Videos of Pit Bull Attacking Decoy Dogs Shown to Courtroom; Judge Orders the Dog-Aggressive Pit Bull Put Down

City Uses Unique Approach to Show Dog Can't be Rehabbed One of two videos shown to courtroom demonstrating this pit bull's dog aggression. City Officials Show Videos Victoria, Canada - In an uncommon, but effective demonstration, the City of Victoria used videos of a decoy dog to show a courtroom the level of dog aggression in a pit bull, named Bentley. On April 21, as 72-year old Peter McPherson was walking his Maltese-cross named Cassie, Bentley viciously attacked his dog.… [Read full blog post]

2016 Dog Bite Fatality: New Haven Woman Dies After Violent 'Hannibal Lecter' Style Mauling by Pit Bull-Type Dogs

Harvard Graduate, Doctor in Residency Owns the Dogs Jocelyn Winfrey died after being attacked by pit bull-type dogs belonging to Dr. Hamilton Hicks. Alderman Explores Ideas UPDATE 07/07/16: The two dogs that brutally attacked Jocelyn Winfrey on June 20, inflicting catastrophic injuries, were put down yesterday. Winfrey succumbed to her injuries and died on June 27. Yesterday also marked the first public statement by Yale University since the attack. Karen Peart, a spo… [Read full blog post]

2016 Dog Bite Fatality: Man Mauled to Death by Pack of Dogs in Miami-Dade County

Some of the dogs that viciously attacked Manuel Mejia, 49, on April 23 in Miami-Dade County. FOIA's Submitted UPDATE 11/14/16: Today we submitted two public records request to learn more information about this case. We submitted a request for the police report from Miami-Dade County Police and the animal control report from Miami-Dade Animal Services. While local media did the initial fact-finding and gained the autopsy report, there were never any follow-ups. Questio… [Read full blog post]

2015 Dog Bite Fatality: Visiting Child Killed by Father's Pit Bull-Type Dog in Miami-Dade County

Interchangeable Breed Labels in Miami-Dade County Nyjah Espinosa was killed by a pit bull-type dog while visiting her father's home. Pit Bull-Mixes Routinely Mislabeled "Bulldog-Mixes" UPDATE 12/30/15: After a serious or fatal attack, there is rarely a "pit bull-mix" designation in Miami-Dade County, which has banned pit bulls since 1989. The labeling is either a purebred pit bull, where the ordinance must apply, or a mix that excludes pit bulls, such as the following a… [Read full blog post]

2015 Dog Bite Fatality: Family Dogs Savagely Kill Elderly Woman in Miami-Dade

The American bulldog-mix and main aggressor in attack that killed Carmen Reigada. New Information UPDATE 03/30/16: Six months after the horrific, gruesome mauling death of a 91-year old woman by three family dogs, new information has been released, including photographs of the dogs. The medical examiner determined the dogs "defleshed" the face and scalp of Carmen Reigada. She died due to dog bites to the head, neck and extremities. Since her death, her great-grandson, C… [Read full blog post]

2014 Dog Bite Fatality: Visiting Child Killed by Family Pit Bulls in Miami-Dade County

From top left: Javon Dade Jr., the crime scene, suspect #1 and the "breed labeling game." Father Pleads Guilty UPDATE 03/02/15: Javon Dade Sr. pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter on the day his trial was set to begin in connection to the mauling death of his son. Last summer, Javon Dade Jr. was savagely killed by his father’s illegal pit bull and pit bull-mixes at the home Javon Sr. shared with his girlfriend, Alessandra Carrasco, as the two slept off a narcotics hangov… [Read full blog post]

DogsBite.org Featured as Guest Columnist in Support of Pit Bull Bans -- Orlando Sentinel

DogsBite.org - On May 7, The Orlando Sentinel contacted DogsBite.org to contribute to a regular feature called The Front Burner, a pro-con editorial segment. The topic matter was whether to ban pit bulls. DogsBite.org submitted our 630 word piece in support of banning pit bulls on May 15. The Sentinel published the piece on May 24. We are republishing the article in full on the DogsBite.org Blog one week later to include the associated source citations, 13 in total. Banning P… [Read full blog post]

Vote in Miami-Dade County to Repeal Pit Bull Ban Fails by Wide Margin

63% Favor Ban  |  Results PDF Miami, FL - Back in March, DogsBite.org wrote about the state legislative attempt, spearheaded by Rep. Carlos Trujillo, to repeal the Miami-Dade pit bull ban (HB 997) and its Senate counterpart (SB 1322). What put a halt to that effort was an agreement by Miami-Dade Commissioners to place the item on a countywide ballot on August 14 and let the public decide. By late evening of the 14th, the voice of the public was clear: Do not repeal the M… [Read full blog post]