.S. citizens. The only other known entity, in addition to DogsBite.org, that tracks this vital data publ… [Read full blog post]
Linda Leal, 51-years old, was mauled to death by her pit bull-mix.
Alive During Mauling
UPDATE 01/05/11: The Colusa County Coroner's Office reported that the victim was alive during the mauling. The time of death has not been determined and the cause of death is pending toxicology tests. Sheriff's Lt. Shane Maxey said the toxicology tests are needed "to make sure she didn't have something in her system that put her in that position." But it is unclear what position Maxey means… [Read full blog post]
The ATTS Hoax
DogsBite.org - Since August, The Truth About Pit Bulls blog has dispelled several myths disseminated by pit bull advocates to distort the truth about pit bulls, including the Bloodhound and Nanny dog myths. On New Years Day, the site released a post about the American Temperament Testing Society (ATTS). Though ATTS test result data is not based upon a scientific random sampling of any dog breed, pit bull advocates use the misleading data to support their cause.… [Read full blog post]