Fatal Wolf Hybrid Attacks - The Archival Record

Illustration of wolves from the Biodiversity Heritage Library, The Animal Kingdom, 1829. An introduction to wolf hybirds by animal behaviorist and author Alexandra Semyonova. Jump to the Fatal Wolf Hybrid Attacks Archival Record from 1980 to present day. Introduction by Alexandra Semyonova The wolf-dog hybrid, also called ‘wolfdog’, is an emotional trap people walk into all too often. Sometimes it's about the latest macho fashion -- a rottweiler or a pit bull isn'… [Read full blog post]

2018 Dog Bite Fatality: Family Pit Bull-Mix Kills 4-Year Old Boy in Bexar County, Texas

Noah died after a tethered, male pit bull-mix latched onto his neck and shook him. Male Pit Bull-Mix UPDATE 03/27/18: A member of Noah's family shared with KENS 5 News more details about the family dog that attacked and killed the little boy Sunday in Converse. The animal is a male pit bull-mix, named Bam Bam. The dog was given to the family as a gift three years ago. Jon Ramirez, a family friend, said he had seen Noah and Bam Bam interact well in the past. The pit bull-mix was chained t… [Read full blog post]

2016 Dog Bite Fatality: Pit Bull that Killed Boy Had a History of 'Dog Aggression'

Fatal Pit Bull Attack in Penobscot County, Maine Hunter Bragg, 7, was killed by a pit bull while visiting the dog owner's home in Corinna. Medical Examiner's Report UPDATE 08/25/16: Local newspapers obtained a copy of the state medical examiner’s report for 7-year old Hunter Bragg. On June 4, Hunter was fatally attacked in the throat and face by a male pit bull while visiting his father at the home of Gary Merchant Jr. at 207 Moody’s Mill Road in Corinna. Hunter’s father,… [Read full blog post]

2015 Dog Bite Fatality: 2-Year Old Boy Fatally Attacked by Pit Bull-Mix in West Virginia

Lamarkus Hicks, 2, was killed by a neighbor's chained pit bull-mix. Photographs of Dog UPDATE 11/30/15: The family of Lamarkus Hicks provided us photographs of the chained dog that killed Lamarkus taken by the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office after the attack. The dog, named Bubba, was previously described in news reports as a "boxer-mix" and a medium sized brown "mixed-breed." Our research indicates that Bubba was a buckskin pit bull-mix born on July 1, 2014 with three li… [Read full blog post]

2015 Dog Bite Fatality: Autauga County Woman Killed by Family Dogs

Images of Dogs Posted UPDATE 10/05/15: The Autauga County Sheriff's office has released very few details about the dog mauling death of a woman in early September. Barbara McCormick, 65-years old, was attacked and killed by up to three family dogs on September 4 at her home on County Road 1. Earlier that morning, and unrelated to the fatal dog attack, her husband was admitted to the hospital. We learned by reading the son's Facebook page that he died shortly thereafter.1 The Mc… [Read full blog post]

2014 Dog Bite Fatality: Rottweiler Kills Toddler in Caldwell County, North Carolina

Nyhiem Wilfong, killed by a family member's chained rottweiler. Social Services Involved UPDATE 05/06/14: Various news reports state the 5-year old boy was the victim's cousin, not his brother. An updated report by WBTV describes how the boy was found, "bloody and covered in mud with the dog laying on top of him." The boy's grandfather and owner of the dog, Ervin Patterson, told WBTV that he did not believe the dog was aggressive. "He's just big and playful," Patterson said. S… [Read full blog post]

2014 Dog Bite Fatality: Texas Toddler Killed by Pit Bull Being 'Watched' by Her Family

Family Owned Pit Bull UPDATE 02/19/14: In a Tuesday update by KXAN, it was revealed that the child's family also owned a pit bull.1 "The Mayes family had their own pit bull that neighbors and family members say is friendly, and the kids play with it all the time," states the article. Details remain sparse partly because the local paper, the Temple Daily Telegram, is behind a paywall. Today, the Killeen Daily Herald noted that the attacking female pit bull also had two puppies at t… [Read full blog post]

2013 Dog Bite Fatality: Chained Pit Bull-Mix Kills 5-Year Old Girl in Effingham

Picture of pet pit bull that killed Arianna Merrbach in Effingham. Autopsy Results UPDATE 06/26/13: The coroner released autopsy results about a young girl killed by a chained pit bull. Florence County Coroner Keith Von Lutcken said the cause of death is due to multiple sharp blunt force injuries; the manner of death is an accident. Herbie Christmas with Florence County Environmental Services said there is evidence around the owner's property that shows the dog had been li… [Read full blog post]