2016 Dog Bite Fatality: Former Officer Charged with Felonies After his 'Personal' K-9 Killed a Man and Injured a Woman

The attacking Dog, a Belgian Malinois, Was a Dual-Certified Police K-9 On December 13, a police-trained K-9 escaped its property and attacked two people killing one. On July 19, 2017 a judge ruled the criminal case against Alex Geiger can proceed. All future updates will be made to our new post covering the preliminary hearing and criminal trial. Manslaughter Charge Added UPDATE 06/12/07: At a court hearing today, prosecutors added a third felony charge against former Gro… [Read full blog post]

2016 Dog Bite Fatality: 6-Year Old Boy Killed by Family Pit Bull in Huntington, West Virginia

Isaiah Jacob Franklin, 6-years old, was killed by a family pit bull in Huntington. Family Mourns UPDATE 12/06/16: The name of a 6-year old boy killed by a family pit bull was finally released last night. Isaiah Jacob Franklin was brutally attacked by a pit bull Friday evening at his home in the 2600 block of 9th Avenue. He later died of his injuries. The family said the dog attacked without provocation or warning. The boy's aunt, Jenni Messer, spoke to WSAZ news, but only through t… [Read full blog post]

Doctors Restore Little Girl's Face After Disfiguring Pit Bull Mauling; a Miraculous and Inspiring Endeavor

Attacked by Her 'Grandparents' Pit Bull Last Year Left, the most recent photo of Payton after many surgeries for her injuries. Visiting Child Attacked archived Boston, MA - In a stunning victory for medical science, doctors have nearly completely restored a little girl's face after a devastating pit bull attack left her disfigured. Just after Thanksgiving last year, Payton Bronish, then 2-years old, and her family were visiting her grandparents home near Mexico, Maine w… [Read full blog post]

City of Montreal Wins Appeal; Quebec Court of Appeal Overturns Lower Court's Suspension of Pit Bull Ban Bylaw

The Montreal Pit Bull Ban is Now in Effect Édifice Ernest Cormier, Quebec Court of Appeal building. Photo by Mickael Pollard.1 Ban Now in Effect UPDATE 12/01/16: On Thursday, the Quebec Court of Appeal overturned a lower court judge's ruling suspending provisions of Montreal's dangerous dog bylaw pertaining to pit bulls. The lower court judge erred in his ruling. The Montreal pit bull ban will be in effect until the court resolves the ongoing lawsuit brought by the Montrea… [Read full blog post]

2016 Dog Bite Fatality: New Dog Kills 4-Year Old Child, Injures Mother in Southwestern Michigan

Newly acquired dog kills Kiyana McNeal, 4, injures mother in southwestern Michigan. No Criminal Charges UPDATE 11/02/16: On October 23, 4-year old Kiyana McNeal was fatally attacked in the neck by a doberman-type dog either purchased or adopted by her mother just 45 minutes earlier from an Illinois man. He drove the dog to their home off West Fish Lake Road in Sherman Township then left under an hour later. Very few other details have been released. Today, the St. Joseph Count… [Read full blog post]

Back Story of the Montreal Pit Bull Ban, What the Vets Omitted and Cited in Their Report and How the Pit Bull Lobby Operates

5-Part La Presse Investigation Translated to English The Association of Veterinary Doctors of Quebec (OMVQ) omitted key parts of medical studies in their report to the ministerial committee. The omissions left some of the studies “unrecognizable.” The OMVQ report also cited several studies, which they deemed to be “scientific,” but were funded by the heavily financed pro-pit bull lobby. The OMVQ failed to note this conflict of interest. The 5-part La Presse in… [Read full blog post]

Special Report: Level 1 Trauma Center Dog Bite Studies in All U.S. Geographical Regions Report Pit Bulls Highest Prevalence

Summary of Key Peer-Reviewed Medical Studies (2009-2016) When all major U.S. geographical regions are reporting similar findings, as they are now, this sends a much stronger message to public health officials and legislators. Level 1 Trauma Studies Table There are at least 10 peer-reviewed dog bite studies published in medical science journals since 2009 that show a higher frequency of pit bull injuries than all other breeds of dogs in retrospective reviews of level I tr… [Read full blog post]

Table: Retrospective Level 1 Trauma Center Studies of Dog Bite Injuries Published from 2009 to 2016 in the U.S.

All Geographical Regions Report Pit Bulls Highest Prevalence Download PDF Retrospective studies from level 1 trauma centers from all major geographical regions in the U.S. are reporting a higher frequency of pit bull injuries than all other breeds of dogs. In many cases, the studies also report that pit bull injuries have a higher severity of injury and require a greater number of operative interventions. Only one study in 11 reported different results, a level 1 pediatri… [Read full blog post]