Jamie Owsley, 21, died in February after being bitten in the neck by a family pit bull.
UPDATE 05/14/18: On February 26, 2017, a 21-year old man died after being bitten in the neck by a family pit bull. The pit bull belonged to his roommate and cousin Kerry Talburt II. The two resided at 1005 1/2 Jersey Street. The male pit bull that inflicted the attack, Hercules, had bitten three people before delivering a bite that killed Jamie Owsley. Hercules was euthanize… [Read full blog post]
Tonia Parks, 39-years old, died after being attacked by one of her pit bulls.
Pit Bull Blamed
UPDATE 12/07/11: The Star updated the original article clarifying several details. Tonia Parks was mauled to death by one of her two pit bulls, each 8-years old, as she underwent a seizure in her home November 18. Parks remained in critical care until she was pronounced dead Tuesday at Rockford Memorial Hospital. The other dog attacked the pit bull that was mauling Parks. Both dogs are… [Read full blog post]
DogsBite.org - We've placed together a list of pit bull attack triggers, routine activities that launch a pit bull into a full-fledged attack. Due to selective breeding for the purposes of dogfighting1 -- pit bulls were artificially selected to attack unpredictably, to "hold on and shake,"2 and to hide warning signals before an attack -- the pit bull breed often demonstrates "hair trigger" arousal. Pit bull owners often try to blame these mundane activities on explosive p… [Read full blog post]
Kelli Chapman, 24-years old, was killed by her pet pit bulls while sleeping in her bed.
UPDATE 1/23/08: Investigators say this wasn't the first time officers had to shoot a dog at the Chapman's home. Police reports show that in October 2006, the Beauregard-DeRidder narcotics task force and the SWAT team raided the Chapman home, where they found methamphetamine and other drug items. Both Kelli and Jason were arrested. During the raid, one of the couple's pit b… [Read full blog post]