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6 thoughts on “Retired Doctor Dies After Being Knocked to the Pavement by a Pit Bull in Pine Bluff, Arkansas

  1. So sad and senseless! I suppose theoretically any dog could knock someone down or trip someone and cause injury in this way, but just like with DBRFs, it's again mostly pit bulls at fault.

  2. Colleen, can you see if most of the victims bit? Meaning weree they basically being attacked by these animals and saved from death by the attack stopping (for whatever reason) however had major head injuries?

  3. There are a host of problems in tracking proximate cause deaths, even non-bite injury deaths (usually "struck by" dog cases). The CDC did not include them in their study and we don't include them in our stats either. We do track as many as possible and list them under Additional Deaths at the bottom of each fatality page. Given that CDC does now (in modern times) combine dog bite death cases with "struck by dog" deaths — the two categories are combined on CDC Wonder — it seems we really could add those. However, they are not going to be reported evenly, or even reported in the media at all. The mailman and AC officer were high profile cases. The two most recent, Toledo and Mr. Deneke, were not in media reports at all. The Toledo death was only picked up after the family filed a lawsuit months later.

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