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 »
Karen Brown, known as "Punchi", was killed by a large pit bull in South Deering.
Dog's Owners Flee
UPDATE 08/06/18: An autopsy Sunday determined that Karen Brown, 57, died from multiple injuries inflicted by a dog. The manner of death was ruled accidental, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office. Brown was viciously attacked by a loose pit bull on Saturday in the 10100 block of South Calhoun Avenue on Chicago's Far South Side. According to neighbors, the pit bu… [Read full blog post]
Dorothy Ford, 77-years old, was mauled to death by her pit bull in Alsip, a suburb of Chicago.
Pit Bull Kills Owner
Alsip, IL - A 77-year old woman is dead after being brutally attacked by her own pit bull, Alsip police said. Officers were dispatched to 11604 S. Komensky Monday afternoon for a report of a woman being attacked in her backyard. Police were forced to shoot and kill the aggressive pit bull. Police tried to render the woman aid, but it was too late. She was pronounced dead… [Read full blog post]
Jamie Owsley, 21, died in February after being bitten in the neck by a family pit bull.
UPDATE 05/14/18: On February 26, 2017, a 21-year old man died after being bitten in the neck by a family pit bull. The pit bull belonged to his roommate and cousin Kerry Talburt II. The two resided at 1005 1/2 Jersey Street. The male pit bull that inflicted the attack, Hercules, had bitten three people before delivering a bite that killed Jamie Owsley. Hercules was euthanize… [Read full blog post]
Police at scene where a 71-year old woman was found bitten and dead in Antioch.
Dead Before Mauling
UPDATE 06/08/16: An autopsy on the 71-year old woman found dead yesterday in her Antioch home covered in dog bites determined she died of a massive stroke before the family dogs inflicted severe bites all over her body. Deputy Coroner Orlando Portillo said Elizabeth Flood "was dead before the dogs got to her." Portillo said they are not releasing the number of bites that were disc… [Read full blog post]
UPDATE 05/29/15: James Nevils III, 5-years old, and his sister, 7-years old, had been outside with the dog while visiting their cousin's South Carpenter Street home, according to a police report. When the mother let her children and the dog back into the home, and was locking the door, the dog latched onto the boy's neck. The mother tried to pull the animal off James then dragged both out onto the front lawn, hoping that neighbors would see the attack and help, accord… [Read full blog post]
Family Pit Bull Suddenly Kills Innocent ChildPlease click an image to play the video. From left: Roxanne Hartrich and Angela Rutledge.
DogsBite.org - On the fourth day of Canine Victims Awareness Week, we have selected two powerful videos of mothers who have lost a child in a sudden, vicious family dog attack. Roxanne Hartrich of Bloomington, Illinois lost her 4-year old daughter after the family's two pit bulls brutally attacked her in January. Angela Rutledge of Fulton C… [Read full blog post]