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Appellate courts across the United States have recognized the dangerousness of the pit bull breed since the mid 1980s. We’ve listed excerpts from high court decisions that demonstrate this.  Click Here!

The vast majority of these savage attacks happen against children and the elderly! It is as if these pitbull dogs can sense weak prey! Pit bulls are dangerous and lethal. The laws on the books should reflect this, for the safety of the general public!

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Friday, January 22, 2016 JOLIET IL – A WOMAN WAS TAKING HER DOG FOR A WALK AT 7:55AM WHEN THEY WERE SET UPON BY DEADLY MAULING MUTANT PITS – HER HUSBAND, AN OFF-DUTY OFFICER, CAME WITH A GUN AND NEIGHBORS CAME WITH BASEBALL BATS AS THEY FOUGHT TO SURVIVE THE BATTLE

Joliet officials not satisfied yet with proposed vicious dog law – Published: Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016

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In 2009, the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps banned dangerous dog breeds from privatized housing domestically and abroad. In 2012, the U.S. Air Force enacted a similar uniform policy.  READ MORE  or  Click Here

Illinois cities and counties with Dangerous Dog Bans (pit bulls and rottweilers) – click here!

Pit bull terriers were selectively bred for a violent activity that is now a felony in all 50 U.S. states: dogfighting.

Tracey v. Solesky (2012) Court of Appeals Case when an owner or a landlord is proven to have knowledge or not, of the presence of a pit bull or cross-bred pit bull does not matter – Because the pit bull’s aggressive and vicious nature and its capability to inflict serious and sometimes fatal injuries are inherently dangerous and established. – Click Here!  And  Click Here!

Toledo police officer pit bulls are frequently shot during drug raids because pit bulls are encountered more frequently in drug raids than any other dog breed. Supreme Court of Ohio – Toledo v. Tellings (2007)  Read More!

Pit bull owners – Not normal dog owners! Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy did a case study on pit bull owners that was published in 2000. Researchers found that with “outlaw” breeds, such as pit bulls, the human-dog relationship is sociologically more complex than previously known.  Read More!

A new TV show – Pitbulls and parolees!???

Pit Bulls (fighting dogs) began leaking into the general population in the mid 1980s. And are now in the hands of reckless individuals and individuals with evil intentions! This should not be! These dogs are violent, dangerous and deadly! And should be illegal…PERIOD!

Dog Bite Statistics – According to the CDC, more than 4.7 million dog-bite incidents occur in the United States every year. Of those 4.7 million attacks, 800,000 of these Americans will seek medical attention — half of these are children — and 386,000 of these Americans will need emergency medical treatment.  

*Pit bulls are responsible for the most human deaths each year, followed by rottweilers and huskies. However, many dog bite cases don’t get reported. Half of all dog attacks involve children younger than 12 years of age. 70% of all dog attack fatalities involve children who are less than 10 years old. – See more at: http://www.legalmatch.com/law-library/article/animal-bite-accident-statistics.html#sthash.9YhmKDYS.dpuf

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), more than 4.7 million dog-bite incidents occur in the United States every year.Of those 4.7 million attacks, 800,000 of these Americans will seek medical attention — half of these are children — and 386,000 of these Americans will need emergency medical treatment.

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00047723.htm

http://www.caninejournal.com/dog-bite-statistics/

In the 10-year period from 2005 to 2014, two dog breeds accounted for 74% of the attacks that resulted in death: pit bulls and rottweilers. In the first eight months of 2011, nearly half of the persons killed by a pit bull was the dog’s owner and primary caretaker.

70% of all dog attack fatalities involve children! Pitbull is the number 1 aggresser!

Dog Bite Injuries and Fatalities
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This is a collection of dog bite statistics that are located on DogsBite.org or can reached by a web link. Notably, each year, an American has a one in 50 chance of being bitten by a dog.1

In the 10-year period from 2005 to 2014, two dog breeds accounted for 74% of the attacks that resulted in death: pit bulls and rottweilers.

2014 Dog Bite Fatalities by DogsBite.org, 2015

71% of the pit bull fatalities have occurred in the past 10 years; 42% in the past four years; 24% in the past two years.

30-Year Summary: Dog Attack Deaths and Maimings, U.S. & Canada September 1982 to December 26, 2011 by Merritt Clifton, Animal People, 2012

Over 700 U.S. cities have adopted breed-specific laws since the mid 1980s, just after pit bulls (fighting dogs) began leaking into the general population.

Estimated U.S. Cities, Counties and Military Facilities with Breed-Specific Laws by DogsBite.org, 2015

By 2017, pit bulls are projected to maul 305 Americans to death since 1998, the year the CDC stopped tracking fatal dog attacks by breed.

Fatalpitbullattacks.com, 2014, Nonprofits Urge CDC to Resume Tracking Richer Data Set for Children and Adults Disfigured, Maimed and Killed by Dogs, DogsBite.org, 2014

In the 10-year period from 2005 to 2014, pit bulls killed 203 Americans, about one citizen every 18 days.

2014 Dog Bite Fatalities by DogsBite.org, 2015

In 2014, loose dogs off their owner’s property inflicted 40% of all fatal attacks, a sharp rise from the last 10-year rate of 24% (2005 to 2014).

2014 Dog Bite Fatalities by DogsBite.org, 2015

In 2013, over one-third, 38%, of all dog bite fatality victims were either visiting or living temporarily with the dog’s owner when the fatal attack occurred.

2013 Dog Bite Fatalities by DogsBite.org, 2014

In 2012, more than 27,000 people underwent reconstructive surgery as a result of being bitten by dogs.

2012 Plastic Surgery Statistics Report by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 2013

In the 3-year period of 2006 to 2008, 18% of all fatal dog attacks occurred off owner property. Pit bulls were responsible for 81% of these attacks.

Report: U.S. Dog Bite Fatalities January 2006 to December 2008 by DogsBite.org, 2010

In the first eight months of 2011, nearly half of the persons killed by a pit bull was the dog’s owner and primary caretaker.

2011 Dog Bite Fatalities by DogsBite.org, 2011

Over 40 countries across the world regulate dangerous dog breeds with breed-specific laws including: France, Norway, Spain, Portugal and Great Britain.

Estimated U.S. Cities, Counties and Military Facilities with Breed-Specific Laws by DogsBite.org, 2015

In 2011, adult victims of fatal pit bull attacks more than doubled the number of child victims.

2011 Dog Bite Fatalities by DogsBite.org, 2012

A study published in 2010 showed there were 4 times as many dog bite-related ED visits and 3 times as many hospital stays in rural areas than in urban areas.

Emergency Department Visits and Inpatient Stays Involving Dog Bites, 2008 by AHRQ, 2010

Pit bull terriers were selectively bred for a violent activity that is now a felony in all 50 U.S. states: dogfighting.

Dogfighting Fact Sheet by the Human Society of the United States

Over 290 U.S. military bases governed by the U.S. Air Force, Air Force Space Command, U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps and Navy regulate dangerous dog breeds.

Estimated U.S. Cities, Counties and Military Facilities with Breed-Specific Laws by DogsBite.org, 2015

Dog attack victims suffer over $1 billion in monetary losses annually. JAMA reports this estimate to be as high as $2 billion.

Dog Bites Recognized as Public Health Problem by R. VoelkerJAMA, 1997

A 2010 study showed that the average cost of a dog bite-related hospital stay was $18,200, about 50% higher than the average injury-related hospital stay.

Emergency Department Visits and Inpatient Stays Involving Dog Bites, 2008 by AHRQ, 2010

Dog bites occur every 75 seconds in the United States. Each day, over 1,000 citizens need emergency medical care to treat these injuries.

Nonfatal Dog Bite-Related Injuries Treated in Hospital Emergency Departments – United States, 2001 by the CDC, 2003

Dog bites are the fifth highest reason why children seek emergency room treatment due to activities they voluntarily engage in, such as playing sports.

Incidence of Dog Bite Injuries Treated in Emergency Departments (1992-1994) by H. Weiss, D. Friedman and J. CobenJAMA, 1998

  1. Nonfatal Dog Bite-Related Injuries Treated in Hospital Emergency Departments – United States, 2001, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), 2003; 52(26): 605-610.

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Illinois cities and counties with breed-specific laws – Banning, Restricting or declearing dangerous – pit bulls and rottweilers! – click here!  Learn more about breed-specific legislation in our BSL FAQ. Please report updates to this page here: ordinance@dogsbite.org.

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Friday, January 22, 2016 JOLIET IL – A WOMAN WAS TAKING HER DOG FOR A WALK AT 7:55AM WHEN THEY WERE SET UPON BY DEADLY MAULING MUTANT PITS – HER HUSBAND, AN OFF-DUTY OFFICER, CAME WITH A GUN AND NEIGHBORS CAME WITH BASEBALL BATS AS THEY FOUGHT TO SURVIVE THE BATTLE

Joliet officials not satisfied yet with proposed vicious dog law – Published: Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016

Residents insist Joliet needs tougher laws for vicious dogs – Published: Monday, Jan. 25, 2016

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Dangerous dogs

Learn about the most dangerous breeds of dogs, which are comprised of pit bull terriers, the fighting breed derivatives and ancestors of pit bull terriers, rottweilers and wolf hybrids.

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Which breeds are they?

Pictured are the two most deadly dog breeds in America: pit bull terriers and rottweilers. Research from DogsBite.org shows that during the 11-year period from 2005 to 2015, these two dog breeds accounted for 76% of the total recorded fatal human attacks.1 By compiling U.S. and Canadian press accounts between 1982 and 2014, a report by Animals 24-7 shows that pit bulls (307) and rottweilers (89) and their mixes contributed to 67% of the attacks resulting in human death.2

It is important to point out that fatal dog attacks committed by pit bulls and their mixes more than doubles the attacks inflicted by rottweilers. It is well documented by experts3 and humane groups4 that pit bulls pose a substantial danger due to their selective breeding for dogfighting. Unlike other dog breeds, pit bulls frequently fail to communicate intention prior to an attack (surprise attacks); possess a lethal bite style (hold and shake) and a ruinous manner of attack (gameness).

Fighting dog breeds

Though much less common than pit bulls, other fighting breeds pose a significant threat to public safety as well. Aurora, Colorado, for instance, currently bans pit bulls and formerly banned5 the following fighting breeds: dogo argentino, presa canario,6 cane corso, tosa inu, fila brasileiro and presa mallorquin. Each of these breeds is either a pit bull derivative or was derived from ancestors similar to pit bull ancestors. Countries, such as Spain and New Zealand, regulate these breeds.

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Dogo argentino Presa canario Cane corso Tosa inu

Wolf hybrids (canid hybrid)

Many U.S. states regulate the breeding and ownership of wolf hybrids, a canid hybrid resulting from the mating of a wolf and a dog. This crossbreed also has a deadly track record. According to the same report by Animals 24-7, wolf hybrids accounted for 19 deaths between 1982 and 2014. The death count may much be higher too; owners of wolf hybrids often mislabel their dogs as a husky or malamute-mix to evade detection, as was attempted after the death of Kyle Holland.

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Dangerous scenarios

One of the most dangerous scenarios involving high-risk dog breeds is often unaddressed in media stories after serious and fatal dog attacks. The scenario entails bringing a child into the home of a friend or relative who owns a pit bull or rottweiler. The reverse scenario — one of these dog breeds temporarily staying at the child’s home — is just as dangerous. Three factors are at stake in these cases: 1.) High-risk dog breed 2.) “new” or “temporary” situations and 3.) children.

DogsBite.org cannot underscore the volume of serious dog attacks, some of which are fatal, that occur when a child is visiting or temporarily living at the home of a pit bull or rottweiler owner (See: Ryan Maxwell, Jordyn Arndt and Dallas Walters). Under no circumstances should a person agree to take care of a friend or relative’s known dangerous dog breed if there are children in the home or may be visiting the home either. (See: Je’vaeh Mayes, Colton Smith and Vanessa Husmann).

The risk to the child is too great.

Reporting a dangerous dog

Many people are unaware that one does not have to wait for a “bite” to report a threatening (menacing), loose or stray dog. Many attacks occur due to this lack of understanding. Always report problem dogs to your city or county animal control or sheriff’s department. If that dog ends up biting and seriously hurting a person, but there is no documented paper trail behind it, authorities will have their hands tied and the victim may have no recourse for medical expenses.

