2018 Dog Bite Fatality: 6-Year Old Boy Killed by Rescued Pit Bull in Blair County, Pennsylvania

Gauge Eckenrode, 6-years old, was killed by a family pit bull in Lakemont. Rescued Pit Bull UPDATE 05/26/18: On Saturday, Blair County Coroner Patricia Ross officially identified the 6-year old boy killed Thursday by a family pit bull as Gauge Eckenrode. A fundraiser started by Taylor Crawford on May 24 had already done so. Logan Township Police Chief David Reese confirmed that family members tried to stop the attack by stabbing the dog. Police ultimately killed the dog. Th… [Read full blog post]

Man Dies in North Philadelphia After Being Attacked by Four Pit Bulls on Thanksgiving Day

Locations of three violent pit bull attacks in North Philadelphia since January. Man Dies After Attack Philadelphia, PA - A man is dead after being attacked by four pit bulls on Thanksgiving Day in the Hunting Park section of North Philadelphia. The attack occurred just before 9 pm in the 1300 block of West Pike Street in the backyard of a home. Police shot and killed one of the pit bulls; the others fled back into the owner's home. The unidentified man was transported to Temple Un… [Read full blog post]

2017 Dog Bite Fatality: Pit Bull-Mix Kills Female Owner in Upper Macungie Township

Lisa Green, 32-years old, was killed by her pit bull-mix in Upper Macungie Township. Neighbor Recounts Attack UPDATE 04/28/17: On Thursday, police responded to a call of a woman being attacked by a dog at a home in the 900 block of Spring White Drive in Upper Macungie Township. Before police arrived, several neighbors had intervened to help 32-year old Lisa Green, including an off-duty police officer that ended the attack by shooting the dog in its leg. Neighbor Loretta Ottin… [Read full blog post]

2015 Dog Bite Fatality: Visiting Child Killed by Family Pit Bull in Pittsburgh Suburb

Pit Bull Kills Toddler West Mifflin, PA - On Sunday evening, 2-year old TayLynn DeVaughn was viciously attacked and killed by a family pit bull-mix while visiting her aunt's home on Fleetwood Drive in West Mifflin, a Pittsburgh suburb. The pit bull belongs to her aunt's boyfriend. The child's father, Cory DeVaughn, told WPXI, "I came out of the kitchen and the dog dropped the baby. His name was Jake and my baby was gone." The toddler was rushed to Jefferson Memorial Hospital and… [Read full blog post]

Week of Escalating Violent Attacks by Rescued and Adopted Pit Bulls

Back-to-Back Rescue Attacks Earlier this week, two pit bull "rescue" attacks made headlines. The first came out of the Detroit area, which is the U.S. capital of dogfighting and the last place anyone ought to be rescuing a pit bull. The dog badly bit a 6-year old girl in the face. Police said she was "conscious and breathing, but bleeding severely when emergency crews arrived." Oakland County Animal Control removed the dog from the home. The owner of the pit bull was not named no… [Read full blog post]

2012 Dog Bite Fatality: Newborn Dies After Severe Dog Bites in McKeesport

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]

Ode to Michael Vick and a Savage Breed of Dog; Columnist Unleashes

It's Rah-Rah Season! Lehigh Valley, PA - Every now and again, a truly sparkling editorial or column comes along with torturous humor.1 The most recent example comes from columnist Paul Carpenter of The Morning Call, who swipes a heavy blow at Michael Vick and his forever association to a breed of dog that has "recently enjoyed a series of triumphs over adversaries" in the region, including the brutal killing of Carmen Ramos -- a "splendid display of teamwork" by five pit bulls… [Read full blog post]

2011 Dog Bite Fatality: Philadelphia Woman Killed by Husband's Pit Bulls

Memorial sign after Carmen Ramos was mauled to death by her husband's pit bulls. Protocol Breakdown? UPDATE 09/02/11: A week before the brutal attack that left Carmen Ramos dead, neighbor Dolores Estrella described how the same pit bulls had attacked and bitten her. Estrella was not the only person bitten in the August 19 incident, Gus Castro was as well. The PSCPA allegedly sent the dogs home three days later, which is a rabies protocol violation in many cities. The agency li… [Read full blog post]