2014 Dog Bite Fatality: San Antonio Woman, 83, Dies After Pit Bull Attack

Felony Charge, Owner Jailed UPDATE 12/12/14: In what may be the first felony charges brought by Bexar County officials under Lillian's Law, 34-year old Perla Rojas was indicted on November 24 on a charge of a dangerous dog attack leading to death, according to court records. The second-degree felony carries up to 20-years in prison if convicted. On March 31, Rojas' two pit bulls brutally attacked 83-year old Petra Aguirre in her own backyard. Aguirre died at University Hosp… [Read full blog post]

East Texas Woman Severely Mauled by Pit Bull at 'Dog Friendly' Private RV Park

Couple Warns of Hidden Dangers and Unknown Information Lorrie George was mauled by a pit bull at an East Texas RV park on November 12th, 2012. Willis, TX - Last November, Lorrie George, 59-years old, was viciously attacked by a tethered pit bull while visiting a friend at a private RV park in Willis, Texas. The injury nearly cost Lorrie her left leg. What follows in this post, told through the eyes of Lorrie and her partner Thomas, is what led up to the mauling and what unfolded in it… [Read full blog post]

Report: Texas Dog Bite Fatalities, January 1, 2005 to February 17, 2013

The report shows that 34 Texas dog bite fatalities were recorded during this period, more dog bite-related deaths than any other state. Impediments to reduce these deaths include the One Bite rule and the 1991 statewide measure that prohibits breed-specific laws. Austin, TX - In just over the last 8-years, 34 Texans were killed by dogs. Pit bulls were responsible for 76% of the total recorded deaths. The second most lethal dog breed, rottweilers, accounted for 15%. Pit bull… [Read full blog post]

Bill Passes House: Life in a Texas Jail if Your Dog Kills a Child or Senior Citizen

Dangerous Dog Bill Advances Austin, TX - Some months ago, state Rep. Chuck Hopson drafted HB 1389 that increases criminal penalties for dog owners -- from second degree to first degree -- if their dog kills a person under the age of 18 or over the age of 65 and falls under 822.005 (Lillian's Law, which only affects "loose dog" attacks). The bill recently passed the House in a 123-7 vote and is headed to the Senate. The bill in part came in response to the 2009 death of Justin Clinton. W… [Read full blog post]