2011 Dog Bite Fatality: Woman Dies Following Attack by Pet Pit Bull Last Month

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]

Nebraska City Passes Pit Bull Ban; Requires Half a Million Dollars in Liability Insurance

$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]

Hero Stories: Honoring Those Who Risked Their Lives to Stop a Pit Bull Mauling

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]

Recognized as Heroes by the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission - Hero Stories

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. 2018: James Williams, 47-years old (Green Bay, Wisconsin) - Presented with a Carnegie Medal for saving the life of Jaikeem Hillard. On June 20, 2016, an adult pit bull dog dragged Jaikeem, 17 months, from his stroller, bit onto his head, and did not let go.… [Read full blog post]