Kyle Cracolici suffered degloving injuries and worse after being attacked by two pit bulls.
Out of Hospital
UPDATE 02/13/21: A February 13 update indicates that Kyle is now out of the hospital and is still recovering from pneumonia. "He's on antibiotics and seizure medications. He has to use a breathing apparatus, up to 10x a day," states the GoFundMe. Apparently, someone tried to claim his unemployment while he was hospitalized too. Kyle was viciously attacked by his roommates two pit bulls last July. He was recently readmitted to the hospital after skin grafts became infected.
02/04/21: Readmitted to Hospital
Pasco County, FL - In early February, a devastating update was published to the GoFundMe for 32-year old Kyle Cracolici. He was viciously attacked by his roommate's two pit bulls last July. The dogs attacked his girlfriend, Kristen Calvagna, too, but Kyle suffered life-threatening injuries. Kyle had lived with the pit bulls for several months. But that day, when he opened the front door to let Kristen inside, things turned from routine into chaos. The dogs' owner was away at the time.
Kyle's mother, Debra Kugler, began a GoFundMe for him after the attack. Kyle was initially hospitalized for 9 weeks. The February 4 update states, "Kyle's back in the hospital, because sepsis set in, and now has double pneumonia, heart issues, suffered a seizure, and now, the team of doctors discovered a spot on the brain." The pit bulls inflicted destructive degloving injuries, and injuries affecting large surface areas; the types of injuries that carry a high risk for infection.
FEBRUARY 4, 2021 by Debra Kugler, Organizer
Unfortunately, Kyle's back in the hospital, because sepsis set in, and now has double pneumonia, heart issues, suffered a seizure, and now, the team of doctors discovered a spot on the brain.
At the moment, we don't know what that signifies. He's on IV antibiotics, but this infection seems to be spreading everywhere. No Covid. They're testing for TB, and other things, and he remains in isolation. He's scared and so am I.
It's possible one of the many wounds he suffered, got infected, and the infection spread. - Debra Kugler
Kugler described the events leading up to the attack. On July 17, Kyle was expecting Kristen to come over for a quiet night of watching movies. As soon as Kyle opened the door to let Kristen inside, who had spent time with the pit bulls previously, the dogs barged through the door and attacked her. "Kyle, raced after her, to get the dogs away, and to protect Kristen," Kugler said, "but the dogs then latched on to him, and wouldn’t let go." Kyle's roommate was not home to help.
"As they were tearing him, and shredding him apart, they dragged him from the front yard, to the backyard," Kugler said. All that Kristen remembers is Kyle saying, "They’re killing me, they’re killing me." There was nothing she could do to help him. She had blood all over her, which was mostly Kyle’s blood and she couldn’t even dial 911 on her phone, so the neighbors did, Kugler said. Arriving officers shot and killed one of the pit bulls that was still actively attacking Kyle.
I was told by an extremely, kind and compassionate, Deputy, that Kyle’s wounds were horrific, and he was fighting to stay alive. They didn’t think he was going to make it. He was transferred by the ambulance, to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, and when they brought him in, the ER team, couldn’t even believe he was still breathing. He was rushed in to surgery and at that point in time, his condition was listed at critical with life threatening injuries. He lost so much blood, so he was given blood transfusions. I have no idea how many. - Debra Kugler
A detective told Kugler there had been two previous incidents involving these same dogs. "Two other people had been hurt, as well," she said. "The owner of the dogs was told to remove them, but he never did … His life goes on, and my son’s will never be the same." Kyle did not have insurance, so finding a physical therapy facility was proving difficult. Her attorney also told her, "The owner of the property does not have enough assets to cover hardly any medical bills."
Updates to the fund in August include Kyle being depressed 5-weeks into the hospitalization and tired of the wound cleanings, "because [they are] extremely painful." In late August, he underwent skin grafting surgeries. By September 20, Kyle was set up for home health care, out patient physical therapy and mental health therapy. The home health nurse taught Kristen how to clean and re-bandage the skin grafting areas, an extensive process, in order to prevent infection.