If the dog owner lives on a rental property, it is beneficial to send a certified letter asking the landlord to ensure that proper containment infrastructure is installed and that the dog is declared on the renter’s insurance policy. This act normally places the landlord into the “liability equation” and motivates him to take care of the situation. Cell phone photographs and video of the dog’s behavior can be sent as supporting evidence to show that an attack situation is imminent.

When reporting a dog bite — defined as a “breaking of the skin” — anticipate its owner to plead with you not to. Many dog owners do not want a “first bite” on record and may offer you a “home nurse” solution. Do not accept a home treatment solution. Proceed to a hospital, tell the doctor you have a dog bite, which should trigger a formal bite report (what the dog owner hoped to avoid), and receive dog bite medical treatment, otherwise you could die or develop life-altering complications.

In many places it is also a misdemeanor crime to not report a dog bite.

Stopping a dangerous dog

Many U.S. courts have declared pit bulls as “lethal weapons.” Police officers have the right to shoot and kill pit bulls when under threat or when protecting citizens. Examples of police officers shooting dangerous pit bulls are so common that DogsBite.org began tracking these instances in 2008. In a recent 11-year report released by the New York Police Department, the data showed that when dangerous dogs are shot 72% were pit bulls followed by rottweilers with 10%.7

The inability for the average person, much less a child, pregnant woman or senior citizen, to stop an attacking pit bull may be the single most powerful reason why pit bulls must be regulated. In 2009, Chicago police officers were forced to shoot an aggressive pit bull 10 times to stop the dog’s assault. Prior to being shot to death, the animal attacked a pregnant woman hospitalizing her.8 This incident clearly illustrates the undeniable public safety threat that pit bulls present.

Legislating dangerous dogs

Over 700 U.S. cities, the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army and New York Housing Authority have adopted policies that target pit bulls and other dangerous dog breeds due to the unreasonable risk posed by them. Such policies are designed to prevent an attack before it occurs, as there is never enough insurance funds to put these severely injured victims “back together again” after an attack. (Former Lucas County, Ohio Dog Warden Tom Skeldon explains this in an online interview.)

DogsBite.org is a large resource

The dangerous dog breed issue is both deep and wide. It is also a worldwide problem and not unique to the U.S. The composition of DogsBite.org — over 2,200 web pages — reflects this. We encourage viewers to read the Special Reports, located in the top right column, “Must Read” blog posts and most recent stats and to spend time in the dog bite victims section. Watch the victims tell their stories in videos, view the medical funds that we are tracking and read the victim voices.

  1. 2015 U.S. Dog Bite Fatality Statistics – DogsBite.org, by DogsBite.org, February 19, 2016.
  2. Dog attack deaths and maimings, U.S. & Canada, September 1982 to December 31, 2014, by Merritt Clifton, Animals 24-7, December, 31, 2014 (www.animals24-7.org)
  3. Dog Bite Prevention for Law Enforcement and Other First Responders, by Randall Lockwood, PhD, Tawzer Dog Videos, 2004 (Purchase DVD) (www.tawzerdog.com)
  4. The Care of Pit Bulls in the Shelter Environment, by Leslie D. Appel DVM, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), 2005 (www.sheltermedicine.com)
  5. In March 2011, Aurora began discussions about narrowing its Fighting Breed ban to only pit bulls. This is likely because the other fighting breeds have such low population numbers.
  6. The presa canario breed made headlines after savagely killing Diane Whipple in 2001.
  7. 11 Years of Police Gunfire, in Painstaking Detail, by Al Baker, The New York Times, May 8, 2008 (www.nytimes.com)
  8. Dog killed after attack on couple, ABC 7 Chicago, March 12, 2009 (abc7chicago.go.com) (Archived by WebCite® at http://www.webcitation.org/6bcUgFrUo)

 


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Newspaper Finds Owners  UPDATE 02/12/16:  –  Victim’s mother Debbie Brown said. “Her hair was just soaked — solid blood — just covered in blood.”

HERTFORD, N.C.

Buddy was a sweetheart, a 100-pound lapdog that plopped on his former owner, angling for scratches and treats. Buddy was a boxer/pit bull mix that tore open his new owner’s throat and killed her.

http://pilotonline.com/news/local/north-carolina-woman-killed-by-her-own-dog/article_bbec153e-4449-5a8c-b690-fb4f5708abff.html

In the first eight months of 2011, nearly half of the persons killed by a pit bull was the dog’s owner and primary caretaker.  

Are people that crazy today, to think they can turn a VIOLENT KILLER FIGHTING DOG, the pitbull into a pet? Obviously yes!  These people are reckless & crazy. AND DANGEROUS!

Doretta Zinke, 39, Killed by 9 Pit Bulls (1945)

The Story of Harry Acklam, Murdered by Two Pit Bulls in 1896


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 Five days after his death, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office charged the dogs’ owner, Geneke Antonio Lyons, 41, with second-degree murder, manslaughter and possessing dangerous animals causing death.

Fatal pit bull attack, Xavier Strickland

Xavier Strickland

4-years old | Detroit, Michigan

Xavier Strickland, 4-years old, was murdered by four pit bulls as he walked down a residential sidewalk with his mother. The two were walking near Baylis Street when multiple pit bulls escaped under their owner’s gate, snatched the boy from his mother’s arms, dragged him across the street then yanked him back under the gate and disemboweled him. His mother witnessed his brutal murder and was also severely injured by one of the dogs while trying to protect her son. A responding police officer open fired, killing three of the pit bulls. The fourth was confiscated and later destroyed. The dogs had a history of escaping their owner’s property. Xavier’s death caused an outcry in Detroit — dogfighting, pit bulls, the incessant backyard breeding of pit bulls and stray pit bulls are all part of the city’s fabric. Five days after his death, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office charged the dogs’ owner, Geneke Antonio Lyons, 41, with second-degree murder, manslaughter and possessing dangerous animals causing death. [source citations]

 

Three year fatal dog attack study 2006 to 2008Report: U.S. Dog Bite Fatalities January 2006 to December 2008 »

One year study police shootings of dangerous pit bullsReport: U.S. Police and Citizen Shootings of Pit Bulls 2008 »

Video of pit bull attack victims in 85-day periodVideo of Attack Victims: U.S. Pit Bull Attacks in 85-Day Period »

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Newspaper Finds Owners  UPDATE 02/12/16:  –  Victim’s mother Debbie Brown said. “Her hair was just soaked — solid blood — just covered in blood.”


2016 Dog Bite Fatality: Woman Killed by Pet Dog in Perquimans County, North Carolina  – “There was blood everywhere,” her mother Debbie Brown said. “Her hair was just soaked — solid blood — just covered in blood.”

HERTFORD, N.C.

Buddy was a sweetheart, a 100-pound lapdog that plopped on his former owner, angling for scratches and treats. Buddy was a boxer/pit bull mix that tore open his new owner’s throat and killed her.

http://pilotonline.com/news/local/north-carolina-woman-killed-by-her-own-dog/article_bbec153e-4449-5a8c-b690-fb4f5708abff.html

Are people that crazy today, to think they can turn a VIOLENT KILLER FIGHTING DOG, the pitbull into a pet? Obviously yes!  These people are reckless & crazy. AND DANGEROUS!

Doretta Zinke, 39, Killed by 9 Pit Bulls (1945)

The Story of Harry Acklam, Murdered by Two Pit Bulls in 1896

2016 Dog Bite Fatality: Woman Killed by Pet Dog in Perquimans County, North Carolina


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2016 dog bite fatalities ::

It often takes several weeks to identify fatal dog attack parameters.1 This is why recent dog bite fatalities may not appear on this page. In the interim, please visit the DogsBite.org blog.

2016 Dog Bite Fatality: Woman Killed by Pet Dog in Perquimans County, North Carolina  – “There was blood everywhere,” her mother Debbie Brown said. “Her hair was just soaked — solid blood — just covered in blood.”

Newspaper Finds Owners
UPDATE 02/12/16: Yesterday, we learned from The Virginian-Pilot that the advertisement for the dog was actually placed in The Pilot. A stroke of good luck in the ability to track down the former owners of a pit bull-mix that was off-loaded to Suzanne Story then killed her a few weeks later. “There was blood everywhere,” her mother Debbie Brown said. “Her hair was just soaked — solid blood — just covered in blood.” The first edition article was later replaced by this evening update.

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Suzanne Story, 36, was killed by a pit bull-mix given to her a few weeks earlier.

2016 dog bite fatality victims

Fatal pit bull attack, Tyler Trammell-Huston

Tyler Trammell-Huston

9-years old | Linda, California

Tyler Trammell-Huston, 9-years old, was brutally killed by his sister’s three pit bulls after she left him alone with the dogs. At the time of the attack, Tyler was staying with his half-sister, Alexandria Griffin-Heady, who hoped to “rescue” him from the foster system. Tyler was in protective custody, living at a foster home under the care of Sacramento County Child Protection Services. In October, CPS began granting unsupervised overnight visits with his sister and her pit bulls who lived in a small trailer that sat adjacent to a home where two of Tyler’s siblings lived. Griffin-Heady had raised the pit bulls, a mother and two offspring, since they were puppies. She gushed about her pit bulls on social media and posted numerous photos of them. In a tearful press conference after Tyler’s death, Griffin-Heady called her pit bulls “my babies” and “What made them do that I will never know.” As of January 9, 2016, no criminal charges have been filed. [source citations]

Date of death: January 3, 2016 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull (3) Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Mixed Owner of dog: Half-sister
Spay/Neuter: No Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: Pending

Fatal pit bull attack, Payton Sawyers

Payton Sawyers

15-months old | Independence, VA

Payton Sawyers, 15-months old, suffered life-threatening injuries after she was attacked by a pit bull-mix while under the care of her babysitters on January 6. Grayson County sheriff’s deputies and rescue personnel responded to a 911 call about 9:30 pm on the 400 block of Penn Ford Road. The child was airlifted to Brenner Children’s Hospital in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in critical condition. Sheriff Richard Vaughan said the child was attacked by the couple’s pit bull-mix, E.J., and the dog had the child’s head in its mouth. After an investigation, including executing a search warrant of the couple’s home, John Underwood II and Terra Connell were charged with felony child neglect and possessing a vicious dog. Connell was also charged with possession of illegal drugs and possession of ammunition by a felon. On January 8, Payton died of her injuries. After her death, the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office charged the couple with second-degree murder in addition to the other charges. [source citations]

Date of death: January 8, 2016 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull-rottweiler mix Relationship to dog: Non-family
Sex of dog: Pending Owner of dog: Babysitter
Spay/Neuter: Pending Multiple dogs: No
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: Yes
  1. DogsBite.org contains verifiable information about U.S. citizens killed by dogs including the name and age of each victim, location of attack, dog breed and up to 18 other factors. Information was gathered through news reports that were available at the time of the attack or found through Internet archival services. Each fatality also lists “source citations,” which links to its related citations.

Friday, February 12, 2016

2016 Dog Bite Fatality: Woman Killed by Pet Dog in Perquimans County, North Carolina

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Suzanne Story, 36, was killed by a pit bull-mix given to her a few weeks earlier.

Newspaper Finds Owners
UPDATE 02/12/16: Yesterday, we learned from The Virginian-Pilot that the advertisement for the dog was actually placed in The Pilot. A stroke of good luck in the ability to track down the former owners of a pit bull-mix that was off-loaded to Suzanne Story then killed her a few weeks later. “There was blood everywhere,” her mother Debbie Brown said. “Her hair was just soaked — solid blood — just covered in blood.” The first edition article was later replaced by this evening update.

“Story had seen a classified ad in The Virginian-Pilot a couple weeks ago advertising Buddy as an easy-going dog that was good with kids. She called a Virginia Beach couple who delivered the dog to her home. When Story offered to pay, the couple just gave her the dog for free and took off.” – The Virginian-Pilot, February 11, 2016, First Edition

The pit bull named “Buddy” was a 1.5-year old male pit bull-mix, not a female as previously reported. Story had been cleaning the dog’s crate, when the animal suddenly attacked her, ripping open her throat. Her sister and roommate Robin Ross was in the house and heard her screams. She was able to pull the dog off Story — amazingly — and lock it in the bathroom. But the dog broke a hole through the bathroom door and continued attacking Storyexecuting the killing bite.

