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 »
The top three regulated dog breeds: pit bulls, rottweilers and wolf-dog hybrids.
BSL Estimate 2018-2019
DogsBite.org - Since 2011, we have maintained an estimate of breed-specific laws across the United States, including breed-specific policies governing military privatized housing. By 2009, all three major military divisions -- U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Air Force -- banned a small group of dangerous dog breeds because they present an "unreasonable risk… [Read full blog post]
Misdemeanor Charge Filed Against Owner of Pit BullMaurice Brown, 60-years old, was mauled to death by a pit bull in Dayton, Ohio.
UPDATE 08/31/18: Over 16-months after a man was mauled to death by a pit bull, authorities have charged a 28-year old man with a misdemeanor. This week, the Dayton prosecutor’s office filed a first-degree misdemeanor charge against Anthony Austin, whose address in court records is 345 Middle Street. On April 25, 2017, Maurice… [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]
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]