In the 14-year period of 2005 through 2018, canines killed 471 Americans. Pit bulls contributed to 66% (311) of these deaths. Combined, pit bulls and rottweilers contributed to 76% of the total recorded deaths. | More »
Dog Owner Charged with Second-Degree Murder & ManslaughterEmma Hernandez, 9-years old, was killed by three pit bulls in southwest Detroit.
Dog Owner Charged
UPDATE 08/22/19: The owner of three pit bulls that brutally killed a 9-year old girl in southwest Detroit Monday has been charged with murder, the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office said. Pierre Cleveland, 33, has been charged with second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and possessing dangerous anim… [Read full blog post]
The Criminal Trial of Geneke Antonio LyonsXavier Strickland, 4-years old, was savagely killed by pit bulls in Detroit on December 2, 2015.
UPDATE 06/30/16: Judge James Callahan sentenced Geneke Antonio Lyons, 42, to 5-years probation with a year in "work release" jail after his pit bulls eviscerated a little boy. The sentence was below the guidelines of 19 to 38 months. Prosecutors had originally charged Lyons with second-degree murder, but Callahan thre… [Read full blog post]
Both Convicted of Involuntary Manslaughter and Other FeloniesAuthorities charged John Underwood II and Terra Connell with second-degree murder.
UPDATE 02/02/18: A Grayson County Circuit Court has sentenced both babysitters in connection to the dog mauling death of a 15-month old baby who was under their care at the time. The two defendants held separate trials. In May 2017, John Terry Underwood II, 52, was sentenced to 25 years in prison (with 18 years s… [Read full blog post]
Lower right photo shows the gate that the pit bulls yanked the boy under before killing him.
Owner to Face Trial
UPDATE 01/07/16: The owner of a pack of pit bulls that killed a 4-year old boy on December 2, will stand trial in the death of a child. At the end of the preliminary examination, Judge Lydia Nance-Adams ruled Geneke Lyons, 41, will proceed to trial on the charges of second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and possessing dangerous animals causing death in conne… [Read full blog post]