2016 Dog Bite Fatality: 2-Year Old Girl Killed by Pit Bulls in Topeka, Kansas

Estate, Mother Sue Child Protection and Foster Care AgenciesRelatives identified the 2-year old Topeka girl killed by pit bulls as Piper Dunbar. Mother Sues State | Lawsuit Filing UPDATE 10/07/18: The mother of Piper Dunbar, who was mauled to death by two pit bulls on September 24, 2016, filed a federal lawsuit against the Kansas child protection agency and one of its foster care contractors. The complaint states both were negligent in reintegrating Piper back into the hom… [Read full blog post]

U.S. Fatal Dog Attacks Continue to Rise from Previous Years (January 1, 2014 to August 13, 2014)

Snapshot Summary Report DogsBite.org - In the first 225 days of this year, 28 Americans were killed by dogs. On average, a fatal attack was inflicted by a canine every 8 days in the U.S. since January 1. Pit bulls and their mixes are responsible for 71% (20) of these deaths. Pit bulls alone have an average kill rate of every 11 days during this period. Followed by two other large molosser breeds, rottweilers (7%) and bullmastiffs (7%), each inflicting 2 deaths. Four dog breeds eac… [Read full blog post]

2014 Dog Bite Fatality: Ohio Woman, 59, Attacked and Killed by Her Daughter's Pit Bull

Pit Bull Euthanized UPDATE 08/07/14: The pit bull that killed 59-year old Cindy Whisman was euthanized Thursday, according to Sgt. Melissa Gerhardt of the Butler County Sheriff’s Office. The victim's daughter and owner of the dog, Julie Whisman, surrendered her male pit bull to the county Wednesday after the completion of the investigation by county sheriff's deputies. No charges will be filed at this time. Lt. Mike Craft said, "Detectives found no evidence that this d… [Read full blog post]

2014 Dog Bite Fatality: Texas Toddler Killed by Pit Bull Being 'Watched' by Her Family

Family Owned Pit Bull UPDATE 02/19/14: In a Tuesday update by KXAN, it was revealed that the child's family also owned a pit bull.1 "The Mayes family had their own pit bull that neighbors and family members say is friendly, and the kids play with it all the time," states the article. Details remain sparse partly because the local paper, the Temple Daily Telegram, is behind a paywall. Today, the Killeen Daily Herald noted that the attacking female pit bull also had two puppies at t… [Read full blog post]

Fatal Dog Mauling of Julian Slack Brings Back Bad Memories

Lejeune's Policy Questioned Camp Lejeune, NC - DogsBite.org pointed out the policy issue last week. In 2007, the Marine Corps was sued for 5 million dollars after a dog viciously attacked a young girl living at Camp Lejeune in 2005. The organization has done nothing in this 3-year time frame to enact policy to prevent a future tragedy. Likely as a result, Lejeune is now faced with a fatality. Last week, 3-year-old Julian Slack bled to death on the way to the hospital after being b… [Read full blog post]