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 »
The American bulldog-mix and main aggressor in attack that killed Carmen Reigada.
UPDATE 03/30/16: Six months after the horrific, gruesome mauling death of a 91-year old woman by three family dogs, new information has been released, including photographs of the dogs. The medical examiner determined the dogs "defleshed" the face and scalp of Carmen Reigada. She died due to dog bites to the head, neck and extremities. Since her death, her great-grandson, C… [Read full blog post]
Declan Moss, 18-months old, and his grandfather's two fatally attacking pit bull-mixes.
UPDATE 01/23/15: The Hernando County Sheriff's Office released still images of both fatally attacking dogs to their Facebook page yesterday along with a message to so-called "animal lovers" who are upset that the sheriff's office also allowed the media to capture video footage of the dogs. Max and Thumper, both male pit bull-mixes, attacked and killed 18-month old D… [Read full blog post]
Scene near the fatal dog mauling of 2-year old Christopher Camejo.
UPDATE 12/22/14: Citrus County authorities arrested the parents of 2-year old Christopher Camejo who was brutally killed by his grandfather's rottweilers on December 6. Christopher Camejo, 29, and Claudia Scarbrough, 31, both of 8352 W. Oak St., Crystal River, were charged with manslaughter and child neglect. At the time of the attack, both parents were home, but not watching their thre… [Read full blog post]
Jessica Norman, 33, was discovered dead on April 30 in Sebring, Florida.
Three Pit Bulls
Sebring, FL - On April 30, Jessica Dawn Norman, 33-years old of Sebring was found naked and dead in a ditch near the back of her property, according to the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office. Police and autopsy reports released this week stated she had both alcohol and methamphetamine in her system and puncture wounds on her body consistent with animal bites. Her death was attributed to m… [Read full blog post]
From top left: Javon Dade Jr., the crime scene, suspect #1 and the "breed labeling game."
Father Pleads Guilty
UPDATE 03/02/15: Javon Dade Sr. pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter on the day his trial was set to begin in connection to the mauling death of his son. Last summer, Javon Dade Jr. was savagely killed by his father’s illegal pit bull and pit bull-mixes at the home Javon Sr. shared with his girlfriend, Alessandra Carrasco, as the two slept off a narcotics hangov… [Read full blog post]
Joel Chirieleison, 6-years old, was killed by two pit bulls on August 7.
Authorities Identify Child
UPDATE 08/08/14: Sheriff's officials have released the name of the young boy killed by two pit bulls while visiting his aunt's home. Joel Chirieleison, the son of Joel Claar and Kristy Chirieleison, had been staying at his aunt's house while his father was at work. The child's aunt, Heather Claar, took the 6-year old boy's father to work that morning then took Joel to her home to… [Read full blog post]
Logan Sheppard, 4-years old, was mauled to death by his uncle's two pit bulls.
No Criminal Charges
UPDATE 07/30/14: Authorities will not pursue charges -- see memo from State Attorney Mark Ober. New information reveals that the adults were sharing "half a joint" in a back room when Logan Sheppard slipped outside and was mauled to death by two pit bulls. The dogs tore off his entire scalp and inflicted bites to his neck, according to police records. The adults left Logan with his… [Read full blog post]
DogsBite.org - On May 7, The Orlando Sentinel contacted DogsBite.org to
contribute to a regular feature called The Front Burner, a pro-con
editorial segment. The topic matter was whether to ban pit bulls.
DogsBite.org submitted our 630 word piece in support of banning pit
bulls on May 15. The Sentinel published the piece on May 24. We are
republishing the article in full on the DogsBite.org Blog one week later to include the associated source citations, 13 in total.
Banning P… [Read full blog post]