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 »
The Family Pit Bull Attacked the Baby 'Out of The Blue'
Jase Fohs, 8-months old, was killed by a family pit bull in Lusby, Maryland.
Family Pit Bull Confirmed
UPDATE 03/24/17: At the news conference Friday, Calvert County Sheriff Mike Evans said the dog that killed an 8-month old baby was a family pit bull, 6 to 8-years old. The family had raised the dog since it was a puppy. The animal attacked the baby "out of the blue," he said. The dog had no history of aggression, Evans said. The f… [Read full blog post]
Attacked While Taking Down His Christmas Tree
Adopted from Rescue
UPDATE 01/08/15: New information has been released about an elderly man mauled to death by his pet pit bull while taking down his Christmas tree. The fatally attacking dog was a 4-year old neutered male pit bull that Eugene Smith and his son adopted from an unnamed rescue organization in May. The pit bull was not a stray as earlier reports claimed. Police officials continue to look into the dog's background. Ani… [Read full blog post]
Included: Timeline of Major Events from 2007 to 2014
Annapolis, MD - On April 8, Governor Martin O'Malley signed Senate Bill 247 into law abrogating the Court of Appeals of Maryland's decision in Tracey v. Solesky. The 2012 decision declared pit bulls "inherently dangerous" and attached strict liability when a pit bull attacks a person. This liability extended to landlords when a tenant's pit bull attacks. DogsBite.org submitted an amicus brief to the high court on behalf… [Read full blog post]
Compromise Bill Fails
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Annapolis, MD - On April 8, the last day of the Maryland General Assembly's 2013 Legislative Session, after weeks of discussion, amendments and name calling from Delegate Luiz Simmons,1 the House killed the final negotiated bill that would have reversed the high court ruling and set forth a new dog bite liability standard. For months, the difference between the two cham… [Read full blog post]
The 911 call portrays a life-threatening attack upon a young boy by a neighbor's pit bull. The Solesky family hopes the 911 call will inspire Maryland legislators to resolve that this never happens in the New Year.
Towson, MD December 17, 2012 -- Anthony and Irene Solesky, the parents of a young pit bull mauling victim at the center of Tracey v. Solesky, an appellate court decision that declared pit bulls "inherently dangerous," release the 911 call of the attack upon their son… [Read full blog post]
DogsBite.org Turns Five-Years Old
DogsBite.org - October 15, 2012 marks the fifth year that DogsBite.org has been operating on the World Wide Web, documenting statistics and providing resources to help prevent serious dog attacks. Our news comes on the heels of a press release issued for the upcoming October Tucson event: Walk for Victims of Pit Bulls and Other Dangerous Dogs. National dog bite victims' advocates, including founder Colleen Lynn and Anthony Solesky will… [Read full blog post]
On April 8, 2014 the governor signed a bill abrogating this Court of Appeals decision.
Motion for Reconsideration
Annapolis, MD - In a rare decision by the high court to grant a motion for reconsideration, the Maryland Court of Appeals narrowed its April, 26 2012 ruling in Tracey v. Solesky by limiting its ruling only to pit bulls and removing the terms: cross-breds, pit bull mix, or cross-bred pit bull mix. The Court narrowed its original Opinion because the case before them,… [Read full blog post]
Anthony Solesky testifying before the Pit Bull Task Force in June 2012.
Court Ruling Stands
UPDATE 08/15/12: Just after midnight last night, a coup occurred in the Maryland General Assembly. The Senate rejected the corrupted House version of the strict liability bill that would fail to address over 50% of all Maryland dog bite victims by limiting strict liability to only those bitten by loose dogs (victims in off-property attacks). Senate President Mike Miller told repor… [Read full blog post]