Talan West, 7, was killed by a pit bull. From left, his family members: brother, mother and father.
UPDATE 06/15/16: Five months after 7-year old Talan West was mauled to death by a neighbor's pit bull, the city of Lumberton passed a pit bull ordinance. The new ordinance, passed in a 5-3 vote, is based upon the ordinance in Edenton. Talan's mother, Jamie West, was a powerful force behind the passage of the new law, which declares pit bulls "potentially vicious.… [Read full blog post]
Most Powerful Images Came from Social Media
Photographs of six fatally attacking dogs in 2015 obtained from multiple sources.
Jump down to view all 2015 breed identification photographs or read our analysis first.
DogsBite.org - In 2013, we began the tradition of publishing breed identification photographs of fatally attacking dogs when available through news reports, law enforcement or social media websites. Of the 35 total recorded deaths last year, 16 fatalities,… [Read full blog post]
Both Convicted of Involuntary Manslaughter and Other Felonies
Authorities charged John Underwood II and Terra Connell with second-degree murder.
UPDATE 02/02/18: A Grayson County Circuit Court has sentenced both babysitters in connection to the dog mauling death of a 15-month old baby who was under their care at the time. The two defendants held separate trials. In May 2017, John Terry Underwood II, 52, was sentenced to 25 years in prison (with 18 years s… [Read full blog post]