2019 Dog Bite Fatality: Elderly Woman Mauled by Pack of Dogs in Pickett County Dies

Bessie "Jill" Peterson, 88, died Tuesday after being mauled by a pack of dogs. Breed Clarification UPDATE 04/24/19: The local newspaper, The Pickett County Press, recently clarified the breeds involved in the brutal mauling death of 88-year old Jill Peterson. Sheriff Dowdy stated that the veterinarian report determined that each of the six dogs is a mixed-breed. One of the dogs "could have had some type of shepherd mix," reports The Press, but none of the dogs had pit bull fe… [Read full blog post]

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 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]

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 face."… [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]