2021 Dog Bite Fatality: Woman Killed by Pack of Pit Bull-Mixes in Phoenix; Owner Charged with Negligent Homicide

Maria Ruiz, 77-years old, died after being attacked by four pit bull-mixes in Phoenix. Failed to Impound UPDATE 07/14/21: Returning to the question of the role of animal control, Maricopa Animal Care & Control, the latest news report from KPNX addresses the two previous occasions MCACC responded to the home of Alejandro Hernandez. On July 6, four pit bull-mixes belonging to Hernandez escaped his property again and fatally mauled 77-year old Maria Ruiz while she sat on… [Read full blog post]

2021 Dog Bite Fatality: Woman Dog Sitting Pit Bulls Found Dead in Osage County; Dog Attack Confirmed by Coroner

Rebecca McCurdy, 28-years old, was attacked and killed by two pit bulls in Osage County. Cause of Death UPDATE 06/26/21: On Friday, investigator Rex Wikel released more information about the fatal pit bull mauling of 28-year old Rebecca McCurdy. She had been house sitting a home with multiple pit bulls when she was discovered dead by deputies. The state medical examiner also released a preliminary report confirming that she died as a result of a dog attack. There were no secu… [Read full blog post]

2021 Dog Bite Fatality: Boy, 7, Killed by Dogs in Marion County, South Carolina

Shamar Jackson, 7-years old, was killed by a pack of loose dogs in Marion County. Dog Owner Charged UPDATE 06/29/21: On Monday, a man was charged with felony manslaughter in connection to the dog mauling death of a 7-year old boy on June 13. Lorenzo Cardenas, 41, of Marion, was charged with involuntary manslaughter and owning a dangerous animal that attacks and injures a human. Shamar Jackson was attacked and killed by up to six dogs belonging to Cardenas as he tried to escape th… [Read full blog post]

2021 Dog Bite Fatality: Teenager Killed by Pack of Dogs on the Navajo Nation in Fort Defiance, Arizona

Lyssa Upshaw, 13-years old, was found dead near a pack of vicious dogs in Fort Defiance. Navajo Nation Council UPDATE 05/29/21: On May 27, 2021, the 24th Navajo Nation Council issued a press release that confirmed that Lyssa Rose Upshaw was killed by a pack of dogs. The release addressed the Navajo Nation feral dog population and the necessity for action. The release stated that three other people have been killed by dogs on the Nation in the past year. One death was mentioned sp… [Read full blog post]