Pit Bulls Seen Wearing Service Dog, ESA Vests on Social Media
Jayden Henderson died and her mother was injured while caring for a neighbor's pit bulls.
UPDATE 04/28/21: The child has been identified as 7-year old Jayden Henderson. Jayden and her mother were members of the Capitol Broadcasting Company. Her mother, Heather Trevaskis, who remains hospitalized, has been the master control operator for eight years at WRAL-TV, reports the Raleigh-based news outle… [Read full blog post]
Benjamin Cobb, 4-years old, was killed by a pit bull his family was housing in Hazel Park.
Dog Owner Named
UPDATE 10/29/20: On the 1-year anniversary of Benjamin Cobb's death -- who was killed by a pit bull that "detonated" like a bomb inside his home -- this is what the dog's owner, Chris Mallory, told Benjamin's mother. It is so dreadful that we will not quote any portion. Brandi Halterman had been housing the pit bull, "Bolo," for less than a day when the dog attacked. Bolo was all… [Read full blog post]
A woman, 61, was found dead after being attacked by a pit bull she was dog sitting.
Post-Fatality Dog Bites
UPDATE 10/07/18: Last week, we were finally able to talk to the county coroner. He confirmed the victim suffered a fatal heart attack and was bitten by the dog afterward. The bites were post-fatality. Despite the conflicting media reports, one news report did clearly state this. Initially, police did not know the order of the events, not until the autopsy was complete. To… [Read full blog post]
Jaelah Smith, 6, died after suffering life-threatening injuries from a dog attack.
Child Did Not Survive
UPDATE: 07/18/18: Family members confirmed late Tuesday that 6-year old Jaelah Smith died after suffering life-threatening injuries from a dog attack Sunday morning. She was attacked in the neck by a pit bull-mix her family had been dog sitting while its owner was away on vacation. The dog did not belong to her family. Jaelah had been on life support systems since the att… [Read full blog post]