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 »
Justin supporters seen in a 2009 rally calling for the banning of pit bulls.
Tyler, TX - Several days following a $7 million dollar verdict after the dog mauling death of Justin Clinton, his mother, Serenia Clinton, spoke with the News-Journal. She said, "I don't want any parent to go through what we went through." She and her attorney, Cynthia Kent, are working to push Justin's Law, a state law designed to allow the regulation of dangerous dog breeds. Currently, T… [Read full blog post]
Izaiah Cox, 7-months old, was killed by his great-grandmother's two pit bulls.
Criminal Trial Averted
San Antonio, TX - Last March, we reported on the fatal pit bull mauling of 7-month old Izaiah Gregory Cox. At the time of the incident, Izaiah had been at his grandmother's home. Irma Barrera had been warming a bottle for her grandson in the kitchen when her two pit bulls "broke down the baby-gate" and violently attacked the child.1 The dogs were so wired with aggression after t… [Read full blog post]
Fatal Dog Attack Statistics
DogsBite.org recorded 32 fatal dog attacks in 2009.1 Citations of each victim's story are located on the Fatality Citations page. The last year the CDC recorded human deaths by dog breeds was 1998. Likely due to pressures from animal advocacy groups, the CDC stopped further research into this area. Since 1998, pit bulls alone have killed 140 U.S. citizens. The only other known entity, in addition to DogsBite.org, that tracks this vital data publ… [Read full blog post]
Liam Peck, 2-years old, was fatally bitten by a family dog.
Family Dog Kills Boy archived
Cape Coral, FL - A toddler died Tuesday morning after being bitten by one of the family's dogs. According to officials, the family's 8-year old male Weimaraner fatally bit Liam Peck, 2-years old, in the neck. Connie Barron, spokeswoman for the Cape Coral Police Department, said EMS transported the boy to Cape Coral Hospital, where he was pronounced dead less than an hour later. Lee County… [Read full blog post]
Dallas Walters, 20-months old, was mauled to death by a rottweiler-mix.
"Dog Just Attacked"
UPDATE 12/15/09: Just before the burial service of Dallas Walters, the boy's father clarified a few issues: "There was no cookie. My son was eating potato salad and the dog just attacked him." Essentially, the rumored "cookie" story was just that -- rumored. According to the Pasco County Sheriff's Department, the investigation into what happened is still ongoing. They say it doesn… [Read full blog post]
Theresa Ann Ellerman
Norfolk, VA - It was reported on Saturday that a woman died after being bitten by a dog. Norfolk Police and Norfolk Fire responded to an address at Tabor Court at about 2:30 am in response to a reported dog bite victim. Officers found 49-year-old Theresa Ellerman experiencing difficulty breathing. She was transported to DePaul hospital where she was pronounced dead at about 3:45 am. The dog, reportedly an Alaskan malamute1, was placed into quarantine.
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Lowell Bowden died after being horrifically mauled by a pack of pit bulls.
Victim Dies of Injuries
Lindside, WV - On November 27, Lowell Bowden was attacked by a pack pit bulls. Lowell's family submitted a statement to DogsBite.org that recounts the attack that led to his death on December 4. This marks the second fatal dog attack in West Virginia this year, both attributed to pit bulls. We urge West Virginia citizens to contact their state legislators and ask that they sponsor… [Read full blog post]
Rosie Humphreys and her poodle were killed by a neighbor's loose pit bull.
Police Press Conference
UPDATE 12/04/09: Police Chief John Nicholson said the attacking dog was indeed a pit bull, an unaltered 3-year old male, with full registration papers. "The dog did not appear malnourished or abused and had no visible signs of mistreatment," he said. The dog did not slip its collar or break its chain either. According to Nicholson, the dog had gotten loose because the metal "D" r… [Read full blog post]