From left: Kyle Holland, wolf hybrid, Debralynn Holland and Earl Adkins.
Criminal Charges Filed
Lincoln Park, MI - Nearly a year ago, we reported on the death of 5-year old Kyle Holland who was killed by a dog owned by his mother's boyfriend (See: Activist Seeks Justice for Kyle Holland After Fatal Dog Mauling and 2010 Fatality: Boyfriend's Dogs Suspected in Death of 5-Year Old). Since Kyle's brutal death, the investigation has lurched along at the pace of a snail. Imagine our… [Read full blog post]
Fatal Dog Attack Statistics
DogsBite.org recorded 33 fatal dog attacks in 2010.1 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 162 U.S. citizens. The only other known entity, in addition to DogsBite.org, that tracks this vital data publ… [Read full blog post]
Jeannette Vaughn, 3-months old, was killed by one of her family's rottweilers.
Criminal Charges Unlikely
UPDATE 12/21/10: New information reveals that baby Jeannette Vaughn was inside the home when one of the rottweilers pushed through a washing machine and a heavy slab of marble and mauled the infant to death. In a separate article, Chris Glaser of Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care (BARC)1 was quick to point out to abc13.com reporters, "You can't judge the family unles… [Read full blog post]
Death Due to Bites
UPDATE 03/30/11: New information has been released about a 55-year old man who was discovered dead last December. Autopsy results from the state Office of Medical Investigator show that bite wounds inflicted by dogs killed Larry Armstrong on December 6. Investigators wrote in their report that they didn't know if Armstrong, who had a history of seizures, suffered one before the dogs attacked or if he was conscious when the dogs began attacking him.
Invest… [Read full blog post]
Man Dies of Injuries
Murrieta, CA - Back in October, a 67-year old man was horribly mauled by his nephew's pit bull in the backyard of the family's home. At the time, authorities did not release his name. The Press-Enterprise described the incident as the dog "biting his arm and mauling his throat and groin." The victim was left in critical condition. According to the Riverside County coroner's office, Edward Mitchell died Sunday, due to complications from injuries suffered… [Read full blog post]
Justin Lane, 25-years old, was fatally attacked by his pit bull named Smoke.
Latta, SC - Dillon County Sherrif's Office reports that a man found dead in his home on Skillet Road was killed by the family pit bull. Justin Lane, 25-years old, lived in the home with his mother. Lane's body was discovered Wednesday, but he was killed Tuesday. Currently, investigators aren't releasing the exact cause of death, just that the death was caused by the dog. Police remov… [Read full blog post]
Shirley Bird, 79-years old, was attacked and killed by her German shepherd.
Victim: Shirley Bird
Ida Grove, IA - Earlier this week, 79-year old Shirley Lou Bird of Ida Grove was found dead in her home. An autopsy was conducted by the State Medical Examiner on Tuesday in Ankeny. Bird’s body had several bite marks including a deep wound on her arm. Ida County Sheriff's officials believe the victim was bitten by her German shepherd several times and subsequently died from blood… [Read full blog post]
Cason Bryant, 5-years old, was killed by a pack of mixed-breed dogs.
Funeral Arrangements Set
UPDATE 11/17/10: Russell County Sheriff-Elect Health Taylor says his office determined that 5 of the 12 mixed-breed dogs attacked the child. All of the dogs were voluntarily handed over to be euthanized. All but one of the dogs belonged to the victim's neighbor, who remains unnamed, the other belonged to the victim's family. Criminal charges are unlikely against the neighbor des… [Read full blog post]