Sullivan, OH - The Mansfield News Journal reports that an Ashland County man died Sunday evening after trying to break up a fight between his bulldog and his son's pit bull terrier. During the fight, the pit bull latched onto his hand. When the family tried to get the dog to release its grip, the victim reportedly passed out and stopped breathing. Cary Grant, 56, was taken to Lodi General Hospital where according to his son, suffered a "massive heart attack" and died.
A DogsBite correspondent who alerted us to this incident, sent the following note: "Pits some how seem to find themselves in these situations...must be the sustained, prolonged, berserking attacks that causes the heart to explode." We are in agreement, particularly when high blood pressure or other heart ailments are involved. The question is, what about when these conditions are not involved, such as the incident that left Richard Martratt dead last year?
Google News Archives shows a well-established history of this issue.
Biting incidents involving non-severe bite injury that end in death, such as the cases of Grant and Martratt, are not included in DogsBite.org statistical fatal dog attack data. Dog attacks that end in human death involving non-bite injury are excluded as well. Despite (or due to) such exclusions, the disproportionate number of pit bulls and rottweilers involved in these cases1 also reflects their disproportionate role in attacks that are recorded as U.S. fatal dog attacks.
- 2011: Cary Grant Sr., 56-years old (Ashland County, OH)
- 2010: Richard Martratt, 64-years old (Van Zandt County, TX)
- 2010: Ethel Horton, 65-years old (Lucknow, SC)
- 2010: William Parker, 71-years old (Memphis, TN)
- 2009: Timothy Niemeyer, 56-years old (Indianapolis, IN)
- 2006: John Brannaman, 81-years old (Kissimmee, FL)
- 1999: Shirely Robinson, 64-years old (Washington D.C.)
- 1997: Salvatore Biagini, 70-years old (Queens, NY)
- 1987: Gaetano Zappala, 63-years old (Lawrence, MA)
- 1987: Dr. William Eckman, 67-years old (Datyon, OH)
2Some incidents are included in fatal dog attack statistics and others are not. All victims are dead. Many victims who suffer a heart attack in the face of a violent pit bull assault survive.
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