Coroner Rules Cause of Death Heart Attack After Pit Bull Attacks Two in Morgan County, Missouri

A woman, 61, was found dead after being attacked by a pit bull she was dog sitting.Post-Fatality Dog Bites UPDATE 10/07/18: Last week, we were finally able to talk to the county coroner. He confirmed the victim suffered a fatal heart attack and was bitten by the dog afterward. The bites were post-fatality. Despite the conflicting media reports, one news report did clearly state this. Initially, police did not know the order of the events, not until the autopsy was complete. To… [Read full blog post]

2018 Dog Bite Fatality: Dog Kills 13-Month Old Baby Girl at Babysitter's Home in Missouri

Babysitter Charged with Felony Involuntary ManslaughterLoxli Chavez, 13-months old, was killed by a dog while under the care of her babysitter. Babysitter Charged UPDATE 04/06/18: Police have charged a babysitter in connection to the mauling death of a baby under her care last month. Erica Nancy Jordan, 33, was charged with one count of second-degree involuntary manslaughter, a felony, for acting with criminal negligence that resulted in the death of 13-month old Loxl… [Read full blog post]

Persistent 'Wild Animal' Theory Finally Derailed, Elderly Man was Killed by a Pack of Loose Dogs in 2015

A Flawed Theory and Problematic BiasWerner Vogt, 85, was killed by a pack of dogs in southwestern Missouri in late 2015. Felony Manslaughter UPDATE 01/18/18: The owners of a pack of dogs that killed an elderly man have been charged with felony second-degree manslaughter. The dogs viciously attacked 85-year old Werner Vogt on November 12, 2015 as he rode his bicycle in a rural area southeast of Rogersville. Vogt died of his injuries a few weeks later. For months, local authori… [Read full blog post]

2016 Dog Bite Fatality: Advocate for People with Disabilities Mauled to Death by His Pit Bull in Missouri

Death by Dog Bites UPDATE 05/10/16: St. Louis County Police released autopsy results of a man found dead Monday in a home with his two pet pit bulls. Adonis Reddick, 45-years old, died due to fatal dog bite injuries inflicted to his neck, authorities said. St. Louis County police spokesman Shawn McGuire said the county medical examiner determined that Reddick died of "penetrating and perforating" wounds to the neck. County police investigators believe he was killed by one o… [Read full blog post]

2014 Dog Bite Fatality: Toddler Dies After Attack by Family Pit Bull While Under Grandmother's Care

Heroic neighbor stopped the attack by stabbing the pit bull with a steak knife. The Indictment UPDATE 01/29/15: We received a copy of the indictment against Derek Solem. As we had hoped, it included more information. The dog was not listed as a Staffordshire terrier or pit bull-mix as several news groups stated in their coverage. The fatally attacking dog, named Martel, was a "pit bull terrier." In addition to Martel previously biting another child in the home and the clear (a… [Read full blog post]

Missouri - Proposed Statewide Bill Prohibiting Breed-Specific Ordinances Fails During Legislative Session

DogsBite.org Clarifies Fallacy Arguments, Makes First Public AppealA victory for the health and safety of children, and you helped! Jefferson City, MO - The 2014 Legislative Session of the Missouri General Assembly ended on Friday, May 16. A bill sponsored by Rep. Ron Hicks failed to pass. HB 1116 would have prohibited municipalities in Missouri to enact breed-specific laws, including cities with home rule governance. Any jurisdiction with an existing pit bull ordinan… [Read full blog post]