From left: Jayelin Graham, the alleged killer dog and the family's home.
From left: Stock image pit bull, James Harrison's pit bull, pit bull-corso mix.
UPDATE 05/29/11: Parts of this story continue to raise questions, such as: Where is the third dog, and where is Dread? Might the two be in the same place? On Friday, after one of Dread's dogs ripped the throat out of Jayelin killing him, news media outlets reported that there were three dogs at the family's home: a… [Read full blog post]
April 2011 - Issue 4
San Antonio, TX - In April, the Annals of Surgery, a highly referenced international surgery journal established in 1885, published a study about severe and fatal injuries inflicted by pit bulls. The study, "Mortality, Mauling, and Maiming by Vicious Dogs," examined the medical records of patients admitted to the level I trauma center of San Antonio University Hospital with dog bite injuries over a 15-year period. The results bore the grim reality of pi… [Read full blog post]
DogsBite.org - The title of this post is suitable for the dog bite prevention tips distributed this week by the U.S. Postal Service, health organizations, animal groups and news agencies. Such tips, like presented on the CDC's Dog Bite Prevention page, "If knocked over by a dog, roll into a ball and lie still (e.g., "be still like a log")," fall a little flat though, and might even result in human death if the attacking dog is a pit bull. Unlike most dog breeds, pit bulls maul.
Ther… [Read full blog post]
Denise's son shown hugging her casket during funeral services.
Pit Bulls Seized
Chaguanas, Trinidad - On Monday, 46-year old Denise Rackal was brutally mauled to death by a pack of pit bulls belonging to Chaguanas police officer Daryl La Pierre.1 Rackal, a security guard with Personal Safety and Security Training Company Limited, had been walking to work at the time of the incident. According to neighbors, the same dogs killed 15 dogs last year and attacked two people.2 Rac… [Read full blog post]
Donate & Deduct
DogsBite.org - Last week we received notice from the Internal Revenue Service that our application for tax-exempt status for Federal income tax purposes had been accepted. Contributions to DogsBite.org are now tax-deductible. DogsBite.org is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) public charity organization. Our continued operation relies heavily upon contributions made by members of the public. Please help keep our mission of prevention alive by making a con… [Read full blog post]
Capitalizing on ConfusionCalifornia - In 2008, we wrote a post (See: Each Humane Society is a Separate and Distinct Organization) concerning this issue. Most persons are unaware that national animal groups like the ASPCA are not affiliated with nor serve as an umbrella organization to local SPCA groups. In a recent complaint, the State Humane Association of California alleges unfair and deceptive fundraising practices by the ASPCA, which harm local SPCA and humane grou… [Read full blog post]
Dangerous Dog Bill Advances
Austin, TX - Some months ago, state Rep. Chuck Hopson drafted HB 1389 that increases criminal penalties for dog owners -- from second degree to first degree -- if their dog kills a person under the age of 18 or over the age of 65 and falls under 822.005 (Lillian's Law, which only affects "loose dog" attacks). The bill recently passed the House in a 123-7 vote and is headed to the Senate. The bill in part came in response to the 2009 death of Justin Clinton.
W… [Read full blog post]
Submit Your Listing Today
DogsBite.org - Several weeks ago, we soft-launched the Dog Bite Attorney Directory. Today, dog bite lawyers from across the U.S. can submit a Basic or Premium listing to be included in the directory. The goal of the directory is three fold: Offer victims visiting DogsBite.org access to attorney websites that are in their area; offer dog bite lawyers an area on our website in which to be listed; and gather modest fees to help support the continued oper… [Read full blog post]