2017 Dog Bite Fatality: Family Mastiffs Kill 5-Year Old Boy in Clarksville, Tennessee

Home where two English mastiffs killed a 5-year old boy in Clarksville. Mastiffs Kill Boy Clarksville, TN - A 5-year old boy is dead after being attacked by two family dogs Thursday morning, according to a news release from the Clarksville Police Department. At about 8:20 am, emergency responders were dispatched to a home on Charles Thomas Road. They found the 5-year old boy with "extensive injuries." He was transported to Tennova Medical Center, where he died of his injurie… [Read full blog post]

2015 Dog Bite Fatality: Newly Adopted Rottweiler Kills Owner in Madison County, Tennessee

Anthony Riggs, 57, was killed within hours after adopting a rottweiler from a county shelter. No Evaluation Policy UPDATE 11/18/15: Earlier this week, The Jackson Sun reported that the rottweiler that killed Anthony Riggs was a stray picked up by a city employee 5-days before its adoption, according to Kim Tedford, the director of the Jackson-Madison County Regional Health Department. At about 10:30 am on November 12, Riggs brought his new dog to show to his son Thomas Rigg… [Read full blog post]

DogsBite.org Releases 8-Year U.S. Dog Bite Fatality State Map (2005 to 2012) and Discussion Notes

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]

Shriners Hospitals for Children Helps Third Young Southern Pit Bull Mauling Victim

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]

Cocke County Dog Mauling Victim Moves into New Home Built by Volunteers

Brandon Williams Cocke County, TN - In one of the most uplifting stories DogsBite.org has ever posted about, an outpouring of community support along with Shriners Hospitals for Children has created a remarkable new chapter in the life of a young Tennessee pit bull mauling victim. In August 2011, Brandon Williams, then 10-years old, was horribly mauled by two loose dogs (See: Recovery photos). He suffered the loss of both ears along with extensive injuries to other parts of… [Read full blog post]

2011 Dog Bite Fatality: Elderly Woman Dies New Years Eve After Pit Bull Attack in Cleveland, Tennessee

One of several pit bulls belonging to the owner that killed Mable McCallister. Mable McCallister Cleveland, TN - WRCB reports that an 84-year old woman died New Years Eve after a pit bull owned by her grandson attacked her face and neck on December 18 in Cleveland. Mable Harrison McCallister was transported to Erlanger hospital's trauma unit, where she spent more than four days following the attack, according to Bradley County Medical Examiner Dr. Jeffery Miller. Privacy l… [Read full blog post]

Activist Seeks Justice for Kyle Holland After Fatal Dog Mauling

Images of Kyle Holland from the News-Herald. Justice for Child Sought archived Lincoln Park, MI - On July 12, Kyle Holland was found by his mother near his bedroom door horribly mauled and killed by at least one of two dogs owned by his mother's boyfriend. Upon reading the initial news reports, DogsBite.org noted in our blog post (2010 Fatality: Boyfriend's Dogs Suspected in Death of 5-Year Old) that we had no "related articles." Under that subheading we stated: "There aren't… [Read full blog post]

2010 Dog Bite Fatality: McMinn County Woman Mauled to Death by Family Pit Bull

Family Blames Noise UPDATE 09/04/10: An update from WRCB reveals that the owner of the pit bull was actually Mattie's daughter who did not offer her name in the news report. As suspected, the family (and unnamed pit bull owner) is blaming the brutal attack on "noise" from construction work being done on the home. Back in January, Johnny Wilson was killed by his daughter's six pit bulls. That daughter (also unnamed) suggested the attack was due to her father's "loud" voice. Rela… [Read full blog post]