Steven Robertson, 6-years old, was mauled to death by a PTSD service dog.
UPDATE 07/31/12: A boy was killed by a service dog 6-months ago has been identified as Steven Robertson. His death prompted Ft. Campbell to adopt stricter policies pertaining to service dogs. "Many are not allowed inside the gates without very specific behavioral training. The new rules all stem from an incident that happened just outside Ft. Campbell last January; when a 6 year… [Read full blog post]
Father Issues Statement
UPDATE 01/19/12: The father of little boy killed by a pit bull last weekend, Jeremy Valdez, has issued a statement about his son's death. The child had been in his sole care and custody for over the past year. Baby Jace, however, had been visiting his mother for the week where she lives with her parents in Montgomery County. The child's grandmother, who was hospitalized for shock after the attack, is the owner of the pit bull and was the only adult present d… [Read full blog post]
September 1982 to December 26, 2011
DogsBite.org - Merritt Clifton, editor of Animal People, has released a 30-year summary of his report, Dog Attack Deaths and Maimings, U.S. & Canada, September 1982 to December 26, 2011, highlighting trends involving pit bulls. The data shows that fatal and serious maulings by pit bulls have greatly escalated in the past 10 years. Furthermore, 39% of the total number of pit bull attacks and 42% of the fatalities have occurred since th… [Read full blog post]
DogsBite.org files amicus brief in landmark appeals case that hopes to expand liability out to landlords when a tenant's pit bull attacks. Personal injury attorneys may soon have a new argument in their tool chest and landlords may have new concerns.
Austin, TX January 16, 2012 -- DogsBite.org, a national dog bite victims' group dedicated to reducing serious dog attacks, announces amicus brief filing in Solesky v. Tracey, recently argued in the Court of Appeals of Marylan… [Read full blog post]
How Dangerous Breed Advocates are Redefining Our Relationships with Dogs and Why We Should Stop Them
Barney was the runt of a litter born to the neighbor's mutt. We conned our mom into keeping him, when we brought him home one day "just to show her." He never left. We think he was a Border Collie-Sheltie-Golden Retreiver-Cocker Spaniel...oh, hell, we had no idea what he was.
By Branwyne Finch
A guest writer for the DogsBite.org Blog.
It was like so many other pit bull attacks; tot… [Read full blog post]
Images of Erin Ingram, her father and first responders on March 9 outside her home.
Judge Limits Ruling
UPDATE 01/13/15: Several hours after the $72 million dollar jury award was announced publicly, Judge Mathew Robins, pursuant to state law, limited the amount of punitive damages to $250,000 in the case of Erin Ingram. The judge ordered Twyann Vaughn, the owner of the dogs -- who did not appear at the civil trial held on January 12, 2015 -- to pay the plaintiff $36,691,278 in co… [Read full blog post]
Fatal Dog Attack Statistics
DogsBite.org recorded 31 fatal dog attacks in 2011.1 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 181 U.S. citizens. The only other known entity, in addition to DogsBite.org, that tracks this vital data publ… [Read full blog post]
One of several pit bulls belonging to the owner that killed Mable McCallister.
Cleveland, TN - WRCB reports that an 84-year old woman died New Years Eve after a pit bull owned by her grandson attacked her face and neck on December 18 in Cleveland. Mable Harrison McCallister was transported to Erlanger hospital's trauma unit, where she spent more than four days following the attack, according to Bradley County Medical Examiner Dr. Jeffery Miller. Privacy l… [Read full blog post]