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 »
'Rehabbed' Pit Bull Attacked Just After Shock Collar Removed
Margaret Colvin died after being brutally attacked by a pit bull adopted hours earlier.
UPDATE 11/17/17: Five months after a woman was brutally killed by a pit bull her daughter had acquired from a rescue group hours earlier that day, authorities filed charges. Jamie Cochran, the 33-year old owner of Forever Home Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, has been charged with 10 misdemeanors for im… [Read full blog post]
How a Pit Bull Fulfills its Destiny: Breed-Specific Traits
Family pit bull named "Scarface" mauls family after owner tries to put a sweater on it.
Family Pit Bull Berserks
Tampa, FL - In a story that has gone national now, we remind readers of breed-specific traits. Last Friday, WTSB reported that a family pit bull named "Scarface" attacked three family members after its owner tried to put a sweater on it. Brenda Guerrero, 52, went outside to put a sweater on the dog, when it bega… [Read full blog post]
Harvard Graduate, Doctor in Residency Owns the Dogs
Jocelyn Winfrey died after being attacked by pit bull-type dogs belonging to Dr. Hamilton Hicks.
Alderman Explores Ideas
UPDATE 07/07/16: The two dogs that brutally attacked Jocelyn Winfrey on June 20, inflicting catastrophic injuries, were put down yesterday. Winfrey succumbed to her injuries and died on June 27. Yesterday also marked the first public statement by Yale University since the attack. Karen Peart, a spo… [Read full blog post]
Emergency vehicles outside the home where two pit bulls killed Bessie Flowers.
UPDATE 03/28/16: The victim has been identified as 86-year old Bessie Flowers. Police have identified the attacking dogs as two American pit bull terriers. Both animals were properly licensed and vaccinated. Police confirmed they were called to the same address in April 2013 regarding a complaint about two aggressive dogs; no other details were provided. WSOC-TV also repo… [Read full blog post]
Suzanne Story, 36, was killed by a pit bull-mix given to her a few weeks earlier.
Newspaper Finds Owners
UPDATE 02/12/16: Yesterday, we learned from The Virginian-Pilot that the advertisement for the dog was actually placed in The Pilot. A stroke of good luck in the ability to track down the former owners of a pit bull-mix that was off-loaded to Suzanne Story then killed her a few weeks later. “There was blood everywhere,” her mother Debbie Brown said. “Her hair was just s… [Read full blog post]
Annie Williams, 71, was mauled to death by a pit bull in Shaker Heights, Ohio.
Owner Gets Prison
UPDATE 04/20/16: In February, felony manslaughter charges were brought against two dog owners in Cuyahoga County. Earlier this month, Leon Morton, 49, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter after a pit bull under his care brutally attacked and killed 71-year old Annie Williams in front of her great grandchildren in Shaker Heights last July. Today, Cuyahoga Common Pleas Ju… [Read full blog post]
UPDATE 05/29/15: James Nevils III, 5-years old, and his sister, 7-years old, had been outside with the dog while visiting their cousin's South Carpenter Street home, according to a police report. When the mother let her children and the dog back into the home, and was locking the door, the dog latched onto the boy's neck. The mother tried to pull the animal off James then dragged both out onto the front lawn, hoping that neighbors would see the attack and help, accord… [Read full blog post]
Fatally attacking pet pit bull, FatBoi, as seen as the victim's Facebook Cover image.
Coroner: "So Obvious"
UPDATE 12/30/14: As noted earlier in footnotes, it is unusual for a coroner to forego an autopsy after a fatal dog attack. Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris listed the cause of death as exsanguination, massive blood loss. "This is so clear cut," Harris explained. "There’s no reason for me to spend $2,500 of the taxpayers’ money on something so obvious." Edward Ca… [Read full blog post]