In October, some of the wounds got infected, which required at least one trip to the ER. By mid November, he suffered an "extremely bad infection, again" on his right leg. "The leg keeps draining, and the picture he showed me was horrible. If it's not cared for properly, sepsis could set in." Kugler said. By December, doctors warned her that Kyle's right leg might need to undergo skin grafting a second time, "because, it's not taking. Too many infections," according to Kugler.
By late January, things were slowly improving. Kyle had received a motorized wheelchair and was living in a hotel room until some type of permanent housing became available. Just under two weeks later, Kyle is admitted back into the hospital. This time for sepsis, double pneumonia and more. "I'm praying he makes it through this," Kugler said. "His body is so weak, and it hurts to breathe, and he's scared. Kyle said they are taking really good care of him," Kugler said.
Reoccurring Attacks & Injuries
Last week we reported on an attack involving two pit bulls, where the dogs dragged 34-year old Candis Danielson under a travel trailer and "feasted on her legs." Doctors had to amputate one of her legs above the knee and her other leg is severely damaged. Though Kyle's attack occurred last July, readers can now see what Danielson has to look forward to in the coming months. Wound cleaning, re-bandaging, skin grafting surgeries and the grave threat of infection.
The pit bulls belonging to Kyle's roommate had been involved in two previous attacks. Kyle had only recently become his roommate. The pit bulls that nearly killed Danielson had a history of attacks too. That owner had "an extensive history" with local animal control spanning back over a decade. In both cases, the dangerous dogs remained with their owner. In both cases, the lives of the victims were ransacked, possibly beyond repair, and the lives of the owners were untouched.
Pasco County Animal Control said the dogs, Coco and Puff, had a history of aggression. One incident occurred April 27, 2020. It involved an attack inside the owner’s residence when the dogs bit two guests, one of whom had to be treated at the hospital.
Then in May, the two dogs were involved in an attack on Honeymoon Island. In the report, the owner claims one of the dog’s collar fell off and it ran toward the victim’s dog. As the dogs began fighting, the victim and his mother were bitten by the dog.
Both of these incidents, however, didn’t result in the dogs being taken away. - Fox 13 News, September 1, 2020
The victims ages in both attacks were close too, 32 and 34-years old, respectively. This is an uncommon age for a male to undergo a life-threatening dog attack. These were not everyday dogs either -- each were a pair of pit bulls with a history of multiple attacks. Six months after Kyle was "shredded" by the dogs, his life still hangs in the balance. His GoFundMe has only raised just under $10,000. At some point Kyle qualified for Medicaid, but financial ruin continues to linger.
We hope that Kyle pulls through. We encourage you to read through the whole fundraiser and the many updates. No one should ever have to endure savage degloving injuries from "pet" dogs, injuries requiring massive skin grafting surgeries and the horrors that follow. These two pit bulls dragged this 32-year old man from the front yard to the backyard, and literally "shredded" him. This was all during Covid-19 too, where Kyle has been isolated from the people that he loves.
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Dog bite injuries cause a life time of physical pain, emotional pain, and financial ruin. A significant portion of dog bite injuries result in infection. Due to antibiotic resistant bacteria, we are at the end of the antibiotic era. A dog bite resulting in non-grievous body harm can result in death by fatal bacterial infection, caused by flesh eating bacteria and organ shut down bacteria. In this case, the victim was almost killed by the dogs, and whatever is left of him, makes for grave prognosis of fatal bacteria infection.
I’m Kyle Cracolici’s Mom. He was the one mauled and torn apart by the two pitbulls.
I have many new updates, and would like to share the link with you, and if you could circulate it, we would be extremely grateful.
It’s been one year, and my Son, is still suffering.
He will need additional surgery, to scape out the infection that’s all in the holes where the dogs sank their teeth in to.
His wound cleaning supplies are very expensive, and GoFundMe has been a God send for that.
I did a new update but didn’t get many donations.
He still has to Uber to doctor appointments, which is very expensive.
I am helping him as much as I can. He hardly gets any foodstamps, so I buy his food. He gets $80 per month.
When he’s up and around a lot, his legs swell and start draining. It breaks my heart seeing what those evil dogs did to him.
Tomorrow he’s being tested for covid, because, his friend has it. Kyle’s body cannot take anymore.