The Age of Sexual Maturity

We pause now to remind readers of the 1.5 to 2-year old rule about these dogs best expressed by former Lucas County, Ohio Dog Warden Tom Skeldon in 2008. This is the age that pit bulls reach sexual maturity. “[The owners] all think that these pit bulls are nice sweet animals and some of them are, but by the time they get to be a year and half or two years old,” Skeldon said, “they’re pretty intent on what they’re bred to do and that’s grab ahold of things and shake it until it’s dead.”

This is well known amongst many animal control officers and humane groups, but a fact rarely shared with the public. It is hardly surprising that the most common age of unwanted pit bulls in open admission shelters is 1.5 to 2-years old.1 The aggression has shown up exactly as Skeldon described. The “lucky” owners have had close calls with their animals or children in the household. Then it is “off to the pound” for that pit bull — or in this case offloaded to an uninformed innocent.

The Pilot Locates Owners

A day after the deadly attack, a reporter at The Pilot contacted the former owners of Buddy, Cheryl and Carl Davino, and told them about the gruesome attack. Cheryl Davino played dumb and guilt-free after driving across state lines and dumping the dog at Story’s door. “I don’t know what the heck happened,” Davino said. “He was a big baby,” she said. Notably, 10 On Your Sidestated yesterday that they called a phone number for the Davinos, “but it was a wrong number.”2

The Pilot published the advertisement that Davino purchased. “Pitbull & Boxer Mix-Very good w/kids, people. Male. 1 yr. old on Sept. 13. $100.” Davino said she had intended to give the dog away for free, but was reminded by The Pilot that it was a bad idea. “A sales rep told her to put down a dollar amount to make sure people were serious and the dog would be taken care of,” states The Pilot. After arriving at Story’s house, they gave her the dog for free, as intended.

The Breeder of “Buddy”

After The Pilot published the story, a user with the alias Mike Brown left several comments. We have no idea if what he states is true and we have no sympathy or respect for alias Brown either. We have no sympathy or respect for ANYONE breeding pit bulls in an era when nearly a million3 unwanted pit bulls are systematically euthanized each year and countless others are pawned off to the uniformed then traded “like playing cards” to find a home where the dog won’t kill something.

mike brown
“I agree. I bred this dog and am shocked but at the same time I’m not. He wasn’t a toy. He was a living soul that couldn’t talk. He probably was upset and wanted to go home. I’m just glad this story isn’t about me or my family. I had offered to take him just 1 week ago.”
mike brown
“I bred this dog. He was American bulldog/pittbull mix. I had just watched him for the owners over the holidays for 2 weeks. In that time he was not aggressive but it was clear he was not trained. I had told the owners 1 week ago if they were going to get rid of him I would like him back. They had wanted to get rid of him after he picked up there small dog and had the dog in his mouth. I only can say that his brothers and sisters are good dogs. His parents are also great. This dog should not have been bounced around. First to me for 2 weeks then only a few weeks later given away. Buddy just wanted to go home. He had just been abandoned 3-4 weeks prior. I’m sure that played a huge roll. I feel terrible about this. Another crazy coincidence is I believe she had a brother that works for me that is in jail rite now. They don’t know each other but have the same dad. I can’t confirm this but there last names are the same and the age is very close. If this is true then her brother at one point had the dogs sister from the same litter. Man this is sad sad news. I will answer any questions related to buddy.”
mike brown
“How am I ignorant?  I saw there was a problem and offered to take the dog back. The lady should have just given him back. I wasn’t going to give him to someone else. Man if I woulda known this dog would have been bounced around like this she never would have gotten the puppy. Unfortunately you can’t see the future. There are 6 more brothers and sisters of Buddy. Whoever bought a bully pit in the neighborhood of redwing off oceana and general booth around November 2014, you probably bought one of his siblings. Please be safe and call me if you need to find him a new home.”

Despite alias Brown claiming Buddy’s siblings are “good dogs,” his brothers and sisters are now squarely in the 18-month old period too. Who knows what might happen? Remember what Skeldon said — some will remain good and others will not. Shuffling a dog from home-to-home is a never a good idea for the animal, but its no excuse for unleashing a massive attack, killing its new owner either. “Please be safe and call me,” Brown wrote, but he did not leave a phone number.

The photograph series taken by The Pilot of Story’s family after her death is heartbreaking.


02/10/16: Advertised as “Pit Bull”
13News Now interviewed Suzanne Story’s stepfather Randy Brown. He said that she saw a newspaper advertisement about a “female pit bull” that was placed by someone in Virginia. The “off-loaders,” who offered the dog for free, drove to Story’s home in Perquimans County and delivered the dog that would violently attack and kill her a week later. The off-loaders told her the dog was gentle and good with children. Brown thinks the people knew the dog was dangerous.

“I think they had a problem with the dog and didn’t know how to handle it, and they were just trying to get rid of it, and they did.” – Randy Brown

Story’s neighbor, Jonathan Nash, told 13News Now he was concerned the first time he saw the dog. “I saw her walking the dog. The dog was really pulling her and she was struggling to maintain control from her driveway to her front door.” He added, “I started to worry about my little one. If the dog gets out, what is he going to do?” Nash said. Family members say Story was cleaning the dog’s crate when the animal attacked her. Story’s sister was there, but could not stop the attack.

Brown vowed to find the off-loaders of the dog with the help of an attorney. Yet the whole situation is sketchy — seems doubtful the previous owners will be easy to track down. However, they did place an advertisement, we hope in a paid newspaper, leaving a credit card trail. God help anyone who agrees to take a pit bull free of charge whose owners drive across state linesto dump the dog at your door. Story leaves behind two daughters ages 15 and 17-years old. We pray for them both.

02/10/16: Died While in Helicopter
Perquimans County, NC – A North Carolina woman is dead after being viciously attacked by her pet dog, described as a pit bull-type dog. Perquimans County Sheriff Eric Tilley said the attack occurred about 1:00 pm Wednesday in the 1200 block of Snug Harbor Road. Her injuries were so extreme, a helicopter from Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Virginia was sent to airlift her to the hospital. The victim, Suzanne Story, 36, died as the helicopter was landing, Sheriff Tilley said.

Only Had Dog for a Week

On the 13News Now Facebook page post, they state, “The woman’s mother said her daughter got the dog about a week ago after seeing an ad in a newspaper that she was good around small children. We’re working to get more information…” As far as the breed mixture goes 1.) It will be interesting to see what the newspaper ad said, and 2.) There certainly appears to be olde English bulldogge, pit bull and Johnson or Scotty-type American bulldog; all dangerous gripper breeds.

The victim’s stepfather, Randy Brown also of Hertford, posted on his Facebook page about an hour ago, “MY stepdaughter got killed today by a pit. The people that raised this dog need to be held responsible, because they lied about the nature of this dog. I will pressure the issue. Randy Brown.” Suzanne Story was the mother of two. Her Facebook photo album shows a variety of pet cats, dogs and other animals, as well as pit bull awareness memes. She was very animal friendly.

In 2012, a 10-month old boy was fatally attacked by a family pit bull-mix in Perquimans County.

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map iconView the DogsBite.org Google State Map: North Carolina Fatal Pit Bull Attacks.
1Obsessed about pit bulls? By Merritt Clifton, Animals 24-7, September 10, 2014 (www.animals24-7.org)
2They stated in the video, however, that they called the phone number in the advertisement and they were sent to an “unnamed voicemail.” That’s all we know.
3Oakland hires former SF animal control chief Rebecca Katz to face Nathan Winograd and pit bull advocates in their lair, by Merritt Clifton, November 1, 2014, Animals 24-7 (www.animals24-7.org)

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08/25/15: 2015 Dog Bite Fatality: Pit Bull Kills Woman, Injures Another in Davie County, North…
06/06/15: 2015 Dog Bite Fatality: Adopted Out Pit Bull Kills 6-Year Old Boy in Henderson… 
02/28/14: 2014 Dog Bite Fatality: 3-Year Old Girl Killed by Family Pit Bull in North Carolina
11/03/14: 2014 Dog Bite Fatality: Woman Dies After Violent Pit Bull Attack in Robeson County
09/14/12: 2012 Dog Bite Fatality: 10-Month Old Hertford Boy Killed by Pit Bull

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2015 dog bite fatality victims

Fatal pit bull attack, Eugene Smith

Eugene Smith

87-years old | Frederick, Maryland

Eugene Smith, 87-years old, was fatally attacked by his family pit bull while taking down his Christmas tree. The dog was still viciously attacking him when Frederick County deputies, Frederick police officers and animal control arrived. Authorities were able to quickly contain the dog. Smith was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital with severe injuries. He was pronounced dead on arrival. Smith lived at the Stonehouse Road home with his son and his son’s fiancée. The family adopted the male pit bull from an unnamed person or rescue seven months earlier. The dog’s former owner, who had owned the animal for about three years in a neighboring county, had adopted the dog from a Baltimore area rescue group. At the time of the fatal attack, the 84-pound pit bull was neutered and 4 or 5 years old. Frederick County Animal Control euthanized the dog after the attack. Smith, nicknamed “Smitty,” spent his life as a tanker truck driver who delivered milk to farms and creameries in Frederick for nearly 60 years. [source citations]

Date of death: January 7, 2015 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Male Owner of dog: Victim
Spay/Neuter: Yes Multiple dogs: No
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No

Fatal pit bull attack, Declan Moss

Declan Moss

18-months old | Brooksville, Florida

Declan Moss, 18-months old, was mauled to death by two family pit bull-mixes. When Hernando County deputies responded to the scene, the young boy was already dead. At the time of the attack, Declan was playing on the porch under the care of his grandfather, Gregory Moss, the owner of the dogs. Gregory witnessed the attack, but was unable to stop the animals. The two dogs, Thumper and Max, were father and son — 6-years old and 18-years old accordingly. Neighbor Charles Shorey told the news media the dogs had never hurt a person in the past, but had killed smaller dogs. Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis said the boy’s mother, Sheila Moss, was devastated by her son’s death, but was also “defending the dogs” and said “it’s not necessarily the breed of the dog.” The sheriff initially identified the dogs as “mixed-breeds” then posted images of both dogs to their Facebook page, ending the breed identification dispute. As of February 7, 2015, no additional information has been released. [source citations]

<t02-10-2016 6:08:37 AM CSTAre people that crazy today, to think they can turn a VIOLENT KILLER FIGHTING DOG, the pitbull into a pet? Obviously yes! What’s next? Lions, tigers, wolves, bears? These people are reckless & crazy. AND DANGEROUS!Doretta Zinke, 39, Killed by 9 Pit Bulls (1945)The Story of Harry Acklam, Murdered by Two Pit Bulls in 1896

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

2016 Dog Bite Fatality: Woman Killed by Pet Dog in Perquimans County, North Carolinawoman killed by pit bull dog
Suzanne Story, 36, was killed by a female pit bull-mix given to her a week earlier.

Advertised as “Pit Bull”
UPDATE 02/10/16: 13News Now interviewed Story’s stepfather Randy Brown. He said that she saw a newspaper ad about a “female pit bull” that was placed by someone in Virginia. The “off-loaders,” who offered the dog for free, drove to Story’s home in Perquimans County and delivered the dog that would violently attack and kill her a week later. The off-loaders told her the dog was gentle and good with children. Brown thinks the people knew the dog was dangerous. “I think they had a problem with the dog and didn’t know how to handle it, and they were just trying to get rid of it, and they did.” – Randy BrownStory’s neighbor, Jonathan Nash, told 13News Now he was concerned the first time he saw the dog. “I saw her walking the dog. The dog was really pulling her and she was struggling to maintain control from her driveway to her front door.” He added, “I started to worry about my little one. If the dog gets out, what is he going to do?” Nash said. Family members say Story was cleaning the dog’s crate when the animal attacked her. Story’s sister was there, but could not stop the attack.

Brown vowed to find the off-loaders of the dog with the help of an attorney. Yet the whole situation is sketchy — seems doubtful the previous owners will be easy to track down. However, they did place an advertisement, we hope in a paid newspaper, leaving a credit card trail. God help anyone who agrees to take a pit bull free of charge whose owners drive across state linesto dump the dog at your door. Story leaves behind two daughters ages 15 and 17-years old. We pray for them both.

