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 »
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.
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Jerry Yates shown at his Mountain Ranch business, The Gas Station.
Pleads Not Guilty
UPDATE 09/17/10: Sheryl Sellers pleaded not guilty in a crowded courtroom on Tuesday, despite her dogs involvement in previous acts of aggression. Sellers lawyer, Ken Foley, also filed a motion to dismiss Judge Douglas Mewhinney declaring that he was prejudiced against the defendant. Yates' daughter, Jami Southard, had hoped Sellers would plead guilty and put the incident to rest. "She… [Read full blog post]
DogsBite.org - From May 26, 2007 to July 31, 2010, DogsBite.org recorded 6 children from military families who suffered death due to dog bite injury. Of these cases, 3 occurred on base housing, 3 occurred off base housing and 2 of these involved dependents (Isis Krieger and Seth Lovitt) whose fathers were flown back from deployment. 67% (4) of the incidents involved pit bulls and 50% (3) involved family dogs1. Such losses to these families can only be described as massive.2
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