Dramatic Decline in Attacks by Pit Bulls Since Pawtucket Adopted Pit Bull Ban in 2004

Bites Drop Dramatically Pawtucket, RI - The Valley Breeze recently published over 13-years of pit bull bite data showing the long-term success of Pawtucket's 2004 pit bull ban. The Breeze gained the data through an open records request to the Pawtucket Police Department and Pawtucket Animal Control. After enforcement of the ban began in 2004, attacks inflicted by pit bulls on people and pets in the city quickly plunged into scarcity. Citizens and their pets enjoy this same… [Read full blog post]

Washington State Court of Appeals Upholds Jury Verdict in Vicious Dog Mauling Case

UPDATE 01/16/14: On January 9, 2014, the Supreme Court of Washington rejected Pierce County's request for review of Gorman v. Pierce County. The jury verdict stands and cannot be appealed higher. The case was tried before a jury in July 2011 by Mike McKasy and Shelly Speir of the Tacoma-based law firm, Troup, Christnacht, Ladenburg, McKasy, Durkin & Speir. The jury agreed that Pierce County and the dog owners were at fault, awarding Gorman $2.2 million. After the jury tr… [Read full blog post]

Georgia Pit Bull Owner is Convicted After 8-Year Old Girl Suffers Amputation

Images of Erin Ingram, her father and first responders on March 9 outside her home. Judge Limits Ruling UPDATE 01/13/15: Several hours after the $72 million dollar jury award was announced publicly, Judge Mathew Robins, pursuant to state law, limited the amount of punitive damages to $250,000 in the case of Erin Ingram. The judge ordered Twyann Vaughn, the owner of the dogs -- who did not appear at the civil trial held on January 12, 2015 -- to pay the plaintiff $36,691,278 in co… [Read full blog post]

After $2.2 Million Award, Dog Bite Victim Sue Gorman Says System is Still Flawed

Safety Issues Persist Gig Harbor, WA - On August 21, 2007, two pit bulls entered a residential home through a side sliding door and attacked a disabled woman while she slept. The victim, 59-year-old Sue Gorman, suffered serious injuries to her face, forearms and hands. Prior to the incident, animal control had made over a dozen visits to the home of the dogs' owners due to complaints by area residents. Gorman alone had called 911 at least ten times leading up to the attack. There… [Read full blog post]

Rusk County Jury Returns $7 Million Dollar Verdict After Fatal Dog Mauling

Justin supporters seen in a 2009 rally calling for the banning of pit bulls. Justin's Law Tyler, TX - Several days following a $7 million dollar verdict after the dog mauling death of Justin Clinton, his mother, Serenia Clinton, spoke with the News-Journal. She said, "I don't want any parent to go through what we went through." She and her attorney, Cynthia Kent, are working to push Justin's Law, a state law designed to allow the regulation of dangerous dog breeds. Currently, T… [Read full blog post]

Suing Animal Control Agencies or Municipalities After a Serious Dog Attack

Dogsbite.org has gathered instances in which victims have sued city or county Animal Care and Control Departments or municipalities after a serious or fatal dog attack. Some of these cases are "in process" with results unknown. We hope that by publishing this list, future dog attack victims and their attorneys might reference this list and track court cases via lawsuit databases and learn what finally resulted. Victim: Zachary Rasmussen Sued: Santa Monica, CA Location:… [Read full blog post]

Aurora Fighting Breed Ban Goes to Court

Now The Ugly Guys Show Up Aurora, CO - The American Canine Foundation (ACF), a Washington-based pit bull special interest group, frequently threatens and pursues lawsuits to intimidate city officials who have passed breed-specific laws. The group seems to be in litigation on a constant basis, but has little to show for their efforts. Likely the most significant case they "assisted on" is the Ohio, Tellings case, which recently got overturned by the Ohio State Supreme Cour… [Read full blog post]