Location where a pit bull-mix killed a woman and injured her son in Margate, Florida.
Stray Pit Bulls as Pets
UPDATE 09/06/20: On August 28, Carolyn Varanese was killed by Smokey, a dog her son Joseph had adopted several weeks earlier. Joseph was badly injured in the attack while trying to save her. Miami-Dade Animal Services picked up Smokey as an injured stray on June 16. The dog was covered in bite marks and tested positive for heartworm and Ehrlichia. The dog had a 52-day shel… [Read full blog post]
Benjamin Cobb, 4-years old, was killed by a pit bull his family was housing in Hazel Park.
New Details Released
UPDATE 10/31/19: New information has been released about the pit bull that "detonated" late Monday in a Hazel Park home, brutally killing 4-year old Benjamin Cobb. The male pit bull, named Bolo (Be On the Look Out), is 1-year old and light brown colored. The child's mother, 38-year old Brandi Halterman, was in the room when the dog attacked. She tried to fight the pit bu… [Read full blog post]
Fatal Dog Attack Statistics
DogsBite.org recorded 36 fatal dog attacks in 2018. Pit bulls contributed to 72% (26) of these deaths -- over 8 times more than the next closest breed, "mixed-breed," with 3 deaths. Nine different dog breeds contributed to lethal attacks in 2018. Two deaths were unreported, but were captured through our records requests. The last time the CDC collected "breed" data about dogs involved in fatal human attacks was 1998. Pit bulls have killed over 37… [Read full blog post]
A volunteer died after being attacked by a pit bull at the Humane Society of St. Lucie County.
Violent, Traumatic Attack
UPDATE 05/15/19: Police released new details about a vicious dog attack that left a shelter volunteer of the Humane Society of St. Lucie County "mutilated" and "dead" last week. Christine Liquori, 52, was killed by a pit bull-mix named "Amos" that had been found wandering the streets a month earlier, not eight days earlier, as previously reported. Police c… [Read full blog post]