Photographs of the Year: Young, Self-Appointed Canine 'Experts' in the Wake of Vicious Fatal Pit Bull Maulings

The Media Should Ignore Them. Instead, They Often Flock to Them. 2017 photographs of the year focus on young, self-appointed canine "experts." DogsBite.org - This year we chose a series of images that portray young, self-appointed canine "experts" who drew attention to themselves due to their lack of understanding canine behavior. All three were part of a Tweet we sent out January 1. Tori Trent who runs Tori's K9 Adventures, a day school and boarding facility in Virginia, i… [Read full blog post]

2017 Dog Bite Fatality: Rescue Dog Kills Woman at Phoenix Boarding Facility

Carol Harris, 69-years old, was killed by this akita she was trying to rehab for adoption. Clarifying Rumors UPDATE 12/23/17: The rescue organization that Carol Harris worked with, Akita Advocates Relocation Team Arizona (AARTA), published a post clarifying Carol's role in the group. "Carol Harris was not simply a volunteer at AARTA as news media has portrayed. She was an officer and the backbone of the rescue as well as the current President of the local breed club." On Dec… [Read full blog post]

2017 Dog Bite Fatality: Rescue Pit Bull Attacks, Kills Elderly Woman in Virginia Beach Hours After Being Adopted

'Rehabbed' Pit Bull Attacked Just After Shock Collar Removed Margaret Colvin died after being brutally attacked by a pit bull adopted hours earlier. Misdemeanor Charges UPDATE 11/17/17: Five months after a woman was brutally killed by a pit bull her daughter had acquired from a rescue group hours earlier that day, authorities filed charges. Jamie Cochran, the 33-year old owner of Forever Home Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, has been charged with 10 misdemeanors for im… [Read full blog post]

Same Dogs in North Dallas Involved in Four Separate Attacks; One Victim Shares Her Story

More Failures with Dallas Animal Services Nancy Lewis was attacked by two dogs in North Dallas in September 2014. Victim Left in the Dark Dallas, TX - After 52-year old Antoinette Brown was killed by loose dogs in South Dallas earlier this month, Dallas Animal Services (DAS) and other city officials have come under fire for "communication gaps," a failure to identify patterns of behavior, a failed loose dog enforcement policy and more. Within this crisis, another Dallas dog… [Read full blog post]

2014 Dog Bite Fatality: Texas 'Dog Rescuer' Killed by Dogs She Rescued

A Bloody Mess UPDATE 01/19/15: In what can only be described as a "bloody mess," more news about the December 15 fatal dog mauling of pit bull rescuer Rita Woodard was reported Monday. Police and animal control were called back out to the home where Woodard was discovered bitten, bloody and dead in December. At that time, authorities seized 17 dogs at Woodard's home that she had rescued. Authorities euthanized four pit bull-mixes they believed inflicted the deadly attack.1 F… [Read full blog post]

2012 Dog Bite Fatality: Pembroke 'Dog Rescuer' Killed by Rescued Pit Bulls

Mary Jo Hunt was mauled to death by a pack of her own rescue dogs in Pembroke. Claws and Paws Rescue UPDATE 10/04/12: Several issues are clarified in the FayObserver.com article today. Mary Jo Hunt of 17 Sharon Lane in Pembroke lived with her sister Deborah Jacobs, according to a neighbor who would not provide his name. Both women worked for the Robeson County Claws and Paws Rescue. Glenna Hicks, the chairwoman of the rescue's board, said all of the seized dogs had been up for adop… [Read full blog post]

2012 Dog Bite Fatality: 23-Year Old 'Dog Rescuer' Mauled to Death by Own Dogs

Rebecca Carey, 23-years old and a dog rescuer, was killed by one or more dogs. Adoption Information UPDATE 08/17/12: A hot tipper sent in a cached web page of two of Rebecca Carey's dogs, a pit bull named Napoleon and a presa canario named Louis. Both dogs were adopted over five years ago from the Gwinnett Animal Welfare and Enforcement Center. This is how Napoleon looks now at the age of 6. We continue to search for answers as to why Jackie (Jacqulynn) Cira, who works at The Village… [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]