Nellie Davis, 61-years old, was killed by her granddaughter's pet pit bull.
Insights from Behaviorists
DogsBite.org along with commenters have become alarmed at the misleading rationale that a "normal" response by a "noise-sensitive" dog is to attack and kill a family member when under the duress of loud sounds, like the crack of thunder. It is even more disconcerting that a police captain is echoing this false rationale provided by the dog's owner. One wonders if the dog h… [Read full blog post]
The father's 4-year old pit bull, Brody, off leash at Burleson High School.1
Mother Feared Dog
09/26/12: The CBS DFW video posted yesterday briefly interviewed neighbor Jessica Hale who has young children of her own. Parts of Hale's statement are also quoted in a WFAA news report. Quite literally -- just minutes before the deadly attack -- the baby's mother Jessica Oxner had been speaking with Hale, expressing concern to her about the baby being in the house with the dog:[CBS… [Read full blog post]
Undated photo of William Donald Thomas and his wife.
Indicted for Manslaughter
UPDATE 12/11/12: Both Jerry Lenton 56, and his wife Jacqueline Lenton, 56, of Leeds turned themselves into local police authorities after a grand jury indicted the couple for manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide in connection to the September 20 mauling death of William Donald Thomas. The indictments state that the Lentons "did recklessly cause the death of William Donald Thomas,… [Read full blog post]
James Hudson, 10-months old, was mauled to death by a family pit bull-mix.
UPDATE 09/14/12: The dog that attacked and killed 10-month old James Hudson has been euthanized. Hertford Police Chief Douglas Freeman Jr. told The Virginia-Pilot on Friday that he has concluded an investigation into the boy's death and plans to meet with District Attorney Frank Parrish on Monday to determine whether to press charges. Freeman also added that despite conflicting rep… [Read full blog post]
One of two pet pit bulls that killed their owner, Deborah Wilson-Roberts.
UPDATE 09/11/12: Autopsy results confirm that Deborah Wilson-Roberts, 45-years old, died of extreme blood loss. Both pit bulls participated in the attack. Her husband, Brian Roberts, left the home for about 20 minutes to take a shower next door -- the Roberts home has "no running water." He returned to find his wife on the floor with one leg nearly "chewed off." The victim was pronounce… [Read full blog post]