DogsBite.org - Today we released our multi-year dog bite fatality report (2005 to 2017). The report identifies the breeds of dogs involved in fatal attacks on humans, victim age groups, number of dogs involved, household factors, criminal charges and more. The 9-page report also examines key changing metrics since a government body last examined this issue in 2000 -- the rise of adults killed by dogs and the increasing number of fatal attacks involving 2… [Read full blog post]
Illustration of wolves from the Biodiversity Heritage Library, The Animal Kingdom, 1829.
An introduction to wolf hybirds by animal behaviorist and author Alexandra Semyonova.
Jump to the Fatal Wolf Hybrid Attacks Archival Record from 1980 to present day.
Introduction by Alexandra Semyonova
The wolf-dog hybrid, also called ‘wolfdog’, is an emotional trap people walk into all too often. Sometimes it's about the latest macho fashion -- a rottweiler or a pit bull isn'… [Read full blog post]
Noah died after a tethered, male pit bull-mix latched onto his neck and shook him.
Male Pit Bull-Mix
UPDATE 03/27/18: A member of Noah's family shared with KENS 5 News more details about the family dog that attacked and killed the little boy Sunday in Converse. The animal is a male pit bull-mix, named Bam Bam. The dog was given to the family as a gift three years ago. Jon Ramirez, a family friend, said he had seen Noah and Bam Bam interact well in the past. The pit bull-mix was chained t… [Read full blog post]
Hong Saengsamly, 49, was mauled to death by one or more of her three pet dogs.
Pet Dogs Kill Owner
Milwaukee, WI - After a 49-year old woman was found dead at her home over the weekend, the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Monday she died due to "maulings by dogs." Hong Saengsamly was found dead at her home in the 500 block of North 28th Street late Saturday after her son, Jack, stopped by for a well-being check. When Jack entered into the home, he encountered her th… [Read full blog post]
Babysitter Charged with Felony Manslaughter
Loxli Chavez, 13-months old, was killed by a dog while under the care of her babysitter.
UPDATE 04/06/18: Police have charged a babysitter in connection to the mauling death of a baby under her care last month. Erica Nancy Jordan, 33, was charged with one count of second-degree involuntary manslaughter, a felony, for acting with criminal negligence that resulted in the death of 13-month old Loxli Chavez. Jor… [Read full blog post]
A pet wolf hybrid killed an 8-day old infant lying in a bassinet in Lee County.
No Criminal Charges
UPDATE 04/11/18: There will be no criminal charges after a newborn was fatally attacked by a pet wolf hybrid. The dog gained entry into a room and mauled the infant as it lay in a bassinet. The commonwealth's attorney for Lee County, H. Fuller Cridlin, stated in a news release today the baby's death was "simply a horrific tragedy, and our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the… [Read full blog post]
Fatal Dog Attack Statistics
DogsBite.org recorded 39 fatal dog attacks in 2017. Pit bulls contributed to 74% (29) of these deaths, the highest death count on record for pit bulls and seven times more than the next closest breed. German shepherds followed, inflicting 4 deaths. 13 different dog breeds contributed to lethal attacks in 2017. The last time the CDC collected "breed" data about dogs involved in fatal human attacks was 1998. Since this time, pit bulls have mauled to… [Read full blog post]
Location of family pit bull attack that left a man dead and a woman seriously injured.
Pit Bull Confirmed
UPDATE 02/17/18: On Thursday evening, Owensboro Police and Owensboro Fire responded to a home in the 2300 block of Heritage Park Drive at about 6 pm after reports of a dog attack. When police entered the home, they shot and killed a large aggressive dog and tasered a beagle. Police found David and Dana Brown on the ground with injuries after trying to break up a fight between tw… [Read full blog post]