2018 Dog Bite Fatality: New Family Pit Bull Kills 3-Year Old Girl in Duncan, Oklahoma

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]

2017 Fatal Dog Attack Breed Identification Photographs

Photographs from Social Media Have Quadrupled Since 2013 Photographs of six fatally attacking dogs in 2017 obtained from multiple sources. Jump down to view all 2017 breed identification photographs or read our analysis first. 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]

After Son's Pit Bull Mauls His Mother and Her Boyfriend in Roseville, Felony Charges Authorized

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]

2016 Fatal Dog Attack Breed Identification Photographs

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]

2016 Dog Bite Fatality: New Haven Woman Dies After Violent 'Hannibal Lecter' Style Mauling by Pit Bull-Type Dogs

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]

2016 Dog Bite Fatality: Pit Bull Rehomed by Humane Society Kills Newborn Baby

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]

2015 Fatal Dog Attack Breed Identification Photographs

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]

2015 Dog Bite Fatality: Visiting Child Killed by Father's Pit Bull-Type Dog in Miami-Dade County

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]