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 »
Alex Geiger, 25, Faces Three Felonies After Vicious Mauling Death
Former officer Alex Geiger, 25, faces felonies after his "personal" police-trained K-9 killed a man.
Geiger Will Stand Trial
UPDATE 07/20/17: On Wednesday, Superior Court Judge Hugh Mullin III ruled the criminal case against a former Grover Beach police officer will move forward. On December 13, Alex Geiger's attack-trained police K-9, which he kept as a "personal" pet after leaving the Exeter K-9 unit in… [Read full blog post]
The Criminal Trial of Geneke Antonio Lyons
Xavier Strickland, 4-years old, was savagely killed by pit bulls in Detroit on December 2, 2015.
UPDATE 06/30/16: Judge James Callahan sentenced Geneke Antonio Lyons, 42, to 5-years probation with a year in "work release" jail after his pit bulls eviscerated a little boy. The sentence was below the guidelines of 19 to 38 months. Prosecutors had originally charged Lyons with second-degree murder, but Callahan thre… [Read full blog post]
Lower right photo shows the gate that the pit bulls yanked the boy under before killing him.
Owner to Face Trial
UPDATE 01/07/16: The owner of a pack of pit bulls that killed a 4-year old boy on December 2, will stand trial in the death of a child. At the end of the preliminary examination, Judge Lydia Nance-Adams ruled Geneke Lyons, 41, will proceed to trial on the charges of second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and possessing dangerous animals causing death in conne… [Read full blog post]
Jury Verdict: Babysitter is Guilty on All Four Counts
UPDATE 07/13/15: On Monday, a Jasper County judge sentenced Jena Maria Wright, 27, to no more than 10-years in prison in connection to the dog mauling death of 4-year old Jordyn Arndt. Back in May, a jury convicted Wright on all four counts after Wright's pit bull savagely killed Jordyn while under her care on April 22, 2013. Wright was found guilty of felony child endangerment resulting in death, felo… [Read full blog post]
One of Two Victims Killed by Littermate Dogs in a 5-Month Period
The victim's grieving husband and best friend, Norbert "Hans" Kappen, attends criminal trial.
Both Found Guilty archived
UPDATE 10/09/14: Some of our readers followed the live Twitter feed last night as the jury deliberated and reached a verdict. Though both were found guilty, Brande Coy was only found guilty of "misdemeanor" negligent homicide. Brande had been charged with felony manslaughter and deserve… [Read full blog post]
UPDATE 07/14/15: Today a Lapeer County judge sentenced the owners of two cane corsos that mauled a jogger to death last year. Sebastiano Quagliata, 46, and his wife, Valbona Lucaj, 45, were sentenced to 57 months to 15 years in prison, which is just shy of 5-years behind bars. The couple's cane corsos had attacked two victims before fatally attacking Craig Systma, 46, on July 23, 2014 as he jogged down a rural road. The two may face deportation upon release from… [Read full blog post]
Puppies Spared; Right to Repetition archived
UPDATE 08/02/14: Three adult cane corsos have been euthanized, but prosecutors backed down from their civil complaint filed on July 25 to seize the eight offspring puppies1 ("Complainant believes ... they’re [sic] blood line cannot be reasonably believed to be safe for society"). Instead, prosecutors made a deal with the defendants' attorneys, who deny the dogs' owners are breeders, despite being caught red-handed sell… [Read full blog post]
Convicted Two Years After Baby's Dog Mauling Death
Johnathan Quarles Jr. was killed by his step-grandmother's pit bull in Dayton, Ohio.
Sentenced to 3 Years archived
UPDATE 06/09/16: Today in a Montgomery County court, a judge sentenced Kimiko Hardy to three years in jail in connection to the mauling death of a baby who was under her care on July 20, 2014. In May, a jury found Hardy guilty on six felony counts after her pit bull killed her 7-month old step-grandson, Johnathan Qu… [Read full blog post]