02/10/16: Died While in Helicopter
Perquimans County, NC – A North Carolina woman is dead after being viciously attacked by her pet dog, described as a pit bull-type dog. Perquimans County Sheriff Eric Tilley said the attack occurred about 1:00 pm Wednesday in the 1200 block of Snug Harbor Road. Her injuries were so extreme, a helicopter from Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Virginia was sent to airlift her to the hospital. The victim, Suzanne Story, 36, died as the helicopter was landing, Sheriff Tilley said.

Only Had Dog for a Week

On the 13News Now Facebook page post, they state, “The woman’s mother said her daughter got the dog about a week ago after seeing an ad in a newspaper that she was good around small children. We’re working to get more information…” As far as the breed mixture goes 1.) It will be interesting to see what the newspaper ad said, and 2.) There certainly appears to be olde English bulldogge, pit bull and Johnson or Scotty-type American bulldog; all dangerous gripper breeds.

The victim’s stepfather, Randy Brown also of Hertford, posted on his Facebook page about an hour ago, “MY stepdaughter got killed today by a pit. The people that raised this dog need to be held responsible, because they lied about the nature of this dog. I will pressure the issue. Randy Brown.” Suzanne Story was the mother of two. Her Facebook photo album shows a variety of pet cats, dogs and other animals, as well as pit bull awareness memes. She was very animal friendly.

In 2012, a 10-month old boy was fatally attacked by a family pit bull-mix in Perquimans County.

pit bull kills owner north carolinamap iconView the DogsBite.org Google State Map: North Carolina Fatal Pit Bull Attacks.
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01/29/16: 2016 Dog Bite Fatality: Pit Bull Kills Child, Injures Another in Lumberton, North Carolina
08/25/15: 2015 Dog Bite Fatality: Pit Bull Kills Woman, Injures Another in Davie County, North…
06/06/15: 2015 Dog Bite Fatality: Adopted Out Pit Bull Kills 6-Year Old Boy in Henderson… 
02/28/14: 2014 Dog Bite Fatality: 3-Year Old Girl Killed by Family Pit Bull in North Carolina
11/03/14: 2014 Dog Bite Fatality: Woman Dies After Violent Pit Bull Attack in Robeson County
09/14/12: 2012 Dog Bite Fatality: 10-Month Old Hertford Boy Killed by Pit Bull
http://blog.dogsbite.org773% rise in fatal & disfiguring pit bull attacks from 2007 to 2014January 3, 2015 by Klonda Richie,  57,  asked the Montgomery County (Ohio) Animal Resource Center and other Montgomery county agencies for protection from her neighbors' Cane Corsos at least 59 times in the 26 months before they killed her.Klonda Richie, 57, asked the Montgomery County (Ohio) Animal Resource Center and other Montgomery county agencies for protection from her neighbors’ Cane Corsos at least 59 times in the 26 months before they killed her.http://www.animals24-7.org/2015/01/03/773-rise-in-fatal-disfiguring-pit-bull-attacks-from-2007-to-2014/
02-07-2016 5:35:26 AM CST2016 dog bite fatalities  or Click Here!It often takes several weeks to identify fatal dog attack parameters.1 This is why recent dog bite fatalities may not appear on this page. In the interim, please visit the DogsBite.org blog.2016 dog bite fatality victims2015 dog bite fatalities – Click Here!Fatal pit bull attack, Tyler Trammell-HustonTyler Trammell-Huston9-years old | Linda, CaliforniaTyler Trammell-Huston, 9-years old, was brutally killed by his sister’s three pit bulls after she left him alone with the dogs. At the time of the attack, Tyler was staying with his half-sister, Alexandria Griffin-Heady, who hoped to “rescue” him from the foster system. Tyler was in protective custody, living at a foster home under the care of Sacramento County Child Protection Services. In October, CPS began granting unsupervised overnight visits with his sister and her pit bulls who lived in a small trailer that sat adjacent to a home where two of Tyler’s siblings lived. Griffin-Heady had raised the pit bulls, a mother and two offspring, since they were puppies. She gushed about her pit bulls on social media and posted numerous photos of them. In a tearful press conference after Tyler’s death, Griffin-Heady called her pit bulls “my babies” and “What made them do that I will never know.” As of January 9, 2016, no criminal charges have been filed. [source citations]Fatal pit bull attack, Payton SawyersPayton Sawyers15-months old | Independence, VAPayton Sawyers, 15-months old, suffered life-threatening injuries after she was attacked by a pit bull-mix while under the care of her babysitters on January 6. Grayson County sheriff’s deputies and rescue personnel responded to a 911 call about 9:30 pm on the 400 block of Penn Ford Road. The child was airlifted to Brenner Children’s Hospital in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in critical condition. Sheriff Richard Vaughan said the child was attacked by the couple’s pit bull-mix, E.J., and the dog had the child’s head in its mouth. After an investigation, including executing a search warrant of the couple’s home, John Underwood II and Terra Connell were charged with felony child neglect and possessing a vicious dog. Connell was also charged with possession of illegal drugs and possession of ammunition by a felon. On January 8, Payton died of her injuries. After her death, the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office charged the couple with second-degree murder in addition to the other charges. [source citations]

  1. DogsBite.org contains verifiable information about U.S. citizens killed by dogs including the name and age of each victim, location of attack, dog breed and up to 18 other factors. Information was gathered through news reports that were available at the time of the attack or found through Internet archival services. Each fatality also lists “source citations,” which links to its related citations.

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  • Monica Vaughan, “Linda boy mauled to death in home by pit bulls,” Appeal-Democrat, January 4, 2016 (www.appeal-democrat.com)
  • “Yuba County boy mauled to death in home by pit bulls,” ABC 10, January 4, 2015 (www.abc10.com)
  • Cynthia Hubert, Phillip Reese and Hudson Sangree, “Boy, 9, mauled to death by dogs in Yuba County,” Sacramento Bee, January 4, 2016 (wwwsacbee.com)
  • Monica Vaughan, “Boy mauled to death in Linda trailer by pit bulls,” Appeal-Democrat, January 4, 2016 (www.appeal-democrat.com)
  • Ian Mcdonald, “Deputies: 9-Year-Old Boy Killed by Guardian’s Dogs in Yuba County,” FOX 40, January 4, 2016 (www.fox40.com)
  • Associated Press, “9-year-old boy fatally mauled by three pit bulls,” LA Times, January 4, 2016 (www.latimes.com)
  • Maghan Hunt, “9-year-old Yuba County boy killed by dogs,” KRCR-TV, January 4, 2016 (www.krcrtv.com)
  • “Boy mauled, killed by 3 pit bulls in Yuba County,” KCRA, January 4, 2016 (www.kcra.com)
  • Lemor Abrams, “Boy Mauled To Death By Sister’s Pit Bulls In Linda Trailer,” CBS Sacramento, January 4, 2016 (sacramento.cbslocal.com)
  • “9-year-old boy mauled to death by sister’s pitbulls,” KOVR, January 5, 2016 (www.news4sanantonio.com)
  • (Update) “Boy mauled, killed by 3 pit bulls in Yuba County,” KCRA, January 4, 2016 (www.kcra.com)
  • Jay Barmann, “Nine-Year-Old Boy Mauled And Killed By Sister’s Three Dogs,” SFist.com, January 5, 2016 (www.sfist.com)
  • Regina Graham, “Nine-year-old boy violently mauled to death by his sister’s three pit bulls she called ‘the wolf pack’,” Daily Mail, January 5, 2016 (www.dailymail.co.uk)
  • Tobias Salinger, “California woman’s 9-year-old brother mauled to death by her pit bull ‘wolfpack’ while she was away at work,” Daily News, January 5, 2016 (www.nydailynews.com)
  • “Statistical breakdown: Dog attacks across the country,” Sacramento Bee, January 5, 2016 (wwwsacbee.com)
  • Associated Press, “Boy, 9, left home alone mauled to death by sister’s three pit bulls,” Pix11.com, January 5, 2016 (www.px11.com)
  • “Boy left alone in trailer mauled to death by 3 pit bulls, police say,” NBC4, January 5, 2016 (www.nbc4i.com)
  • Carlos Saucedo, “Officials release cause of death in fatal mauling,” ABC 10, January 5, 2016 (www.abc10.com)
  • “Charges weighed in fatal Yuba County dog mauling,” KRCA, January 5, 2016 (www.kcra.com)
  • Associated Press, “Authorities consider whether to seek charges against woman whose pit bulls killed her brother,” Star Tribune, January 5, 2016 (www.startribune.com)
  • Cynthia Hubert And Hudson Sangree, “Grief, anger follow dogs’ killing of boy in Yuba County,” Sacramento Bee, January 5, 2015 (www.sacbee.com)
  • Carlos Saucedo, “Dog owner speaks out on deadly mauling attack,” ABC 10, January 6, 2016 (www.abc10.com)
  • Hudson Sangree and Cynthia Hubert, “Sister in Yuba dog-mauling case: ‘I will never forgive myself’,” Sacramento Bee, January 6, 2015 (www.sacbee.com)
  • Monica Vaughan, “Mauling victim’s sister: ‘It feels like my heart died’,” Appeal-Democrat, January 6, 2016 (www.appeal-democrat.com)
  • “Sister of boy mauled by pit bulls: I should have done things differently,” KCRA, January 7, 2016 (www.kcra.com)
  • Associated Press, “Sister of Boy Mauled by Her Dogs Says ‘My Heart Just Died,'” ABC News, January 7, 2016 (abcnews.go.com)
  • Tim Nudd, “Sister of 9-Year-Old Boy Killed by Her Three Dogs Grieves: ‘I Will Never Forgive Myself’,” People, January 7, 2016 (www.people.com)
  • “Your Views: Comments flood in over tragic news of boy’s mauling death,” Appeal-Democrat, January 7, 2016 (www.appeal-democrat.com)
  • “Mike Dunbar: Another tragedy tied to pit bulls,” Modesto Bee, January 8, 2016 (www.modbee.com)
  • “Child suffers life-threatening injuries during dog attack in Grayson County,” WDBJ 7, January 8, 2016 (www.wdbj.com)
  • “Infant critically injured in Grayson County dog attack; 2 caretakers arrested,” WXII 12, January 8, 2016 (www.wxii12.com)
  • (Update) “Infant critically injured in Grayson County dog attack; 2 caretakers arrested,” WXII 12, January 8, 2016 (www.wxii12.com)
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  • “Payton Lyrik,” GoFundMe.com, January 9, 2016 (www.gofundme.com)
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  • Kristen Eskow, “UPDATE: Toddler dies after dog attack, Virginia First, January 10, 2016 (www.virginiafirst.com)
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  • Robert Sorrell, “Babysitters charged with murder in dog attack death,” Bristol Herald Courier, January 13, 2016 (www.heraldcourier.com)
  • “Grayson County man, woman charged with murder in deadly dog attack that killed infant,” WSLS-TV, January 13, 2016 (www.wsls.com)
  • Obituary, “Payton Lyrik Sawyers,” Vaughan-Guynn Funeral Home, (undated), (www.meaningfulfunerals.net)
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  • “Murder charges filed in dog attack death,” Galax Gazette, January 14, 2016, (www.galaxgazette.com)
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  • “Caretakers now charged with murder after dog attacks infant in Grayson County,” WXII 12, January 15, 2016 (www.wxii12.com)
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  • 2015 dog bite fatalities – Click Here!02-06-2016 7:21:58 AM CST2016 dog bite fatalities ::It often takes several weeks to identify fatal dog attack parameters.1 This is why recent dog bite fatalities may not appear on this page. In the interim, please visit the DogsBite.org blog.2016 dog bite fatality victimsFatal pit bull attack, Tyler Trammell-HustonTyler Trammell-Huston9-years old | Linda, CaliforniaTyler Trammell-Huston, 9-years old, was brutally killed by his sister’s three pit bulls after she left him alone with the dogs. At the time of the attack, Tyler was staying with his half-sister, Alexandria Griffin-Heady, who hoped to “rescue” him from the foster system. Tyler was in protective custody, living at a foster home under the care of Sacramento County Child Protection Services. In October, CPS began granting unsupervised overnight visits with his sister and her pit bulls who lived in a small trailer that sat adjacent to a home where two of Tyler’s siblings lived. Griffin-Heady had raised the pit bulls, a mother and two offspring, since they were puppies. She gushed about her pit bulls on social media and posted numerous photos of them. In a tearful press conference after Tyler’s death, Griffin-Heady called her pit bulls “my babies” and “What made them do that I will never know.” As of January 9, 2016, no criminal charges have been filed. [source citations]Fatal pit bull attack, Payton SawyersPayton Sawyers15-months old | Independence, VAPayton Sawyers, 15-months old, suffered life-threatening injuries after she was attacked by a pit bull-mix while under the care of her babysitters on January 6. Grayson County sheriff’s deputies and rescue personnel responded to a 911 call about 9:30 pm on the 400 block of Penn Ford Road. The child was airlifted to Brenner Children’s Hospital in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in critical condition. Sheriff Richard Vaughan said the child was attacked by the couple’s pit bull-mix, E.J., and the dog had the child’s head in its mouth. After an investigation, including executing a search warrant of the couple’s home, John Underwood II and Terra Connell were charged with felony child neglect and possessing a vicious dog. Connell was also charged with possession of illegal drugs and possession of ammunition by a felon. On January 8, Payton died of her injuries. After her death, the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office charged the couple with second-degree murder in addition to the other charges. [source citations]

    1. DogsBite.org contains verifiable information about U.S. citizens killed by dogs including the name and age of each victim, location of attack, dog breed and up to 18 other factors. Information was gathered through news reports that were available at the time of the attack or found through Internet archival services. Each fatality also lists “source citations,” which links to its related citations.

