In the 15-year period of 2005 through 2019, canines killed 521 Americans. Pit bulls contributed to 66% (346) of these deaths. Combined, pit bulls and rottweilers contributed to 76% of the total recorded deaths. | More »
UPDATE 05/29/15: James Nevils III, 5-years old, and his sister, 7-years old, had been outside with the dog while visiting their cousin's South Carpenter Street home, according to a police report. When the mother let her children and the dog back into the home, and was locking the door, the dog latched onto the boy's neck. The mother tried to pull the animal off James then dragged both out onto the front lawn, hoping that neighbors would see the attack and help, accord… [Read full blog post]
Edward Cahill, 40-years old, was mauled to death by his pet pit bull on Christmas Day.
Coroner: "So Obvious"
UPDATE 12/30/14: As noted earlier in footnotes, it is unusual for a coroner to forego an autopsy after a fatal dog attack. Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris listed the cause of death as exsanguination, massive blood loss. "This is so clear cut," Harris explained. "There’s no reason for me to spend $2,500 of the taxpayers’ money on something so obvious." Edward Cahill,… [Read full blog post]
Logan Sheppard, 4-years old, was mauled to death by his uncle's two pit bulls.
No Criminal Charges
UPDATE 07/30/14: Authorities will not pursue charges -- see memo from State Attorney Mark Ober. New information reveals that the adults were sharing "half a joint" in a back room when Logan Sheppard slipped outside and was mauled to death by two pit bulls. The dogs tore off his entire scalp and inflicted bites to his neck, according to police records. The adults left Logan with his… [Read full blog post]
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Violent Pit Bull Mauling
New Brunswick, NJ - On July 3, a young girl was viciously attacked by two pit bulls while under the care of her babysitter at a home on Lufberry Avenue. Her younger brother was also at the home. Police officers responded to the scene and fired an "undisclosed number" of shots inside the home killing both dogs. Harmony Halyer, 4-years old, was transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in critical condition where… [Read full blog post]