In the 13-year period of 2005 through 2017, canines killed 433 Americans. Pit bulls contributed to 66% (284) of these deaths. Combined, pit bulls and rottweilers contributed to 76% of the total recorded deaths. | More »
Korbin seen with his friend Caleb, who tried to save him from the attacking dogs.
Neighbor Carried Gun
UPDATE 12/05/17: On Tuesday a resident of Daniel Morgan Road, who lives next door to the owner of the dogs that killed an 8-year old boy and injured another, spoke about the history of the dogs. Donald Blanton said that he and his wife have had problems with the dogs for years. "When I was cutting my grass I carried a gun to make sure the dogs didn’t come at me," he said. "When I was ou… [Read full blog post]
Nicole Cartee with her pit bull named "Spike" (Uploaded to Facebook 2/12/2012)
No Criminal Charges
UPDATE 08/25/15: Lab results for the pit bull that violently attacked its owners, killing one, came back negative for rabies. The male unaltered pit bull named "Spike" had been with the family for over a decade when it "snapped" Saturday killing Nicole Cartee, 25-years old, and seriously injuring her mother. Jamie Nelson, the director of Spartanburg County Environmental E… [Read full blog post]
DHEC employee Eric Rogers seated at hearing, dog owner bottom right.
Survivor Eric Rogers
Dillon, SC - On February 3, an employee of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control was out on a work related call when he was viciously attacked by two pit bulls. At some point during the 20-minute attack, he was able to call 911. When deputies arrived, they shot and killed both dogs still engaged in the attack. His injuries were so severe he was placed into a medica… [Read full blog post]
Picture of pet pit bull that killed Arianna Merrbach in Effingham.
UPDATE 06/26/13: The coroner released autopsy results about a young girl killed by a chained pit bull. Florence County Coroner Keith Von Lutcken said the cause of death is due to multiple sharp blunt force injuries; the manner of death is an accident. Herbie Christmas with Florence County Environmental Services said there is evidence around the owner's property that shows the dog had been li… [Read full blog post]
Carlton Freeman, 80-years old, was killed by four dogs in Harleyville.
No Criminal Charges
UPDATE 05/21/13: The Dorchester County Sheriff's announced today that no charges would be filed in the death of Carlton Freeman, a double amputee who died after being mauled by four dogs described as pit bulls. The decision comes after an investigation was carried out by multiple county agencies. Though the dogs were initially thought to belong to a neighbor, authorities later dete… [Read full blog post]
Dog Bite Fatality State Map
DogsBite.org - For several years now, after posting our annual fatal dog bite statistics in January, we release a combined year dog bite fatality chart that depicts the breeds most responsible for these deaths. For instance, in both the 7-year and 8-year combined charts, pit bulls contributed to 60% of the total recorded deaths. For more visual information, we've created a combined year dog bite fatality state map that shows the number of dog bite… [Read full blog post]
Daughter Recounts Attack
UPDATE 05/01/14: On May 1, 2014, Ruth Todd Halleran, Betty Todd's daughter, provided an account of the vicious attack that killed her mother to DaxtonsFriends.com. Fatal pit bull maulings are horrific and Halleran does not leave anything out. She also describes her wonderful childhood with her mother. Halleran last sees Betty alive on January 6, 2013. Two days later, she would receive a call from her brother, "I’m so sorry Ruthie. My momma is gon… [Read full blog post]
Beware of Dog sign on fence of child mauling victim's home.
Local Club Acts
Spaulding County, GA - This week we learned about another airlift to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston due to a life-threatening pit bull mauling. 5-year old Lilly Goodson was brutally attacked by the family pit bull on Wednesday in her own fenced-in backyard. Capt. Dwayne Jones told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "When the officer arrived, the dog was latched onto the child’s fa… [Read full blog post]