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 »
Maurice Brown, 60-years old, was mauled to death by a pit bull in Dayton, Ohio.
No Progress on Investigation
UPDATE 04/26/17: Dayton police continue to investigate who owned or cared for the pit bull that fatally attacked a 60-year old man Tuesday morning, along with three other pit bulls seized from the home at 345 Middle Street. During a press conference yesterday, Lt. Andrew Booher indicated that police were seeking out tenants of the home to interview. It remains unknown… [Read full blog post]
South Dallas home with a history of complaints where the suspected dogs resided.
No Criminal Charges
UPDATE 10/31/16: Dallas authorities announced today there will be no criminal charges filed in the fatal dog mauling death of Antoinette Brown last May. Forensic tests from two separate labs could not establish a DNA link between Brown and the dogs suspected of attacking her. No eyewitnesses could identify which dogs were involved either. The seven suspected dogs had been… [Read full blog post]
UPDATE 07/18/15: In a July 17 email correspondence with Johnson County Sheriff Larry Jones, the sheriff confirmed that the attacking dogs were pit bulls. Three pit bulls were involved in the fatal dog mauling of Frederick Crutchfield, 63-years old of Hartman. In the email exchange, Sheriff Jones also answered our other questions. The dogs were not chained, the deadly attack occurred on the dog owner's property and Crutchfield knew the pit bulls well, according to Sheriff… [Read full blog post]
Undated photo of William Donald Thomas and his wife.
Indicted for Manslaughter
UPDATE 12/11/12: Both Jerry Lenton 56, and his wife Jacqueline Lenton, 56, of Leeds turned themselves into local police authorities after a grand jury indicted the couple for manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide in connection to the September 20 mauling death of William Donald Thomas. The indictments state that the Lentons "did recklessly cause the death of William Donald Thomas,… [Read full blog post]
Scene of pit bull dog aggression attack and man's death.
Dies in Street
Douglas County, GA - Tim Thomas, 49-years old, died of a fatal heart attack on Friday after trying to stop his two pit bulls from killing a smaller dog. CBS Atlanta reports that the incident happened on Mitchell Mill Road. Apparently, Thomas "realized something was wrong" just after letting his pit bulls out. When he got out to the road, he saw his two pit bulls attacking the smaller dog. When Thomas tried to in… [Read full blog post]
From left: First responders to dog attack, Judy Boone, Kenneth Golden and Ryan Matlock.
UPDATE 08/17/12: DNA results show that blood found on two pit bulls captured at the mauling scene matched the victim, according to Sheriff's Investigator Nathan Calloway.1 James Hurst died shortly after arriving at the hospital due to his grievous injuries. The two pit bulls had a history of escaping their yard a few houses down from the Hurst home. District Attorney Em… [Read full blog post]
Steven Robertson, 6-years old, was mauled to death by a PTSD service dog.
UPDATE 07/31/12: A boy was killed by a service dog 6-months ago has been identified as Steven Robertson. His death prompted Ft. Campbell to adopt stricter policies pertaining to service dogs. "Many are not allowed inside the gates without very specific behavioral training. The new rules all stem from an incident that happened just outside Ft. Campbell last January; when a 6 year… [Read full blog post]
Victim Recounts Attack
Glendora, CA - Retired fire chief, 67-year old Milford Fonza, has been released from the hospital after being attacked by two vicious pit bulls this morning. Glendora police say the dogs attacked him in the 1600 block of Sunflower Avenue. Fonza tried to fight off the pit bulls with his walking stick, but it quickly snapped (or was chewed) into pieces. The former fire chief also tried to hoist himself over a wall in order to escape, but the pit bulls pulled h… [Read full blog post]