    02-06-2016 5:22:04 AM CST2015 dog bite fatalities ::It often takes several weeks to identify fatal dog attack parameters.1 This is why recent dog bite fatalities may not appear on this page. In the interim, please visit the DogsBite.org blog.2015 dog bite fatality victimsFatal pit bull attack, Eugene SmithEugene Smith87-years old | Frederick, MarylandEugene Smith, 87-years old, was fatally attacked by his family pit bull while taking down his Christmas tree. The dog was still viciously attacking him when Frederick County deputies, Frederick police officers and animal control arrived. Authorities were able to quickly contain the dog. Smith was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital with severe injuries. He was pronounced dead on arrival. Smith lived at the Stonehouse Road home with his son and his son’s fiancée. The family adopted the male pit bull from an unnamed person or rescue seven months earlier. The dog’s former owner, who had owned the animal for about three years in a neighboring county, had adopted the dog from a Baltimore area rescue group. At the time of the fatal attack, the 84-pound pit bull was neutered and 4 or 5 years old. Frederick County Animal Control euthanized the dog after the attack. Smith, nicknamed “Smitty,” spent his life as a tanker truck driver who delivered milk to farms and creameries in Frederick for nearly 60 years. [source citations]Fatal pit bull attack, Declan MossDeclan Moss18-months old | Brooksville, FloridaDeclan Moss, 18-months old, was mauled to death by two family pit bull-mixes. When Hernando County deputies responded to the scene, the young boy was already dead. At the time of the attack, Declan was playing on the porch under the care of his grandfather, Gregory Moss, the owner of the dogs. Gregory witnessed the attack, but was unable to stop the animals. The two dogs, Thumper and Max, were father and son — 6-years old and 18-years old accordingly. Neighbor Charles Shorey told the news media the dogs had never hurt a person in the past, but had killed smaller dogs. Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis said the boy’s mother, Sheila Moss, was devastated by her son’s death, but was also “defending the dogs” and said “it’s not necessarily the breed of the dog.” The sheriff initially identified the dogs as “mixed-breeds” then posted images of both dogs to their Facebook page, ending the breed identification dispute. As of February 7, 2015, no additional information has been released. [source citations]Fatal pit bull attack, Malaki MildwardMalaki Mildward7-years old | College Springs, IowaMalaki Mildward, 7-years old, was viciously killed by two 8 or 9-month old pit bull-mixes while playing in his yard. There were two adult pit bulls, a male and female, also living at the home, but were inside during the attack. The adult female, Road, had delivered a litter during the previous summer; the two fatally attacking dogs were from that litter. Malaki’s stepfather, Jeremiah Hicks, was in the home when the attack occurred. The boy’s mother and two other children were away. When several family members, including a 10-year old boy, returned to the home, they saw Malaki’s body in the yard. The dogs had horribly attacked the boy and stripped away most of his clothes. Road had bitten the 10-year old boy four months earlier. His mother reported the biting incident to the sheriff’s office and the Iowa Department of Human Services, but DHS classified the bite report as unfounded and no follow through occurred. Road and her two fatally attacking offspring were euthanized; Hicks kept the male pit bull. [source citations]Fatal pit bull attack, Frederick Glenn CrutchfieldFrederick Crutchfield63-years old | Coal Hill, ArkansasFrederick Crutchfield, 63-years old, was discovered dead in the woods near his home on February 4 by Johnson County Sheriff’s deputies and Coal Hill police. Johnson County Coroner, Pam Cogan, pronounced him dead at the scene. His body was sent to the Arkansas State Medical Examiner’s Office in Little Rock. At that time, no other information was released. On February 20, Johnson County Sheriff Larry Jones issued a press release stating, “The Arkansas Crime Lab has determined the cause of death exsanguination (loss of blood) due to multiple canine injuries. The canines belonged to a family member.” Crutchfield served in the Army National Guard for 30-years and was an Iraq war veteran. Five months after his mauling death, in response to an email inquiry, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the dogs involved in Crutchfield’s death were three pit bulls, the fatal attack occurred on the dog owner’s property, none of the dogs were chained and that Crutchfield had known the dogs well. [source citations]Fatal pit bull attack, Taylynn DeVaughnTayLynn DeVaughn2-years old | West Mifflin, PennsylvaniaTayLynn DeVaughn, 2-years old, was attacked and killed by a pit bull while visiting her aunt’s home in the 3900 block of Fleetwood Drive. She was transported to Jefferson Hospital where she was pronounced dead. A subsequent autopsy showed that TayLynn died from multiple sharp wounds and multiple blunt force injuries to the head and neck as a result of the dog attack. Her death was ruled accidental by the medical examiner’s office. The child’s father, Corey DeVaughn, told the media that the day of the attack was the second time his daughter had been around the pit bull. He also indicated the dog was a male, calling the animal “Jake,” which suddenly attacked his daughter. “I came in the living room and the dog was just shaking her,” DeVaughn said. “When he let her go, she was gone,” DeVaughn said. West Mifflin animal control officer Ken Ferree, who impounded the dog, said the dog was a 3 to 4-year old pit bull-mix and weighs about 80 pounds. The dog is expected to be euthanized. [source citations]Fatal pit bull attack, Roy HiggenbothamRoy Higgenbotham Jr.62-years old | Wheeling, West VirginiaRoy Higgenbotham Jr., 62-years old, bled to death after being attacked by his roommate’s pit bull. The victim was alerted that his roommate George Wallace had lost consciousness by Wallace’s girlfriend. Higgenbotham called 911 then rushed upstairs to help. According to police, he was giving Wallace several revival “slaps” to the face when Wallace’s pit bull attacked him. After kicking in the door to the home, police officers heard Higgenbotham screaming and rushed to an upstairs bedroom where they saw him on the floor being attacked by the pit bull, according to Deputy Police Chief Martin Kimball. The girlfriend, by this stage, had fled out a window onto the roof of the home in fear of the attacking dog. Both Higgenbotham and Wallace were rushed to a local hospital, where both men died. Wallace suffered a fatal heart attack. A preliminary autopsy report showed that Higgenbotham died as a direct result to the injuries he sustained during the attack. The dog severed his radial artery on his left arm. [source citations]Fatal rottweiler attack, Betty WoodBetty Wood78-years old | Sulphur Springs, TexasBetty Wood, 78-years old, was brutally mauled to death by her pet rottweiler. Sulphur Springs Police Chief Jay Sanders said dispatchers received a call about 7 pm about a possible deceased person at a home on North Davis Street. The daughter of the victim, who lives next-door, went to check on her mother and discovered her dead on the floor of her home. Wood lived alone in her home. Sanders said the daughter trapped the animal in the back room until first responders arrived on scene. Sanders told KLTV, “I’ve been doing this 30 years and that scene was about as gruesome as I’ve ever seen.” Police determined though an initial investigation that the pet rottweiler attacked and killed Wood. The medical examiner’s office in Dallas confirmed their findings the next day. Wood had been killed by the dog. The victim had owned the rottweiler for about 5-years, according to police. The dog was surrendered by family members and euthanized the following day. Texas Rangers assisted in the death investigation. [source citations]Fatal dog attack, Julia Charging WhirlwindJulia Charging Whirlwind49-years old | White River, Rosebud Indian Reservation, South DakotaJulia Charging Whirlwind, 49-years old, was attacked and killed by two or more dogs in the lower Swift Bear Community on the Rosebud Indian Reservation. She had left a friend’s house and was walking home, about 100 yards away, when the dogs attacked. Mellette County Sheriff Mike Blom was one of the first officers to arrive on scene. He saw two people trying to fight off two of the dogs. Sheriff Blom shot and killed both dogs so that emergency responders could reach the victim. She was transported to Rosebud hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Robin Clairmont, whose home Julia had left that morning, said the dogs were a known problem. She said that Julia had even said to her recently, “I wonder what it’s going to take. Somebody’s probably going to have to get killed or die from them dogs.” Tribal council members responded with an emergency measure, rounding up and destroying known aggressive or unwanted dogs in the area. As of April 5, 2015, no additional information is known. [source citations]02-06-2016 7:16:40 AM CST

    In 2009, the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps banned dangerous dog breeds from privatized housing domestically and abroad. In 2012, the U.S. Air Force enacted a similar uniform policy. READ MORE

    Military breed-specific policies ::

    In 2009, the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps banned dangerous dog breeds from privatized housing domestically and abroad. In 2012, the U.S. Air Force enacted a similar uniform policy.  READ MORE

     

    Dog bite statistics – Each day, about 1,000 U.S. citizens require emergency care treatment for dog bite injury.1 The following studies examine injury occurrence and the dog breeds most likely to bite.

    According to the CDC, more than 4.7 million dog-bite incidents occur in the United States every year. Of those 4.7 million attacks, 800,000 of these Americans will seek medical attention — half of these are children — and 386,000 of these Americans will need emergency medical treatment.  

    Dog bite statistics ::

    Each day, about 1,000 U.S. citizens require emergency care treatment for dog bite injury.1 The following studies examine injury occurrence and the dog breeds most likely to bite.

     

    Dog Attack Deaths and Maimings, U.S. & Canada, September 1982 to December 31, 2014

    By compiling U.S. and Canadian press accounts between 1982 and 2014, Merritt Clifton, editor of Animals 24-7, shows the dog breeds most responsible for disfiguring injuries and deaths.

    The combination of molosser breeds, including pit bulls, rottweilers, presa canarios, cane corsos, mastiffs, dogo argentinos, fila brasieros, sharpeis, boxers, and their mixes, inflict:

    • 86% of attacks that induce bodily harm
    • 81% of attacks to children
    • 89% of attack to adults
    • 76% of attacks that result in fatalities
    • 86% that result in maiming
    • Embody 9.2%+ of the total dog population

     

    Report: U.S. Dog Bite Fatalities January 2006 to December 2008

    A 2009 report issued by DogsBite.org shows that 19 dog breeds contributed to 88 deaths in the 3-year period of 2006 to 2008. Pit bulls accounted for 59% followed by rottweilers with 14%.

    • Of the 88 fatal dog attacks recorded by DogsBite.org, pit bull type dogs were responsible for 59% (52). This is equivalent to a pit bull killing a U.S. citizen every 21 days during this 3-year period.
    • The data also shows that pit bulls commit the vast majority of off-property attacks that result in death. Only 18% (16) of the attacks occurred off owner property, yet pit bulls were responsible for 81% (13).

     

    Emergency Department Visits and Inpatient Stays Involving Dog Bites, 2008

    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality published a study in 2010 showing that the number of Americans hospitalized for dog bite injuries almost doubled over a 15-year period.

