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 »
UPDATE 03/12/12: The Miami Herald released a list Sunday of the 2012 Florida legislative session -- all bills that passed and failed. Rep. Carlos Trujillo's bill to repeal the Miami-Dade pit bull ban (HB 997) failed as did its Senate counterpart (SB 1322). This might in part be due to historic victims Pilar Garcia and her daughter, Melissa Moreira, speaking out, as well as editorials written that clarified the history of the ban and why Miami-Dade County of… [Read full blog post]
Harry Acklam, 7-years old, was mauled to death by two pit bulls in 1896.
An Awful Death
Racine, MI - While researching historical fatal pit bull attacks in April, we discovered the 1896 death of Harry Acklam. The 7-year old boy had been gathering flowers with a friend when the attack unfolded. The case captivated our attention as it involved Racine manufacturing companies, teamsters and a self-appointed fatal dog attack investigator1 who concluded that the two bloody pit bu… [Read full blog post]
Fatalpitbullattacks.comDogsBite.org - For several years, DogsBite.org has been gathering historical fatal dog attacks, incidents occurring prior to 2005, and posting them to a web page. The number of fatal pit bull maulings grew so voluminous, that we decided to launch a new website, Fatal Pit Bull Attacks, to list these attacks along with brief facts about the history of breed-specific laws. Nearly all of the historical incidents were found through Google News Archiv… [Read full blog post]
John P. Colby and son Louis (1922), Colby's Pincher (top) and Colby's Twister.
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Newburyport, MA - While researching fatal pit bull attacks of the early to mid 1900s, we came across the most damaging fatal attack the pit bull community has ever known. To start, in 1901 a pet pit bull killed its owner's mistress, in 1909 a pet pit bull killed its owner's brother, in 1945, a pet pit bull killed a 21-month old baby in Los Angeles (just 3-months before fighting pit bu… [Read full blog post]