Fatal Dog Attack Statistics
DogsBite.org recorded 39 fatal dog attacks in 2017. Pit bulls contributed to 74% (29) of these deaths, the highest death count on record for pit bulls and seven times more than the next closest breed. German shepherds followed, inflicting 4 deaths. 13 different dog breeds contributed to lethal attacks in 2017. The last time the CDC collected "breed" data about dogs involved in fatal human attacks was 1998. Since this time, pit bulls have mauled to… [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]
Flowers mark where Deborah Onsurez, 56-years old, was killed by dogs in Modesto.
Suspected Pack Captured
UPDATE 01/03/18: Seven dogs believed to be involved in the mauling death of a woman have been captured. Authorities identified the dogs by using images from surveillance cameras on businesses near the attack site. On Saturday, Stanislaus Animal Services and Modesto Animal Control located five of the dogs, one was dead and another was injured, both believed to be hit by… [Read full blog post]
Two pit bulls killed Lorraine Saylor and injured her husband on Christmas Eve.
Owner Pleads Guilty
UPDATE 01/03/18: The owner two pit bulls that killed a woman and injured a man on Christmas Eve has pleaded guilty to harboring a vicious animal. Lorraine Saylor, 66, was pronounced dead at the scene. Bell County Coroner Jay Steele said she suffered massive injuries on her neck, face and shoulder. Her husband, Johnny Saylor, suffered multiple serious bite injuries. On Wednesd… [Read full blog post]
Carol Harris, 69-years old, was killed by this akita she was trying to rehab for adoption.
UPDATE 12/23/17: The rescue organization that Carol Harris worked with, Akita Advocates Relocation Team Arizona (AARTA), published a post clarifying Carol's role in the group. "Carol Harris was not simply a volunteer at AARTA as news media has portrayed. She was an officer and the backbone of the rescue as well as the current President of the local breed club." On Dec… [Read full blog post]
After the Dogs Killed Her, They Consumed Part of Her Remains
Bethany Lynn Stephens, 22, was brutally attacked and killed by her own pit bulls.
UPDATE 02/20/18: Today the Goochland County Sheriff's Office released a summary report of the death investigation of 22-year old Bethany Stephens. On December 13, 2017 Stephens left her father's home at about 3:45 pm to take her two male pit bulls, Tonka and Pacman, for a walk. She never returned. Stephens was m… [Read full blog post]
Dorothy Ford, 77-years old, was mauled to death by her pit bull in Alsip, a suburb of Chicago.
Pit Bull Kills Owner
Alsip, IL - A 77-year old woman is dead after being brutally attacked by her own pit bull, Alsip police said. Officers were dispatched to 11604 S. Komensky Monday afternoon for a report of a woman being attacked in her backyard. Police were forced to shoot and kill the aggressive pit bull. Police tried to render the woman aid, but it was too late. She was pronounced dead… [Read full blog post]
Alabama Legislature Passes, "Emily's Law" After Her Death
After pit bulls killed Emily Mae Colvin, the Alabama legislature passed "Emily's Law."
UPDATE 04/05/18: The owners of five pit bulls that killed a 24-year old woman in early December have been charged with criminally negligent homicide, a misdemeanor. A Jackson County grand jury indicted Brian Keith Graden, 43, and Melody Ann Graden, 45, in connection to the death of Emily Mae Colvin. Both were bo… [Read full blog post]