    • The average cost of a dog bite-related hospital stay was $18,200, approximately 50 percent higher than the average injury-related hospital stay.
    • There were 4 times as many dog bite-related ED visits and 3 times as many hospital stays in rural areas than in urban areas.

    Nonfatal Dog Bite-Related Injuries Treated in Hospital Emergency Departments – United States, 2001

    In 2003, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a study that examines the frequency of dog bite-related injuries treated in U.S. emergency departments.

    • In 2001, an estimated 368,245 persons were treated in U.S. emergency rooms for nonfatal dog bite-related injuries.
    • 42% of dog bites in 2001 occurred among children aged 14 years and younger; injury rates were highest among children aged 5-9 years and were significantly higher for boys than for girls.

     

    Breeds of Dogs Involved in Fatal Human Attacks in the United States Between 1979 and 1998

    A 2000 report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reviewed a 20-year period to determine the types of dog breeds most responsible for U.S. dog bite fatalities.

    • During 1997 and 1998, at least 27 people died of dog bite attacks (18 in 1997 and 9 in 1998). At least 25 breeds of dogs were involved in 238 human dog bite related fatalities during the past 20 years. Pit bulls and rottweilers were involved in over half of these fatalities and from 1997 to 1998 were involved in 67%.

     

    Which Dogs Bite? A Case-Control Study of Risk Factors (1991)

    In 1994, researchers released a study of “which dogs bite” based on 1991 Denver County dog bite statistical data. Pit bulls are not included. In 1989, the City and County of Denver banned pit bulls.

    • Biters are 6.2 times as likely to be male than female
    • Biters are 2.6 times as likely to be intact than neutered
    • Biters are 2.8 times as likely to be chained as unchained
    1. Emergency Department Visits and Inpatient Stays Involving Dog Bites, 2008, by Laurel Holmquist, M.A. and Anne Elixhauser, Ph.D., Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD., November 2010.

    U.S. Army Adopts Breed Restriction Policy for RCI Privatized Housing – U.S. Army standardized its pet policy, banning breeds deemed “aggressive or potentially aggressive.” The breeds (and their mixes) include: pit bulls, American staffordshire terriers, bull terriers, rottweilers, doberman pinschers, chows, wolf hybrids and any others that display a dominant or aggressive behavior. This policy is in response to the Army’s request for standardization regarding pets in privatized housing. It takes into consideration the safety, welfare and quiet enjoyment of all residents…

    U.S. Army Adopts Breed Restriction Policy for RCI Privatized Housing

    Privatization Partners Pet Policy
    UPDATE 03/17/09: DogsBite.org has received a copy of the official memorandum for Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management regarding the standardized pet policy for privatized housing. The document was signed January 5, 2009 by Paul P. Bollinger Jr., Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army Energy and Partnerships.

    SUBJECT: Pet Policy for Privatized Housing Under the Army’s Residential Communities Initiative (RCI) Privatization Program

    1. The purpose of this memorandum is to forward the Pet Policy for privatized housing (attached), as developed by the Privatization Partners, for tenants in RCI Housing developments. This policy is in response to the Army’s request for standardization regarding pets in privatized housing. It takes into consideration the safety, welfare and quiet enjoyment of all residents in privatized housing and was developed with input from current residents, Garrisons and this Headquarters.

    03/16/09: Pet Policy Adopted for RCI Privatized Housing
    In January, the U.S. Army standardized its pet policy, banning breeds deemed “aggressive or potentially aggressive.” The breeds (and their mixes) include: pit bulls, American staffordshire terriers, bull terriers, rottweilers, doberman pinschers, chows, wolf hybrids and any others that display a dominant or aggressive behavior. The U.S. Army enacted the new policy to prevent pet owners from encountering uneven policies when moving between installations.

    DogsBite.org expresses great gratitude to the U.S. Army for taking steps to prevent future victims from suffering serious and fatal attacks from these types of dogs.

    Prior to the new U.S. Army Pet Policy, Fort Hood had enacted a breed ban on its own. Officials began examining breeds after the fatal attack of 11-year-old Seth Lovitt. Seth was suddenly attacked and killed by the family pit bull after the dog jumped off the couch and bit him in the neck. Upon reviewing post records, officials found that in the last six years, 68% of the dogs declared dangerous were pit bulls. Rottweilers, in a distant second place, accounted for 8%.

    The new U.S. Army Pet Policy was disseminated to installations in January. DogsBite.org has provided a list of installations governed by the Residential Communities Initiative(RCI) that must abide by the new policy. There may be additional facilities that we have not listed as well.

    See more: U.S. Military Breed RegulationsRelated articles:
    02/10/09: Fort Drum Prohibits Aggressive Dog Breeds from Base Housing
    10/03/08: Fort Riley, Kansas Army Base Bans Pit Bull Type Dogs
    08/22/08: Fort Hood, Texas U.S. Army Base Passes New Pit Bull Restriction Labels: 

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    Pit bulls that killed a 4-year old boy on December 2, Geneke Lyons will stand trial on the charges of second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and possessing dangerous animals causing death and $1 million dollar bond – Lyons remains incarcerated. Mother and Witness Testify about the horrors she witnessed on December 2, as four pit bulls savagely killed her son.

    2015 Dog Bite Fatality: 4-Year Old Boy Savagely Killed by Four Pit Bulls in Detroit –

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    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 connection to the death of Xavier Strickland. The judge also continued the $1 million dollar bond for Lyons.The horrific mauling death, described as the pit bulls disemboweling the boy, was captured on surveillance cameras on Lyons’ property. Judge Adams and two court workers watched the 16-minute video during the court proceedings. Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Parisa Kiani said Lyons’ fencing was inadequate, allowing the dogs to escape, and that Lyons knew what was happening on his property at all times. Kiani described the dogs as “security equipment.”

    Lyons remains incarcerated and is scheduled to be arraigned in circuit court on January 14.

    12/23/15: Mother and Witness Testify
    The mother of 4-year old Xavier Strickland testified in court today about the horrors she witnessed on December 2, as four pit bulls savagely killed her son. Lucille Strickland said she knew just moments before the deadly attack that it was coming. “I just knew that it was gonna go down. Because when the dogs looked, they just started running straight at us,” she said. Yesterday, the judge and two court workers watched surveillance camera footage showing the horrific attack.

    Just before the pit bulls beelined Lucille and her son, the two had started to step backward, expecting a confrontation. Both her and her son tripped and fell as they were backing up, she testified. By that point, the dogs were on them. She “started kicking and punching them away,” she said. She still had Xavier protected under one arm when the pit bulls “snatched him away from me,” she said. The dogs dragged him by the hood of his coat across the street and under a fence.

    “They pulled him to the fence to the other dog in the fence, and the other dog grabbed his hood on his coat and pulled him under.” – Lucille Strickland

    Also providing testimony today was Cherisse Williams, who witnessed the brutal attack. “The dogs were all over him like they were snatching his clothes off,” she said. “There is really no words to describe what I saw. Looking at Xavier, his eyes were open, looking at the sky,” she said. Other parts of today’s testimony were too graphic to air, according to ClickonDetroit. The preliminary examination continues on January 7, where children in the neighborhood are expected to testify.

    12/22/15: Horror Surveillance Video
    Today the preliminary examination began for the owner four pit bulls that disemboweled a 4-year old boy in Detroit on December 2. Geneke Antonio Lyons, 41, is charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter and possessing dangerous animals causing death in connection to the brutal mauling death of Xavier Strickland. Today in court the judge and courtroom workers watched the surveillance video of the entire horrific attack handed over by the defendant.

    Earlier prosecutors said they had evidence to show the dogs saw “child as meal.” The defendant’s own surveillance video is that evidence.

    The preliminary examination will determine if there is enough evidence to try Lyons on all charges. No doubt the video dealt Lyons’ defense case a crushing, unrecoverable blow. Mark Bernstein, who is representing Xavier’s parents in a civil lawsuit, described the footage as “16 minutes of horror” and will likely be played in trial. When that happens, there will be “a sense of outrage,” he said, and hopefully mobilize the community to ensure “that this never, ever, ever happens again.”

    The Detroit News adds that the video came from four cameras at Lyons’ home. Spectators and the media were not allowed to see the video, but they were able to see the expressions of those who could. The courtroom stenographer placed her hands over her mouth in horror as the pit bulls devoured the boy; the deputy had to look down to avoid parts of the graphic imagery. Bernstein added that the public will be able to view the video when it becomes evidence during the trial.

    The preliminary hearing continues tomorrow. Lyons remains incarcerated on a $1 million bond.

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    12/07/15: Murder Charge, Civil Lawsuits
    The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office has charged a Detroit man with murder after his four pit bulls disemboweled an innocent little boy last week as he walked down Baylis Street with his mother. Geneke Antonio Lyons, 41, is charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter and possessing dangerous animals causing death in connection to the horrific death of 4-year old Xavier Strickland, according to a news release from the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.

    “I want him to feel the pain I feel. I want him to feel the pain my son felt when those dogs were eating him.” – Clarence Strickland, Xavier’s father

    The boy’s parents also filed two lawsuits against the dogs’ owner and the property owner. Both lawsuits were filed in Wayne County Circuit Court by his parents, Lucille and Clarence Strickland, who are seeking damages. The couple is represented by Mark Bernstein of the Sam Bernstein Law Firm. Bernstein also represented Steve Constantine who survived catastrophic injuries in a pit bull attack last year. A judge later awarded Constantine a “symbolic” $100 million civil judgment.

    The lawsuit filed by the Stricklands contains new information. For the first time, we are learning that multiple pit bulls dragged the boy across the street, about 30 feet total. The boy was “dragged across the street, under a fence, and into the yard of defendants and killed by multiple pit bulls,” states the lawsuit. Lucille also suffered severe and permanent injuries inflicted by a different pit bull owned by Lyons, in addition to witnessing the brutal murder of her son, states the lawsuit.

    Lyons is no stranger to the legal system. In 1993, he was convicted in Wayne County Circuit Court of a felony possession of between 50 and 225 grams of cocaine. In 2005, Lyons was indicted on money laundering charges after he was stopped and arrested in Shamrock, Texas. Police seized $106,254 in cash he had stashed in his Jeep. Lyons then sued the state of Texas in an attempt to recoup the money seized, but lost in 2011. Those criminal charges were later dropped in 2013.

    Lastly, the residence where the attack occurred on 15500 Baylis Street is owned by Genique Real Estate Management Company LLC, according to the city of Detroit’s tax assessor website. It is a Michigan business that was registered under Geneke Lyons back in 2005, the Michigan Business Entity Search website shows. It is unclear what type of “real estate” activities the business engages in, but that will likely be closely scrutinized as the criminal and civil cases move forward.

    12/06/15: Powerful Editorials Follow Death
    In the wake of the savage pit bull attack that struck down 4-year old Xavier Strickland on December 2, Detroit newspapers quickly responded with bold editorials, asking the city to once again examine Detroit’s enduring pit bull problem. Detroit has long been known as the dogfighting capital of the U.S. Dogfighting, pit bulls, the ceaseless backyard breeding of pit bulls and stray pit bulls are all part of the city’s fabric. Dislodging this will not be easy, but it is what needs to be done.

    Children are facing enough challenges in Detroit. The fangs of wild dogs should not be among them. – The Detroit News

    On top of this, Senate Bill 239, which will prohibit all local governments in Michigan from enacting or enforcing breed-specific laws, sailed through the senate in October. Of the four senators representing Detroit, two voted against the bill, one in favor and the fourth, Sen. Bert Johnson, who was attacked by a pit bull in 2011, was absent. Yet, Johnson already clarified his position by voting in favor of SB 239 during the Senate Agriculture Committee hearing in September.

    Currently, SB 239 is in the House Local Government Committee; a hearing is expected this week. Will anyone appear to oppose it? Or, will the room simply consist of Sen. David Robertson’s office, who sponsored the bill, and the default lobbying group, Utah-based fighting dog advocates, Best Friends Animal Society? Silent supporters will also be present in the room, including the ASPCA, who in lieu of testimony (“do not wish to speak”) will officially record their support of SB 239.

    “I Wonder How Fast He Can Run?”

