2021 Dog Bite Fatality: Woman Killed by Pack of Pit Bull-Mixes in Phoenix; Owner Charged with Negligent Homicide

Maria Ruiz, 77-years old, died after being attacked by four pit bull-mixes in Phoenix. Failed to Impound UPDATE 07/14/21: Returning to the question of the role of animal control, Maricopa Animal Care & Control, the latest news report from KPNX addresses the two previous occasions MCACC responded to the home of Alejandro Hernandez. On July 6, four pit bull-mixes belonging to Hernandez escaped his property again and fatally mauled 77-year old Maria Ruiz while she sat on… [Read full blog post]

2021 Dog Bite Fatality: Boy, 7, Killed by Dogs in Marion County, South Carolina

Shamar Jackson, 7-years old, was killed by a pack of loose dogs in Marion County. Dog Owner Charged UPDATE 06/29/21: On Monday, a man was charged with felony manslaughter in connection to the dog mauling death of a 7-year old boy on June 13. Lorenzo Cardenas, 41, of Marion, was charged with involuntary manslaughter and owning a dangerous animal that attacks and injures a human. Shamar Jackson was attacked and killed by up to six dogs belonging to Cardenas as he tried to escape th… [Read full blog post]

2021 Dog Bite Fatality: Teenager Killed by Pack of Dogs on the Navajo Nation in Fort Defiance, Arizona

Lyssa Upshaw, 13-years old, was found dead near a pack of vicious dogs in Fort Defiance. Navajo Nation Council UPDATE 05/29/21: On May 27, 2021, the 24th Navajo Nation Council issued a press release that confirmed that Lyssa Rose Upshaw was killed by a pack of dogs. The release addressed the Navajo Nation feral dog population and the necessity for action. The release stated that three other people have been killed by dogs on the Nation in the past year. One death was mentioned sp… [Read full blog post]

2021 Dog Bite Fatality: Woman Killed by Pack of Dogs in Porter, Texas During State Power Crisis

Deann Stephenson, 59, was killed by a pack dogs on February 15 in Porter, Texas. Woman Killed by Dogs Porter, TX - On February 15, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office responded to a reported animal bite on Cunningham Drive at about 1:00 pm. Deputies "immediately called for EMS as they had a 59-year old female who was attacked by a pack of five dogs. The deputies attempted to stop the massive bleeding by applying tourniquets to the extremities," reports the Montgomery County… [Read full blog post]