Talan West, 7, was killed by a pit bull. From left, his family members: brother, mother and father.
UPDATE 06/15/16: Four 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.
DogsBite.org - In 2014, 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, 46%, had breed identification photographs, down from 57% last year.1 Predictably, the… [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]
Tyler Trammell-Huston, 9-years old, was mauled to death by his half-sister's three pet pit bulls.
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DogsBite.org - On January 3, Tyler Trammell-Huston, 9, was brutally killed by three pit bulls after his half-sister left him alone in a dilapidated trailer with the dogs for three hours. Alexandria Griffin-Heady, 24, arrived home and found Tyler face down near the doorway bloody and covered in bite wounds. All three of her pit bulls were loose in the trai… [Read full blog post]