DogsBite.org - On March 2, Ryan Maxwell, 7-years old, was horrifically killed by a pet pit bull in Galesburg, Illinois while visiting family friends. This jarring image published by the Journal Star shows the finality of a fatal pit bull mauling.1 The Register-Mail had extensive coverage of Ryan's death and the 9-month aftermath of the Galesburg community trying to pass a stronger dog ordinance. The final revised ordinance is an indignity that would not have prevented his death.
2013 Fatal Dog Mauling Image of the Year Runners-Up:
- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's photographic coverage of Beau Rutledge. The 2-year old boy was killed by his family's pet pit bull in April (Fulton County, GA).
- The Chicago Tribune's video montage in the aftermath of Jah'Niyah White's death. She was fatally injured by her grandfather's pit bulls in December (Cook County, IL).
- The haunting Los Angeles Times photograph of Ben Devitt. His wife, Pamela Devitt, was savagely killed by a pack of loose pit bulls in May (Los Angeles County, CA).
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03/10/13: 2013 Dog Bite Fatality: 7-Year Old 'Visiting' Galesburg Boy Killed by Pit Bull