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 »
Elizabeth Rivera, 71-years old, was killed by a family pit bull in southwest Detroit.
Previous Attack Photos
UPDATE 07/20/16: The Wayne County Medical Examiner's office said that 71-year old Elizabeth Rivera died of "crush injury to the neck." The manner of death was ruled an accident. The autopsy was performed on July 17, reports the Detroit Free Press. The following day, Detroit police stated they had completed their investigation, though it was unknown if one or more fa… [Read full blog post]
The Criminal Trial of Geneke Antonio Lyons
Xavier Strickland, 4-years old, was savagely killed by pit bulls in Detroit on December 2, 2015.
UPDATE 06/30/16: Judge James Callahan sentenced Geneke Antonio Lyons, 42, to 5-years probation with a year in "work release" jail after his pit bulls eviscerated a little boy. The sentence was below the guidelines of 19 to 38 months. Prosecutors had originally charged Lyons with second-degree murder, but Callahan thre… [Read full blog post]
Lower right photo shows the gate that the pit bulls yanked the boy under before killing him.
Owner to Face Trial
UPDATE 01/07/16: The owner of a pack of pit bulls that killed a 4-year old boy on December 2, will stand trial in the death of a child. At the end of the preliminary examination, Judge Lydia Nance-Adams ruled Geneke Lyons, 41, will proceed to trial on the charges of second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and possessing dangerous animals causing death in conne… [Read full blog post]
Insights from Behaviorist
The funeral for 3-week old Tarilyn Luciana Bowles, mauled to death by a family pit bull while strapped into a child safety seat, is scheduled for Wednesday. DogsBite.org along with commenters have been repelled by the statement by the owner of the dog blaming the deadly attack on the animal smelling "baby formula on the infant's clothes." The endless denialism by the owners of these dogs after a violent or fatal attack, as in the case of Tarilyn, is re… [Read full blog post]
From left: Kyle Holland, wolf hybrid, Debralynn Holland and Earl Adkins.
Criminal Charges Filed
Lincoln Park, MI - Nearly a year ago, we reported on the death of 5-year old Kyle Holland who was killed by a dog owned by his mother's boyfriend (See: Activist Seeks Justice for Kyle Holland After Fatal Dog Mauling and 2010 Fatality: Boyfriend's Dogs Suspected in Death of 5-Year Old). Since Kyle's brutal death, the investigation has lurched along at the pace of a snail. Imagine our… [Read full blog post]
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]
From left: Victim Kyle Holland, the two dogs seized and Police Chief Thomas Karnes.
Autopsy Report Released
UPDATE 07/15/10: An autopsy report released Wednesday confirmed that Kyle Holland died of multiple crush wounds due to dog bites. An earlier article by FOX 2 reported that neighbors had complained of the dogs "time and time again" to Lincoln Park Animal Control. Neighbor Mike Lockhart said, "They told us that they thought it was a hybrid wolf and it wasn't supposed to b… [Read full blog post]
Robert Howard, estimated to be 35-years old, was killed by a fighting pit bull.
Victim Tried to Help
Detroit, MI - A Detroit man died1 Thursday after he was bitten by a reported fighting pit bull on Mack Avenue and Lakepointe Street. Police said a woman came out of her home when she saw a stray pit bull attacking her dogs. When the woman tried to stop the attack, the pit bull started coming toward her. Robert Howard came out of his house to help the woman, when the pit bull turned on him,… [Read full blog post]