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 »
Location of family pit bull attack that left a man dead and a woman seriously injured.
Pit Bull Confirmed
UPDATE 02/17/18: On Thursday evening, Owensboro Police and Owensboro Fire responded to a home in the 2300 block of Heritage Park Drive at about 6 pm after reports of a dog attack. When police entered the home, they shot and killed a large aggressive dog and tasered a beagle. Police found David and Dana Brown on the ground with injuries after trying to break up a fight between tw… [Read full blog post]
Lola Endres, an animal rescue advocate, discovered dead with dog bite injuries.
Bitten After Death
UPDATE 05/10/16: The Hendricks County Coroner said an autopsy showed that Lola Endres' heart stopped about 7 pm Sunday night. The coroner's report states that all of the dog bites were inflicted after her death. Thus, the bites did not contribute to her death. Each year in the U.S., via collecting media reports, we see a handful of people who suffer a fatal heart attack while try… [Read full blog post]
Dog Shipped Out-of-State
UPDATE 03/19/15: Wheeling City Manager Robert Herron has agreed to allow the pit bull that killed a man to be shipped to an out-of-state pet sitting and rescue organization that was recently given verbal and written warnings for kennel maintenance violations. South Hills Pet Rescue and Rehabilitation Resort, located in Union Township, Pennsylvania,1 serves "all breeds, with all needs," according to its website and adopts out animal-aggressi… [Read full blog post]
Dog Owner Charged
UPDATE 04/13/15: A Rockingham County grand jury issued charges today against a man whose pack of dogs contributed to man's death in November. Daniel Douglass McCollum, 55, of Madison was charged with one count of involuntary manslaughter in connection to the death of 62-year old Jose Cruz Cazares Robles. The victim, who had been visiting from Mexico, had left his family's home that day for a walk when the pack of dogs viciously attacked him along McCollum Ro… [Read full blog post]
Scene of pit bull dog aggression attack and man's death.
Dies in Street
Douglas County, GA - Tim Thomas, 49-years old, died of a fatal heart attack on Friday after trying to stop his two pit bulls from killing a smaller dog. CBS Atlanta reports that the incident happened on Mitchell Mill Road. Apparently, Thomas "realized something was wrong" just after letting his pit bulls out. When he got out to the road, he saw his two pit bulls attacking the smaller dog. When Thomas tried to in… [Read full blog post]
Sullivan, OH - The Mansfield News Journal reports that an Ashland County man died Sunday evening after trying to break up a fight between his bulldog and his son's pit bull terrier. During the fight, the pit bull latched onto his hand. When the family tried to get the dog to release its grip, the victim reportedly passed out and stopped breathing. Cary Grant, 56, was taken to Lodi General Hospital where according to his son, suffered a "massive heart attack" and d… [Read full blog post]
Richard Martratt, Canton Animal Control, Michael Miller and Sheriff Pat Burnett.
"Non Bite" Fatality
Van Zandt County, TX - It was reported over the holiday weekend that a 64-year old man died, apparently due to a heart attack, and a 78-year old woman suffered head injuries after intervening in a dog fight involving two pit bull type dogs. The dogs escaped their owner's property and attacked Joan Hardin's border collie. Hardin had been outside, along with the dog, unloading… [Read full blog post]
UPDATE 03/08/10: Lee County Coroner Alfred Elmore confirmed in a phone call today with DogsBite.org that Ethel Horton suffered severe injuries in the pit bull attack. There was no mistake in the tone of his voice. "Oh they were severe," he said. The death of Ethel Horton indeed qualifies as a U.S. fatal dog attack, despite animal experts such as Richard Polsky who declare otherwise:
Polsky's website: "For example, there was an incident in March 2010 incide… [Read full blog post]