In the 16-year period of 2005 through 2020, canines killed 568 Americans. Pit bulls contributed to 67% (380) of these deaths. Combined, pit bulls and rottweilers contributed to 76% of the total recorded deaths. | More »
Scarlett Pereira, 1-year old, was killed by a pit bull in East Providence, Rhode Island.
Clarifications and Updates
UPDATE 07/18/20: On July 16, East Providence police were dispatched to 99 Brookhaven Drive at 2:45 pm for a report of a "disturbance and confrontation." Police arrived to find a child dying with "significant" injuries from a vicious dog attack. Two adults were injured while trying to "intervene" to stop the attack, states a news release by police. The baby gir… [Read full blog post]
Frederick Shew, 70-years old, was violently killed by his mastiff on April 11 in Portland.
Mastiff Kills Owner
Portland, OR - On June 15, it was reported for the first time that a 70-year old man was brutally killed by his mastiff in April. On the night of April 11, police were called to the Southeast Portland home of Frederick Shew, where he lived with two housemates. One of Shew's housemates, Kenneth Miller, told The Oregonian that after he went to bed, he heard a loud thump outsi… [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]
Originating County Shelter of Fatally Attacking Pit Bull is Logan, WV
Robin Conway, 64, was mauled to death by a pit bull she adopted two weeks earlier.
Victim and Killer Dog
UPDATE 09/27/18: On September 27, we were alerted to an updated portion of a Baltimore Sun article that contained descriptive information about the male pit bull that attacked and killed Robin Conway on September 3, two weeks after Conway rescued the dog from death row. "Ramsey said Conway had been in cont… [Read full blog post]