2013 Dog Bite Fatality: Chained Pit Bull-Mix Kills 5-Year Old Girl in Effingham

Picture of pet pit bull that killed Arianna Merrbach in Effingham. Autopsy Results UPDATE 06/26/13: The coroner released autopsy results about a young girl killed by a chained pit bull. Florence County Coroner Keith Von Lutcken said the cause of death is due to multiple sharp blunt force injuries; the manner of death is an accident. Herbie Christmas with Florence County Environmental Services said there is evidence around the owner's property that shows the dog had been li… [Read full blog post]

Family Sponsoring Candlelight Vigil for Victims of Dangerous Dogs Launches Fundraising Campaign

Pre-Order T-Shirts and Candles Sacramento, CA - The family of a young girl mauled by a pit bull last year is sponsoring a candlelight vigil event in October to honor and remember the victims of dangerous dogs. For three weeks (through July 17), the family is running a campaign to raise the initial funds to buy bulk t-shirts and candles for the event. Donation amounts start at $10 -- check out the campaign perks to learn more. DogsBite.org will be at the vigil, along with other advo… [Read full blog post]

Dog Bite Law News Release: It’s Time for the Pit Bull 'Recall' Too

News Release Beverly Hills, CA - On June 18, 2013 the Law Offices of Kenneth Phillips, based in Beverly Hills, California issued a hard-hitting news release. Mr. Phillips is widely recognized as the nation's leading authority on dog bite law, and the author of Dogbitelaw.com. He assists legislators in drafting dog bite laws, teaches seminars, and writes books and articles about dog bite law. Mr. Phillips has been a frequent guest on national news shows, CNN, NBC, CBS and mor… [Read full blog post]

2013 Dog Bite Fatality: Union City Boy, 6, Killed by Uncle's Pet Pit Bull

Nephi Selu pictured with Kava, the family pit bull that killed the child. Mother Speaks Out UPDATE 06/20/13: The 2-year old male pit bull named Kava that killed a 6-year old boy was euthanized on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the dog owner was identified as Kelala Keanaaina, a San Mateo police officer, and the boy's uncle. Now the boy's mother is speaking out for the first time. Tilema Selu said Nephi was her only child. She said that Nephi was very close to the dog, which is why this comes… [Read full blog post]

2013 Dog Bite Fatality: Child Temporarily Staying with Aunt Killed by Neighbor's Dog

Ayden Evans, 5-years old, was killed by a bullmastiff while visiting a neighbor's home. Victim Identified UPDATE 06/13/13: The parents of a 5-year old boy mauled to death by a bullmastiff spoke out late Wednesday. Mica Evans, the boy's mother, said that her son Ayden Evans liked spaghetti and playing with Ninja Turtles. His mother said Ayden was staying with her sister for the summer, when he was allowed to go to a neighbor's home. That neighbor had a bullmastiff that attacked… [Read full blog post]

How Germany Regulates Dangerous Dog Breeds -- Reader Provides Translation

Laws Target Criminals and Owners Pay Special Taxes DogsBite.org - Every now and again, a surprising email arrives at DogsBite.org from a foreign country. This one is sure to inspire new ideas about regulating dangerous dog breeds. In May, a reader from Germany sent in a description of breed-specific legislation in Germany. We used Google Translate to convert the German Wikipedia page mentioned in the description, which also describes breed-specific laws in Austria, Swi… [Read full blog post]