State Law Only Allows for Meager Charges After Near Fatal Mauling

James Bright, Jr. after 3 surgeries. Pleads Not Guilty UPDATE 10/21/10: On Monday, Virgil C. Mitchell III pleaded not guilty to a fourth-degree felony, a charge that was not initially anticipated, and four misdemeanor charges in connection to the dog attack that hospitalized James Bright, Jr. If convicted, Mitchell faces up to 18 months in jail and a $5,000 fine on the felony charge, and 60 days in jail and a $750 fine for each lesser charge. Between now and the trial date, Janu… [Read full blog post]

Boy, 8, Nearly Killed by Pit Bull in Warren, Michigan; Also Mauled by Pit Bull at Age 3

Felony Charge UPDATE 08/25/10:Two weeks after a near fatal pit bull mauling, Khalil Rocks still cannot walk. His mother Deanna Rocks, however, is pleased that authorities are charging the pit bull owner with a felony. "He's scarred for life," Rocks said. "Some type of punishment needs to be dealt with." On August 26, Jenny Angel, 31, was arraigned on one count of harboring a dangerous animal causing serious injury -- a 4-year felony. She pleaded not guilty and her bond was set… [Read full blog post]

Dangerous By Default: Extreme Breeds by Anthony Solesky

From left: Dominic, Brian Nevill, Shelly Burnett, the injuries and collapsible dog pen. Dangerous By Default On Saturday, April 28, 2007, Anthony Solesky's son and two other boys were attacked by a pit bull that broke free from its pen. Anthony's son, Dominic, suffered life-altering injuries in the attack. "Dangerous By Default"1 is a first hand account by Dominic's father about the attack and what happened afterward. In a raw, powerful, and at times explosive voice, Anth… [Read full blog post]

Pit Bull Attack Victim Airlifted to Regional Burn Center in Tampa

Health Complications North Port, FL - Last week, the Charlotte Sun reported about a serious pit bull attack that occurred in March. The attack required the victim, Ralph Velardi, to be airlifted to Regional Burn Center at Tampa General Hospital. The victim suffered severe facial trauma, in addition to part of his scalp being ripped off and both of his ears. At the time of the attack, Velardi had been walking to his car. The pit bull owner said he "didn't know" how the dogs got out.… [Read full blog post]

Editorial: Pit Bull Owners 'Too Vacuous' to Consider Consequences

Citizens Need Protection Eustis, Fl - We recently wrote a post about 22-year old Tracy Lindsey, who was brutally attacked by two pit bulls while out for a jog. Lindsey's wounds are so severe she cannot even hold her two daughters, 3-year-old Gabriel and 18-month-old Annabel. On Monday, Lindsey underwent a three-hour surgery during which doctors assessed the nerve damage in her leg. She faces six more surgeries to repair muscle and reconstruct the limb with skin grafts. Her m… [Read full blog post]