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 »
Joshua Phillip Strother, 6-years old, mauled to death by a recently adopted pit bull.
County Lifts Moratorium
UPDATE 08/06/15: Buncombe County officials completed its review of the screening and transferring procedures by the Asheville Humane Society (AHS). The group contracts to operate the county's open admission shelter. On July 7, a 6-year old boy was savagely killed by a pit bull that was adopted out by AHS 3-weeks earlier. The dog came in as a stray. It was then screen… [Read full blog post]
2007-2011 Dog Bite Data
Austin, TX - DogsBite.org recently reviewed 5-years of dog bite data gained from the City of Austin under the Freedom of Information Act. The data shows that dog bites have increased substantially since the city adopted a No-Kill policy in 2010. Between 2009 and 2011, dog bites increased 35%. The primary offenders of all bites were pit bulls and their mixes, responsible for 22% (1,288) followed by Labradors and their mixes, which inflicted 12% (682) d… [Read full blog post]
From left: Nikko, the recently adopted husky, and a makeshift memorial.
Baby Killer Gets Reprieve
UPDATE 03/08/12: In a not so unsurprising update, the husky named Nikko that mauled a 2-day old baby to death has been granted a temporary reprieve by Judge Borkowski. The dog will remain in custody in its current holding facility and be evaluated again after a magical 21-day period. Prior to killing the newborn, the dog killed the family cat and jumped a fence (or out of a window, d… [Read full blog post]
From left: Steven Woods, his pit bull (in pink) and former attorney Randy Turner.
UPDATE 08/11/11: Pit bull owner Steven Woods recently made the local news again after his two dogs got loose and attacked a man walking with his pregnant wife and young son. Luckily, victim Gary Latimer had a defense weapon handy. When the male pit bull, King, locked onto his arm, he stabbed the dog repeatedly. The other pit bull, Mimi, who was the focal point of the Steven Woods scan… [Read full blog post]
Justice for Vanessa
Shohola, PA - Back in May, singer-songwriter and pianist Vanessa Carlton was jogging in rural Shohola when she was attacked by a loose pit bull. Carlton's story shows how pit bull advocates and No-Kill fanatics swarm to save dangerous pit bulls and the devious tactics they employ in the process. In the instance of Carlton, and with the help of Pocono Record writer Howard Frank, they successfully portrayed the biting pit bull, named Bella, and it's owner as… [Read full blog post]
Next Batter Up
Los Angeles, CA - It was recently reported that Ed Boks -- a leader in the "No-Kill" movement -- resigned as the general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Animal Services (LAAS) effective June 30. His time at LAAS lasted 3.5 years. Last May, DogsBite.org published a post regarding an audit of LAAS. The audit showed that LAAS, under the reign of Bok, failed to make dog licenses a priority, which cost the agency millions of dollars in revenue.
"The failure to li… [Read full blog post]
From left: Pamela Hay of Best Friends, possibly Hay in related news video clip.
Extreme ParadoxWilkes County, NC - Last week in Wilkes County, animal activists, including the North Carolina Chapter of Best Friends, held a vigil in front of the General Assembly hoping to change minds and give pit bulls seized in dogfighting raids a chance to be rehabilitated. The vigil comes several weeks after Wilkes County euthanized 145 game-bred pit bulls -- despite Best Friends' effort… [Read full blog post]
Flooding County Inboxes
UPDATE 01/22/09: Prior to the release of the Journal Now news article, Best Friends created a web page encouraging readers to contact the Wilkes County Board of Commissioners, County Attorney Tony Triplett and District Attorney Tom Horner and ask them to accept Best Friends' offer of assessing and rehabilitating Faron's dogs so that they can be adopted into homes. This has surely caused a deluge of non-constituent, pro-pit bull emails sent to Wilk… [Read full blog post]