Anyway, please share his link with all my updates.
The county needs to be sued. This is a multimillion-dollar settlement. At this point, that is where the deepest pockets are and they breached their duty to the community resulting in multiple human and animal victims in less than a 12 month period.
Agreed. This is the kind of BSL that will make a big difference in far less time than it takes to get legislation passed and the laws enforced. Call it Breed-Specific Litigation.
I am Kyle’s Mom, Debbie.
He was the one that was torn to shreds by the two pitbulls last year.
My Son continues to suffer each and every day. He’s going to need more surgery because the actual dog bites, which are like holes, have a bad infection in them, and that stuff has to be scraped out.
When he is on his legs to long, they start swelling and then leaking fluid. His wound cleaning supplies are very expensive, and the only help we get is through GoFundMe, which has been a true blessing.
What those dogs did to his entire body is horrific.
He will never be the same, and sees a psychiatrist for depression and severe PTSD.
I have posted many new updates, and if you could circulate it, we would appreciate it, so much.
Tomorrow, he’s being tested for covid, because, his one and only friend, told Kyle today, he has it, and also his Dad.
Kyle’s body cannot take much more. Kyle says he’s showing no symptoms, at this point in time, which is good.
Yesterday, I was with him all day. I cleaned his place for him, and did a little decorating, to make him feel better. Also, we went grocery shopping, and in just that amount of times, his legs started to swell, and leak fluid. I hate seeing my Son like this. It’s heartbreaking. He no longer gets unemployment, and who knows how long it will be till he gets disability. I do my best to help him, financially.
I did reply to a comment last night, so, I hope it wasn’t you, because, you would have gotten it twice.
Here’s the link, and if you could share, we would appreciate it very much.
Pasco County Animal Control needs to be sued and replace the administration. The State Attorney should be going after them. When a police officer has to shoot one of the dogs, and Animal Control knew about the dog’s violence, they are the ones that need to be held liable. The owner Christopher Evan Campbell got 6 months’ probation, That’s all. The State failed and the Pasco County Animal Control should be held responsible for all of Kyle’s bills.
It’s horrible what he went through. We all have to help him make it through this!
My name is Debbie, and I am Kyle’s Mom.
I’m reaching out to whoever I can. I know you donated already, and that was so kind of you.
It’s been a year, and Kyle continues to suffer. He will need additional surgery, because, infection has gotten into the holes, where those evil dogs sank their teeth , so all the bite holes have to be scraped out.
He doesn’t have full use of his Right hand and arm, and cannot open that hand fully. He has a lot of nerve pain.
He goes to a psychiatrist for depression and severe PTSD. He doesn’t get unemployment anymore, so, he basically, had nothing. He only gets $80 a month, in foodstamps.
I buy his food and pay for his phone, and do the best I can financially. I also help my Dad.
I took Kyle grocery shopping yesterday and just within a short amount of time, he felt his legs swelling, and then they start to drain.
He doesn’t deserve this kind of life!!
I live about an hour away, so, I brought all his laundry home, so, he didn’t have to get and Uber, and do all his laundry, which was a lot.
It’s heartbreaking for me, to see what those dogs did to my Son.
Now his one and only friend, has covid, so, Kyle has to be tested tomorrow. He said he doesn’t feel like he has any symptoms, and covid is the last thing he needs. I don’t think his body would be able to fight it off.
His wound cleaning supplies are very expensive, and we have to pay for that. GoFundMe helped so much, and we are so grateful to everyone who donated.
I have posted many new updates on GoFundMe, praying more people can help with any amount.
Here’s the link, and if you could circulate it, we would really appreciate it.
Poor man; this is horrific. If more people knew the kind of suffering these dog “bites” inflict, there would be a general outcry.
What we need is a powerful movie like Jaws—about pit bulls. That movie has terrified generations of beach goers and most people have at least a healthy respect for sharks and understand the risk of entering shark territory. Pit bull injuries have often been compared by surgeons to shark attacks…yet many people who survive shark bites have significantly less traumatic injuries than the extensive de-gloving described here. In fact, the majority have a single bite to the foot or calf—which is horrifying and I’m not downplaying their pain, but the point is that a victim of SHARK attack may often fare better than a victim of pit bulls. Even shark bites on kayaks or surfboards receive media attention while serious injuries inflicted by dangerous canines purposefully brought into human dwellings are ignored.
