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 »
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]
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]
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]
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.
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From left: Justin Clinton, family members, attack scene, County Road 133 sign.
Family Files Suit
UPDATE 09/05/09: The mother of 10-year old Justin Clinton, who was mauled to death by two pit bulls in June, filed suit against the couple who owned the dogs. Serenia Clinton's lawsuit accuses Ricky and Christi George of gross negligence and carelessness and contends they are liable for Justin Clinton's death. They are seeking more than $100,000 and other damages to be determin… [Read full blog post]
From left: Kristi Langston and Sean Langston.
Victim: Kristi Langston
Tyler, TX - On March 17, Kristi Langston was nearly killed by a group of pit bulls. Sean Langston, her husband, who "by the grace of God," returned home early from work that day, found his wife still alive. He told reporters that it would be a while before the "indescribable scene" would leave his head. "Knowing how I felt when I found her, I can only imagine what she endured," he said. "I literally thought she wa… [Read full blog post]
Due to the multitude of problems Texas faces regarding pit bulls, specifically 1.) The number of children seriously injured and killed by them, 2.) The inability for Texas cities to enact pit bull laws due to the 1991 statewide anti-BSL measure and 3.) Dogfighting, we've placed a group of Texas stories into one blog post. We hope that by doing so, Texas readers can gain a better understanding of these problems, as well as the attempts being made to overcome them.
Dog Laws and Iss… [Read full blog post]
Austin, TX - Lillian's Law (HB 1355) is the new Texas State dangerous dog law. Under the law, the owner of a loose dog that causes injury or death can be prosecuted if the owner is found to be "criminally negligent" in failing to prevent the dog from escaping. The third-degree felony charge can bring a sentence of 2 to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. If the victim dies, a dog owner can be charged with a second-degree felony, bringing up to 20 years in prison.
Lillian's Law stems f… [Read full blog post]