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 »
Dr. William Deneke, 70, died after suffering fatal brain injuries from a dog attack.
Pine Bluff, AR - Today we learned about a retired doctor who died of brain injuries suffered in a dog attack. "Dr. Bill Deneke had retired a couple of years ago from his practice in Pine Bluff, Ark. He was walking his dog, as he usually did, when he was attacked by a pit bull that knocked him to the pavement, striking his head and cracking his skull. He was rushed to the hospital, under… [Read full blog post]
The estate of Shirley Wright is suing those believed to be the keepers of the dogs.
Toledo, OH - Last Wednesday, the family of a Toledo woman who died a month after she was badly injured by a dog filed a civil complaint in Lucas County Court of Common Pleas. Rebecca Best, the executrix of the estate of Shirley Wright, alleges in the complaint that Susanne Barwiler is the owner of the home where defendants Anthony Foust and Holly Foust reside, located on Ogden Avenue i… [Read full blog post]
Scene of pit bull dog aggression attack and man's death.
Dies in Street
Douglas County, GA - Tim Thomas, 49-years old, died of a fatal heart attack on Friday after trying to stop his two pit bulls from killing a smaller dog. CBS Atlanta reports that the incident happened on Mitchell Mill Road. Apparently, Thomas "realized something was wrong" just after letting his pit bulls out. When he got out to the road, he saw his two pit bulls attacking the smaller dog. When Thomas tried to in… [Read full blog post]
Sullivan, OH - The Mansfield News Journal reports that an Ashland County man died Sunday evening after trying to break up a fight between his bulldog and his son's pit bull terrier. During the fight, the pit bull latched onto his hand. When the family tried to get the dog to release its grip, the victim reportedly passed out and stopped breathing. Cary Grant, 56, was taken to Lodi General Hospital where according to his son, suffered a "massive heart attack" and d… [Read full blog post]
Richard Martratt, Canton Animal Control, Michael Miller and Sheriff Pat Burnett.
"Non Bite" Fatality
Van Zandt County, TX - It was reported over the holiday weekend that a 64-year old man died, apparently due to a heart attack, and a 78-year old woman suffered head injuries after intervening in a dog fight involving two pit bull type dogs. The dogs escaped their owner's property and attacked Joan Hardin's border collie. Hardin had been outside, along with the dog, unloading… [Read full blog post]
Images from Miracle Parham's Facebook memory page.
Miracle's Mile Event
UPDATE 04/04/11: In the wake of Miracle Parham's death, a Facebook page was created for her, as well as a video tribute. On March 31, 2011, Resolution 794 was adopted by the Georgia House of Representatives, honoring Miracle's Mile, Miracle Parham Williams, and the many children within the State of Georgia whose life was tragically cut short. The Miracle's Mile event serves to pay tribute to the memory… [Read full blog post]
Letter carrier dies after being ambushed by a rottweiler in Oceanside, California.
Fatal Brain Injury
Oceanside, CA - A 33-year old letter carrier died earlier this month after a rottweiler lunged at him along his Oceanside route, causing him to fall and suffer a fatal head injury. Letter carrier Hao Yun "Eddie" Lin encountered the dog while delivering mail on May 25 in the 500 block of Stanley Street, according to postal inspector Slivia Torres. Oceanside police were alert… [Read full blog post]
Plainfield Animal Control Officer died after being knocked to the ground by a pit bull.
Officer Theresa Foss
Plainfield, CT - An incident that raises questions regarding what defines a "fatal dog attack" recently occurred in Connecticut. On September 29, Plainfield Animal Control Officer Theresa Foss was hospitalized with a head injury after being knocked to the ground by a pit bull. Foss had responded to a call of an aggressive dog that had trapped a family in their home. A r… [Read full blog post]