It's Official: Pit Bulls Attack Planes, Trains and Automobiles

View Archive ArticleDogsBite.org - While browsing through The New York Times historical archives recently, we happened upon an incident in 1911 where a "big white bull terrier" (known today as a pit bull) darted into a whirling propeller of a biplane killing itself. The force of the blow split the propeller and knocked a corner loose. The daring aviator, Harry N. Atwood, wanted to risk the flight with a piece of the blade still hanging, but was cautioned by his mechanics to rep… [Read full blog post]

Maul Talk Manual 1.0: A Guide to Understanding the Language of Pit Bull Owners and Advocates

Maul Talk Manual DogsBite.org - Have you ever wondered why terms, such as "canine racism" and "dog holocaust" appear in mauling threads following a serious or fatal pit bull attack? How about, "You are ignorant" and "You are a racist"? In a project combining members of the DogsBite.org community, we've defined over 90 phraseologies, separated into 15 categories, used by Maul Talkers (pit bull owners and advocates) to dominate and spin the pit bull debate both locally and na… [Read full blog post]

2010 Dog Bite Fatality: McMinn County Woman Mauled to Death by Family Pit Bull

Family Blames Noise UPDATE 09/04/10: An update from WRCB reveals that the owner of the pit bull was actually Mattie's daughter who did not offer her name in the news report. As suspected, the family (and unnamed pit bull owner) is blaming the brutal attack on "noise" from construction work being done on the home. Back in January, Johnny Wilson was killed by his daughter's six pit bulls. That daughter (also unnamed) suggested the attack was due to her father's "loud" voice. Rela… [Read full blog post]

2010 Dog Bite Fatality: 9-Year Old Kokomo Girl Mauled by Family Pit Bull Dies

Savannah Gragg, 9-years old, was killed by her family pit bull in Kokomo. Girl Dies of Severe Injuries UPDATE 06/03/10: It was reported today that Savannah Gragg died this afternoon due to the severe injuries inflicted by the family pit bull last Saturday. Marion County Deputy Coroner Carrie England ruled her death was caused by lacerations to the trachea that created a lack of oxygen to the brain.1 Savannah had been opening the door to let the pit bull outside when the dog sudd… [Read full blog post]

2010 Dog Bite Fatality: 37-Year Old Philadelphia Woman Killed by Mother's Pit Bulls

Christine Staab, 37-years old, was mauled to death by one of her mother's six pit bulls. Staab's Mother Speaks UPDATE 02/21/10: The mother of Christine Staab (See: Video), Barbara Erb, told the local paper that the two had been arguing when Christine fell backward (See: Pit bull triggers) causing her pet pit bull to attack and kill her. Erb said she tried frantically to pull off the dog, Jade, but could not get the pit bull to release its grip on Staab's throat. The four surviving… [Read full blog post]

2009 Dog Bite Fatality: 3-Year Old Gabrial Mandrell-Sauerhage Killed by Family Dogs

From left: Gabrial Mandrell, views of the front of the home and yard. Dogs Euthanized UPDATE 06/30/09: The three dogs involved in Gabrial's death have been euthanized: two pit bull-mixes and a collie-mix. Police said in a previous statement it is believed the collie-mix was tied up during the incident while the pit bulls were loose. In a press release issued Tuesday by the Williamson County Sheriff's Department, it stated that "Gabrial suffered at least one bite that would h… [Read full blog post]