In the 15-year period of 2005 through 2019, canines killed 521 Americans. Pit bulls contributed to 66% (346) of these deaths. Combined, pit bulls and rottweilers contributed to 76% of the total recorded deaths. | More »
DogsBite.org - Last year we began the tradition of publishing breed identification photographs of fatally attacking dogs when available through news reports, owner supplied or social media websites. Of the 42 total recorded deaths last year, 24 fatalities, 57%, had breed identification photographs.1 Take a good look at these dogs, as they dominate attacks resulting in human fatalities and include the predictable culprits: pit bulls, rottweilers, mastiff-types and their mixes.2
Of all dog bite fatalities with identification photographs, 58% (14) were provided by the news media, 46% (11) were located on social media websites of the dog's owner or family members and 8% (2) were supplied by the dog's owner. Three attacks also had photographs in two categories (news media and social media).3 Florida had the most photographs (4) followed by North Carolina, Ohio and Texas, each with three -- the same four states that overshadowed all fatalities in 2014.
Are All "Large Breeds" Equal Killing Machines?
Not all large dog breeds are equally as likely to kill, which is why Labradors, Standard Poodles and 50 plus others are not represented below. Dog breeds that disproportionately kill people in the U.S. and across the world are medium to large-sized molosser dogs -- mastiff-type guard dogs and war dogs, the types that were used to create "baiting" bull breeds and fighting breeds. Form follows function, thus the group shares visual similarities in their weighty jaws and head shape.
See:Summary | Full blog post | Kara Hartrich, 4-years old of Bloomington, Illinois, was savagely killed by at least two of her family's pit bulls on January 17, 2014, her 4th birthday. Her mother, Roxanne Miller Hartrich, later gave a heartfelt interview about that horrific day.
See:Summary | Full blog post | Klonda Richey, 57-years old of Dayton, Ohio, was brutally killed and stripped naked by her neighbor's two mastiff-mixes in front of her own home. Prior to her death she had made numerous complaints to city agencies about these vicious dogs.
See:Summary | Full blog post | Braelynn Coulter, 3-years old of Highpoint, North Carolina, was killed by one of her family's two pit bulls on February 24, 2014. Just a few months earlier, both pit bulls had broken through a fence and attacked a dog being walked by its owner.
See:Summary | Full blog post | Kenneth Santillan, 13-years old of Paterson, New Jersey, was killed by a bullmastiff that leaped over its owner's fence and attacked on February 28, 2014. At the time of the incident, he had been walking home from school with his best friend.
See:Summary | Full blog post | Raymane Robinson, Jr., 2-years old of Killeen, Texas, was killed by a bullmastiff while walking home from a playground with an adult and 8-year old girl. The animal charged out its owner's garage, attacked the 8-year girl and killed Raymane.
See:Summary | Full blog post | Mia DeRouen, 4-years old of Houma, Louisiana, was killed by her family's 130 pound pit bull on March 25, 2014. Police categorized the dog as a "monster" and were forced to gun down the aggressive animal by firing 13 shots into it.
See:Summary | Full blog post | Christopher Malone, 3-years old of Holmes County, Mississippi, was mauled to death by two pit bulls owned by family members. The dogs had been secured in a chain-linked pen, but somehow escaped and fatally attacked the boy.
See:Summary | Full blog post | Dorothy Hamilton, 85-years old of Kaufman, Texas, was killed by her son's two pit bulls that he kept inside the home they shared. Her son usually kept them locked in a room, but the dogs broke through the door and fatally attacked his mother.
See:Summary | Full blog post | Jessica Norman, 33-years old, was discovered dead with her clothes stripped away in a ditch on her property in Sebring, Florida. Canine bites were a contributory cause of death. Police concluded that her neighbor's pit bulls inflicted them.
See:Summary | Full blog post | Katie Morrison, 20-years old of Smiths Station, Alabama, was viciously attacked by three pit bulls on April 28, 2014 while visiting the home of the dogs' owner. The dogs ripped off her whole scalp in the attack. She died of her injuries on May 3.
See:Summary | Full blog post | Nyhiem Wilfong, 1-year old of Caldwell County, North Carolina, was brutally killed by a chained rottweiler in front of his 5-year old cousin while visiting his grandfather's home. His grandfather had only had the rottweiler for three weeks.
