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 »
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]
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 bulls found near the boy's body were not responsible for his death.
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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]
From left: Joe Munn, Charles Smallwood, Doretta Zinke, Jennifer Lowe.
Dade County, FL - On May 16, 1945, Doretta Zinke was savagely killed by a pack of pit bulls in the state of Florida. Headlines of the grisly attack covered newspapers across the county. Authorities seized and killed Joe Munn's 27 dogs. Deputy Sheriff Mark Richardson testified that Munn admitted he had been raising fighting dogs and that he knew the dogs were vicious. Munn was convicted of manslaughter and s… [Read full blog post]
Dade County, FL - In part II of Doretta Zinke's story, we learn that she is a world traveler and that the dog owner, Joe Munn, is a laundry truck driver. We also learn that Munn is a breeder of fighting dogs. Not only did his dogs attack and kill a human being, witnesses came forth at his trial and reported attacks on children. Munn did not cull his "human aggressive" dogs, as pit bull lovers claim. One article revealed that his dogs had attacked horses and their riders as well.
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Dade County, FL - In what may be one of the earliest recorded cases of an adult fatally attacked by dogs in the U.S., Doretta Zinke was brutally killed by a pack of pit bulls May 16, 1945. Headlines of the grisly attack covered hundreds of newspapers. Florida authorities were horrified by the attack. They acted fast by arresting the owner of the dogs, Joe Munn, and killing the dogs. These events occur 10 days after Germany surrenders unconditionally in World War II.
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Council Bluffs (Iowa) Nonpareil, 1945Miami, FL - While researching a recent family pit bull attack in McCook, Nebraska, we came across a newspaper article from 1945. The Council Bluffs (Iowa) Nonpareil newspaper -- dated May 20, 1945 -- writes about a savage pit bull attack, right alongside an article titled, "Airborne Rockets Played a Large Part in German Defeat." On May 7th, Germany surrendered unconditionally. The following day, V-E Day is declared -- Victory in Europ… [Read full blog post]