I think an analysis of shark attack data vs. dangerous dogs would be interesting. For example, in 2019 there were 101 verified shark attacks, 6 deaths. Worldwide. In 2019, there were who knows how many dog attacks, 48 deaths. In the US alone.
Starting here, starting now. Let’s crowdfund this documentary. Who else is in?
We need the ladies who did Black Fish.
Count me in.
I can’t stand the suffering I see from these maulers.
The person needed for this is Ralph Nader. This is about consumer protection from pitbull breeders and cultists.
Hope things are back to normal for you!
Those injuries are horrific. Holy crap. I pray for Kyle’s recovery and healing.
I cannot understand how we live in a world where people actively promote dogs that can do this!
Hi, I am Kyle’s Mom, Debbie. If you thought some of those pictures were horrific, they were worse when the attack happened, and he was taken to the trauma unit. I have not seen the original pictures from that night. The other pictures, were just too much for me to handle. I completely broke down when I first saw the ones I put on go fund me. He still continues to suffer, and will be getting more surgery. His body is so damaged, by those friggin dogs. It breaks my heart seeing what they did to him, and how his whole life has been changed forever. We still need help. Thank you for caring about my Son.
Exactly why dogs should be euthanized after the FIRST attack. There is no damn reason these dogs should not have been immediately confiscated, taken to the vet, and put down.
It comes down to this simple reality.
Most dog owners can’t train a poodle. Most dog owners won’t put down their own dogs when it’s clearly the right time to do so, regardless of the dogs’ suffering or the suffering of humans.
Now, most untrained dogs aren’t much of a public hazard except for jumping up and knocking people over, if they’re large or tripping up people, when they’re small or annoyance barking or chewing up the owner’s own house, or pottying all over the owner’s belongings or growling/nipping.
Pitbulls are clearly, by statistical weight alone–a public hazard. They are not companion dogs because they are not trustworthy companions.
Pitbulls have nothing going for them, other than pitbull cultists, that another dog cannot do better–other than fight, maim and maul.
They need to go extinct and the most humane way of doing that is to ban breeding, selling, purchasing, and keeping them other than through BSL laws around muzzling, handling and confining.
De-gloving? That is when chunks of skin are ripped away from your flesh/muscle… this is usually common in pedestrian car accidents or other machinery incidents… abhorrent to think a pet dog would/could do this! Why don’t they stop the attack when a human victim is screaming in agony? These mutts really are monsters, NEVER, ever meant to be a pet dog, I have APBT books, written by the old ‘dog men’ the men who fought these dogs in the ‘pits’ or where-ever, never meant to be an inside, family dog..far too dangerous and unpredictable… I’m embarrassed by the ‘bully dog love’ currently becoming a cult fixture..
The dogfighting industry is one of the reasons pitbulls are thriving. I would say the owner of the dogs, since he didn’t comply with the original orders, should be held criminally accountable.
My heart and prayers go out to poor Kyle Cracolici . I shared his story on Facebook with my friends. This story needs to be spread far and wide on the internet so people can see the horrific damage that pit bulls cause. Does anyone have the link to his GoFundMe account?
Kyle’s gofundme has not received half of the requested amount. If anyone could donate even a little bit I’m sure that he and his mom would appreciate the support greatly.
Hey thank you for everyone that has been concerned and helped me out by donations to the GoFundMe that my mom created. The cost of everything has been overwhelming and my PTSD is crippling there is some studies of other treatments that are not cheap or covered by insurance and I’ve never actually was able to quit smoking from one of them I’m trying to get this done again but the cost for 12 treatments is just over 2700 so it’s not really possible but if I could heal the PTSD and depression it’s going to be so worth it again thank you for being so supportive and the link is here for the GoFundMe my mom created I am blessed to have my mothers love and support. Physically I’m a mess and have no function that allows me to extend my fingers I’ve tried to keep them working but the damage was so bad every muscle and tendon except a flexor in my middle finger was shredded I’m lucky to have an arm at all…