See:Summary | Full blog post | Kasii Haith, 4-years old of Kent County, Delaware, was mauled to death by three pit bulls while visiting a friend with his mother on May 7, 2014. The boy had been around the dogs "numerous times in the past" without incident, police said.
See:Summary | Full blog post | Rita Pepe, 93-years old of Branford, Connecticut was viciously attacked by a loose pit bull-mix while walking near her home on April 13, 2014. The Branford Animal Shelter had recently adopted the dog out. Rita died 6-weeks after the attack.
See:Summary | Full blog post | Johnathan Quarles, Jr., 7-months old, was mauled to death by his babysitter's pit bull while visiting Dayton, Ohio with his family on July 20, 2014. The dog had previously attacked a neighborhood dog and charged a letter carrier.
See:Summary | Full blog post | Cindy Whisman, 59-years old of Middletown, Ohio, was brutally killed by her daughter's pit bull while babysitting her 2-year old grandson. Her daughter, grandson and the male pit bull had moved into Cindy's home two months earlier.
See:Summary | Full blog post | Joel Chirieleison, 6-years old, was killed by two pit bulls while visiting his aunt's home in Fanning Springs, Florida on August 7, 2014. The babysitting arrangement with his aunt had been in place for weeks and Joel was familiar with the dogs.
See:Summary | Full blog post | Javon Dade Jr., 4-years old, was killed by up to six family dogs -- one pit bull and five pit bull-mixes -- while visiting his father's home in Goulds, Florida. Miami-Dade authorities later charged his father and his father's girlfriend with manslaughter.
See:Summary | Full blog post | Logan Meyer, 7-years old was killed by a protection-trained rottweiler belonging to his parents in Dodge County, Wisconsin. The boy's stepfather had formerly been a trainer at a celebrity kennel for police dogs, Vohne Liche Kennels.
See:Summary | Full blog post | Alemeaner Dial, 83-years old of Rowland, North Carolina, was attacked and killed by her granddaughter's four pit bulls. Other family members had repeatedly called authorities about the dogs concerned about the elderly woman's safety.
See:Summary | Full blog post | Stella Antanaitis, 91-years old of Stratford, Connecticut, was viciously attacked by her own dog. Both of her arms were mutilated in the attack, according to news reports. She died four days after being transported to the hospital with critical injuries.
See:Summary | Full blog post | Christopher Camejo Jr., 2-years old, was mauled to death by up to four of his grandfather's rottweilers while staying at his home. Citrus County authorities later arrested the boy's parents and charged them both with manslaughter and child neglect.
See:Summary | Full blog post | Edward Cahill, 40-years old of Portage, Indiana, was attacked and killed by his pet pit bull of 8-years named FatBoi on Christmas Day. The Porter County coroner said the canine attack was "so obvious" that an autopsy was not required.
Post Publication Identification Photographs
Breed identification photographs discovered after the publication of this post on January 7, 2015. These photographs are not included in our overall analysis; they were unavailable at that time.
See:Summary | Full blog post | Jose Robles, 62-years old, was killed by up to 15 dogs belonging to Daniel McCollum while walking down McCollum Road. The dog pack included: 3 blue and red heelers (Australian cattle dogs), 6 Australian shepherds and 6 hounds.
1Of the 43% (18) without photographs, at least 28% (5) were shot dead by police on scene and 22% (4) continue to be unknown breeds at the time of the publication of this post. 2Wolf-like northern breeds, predominantly huskies, were notably missing this year. 3The three photographs falling in two categories produces a total of 112% instead of 100%. 4KIII-TV was on scene when the dogs were confiscated. They also stated, "There was at least one animal that came out with blood it. We chose not to show the video of it because of its graphic nature." That is understandable, but does not remove the reality that they witnessed the dogs being seized, mainly shot footage of pit bulls being seized, yet still failed to state any breed name in all of their coverage. KIII-TV "should" be aware that Texas leads all states in fatal dog attacks and has for over a decade. KIII-TV "should" be aware that Texas has a much higher rate of pit bull fatalities than most other states and the national average. KIII-TV "should" be aware that Texas doctors now lead the nation in medical research about fatal pit bull attacks. Finally, KIII-TV "should" be aware that accurate reporting -- not hedging or withholding information -- will help save Texan lives and elevate this issue statewide.