In the 13-year period of 2005 through 2017, canines killed 433 Americans. Pit bulls contributed to 66% (284) of these deaths. Combined, pit bulls and rottweilers contributed to 76% of the total recorded deaths. | More »
Pit Bull Owner Charged with Felony Involuntary Manslaughter
Logan Braatz, 6, Syrai Sanders, 5, Cameron Tucker (pit bull owner) and memorial near the attack.
City Leaders Respond
UPDATE 01/19/17: On Tuesday morning in southwest Atlanta, a group of children walked along Cerro Street on their way to the school bus stop when two loose pit bulls launched a horrifying attack. The dogs eviscerated 6-year old Logan Braatz, who did not survive his injuries, and critically injured… [Read full blog post]
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]
Pit Bull Owner Found Guilty of Harboring a Vicious Dog
Mitchell Slayden was attacked by two pit bulls on July 2 in Farmington, Kentucky.
Bouland Found Guilty
UPDATE 03/12/17: Multiple events have occurred since we last published about this severe attack. Last July, 22-year old Mitchelle Slayden was riding his bicycle when he entered the driveway of a home belonging to 27-year old Chris Bouland. Mitchell was looking for his cousin, who formerly lived at the home. When Mitche… [Read full blog post]
The Criminal Trial of Geneke Antonio Lyons
Xavier Strickland, 4-years old, was savagely killed by pit bulls in Detroit on December 2, 2015.
UPDATE 06/30/16: Judge James Callahan sentenced Geneke Antonio Lyons, 42, to 5-years probation with a year in "work release" jail after his pit bulls eviscerated a little boy. The sentence was below the guidelines of 19 to 38 months. Prosecutors had originally charged Lyons with second-degree murder, but Callahan thre… [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]
Lower right photo shows the gate that the pit bulls yanked the boy under before killing him.
Owner to Face Trial
UPDATE 01/07/16: The owner of a pack of pit bulls that killed a 4-year old boy on December 2, will stand trial in the death of a child. At the end of the preliminary examination, Judge Lydia Nance-Adams ruled Geneke Lyons, 41, will proceed to trial on the charges of second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and possessing dangerous animals causing death in conne… [Read full blog post]
Dog Owner Pleads Guilty; Sentenced to Jail Time
Area where Edgar Brown was viciously attacked by five pit bulls on October 6.
Owner Pleads Guilty
UPDATE 11/04/17: The Oklahoma City owner of five pit bulls pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree manslaughter after his dogs killed a man in 2015. Juan Marcos Diaz, 46, was sentenced to one year in prison and three years probation. He received credit for nine months already served. Charges were filed against Diaz in August 2016, ni… [Read full blog post]
Annie Williams, 71, was mauled to death by a pit bull in Shaker Heights, Ohio.
Owner Gets Prison
UPDATE 04/20/16: In February, felony manslaughter charges were brought against two dog owners in Cuyahoga County. Earlier this month, Leon Morton, 49, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter after a pit bull under his care brutally attacked and killed 71-year old Annie Williams in front of her great grandchildren in Shaker Heights last July. Today, Cuyahoga Common Pleas Ju… [Read full blog post]