In the 15-year period of 2005 through 2019, canines killed 521 Americans. Pit bulls contributed to 66% (346) of these deaths. Combined, pit bulls and rottweilers contributed to 76% of the total recorded deaths. | More »
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]
From left: Jerry Yates, his daughter Jami Southard and flowers placed where his life ended.
Dead Men Tell No Tales archived
Calaveras County, CA - On March 22, Recordnet.com reported that Calaveras County Superior Court Assigned Judge Thomas A. Smith ruled that Sheryl Sellers would not face trial on felony charges after the mauling death of Jerry Yates. The judge cited California Penal Code Section 399, which requires prosecutors to prove that the person killed by vicious… [Read full blog post]
Richard Martratt, Canton Animal Control, Michael Miller and Sheriff Pat Burnett.
"Non Bite" Fatality
Van Zandt County, TX - It was reported over the holiday weekend that a 64-year old man died, apparently due to a heart attack, and a 78-year old woman suffered head injuries after intervening in a dog fight involving two pit bull type dogs. The dogs escaped their owner's property and attacked Joan Hardin's border collie. Hardin had been outside, along with the dog, unloading… [Read full blog post]
Mountain Ranch, CA - Jerry Yates, 69, was mauled to death by two pit bulls owned by Sheryl Sellers August 22. Sellers has since pleaded not guilty to the felony of knowingly having a mischievous animal, letting it be at large or keeping it without ordinary care, resulting in the death a person. Calaveras Enterprise1 journalist and video author, Joel Metzer, talks to Jami Southard as she recounts the events that occurred on the day of her father's death.
What's notably missing f… [Read full blog post]