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 »
Michael Obergas, 2-months old, was mauled to death by at least one family dog.
UPDATE 08/21/17: Houston Police have identified the 2-month old baby killed by one or more family dogs. Michael James Obergas was pronounced dead at Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital on Saturday, according to investigators. Police said the baby was in a bassinet in a secure bedroom, but one of the dogs was able to open the door and attack the baby. Police and news reports did… [Read full blog post]
Christina Bell and flowers left where she was killed by two pit bulls.
Dog Owners Charged
UPDATE 07/01/14: In an unexpected development, Harris County prosecutors are charging both dog owners in connection to the death of Christina Bell, who was viciously killed by at least two pit bulls in early January. Timothy Dewayne Coleman, 33, and Tiara Deshawn Thomas, 26, who owned at least one of the attacking pit bulls, are being charged under the state felony dog attack law. Click2… [Read full blog post]
Two on scene pit bulls seized by animal control officials.
Authorities Suspect Dogs
UPDATE 09/02/13: No updates about the death of Juan Campos were made over the long weekend. Campos was discovered dead by Miguel Velasquez, one of his grandson's, in his backyard on Friday. Severe wounds consistent with bite marks covered one of his legs. His pet chihuahua was lying nearby also dead. Velasquez said that three pit bulls were in the yard when he arrived. Two were attacking his ne… [Read full blog post]
The report shows that 34 Texas dog bite fatalities were recorded during this period, more dog bite-related deaths than any other state. Impediments to reduce these deaths include the One Bite rule and the 1991 statewide measure that prohibits breed-specific laws.
Austin, TX - In just over the last 8-years, 34 Texans were killed by dogs. Pit bulls were responsible for 76% of the total recorded deaths. The second most lethal dog breed, rottweilers, accounted for 15%. Pit bull… [Read full blog post]
Edna Dyson and her two daughters, Regina and Lawanda
Houston, TX - A Houston woman severely mauled by two pit bulls last week died from her injuries Tuesday. Click2houston.com reports that 71-year old Edna Dyson died November 15 after police say two pit bulls attacked her last week. She was in ICU for nearly a week. Specifically, "Investigators say two pit bulls dug a hole under a fence and got out. They mauled Mrs. Edna. She crawled to her car and waited for help. Lawan… [Read full blog post]
UPDATE 09/05/11: Authorities have identified the infant who died early Sunday after being mauled by a dog. Brayden McCollen was in a baby carrier on the floor in a room at his family's home in Cypress when the dog began sniffing the newborn then mauling him. A spokesman for the Harris County Sheriff's Office, Thomas Gilliland, said the baby's mother was outside at the time, watching him through a window. The dog pushed through a pair of French doors to reach th… [Read full blog post]
Jeannette Vaughn, 3-months old, was killed by one of her family's rottweilers.
Criminal Charges Unlikely
UPDATE 12/21/10: New information reveals that baby Jeannette Vaughn was inside the home when one of the rottweilers pushed through a washing machine and a heavy slab of marble and mauled the infant to death. In a separate article, Chris Glaser of Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care (BARC)1 was quick to point out to abc13.com reporters, "You can't judge the family unles… [Read full blog post]
Due to the multitude of problems Texas faces regarding pit bulls, specifically 1.) The number of children seriously injured and killed by them, 2.) The inability for Texas cities to enact pit bull laws due to the 1991 statewide anti-BSL measure and 3.) Dogfighting, we've placed a group of Texas stories into one blog post. We hope that by doing so, Texas readers can gain a better understanding of these problems, as well as the attempts being made to overcome them.
Dog Laws and Iss… [Read full blog post]