    Over at the Detroit Free Press, columnist Rochelle Riley urged the city to adopt a pit bull ban, which could have been adopted 9-years ago. Riley laments the loss of former Detroit City Council member JoAnn Watson, who proposed the ban in 2006. Riley’s choice words include “cowardice,” when referring to city leaders who have talked about a ban for nearly three decades. Riley also remarks on pit bulls being “part of the fabric” of Detroit and that it is time for “new fabric.”

    It’s time to revisit the ban ordinance that JoAnn Watson proposed back in 2006. How many more children have to die… – Rochelle Riley, Detroit Free Press

    Riley also unleashes on the bill’s sponsor. “I’d like to send state Sen. David Robertson, R-Grand Blanc and sponsor of Senate Bill 239, photos of Xavier Strickland’s remains. No, I’d like him to drive down to Detroit and walk around the east side without a police escort,” she writes. “I wonder how fast he can run?” Riley believes that local officials are best suited to make their own animal ordinance decisions to protect their residents, not state legislators, far removed in Lansing.1


    Editorial note — The “idea” that state legislators might pass SB 239 — and without a strong fight from local opposing voices — is outrageous and dangerous. The passage of SB 239 will gravely impact Detroit and their ability to ever create “new fabric” in this area. Of the 19 states that have passed this type of preemptive legislation since the late 1980s, not a single one has managed to fully repeal it. Once this area of local control is gone, city officials can consider it gone for good.


    12/03/15: Devastated Mother Speaks Out
    The mother of 4-year old Xavier Strickland spoke to ABC 7 about the horrific mauling death of her son. Lucille Strickland said these same pit bulls have bitten her 9-year old before. On Wednesday, as she walked with her son to an elementary school where she works as a volunteer, at least one of the four pit bulls escaped beneath a gap in the gate and yanked her son away. The dog dragged him back under the gate and along with three other pit bulls viciously attacked him.

    “[Police] told me to stand back. They shot the dog. The dog that was on top of my son, he had to keep shooting it.” – Lucille Strickland

    In devastation and tears, Lucille said that she hopes the dogs’ owner suffers after the brutal and nightmarish death of her son. “You should suffer, like we are suffering,” she said. “We have lost our 4-year old son. You should be ashamed of yourself,” she said. The ABC 7 video also shows the kennel run behind the gate of the pit bull owner’s home on the corner of Baylis Street and John C Lodge Service Drive. The dogs’ owner, still unnamed, continues to remain in police custody.

    The Detroit Free Press adds more details about the previous biting incident. According to Xavier’s uncle Ramone Cage, the first incident involved his niece. “The dog was biting her coat and book bag and she was able to get out and run home,” Cage said. “My sister said she talked to someone and the police had already went to him, but since the dogs didn’t actually injure my niece, they just warned him. [The owner] said he was going to put them up but apparently he didn’t,” Cage said.

    The family has set up a fund for Xavier Strickland’s funeral expenses at GoFundMe.

    12/02/15: Pit Bulls Savagely Kill Detroit Boy
    Detroit, MI – In a horrific attack, four pit bulls savagely attacked and killed a 4-year old boy as he walked down a residential sidewalk with his mother. The pit bulls escaped beneath their owner’s gate, snatched the boy away from his mother then yanked him back under the gate and brutally mauled him. Arriving officers shot and killed three of the dogs and took the fourth into custody. The child was rushed to the hospital in a police scout car, but did not survive his hideous injuries.

    “Please help me get the dogs off my baby!” a 34-year-old neighbor said the child’s mother yelled. “They have my baby!” – Detroit Free Press

    The violent attack occurred about 12:30 pm on Baylis Street along the Lodge Freeway. After the pit bulls dragged him under the gate and began ripping his flesh off, neighbors hurled bricks at the dogs to help free the boy. The attack continued until Detroit police arrived. They entered into the backyard of the home and open fired on the pit bulls, killing one; two others fled into the neighborhood. They were located and shot by police, according to Detroit Police Lt. Pride Henry.

    According to witnesses, the pit bulls had gotten out the same way multiple times in the past. So far it is unknown if any of the dogs had a history of aggression, which is often a crucial element in bringing criminal charges. In many places it would not be enough that the man owned a “pack” of four pit bulls, that his pit bulls had previously escaped the same way then one day launched an explosive, predatory attack killing a child. The element of previous knowledge is still needed.

    Evening Updates

    By evening, the child was identified as Xavier Strickland. He was walking down the sidewalk with his mother Lucille Strickland when he was murdered by four pit bulls. It was a backyard breeding operation, 2 adults and 2 younger offspring. The ClickonDetroit video also shows the three dead pit bulls in garbage bags being slung into a truck. Detroit Police Chief James Craig comments, “This is no different than what our officers deal with when they are dealing with armed suspects.”

    Currently, the dog’s owner has been arrested for negligent homicide and is in police custody.


     Medical study: Pitbull Mauling Deaths in Detroit, by Cheryl L. Loewe MD et al., The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology, Vol 28, December 2007.

    map iconView the DogsBite.org Google State Map: Michigan Fatal Pit Bull Attacks.
    1Unfortunately, Riley did not fully understand SB 239, which prohibits ALL forms of breed-specific laws. It is not limited to only “breed bans.”

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    11/04/14: 2014 Dog Bite Fatality: Pit Bulls Kill Modesto Man, Critically Injure Another


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    02-06-2016 5:57:49 AM CST

    2015 Dog Bite Fatality: Port Huron Woman, 22, Fatally Attacked by Pit Bulls

    port huron woman, rebecca hardy, killed by pit bull
    Rebecca Hardy was fatally attacked by a pit bull. The manner of death was ruled suicide.

    Redacted Police Report
    UPDATE 02/05/16: Under the Freedom of Information Act, the Times Herald obtained a copy of the Port Huron Police report on the death of Rebecca Hardy, who was killed by a pit bull on December 3. The dog ripped out her throat, chewed off her ears and tore into her face, including ripping out an eye and part of her nose, according to the report. The dog severed her carotid artery and broke her cervical spine, states the report. Injuries common in fatal pit bull attacks.

    The police report reveals information that we and many others have long sought: Who, if anyone, actually saw Hardy climb the fence? According to the police report, a witness did. At least he saw her part way climb the fence. The pit bull intervened by latching onto her leg and pulling her fully into the unnamed owner’s backyard. This yard became her graveyard after a horrific, violent pit bull attack. Oakland County Medical Examiner Ljubisa Dragovic ruled the manner of death suicide.

    pit bull“(Name redacted) states he did observe a white female, that was later identified as HARDY to be at the fence of his neighbors (redacted) and (redacted) property. (Redacted) states that he did observe the brown Pit Bull and the white Husky to be outside barking at HARDY as she was at the fence. (Redacted) states that he then observed HARDY to climb the fence and have one leg over the fence onto (redacted) and (redacted) property.
    pit bull“(Redacted) states that as HARDY was on the fence, the brown Pit Bull, named King, grabbed HARDY by the leg area and pulled her on the ground,” according to the police report on the fatal mauling of the 22-year-old Port Huron woman. – The Times Herald, February 4, 2016

    The last words her boyfriend, who has a child with Hardy, ever said to her was, “Get out.”

    12/10/15: Victim Had Knowledge of Danger
    A report from CBS Detroit cleared up some questions about the horrific mauling death of Rebecca Hardy. It seems her death was “suicide by pit bull attack.” Oakland County Medical Examiner Ljubisa Dragovic had earlier called the dogs “attack dogs,” but offered no explanation as to how he knew this. CBS Detroit states: “Dragovic said an investigation revealed that Hardy knew her neighbor’s dogs were dangerous and, in the past, had gone to great lengths to avoid them.”

    “It’s akin to someone jumping into a cage with tigers or lions at a zoo.” – Oakland County ME Ljubisa Dragovic

    Dragovic also left no doubt about how Hardy entered the yard. “She did climb the fence over and enter that space,” Dragovic said. “She did not get through a gate or through the front door of the house — and that clearly is a purposeful act.” The manner of death (how the death arose) was not accidental as it most commonly is in fatal dog attacks. Hardy’s death was ruled suicidebecause of her purposeful act of climbing into the yard with knowledge that these dogs were dangerous.

    Appalling New Reality

    It is no longer necessary to go to a major zoo to commit suicide by a horrific lion or bear mauling. A person can accomplish this same goal in a residential neighborhood at a home that keeps dangerous pit bulls fenced outside. This is a terribly sad reality and speaks volumes about the regularly crappy fences used by pit bull owners that are literally the only barrier between life and death. “Suicide by dog attack” is a manner of death ruling that we hope to never hear again.

    12/09/15: Previous Suicide Attempt
    The Detroit Free Press reports that Hardy had attempted suicide in the past and that she had recently been kicked out of her house. Oakland County Medical Examiner Ljubisa Dragovic said, “These were attack dogs. These were vicious dogs in an enclosed space. She obviously was aware of that, because she climbed over the fence to subject herself to this threat.” In previous media reports, Port Huron Police have not stated if the dogs had a history of aggression.

    This could only be suicide if Hardy had crystal clear knowledge of the dogs’ vicious propensities. The entire suicide theory hinges on it.

    A toxicology report is still pending. However, Dragovic also said, “If (drugs or alcohol) were a factor in general behavior, it still does not eliminate the purposeful act of climbing into the dangerous area.” Again, assuming that Hardy knew it was dangerous and that the dogs would attack her. Her fiancé, Matt Grattan, said, “I, in no way, shape or form believe that she was looking to hurt herself on that day. She had a little girl … She wanted us to be a family,” Grattan said.

    Information Based on Witnesses

    The Detroit News reports that the manner of Rebecca Hardy’s death (suicide) “was determined based on information given to police by witnesses during the investigation,” Port Huron Police Captain Jeff Baker said in a statement Wednesday afternoon. We know so far that one witness was a neighbor that came to her aid and beat the male pit bull with a two-by-four. Another witness is the dogs’ owner who was alerted to the attack by the neighbor and also intervened to help.

    “It’s a sad story, but these are the facts.” – Oakland County ME Ljubisa Dragovic

    By late afternoon, The Times Herald had updated their earlier breaking news story to include these details and more. Dragovic told The Herald, “She climbed the fence and jumped in and basically subjected herself to the attacks, which constitutes a purposeful act.” The Herald also reported that police turned over a request of charges for the dogs’ owner, which is a very strong indicator that these dogs indeed have a history of vicious acts. The investigation continues.

    12/09/15: Mauling Death Ruled Suicide?
    In a breaking news update, the Oakland County Medical Examiner’s office has ruled the death of 22-year old Rebecca Hardy a suicide. Of the 400 plus fatal dog attacks we have reviewed at DogsBite.org over the last 8-years, we have never seen an ME office rule the manner of death a suicide. Every now and again, somewhere in the world, a person will enter into a lion’s pen at a zoo to commit suicide. Entering into a residential yard with two dogs is hardly comparable.

    Why would Hardy assume these dogs would kill her? She had a pit bull in her own household, according to family Facebook photo albums.1 Two days after her death, her fiancé posted publicly defending the breed stating“its not the breed its the people that teach them.i know countless pitbulls that would never hurt a fly.” [sic] In the wake of her death, her mother also defended the pit bull breed. “It’s all how you raise them,” Terresa-Jesse Engel told the Huron Daily Tribune.

    12/07/15: Dogs Euthanized After Attack
    Two adult dogs, a male pit bull and female pit bull-husky mix,2 and one puppy were euthanized Friday after the mauling death of a 22-year old woman. Both adult dogs were involved in the vicious attack that killed Rebecca Hardy on December 3, according to Port Huron Police Captain Jeff Baker. The owner of the two dogs and four pit bull-husky mix puppies gave consent for the animals to be euthanized after the attack, according to St. Clair County Sheriff Tim Donnellon.

    The euthanizations were carried out by St. Clair County Animal Control. Both adult pit bulls and one puppy were euthanized before the owner submitted a letter rescinding the consent Friday afternoon through a lawyer, Donnellon said. “At that point, we stopped and returned the three puppies to the lawyer,” he said. Regardless of the letter, neither of the adults would have been returned to the owner. “We would have sought a court order to move forward,” Donnellon said.

    Apparently, “foster-based only” Michigan Animal Crew rescue was hoping to rehome them all.

