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 »
The Family Pit Bull Attacked the Baby 'Out of The Blue'
Jase Fohs, 8-months old, was killed by a family pit bull in Lusby, Maryland.
Family Pit Bull Confirmed
UPDATE 03/24/17: At the news conference Friday, Calvert County Sheriff Mike Evans said the dog that killed an 8-month old baby was a family pit bull, 6 to 8-years old. The family had raised the dog since it was a puppy. The animal attacked the baby "out of the blue," he said. The dog had no history of aggression, Evans said. The f… [Read full blog post]
Isaiah Jacob Franklin, 6-years old, was killed by a family pit bull in Huntington.
UPDATE 12/06/16: The name of a 6-year old boy killed by a family pit bull was finally released last night. Isaiah Jacob Franklin was brutally attacked by a pit bull Friday evening at his home in the 2600 block of 9th Avenue. He later died of his injuries. The family said the dog attacked without provocation or warning. The boy's aunt, Jenni Messer, spoke to WSAZ news, but only through t… [Read full blog post]
Susan Shawl, 60, was mauled to death by her family pit bulls in Conifer, Colorado.
Pit Bulls Mauled her Face
UPDATE 09/01/16: In the aftermath of the deadly pit bull attack in Conifer, several new details have come to light. On Monday, 60-year old Susan Shawl was brutally attacked and killed by her two family pit bulls. The dogs belonged to her 36-year old son, Richard Shawl, who shares her home on Black Widow Drive. Susan died on scene. Richard suffered non-life-threatening in… [Read full blog post]
Michelle Wilcox, 30, was killed by her boyfriend's pit bull in Screven County, Georgia.
No History of Aggression for Any of the Dogs?
UPDATE 08/04/16: Since news broke Tuesday about the fatal dog mauling of Michelle Wilcox, the public has been told that no dogs belonging to her boyfriend had "any known history of viciousness or aggression," according to Screven County Sheriff' Mike Kile's news release. That information is no longer valid; one of the male pit bulls had previo… [Read full blog post]
Fatal Pit Bull Attack in San Diego, California
The rehomed male, neutered pit bull-mix in quarantine after killing a 3-day old baby.
Passed Assessment Test
UPDATE 04/29/16: On July 7, 2015, a 6-year old boy in North Carolina was killed by a male, neutered pit bull that was rehomed by the Asheville Humane Society 3-weeks earlier. The pit bull had passed the SAFER temperament test before being adopted. Now, just 8-months later in San Diego, a male pit bull-mix rehomed by the San D… [Read full blog post]
Home on South Street where Sonda Tyson, 66, was mauled to death by her dog.
UPDATE 04/03/16: On Friday, the Daily Commercial provided details about previous incidents with dogs from the same home. In 2008, a reddish brown pit bull bit a child on the leg as she rode a bicycle. Her boots prevented any injury. In 2012, a 3-year old child tried to kiss the same dog and was bitten in the face. In 2014, a child at the home was bitten or scratched by a dog named "Hercules" a… [Read full blog post]
Emergency vehicles outside the home where two pit bulls killed Bessie Flowers.
UPDATE 03/28/16: The victim has been identified as 86-year old Bessie Flowers. Police have identified the attacking dogs as two American pit bull terriers. Both animals were properly licensed and vaccinated. Police confirmed they were called to the same address in April 2013 regarding a complaint about two aggressive dogs; no other details were provided. WSOC-TV also repo… [Read full blog post]
Tyler Trammell-Huston, 9-years old, was mauled to death by his half-sister's three pet pit bulls.
DA's Full Press Release
DogsBite.org - On January 3, Tyler Trammell-Huston, 9, was brutally killed by three pit bulls after his half-sister left him alone in a dilapidated trailer with the dogs for three hours. Alexandria Griffin-Heady, 24, arrived home and found Tyler face down near the doorway bloody and covered in bite wounds. All three of her pit bulls were loose in the trai… [Read full blog post]