2021 Dog Bite Fatality: Woman Killed by Pack of Pit Bull-Mixes in Phoenix; Owner Charged with Negligent Homicide

Maria Ruiz, 77-years old, died after being attacked by four pit bull-mixes in Phoenix. Failed to Impound UPDATE 07/14/21: Returning to the question of the role of animal control, Maricopa Animal Care & Control, the latest news report from KPNX addresses the two previous occasions MCACC responded to the home of Alejandro Hernandez. On July 6, four pit bull-mixes belonging to Hernandez escaped his property again and fatally mauled 77-year old Maria Ruiz while she sat on… [Read full blog post]

2020 Dog Bite Fatality: 9-Year Old Boy Killed by Two Pit Bulls in Faulkner County, Arkansas

Robby Taylor, 9, was killed by one or more pit bulls in Faulkner County, Arkansas. Girlfriend Finally Charged UPDATE 01/15/21: Eight months after two pit bulls struck down a 9-year old boy who had gone to fetch the mail, the owner of the dogs has been arrested. Lisa Young, 26, has been charged with one count of negligent homicide and faces up to one year in jail if convicted. Young was not home when her dogs killed the boy. Previously, her boyfriend Trey Wyatt, who was home, was char… [Read full blog post]

2019 Dog Bite Fatality: Elderly Woman Mauled by Pack of Dogs in Pickett County Dies

Bessie "Jill" Peterson, 88, died Tuesday after being mauled by a pack of dogs. Owner Faces Two Felonies UPDATE 09/10/19: On August 13, the Pickett County Grand Jury indicted Holland "Holly" Evans of Pall Mall in connection to the death of 88-year old Bessie Jill Peterson. On February 26, Jill was savagely attacked and killed by a pack of six dogs. Her sister, Nina Brown, 85, witnessed part of the attack. "They dragged her down the yard and all of her clothes were off, her shoes, ev… [Read full blog post]

2017 Dog Bite Fatality: Pit Bulls Kill 24-Year Old Woman in Jackson County, Alabama

Alabama Legislature Passes, "Emily's Law" After Her Death After pit bulls killed Emily Mae Colvin, the Alabama legislature passed "Emily's Law." Criminal Charges UPDATE 04/05/18: The owners of five pit bulls that killed a 24-year old woman in early December have been charged with criminally negligent homicide, a misdemeanor. A Jackson County grand jury indicted Brian Keith Graden, 43, and Melody Ann Graden, 45, in connection to the death of Emily Mae Colvin. Both were bo… [Read full blog post]