Avery Jackson-Dunphy, 6, was mauled to death by dogs being fostered by his grandparents.
Municipal Shelter Dogs
UPDATE 12/31/21: Weeks after the mauling death of 6-year old Avery Jackson-Dunphy it was revealed that three of the six dogs that were quickly euthanized after his death were foster dogs from the Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley (ASCMV), just as we initially suspected. ASCMV operates through a joint powers agreement between the governing bodies of t… [Read full blog post]
A newborn baby boy was killed by a family pit bull in Johnston County, North Carolina.
Family Dog Kills Infant
Kenly, NC - A newborn baby boy is dead after being attacked by a pit bull. Just after 5:00 am, Kenly Police and emergency responders were dispatched to a residence in the 200 block of South Church Street. Arriving officers discovered that a male infant had been attacked inside the home by a female pit bull. The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and Johnston Cou… [Read full blog post]
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]
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]