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 »
Bessie "Jill" Peterson, 88, died Tuesday after being mauled by a pack of dogs.
Sister Shares Story
UPDATE 02/28/19: Bessie "Jill" Peterson's sister, Nina Brown, shared the horrific details of her sister's mauling death with News Channel 5. On Tuesday, Jill went out to the back of her home to clear a drainage ditch after recent heavy rains. A pack of six German shepherds came up behind her and viciously attacked her. "They dragged her down the yard and all of her clothes were off,… [Read full blog post]
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]
Anthony Riggs, 57, was killed within hours after adopting a rottweiler from a county shelter.
No Evaluation Policy archived
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 Th… [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]
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, 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]