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 »
Rylee Marie Dodge, 3, was killed by her family's new pit bull in Duncan, Oklahoma.
Father Speaks Out
UPDATE 01/15/18: In a heartbreaking story, Jason Dodge, whose daughter was killed Sunday by a family pit bull, talks about the newly acquired dog. Dodge got the approximately 1-year old pit bull from a friend who said she would take the dog to the pound if Dodge did not take it -- red flag number one. Dodge loved animals and knew "what would happen to a pit bull" at a pound -- red flag nu… [Read full blog post]
Photographs from Social Media Have Quadrupled Since 2013
Photographs of six fatally attacking dogs in 2017 obtained from multiple sources.
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DogsBite.org - In 2014, we began the tradition of publishing breed identification photographs of fatally attacking dogs when available through news reports, social media websites and law enforcement agencies. Of the 39 U.S. dog bite-related f… [Read full blog post]
Pit Bull Had Also Attacked His Mother Two Weeks Earlier
Robert Laughton and his pit bull that mauled his mother twice in Roseville, Michigan.
Judge Dismisses Case
UPDATE 08/17/17: In a very anticlimactic fashion, the felony charges against Robert Laughton were dismissed yesterday. Judge Marco Santia determined the two victims, Laughton's mother and her boyfriend, were co-owners of the pit bull and knew the risks involved with this dog. On April 30, Laughton's pit bull br… [Read full blog post]
72% of All Dog Bite Fatalities Had Breed Identification Images
Photographs of six fatally attacking dogs in 2016 obtained from multiple sources.
DogsBite.org - In 2014, we began the tradition of publishing breed identification photographs of fatally attacking dogs when available through news reports, social media websites and law enforcement. Of the 29 dog bite fatalities recorded in 2016 -- 3 additional cases remain pending -- 72% (21) had identification photograph… [Read full blog post]
Harvard Graduate, Doctor in Residency Owns the Dogs
Jocelyn Winfrey died after being attacked by pit bull-type dogs belonging to Dr. Hamilton Hicks.
Alderman Explores Ideas
UPDATE 07/07/16: The two dogs that brutally attacked Jocelyn Winfrey on June 20, inflicting catastrophic injuries, were put down yesterday. Winfrey succumbed to her injuries and died on June 27. Yesterday also marked the first public statement by Yale University since the attack. Karen Peart, a spo… [Read full blog post]
Fatal Pit Bull Attack in San Diego, California
The rehomed male, neutered pit bull-mix in quarantine after killing a 3-day old baby.
Passed Assessment Test
UPDATE 04/29/16: On July 7, 2015, a 6-year old boy in North Carolina was killed by a male, neutered pit bull that was rehomed by the Asheville Humane Society 3-weeks earlier. The pit bull had passed the SAFER temperament test before being adopted. Now, just 8-months later in San Diego, a male pit bull-mix rehomed by the San D… [Read full blog post]
Most Powerful Images Came from Social Media
Photographs of six fatally attacking dogs in 2015 obtained from multiple sources.
DogsBite.org - In 2014, we began the tradition of publishing breed identification photographs of fatally attacking dogs when available through news reports, law enforcement or social media websites. Of the 35 total recorded deaths last year, 16 fatalities, 46%, had breed identification photographs, down from 57% last year.1 Predictably, the… [Read full blog post]
Interchangeable Breed Labels in Miami-Dade County
Nyjah Espinosa was killed by a pit bull-type dog while visiting her father's home.
Pit Bull-Mixes Routinely Mislabeled "Bulldog-Mixes"
UPDATE 12/30/15: After a serious or fatal attack, there is rarely a "pit bull-mix" designation in Miami-Dade County, which has banned pit bulls since 1989. The labeling is either a purebred pit bull, where the ordinance must apply, or a mix that excludes pit bulls, such as the following a… [Read full blog post]