    12/05/15: Barefoot in December Theory
    The facts leading up to the mauling death of Rebecca Hardy remain sketchy, but several have been confirmed. There was an argument between Hardy and her fiancé. Then in December in Michigan, Hardy left the couple’s home barefoot, according to new details from the WXYZ video. The video also shows the fence Hardy climbed over, where a pit bull and pit bull-husky mix3were contained and barking at her. As soon as Hardy got over the fence, the pit bull attacked her.

    The dog latched onto her neck and ripped out most of it. The pit bull also attacked her face. “A dog that is that vicious, it almost ate her head right off,” her step-father said. “Ate her ears off, tore the esophagus right out of her throat, her jugular vein. To have a dog like that in a city like this?” he asked. Hardy’s mother, Terresa-Jesse Engel, added, “It was murderous. It was criminal and evil.” A neighbor who witnessed the attack had to beat the pit bull with a two-by-fourto free Hardy.

    In Summary

    Shortly before the grisly attack — police arrived at 4:40 pm — Hardy left her home barefoot after an argument with her fiancé. We estimate it was about 40 degrees outside.4 Media reports say she lived one or two blocks away from the scene of the attack. Her fiancé said they lived a “few doors down.” Hardy did not know anyone who lived at the home. Despite the yard having a gate, Hardy climbed the fence in her bare feet then was fatally attacked by a male pit bull contained inside.

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    12/04/15: Port Huron Police Statement
    Port Huron, MI – Yesterday, just a day after a 4-year old boy was savagely killed by four pit bulls in Detroit, a young woman was flown to a major medical center after a brutal attack involving a pit bull. Port Huron is about 55 miles northeast of Detroit. Family and friends began posting to Facebook late last night that she did not survive her injuries. Port Huron Police confirmed today that Rebecca Hardy, 22, died after suffering severe facial and neck injuries from a dog attack.

    At about 4:40 pm Thursday, officers were dispatched to 1721 10th Street for an injured female that had been attacked by dogs. Responding officers found the woman in the backyard of a residence at that location with severe facial and neck injuries. The early investigation indicates that Hardy entered into the fenced-in backyard for an unknown reason. A pit bull in the backyard then viciously attacked her. A second dog believed to be a husky later joined in the deadly attack.

    Hardy was transported to a local hospital by EMS then air lifted to Beaumont Hospital, where she died. Both dogs were taken into custody by the Port Huron Police Department’s animal control officer and are being quarantined at the St. Clair County Animal Control Center. Port Huron police continue to investigate the victim’s death and are working with two medical examiner’s offices along with the St. Clair County Prosecutor’s Office to determine if any charges are warranted.

    An Argument with Fiancé


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    U.S. Marine Corps Bans Pit Bulls and Other Breeds; Policy Affects All Privatized Housing! “These specific breeds present an unreasonable risk to the health and safety of our residents and are therefore prohibited.” Specifically, rottweilers, wolf hybrids and their mixes will be wholly restricted from Marine Corps privatized housing areas, as well as Marine Corps installations. After this date, owners of “grandfathered” dogs must either find off base arrangements for their pets, or move from government-owned family housing or PPV privatized housing facilities.

    U.S. Marine Corps Bans Pit Bulls and Other Breeds; Policy Affects All Privatized Housing

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    Marine Corps Pet Policy
    Virginia – Following the April action of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, which banned pit bulls, rottweilers, wolf hybrids and their mixes from base housing and prohibited visitors from bringing them onto base, the U.S. Marine Corps recently adopted the same policy for all U.S. and overseas Marine Corps installations. The new uniform pet policy cites similar language as spoken by base commanding officer Col. Richard P. Flatau Jr. following Camp Lejeune’s policy shift:

    “These specific breeds present an unreasonable risk to the health and safety of our residents and are therefore prohibited.”

    The new policy (MCO P11000.22 Ch 6) was signed by Maj. Gen. Edward Usher III, deputy commandant of installations and logistics, on August 11, 2009. The policy pertains to all government-owned family housing and Public Private Venture (PPV) privatized housing areas located or accessed by the Marine Corps installation. Current owners of these breeds have 60 days to receive approval of a waiver and to pass a nationally recognized temperament test.

    The “grandfather” waiver of the new uniform pet policy is viable until 30 September 2012 only. Specifically, after this date, pit bulls, rottweilers, wolf hybrids and their mixes will be wholly restricted from Marine Corps privatized housing areas, as well as Marine Corps installations. After this date, owners of “grandfathered” dogs must either find off base arrangements for their pets, or move from government-owned family housing or PPV privatized housing facilities.

    Chapter 5: Domestic Animal Control

    5002. BACKGROUND INFORMATION. Pet ownership for those service members and their families residing in government-owned or PPV family housing provides a real and tangible benefit, and contributes to the Quality of Life for resident families. However, the rise in ownership of large dog breeds with a predisposition toward aggressive or dangerous behavior, coupled with the increased risk of tragic incidents involving these dogs, necessitates a uniform policy to provide for the health, safety and tranquility of all residents of family areas.

    5003. PROHIBITED DOG BREEDS. Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, canid/wolf hybrids, or any canine breed with dominant traits of aggression present an unreasonable risk to the health and safety of personnel in family housing areas.Consequently, full or mixed breeds of Pit Bulls, Rottweilers and canid/wolf hybrids are prohibited aboard Marine Corps installations. In the absence of formal breed identification (e.g., certification by a civilian organization such as the American Kennel Club) a Corps Officer (VCO) or a civilian veterinarian.

    5004. REQUESTS FOR WAIVER AND GRANDFATHER CLAUSE

    1. Grandfather Waiver Requests. Residents of government-owned or PPV-owned family housing currently in possession of properly registered dogs meeting the prohibited breed or mixed breeds noted in paragraph 5003 above, may keep their pet dog in family housing through 30 September 2012 provided the following “grandfather” provisions are met:
    a.) Pet owner residents must submit for waiver to this policy within 60 calendar days from the date of the signature of Change 6 to this Order, and receive approval of waiver from the local installation commander.
    b.) Dogs to be waived under this policy must pass a nationally recognized temperament test, administered and interpreted by individual(s) who have been certified in the technique and evaluation of the test results, at the service member resident’s expense. Such tests include Canine Good Citizen (AKC) and the Delta Test (Delta Society). Questionable animals may be referred to a boar certified veterinary behaviorist. At no time will waiver authority for purposes of “grandfathering” be delegated below the 0-6 level.

    The bold, underlined emphasis was done by the Marine Corps.

    The U.S. Marine Corps now joins the U.S. Army and the New York Housing Authority in adopting a uniform pet policy that bans dangerous dog breeds from resident housing.

    Related articles:
    04/18/09: Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune Bans Dangerous Dog Breeds
    03/30/09: NYC Housing Authorities Ban Pit Bulls, Rottweilers and Dobermans
    03/17/09: U.S. Army Adopts Breed Restriction Policy for RCI Privatized Housing

    Tracey v. Solesky (2012) Court of Appeals of Maryland We are modifying the Maryland common law of liability as it relates to attacks by pit bull and cross-bred pit bull dogs against humans. With the standard we establish today (which is to be applied in this case on remand), when an owner or a landlord is proven to have knowledge of the presence of a pit bull or cross-bred pit bull (as both the owner and landlord did in this case) or should have had such knowledge, a prima facie case is established. It is not necessary that the landlord (or the pit bull’s owner) have actual knowledge that the specifi


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    DogBiteAlert.Com – Pitbull – the dog of the criminal, gangster, prison curture! Need I say anymore than a new TV show, Pitbulls and parolees! We need tougher laws, holding these pitbull possessors accountable for the violent assaults by their dogs against innocent citizens! And the vast majority of these savage attacks happen against children and the elderly! It is as if these pitbull dogs can sense weak prey! Pitbulls are dangerous and lethal. The laws on the books should reflect this, for the safety of the general public! Pit bull terriers were selectively bred for a violent activity that is now a felony in all 50 U.S. states: dogfighting. Pit Bulls (fighting dogs) began leaking into the general population in the mid 1980s. And are now in the hands of reckless individuals and individuals with evil intentions! This should not be! These dogs are violent, dangerous and deadly! And should be illegal…PERIOD!

    DogBiteAlert.Com – Pitbull – the dog of the criminal, gangster, prison curture! 
    Need I say anymore than a new TV show, Pitbulls and parolees! We need tougher laws, holding these pitbull possessors accountable for the violent assaults by their dogs against innocent citizens! And the vast majority of these savage attacks happen against children and the elderly! It is as if these pitbull dogs can sense weak prey! Pitbulls are dangerous and lethal. The laws on the books should reflect this, for the safety of the general public!

    Pit bull terriers were selectively bred for a violent activity that is now a felony in all 50 U.S. states: dogfighting.

    Pit Bulls (fighting dogs) began leaking into the general population in the mid 1980s.And are now in the hands of reckless individuals and individuals with evil intentions! This should not be! These dogs are violent, dangerous and deadly! And should be illegal…PERIOD!

    RECKLESS DOG OWNERS SHOULD BE ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH THE CRIME COMMITTED BY THEIR DOG! Consult a Lawyer – Present Your Case Now! Dog Bite Statistics – According to the CDC, more than 4.7 million dog-bite incidents occur in the United States every year. Of those 4.7 million attacks, 800,000 of these Americans will seek medical attention — half of these are children — and 386,000 of these Americans will need emergency medical treatment.  

    *Pit bulls are responsible for the most human deaths each year, followed by rottweilers and huskies. However, many dog bite cases don’t get reported. Half of all dog attacks involve children younger than 12 years of age. 70% of all dog attack fatalities involve children who are less than 10 years old. – See more at: http://www.legalmatch.com/law-library/article/animal-bite-accident-statistics.html#sthash.9YhmKDYS.dpuf

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    According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), more than 4.7 million dog-bite incidents occur in the United States every year.Of those 4.7 million attacks, 800,000 of these Americans will seek medical attention — half of these are children — and 386,000 of these Americans will need emergency medical treatment.

    http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00047723.htm

    http://www.caninejournal.com/dog-bite-statistics/

    In the 10-year period from 2005 to 2014, two dog breeds accounted for 74% of the attacks that resulted in death: pit bulls and rottweilers. In the first eight months of 2011, nearly half of the persons killed by a pit bull was the dog’s owner and primary caretaker.

    70% of all dog attack fatalities involve children! Pitbull is the number 1 aggresser!

    Dog Bite Injuries and Fatalities
    in the United States

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    This is a collection of dog bite statistics that are located on DogsBite.org or can reached by a web link. Notably, each year, an American has a one in 50 chance of being bitten by a dog.1

    In the 10-year period from 2005 to 2014, two dog breeds accounted for 74% of the attacks that resulted in death: pit bulls and rottweilers.

    2014 Dog Bite Fatalities by DogsBite.org, 2015

    71% of the pit bull fatalities have occurred in the past 10 years; 42% in the past four years; 24% in the past two years.

    30-Year Summary: Dog Attack Deaths and Maimings, U.S. & Canada September 1982 to December 26, 2011 by Merritt Clifton, Animal People, 2012

    Over 700 U.S. cities have adopted breed-specific laws since the mid 1980s, just after pit bulls (fighting dogs) began leaking into the general population.

    Estimated U.S. Cities, Counties and Military Facilities with Breed-Specific Laws by DogsBite.org, 2015

    By 2017, pit bulls are projected to maul 305 Americans to death since 1998, the year the CDC stopped tracking fatal dog attacks by breed.

    Fatalpitbullattacks.com, 2014, Nonprofits Urge CDC to Resume Tracking Richer Data Set for Children and Adults Disfigured, Maimed and Killed by Dogs, DogsBite.org, 2014

    In the 10-year period from 2005 to 2014, pit bulls killed 203 Americans, about one citizen every 18 days.

    2014 Dog Bite Fatalities by DogsBite.org, 2015

    In 2014, loose dogs off their owner’s property inflicted 40% of all fatal attacks, a sharp rise from the last 10-year rate of 24% (2005 to 2014).

    2014 Dog Bite Fatalities by DogsBite.org, 2015

    In 2013, over one-third, 38%, of all dog bite fatality victims were either visiting or living temporarily with the dog’s owner when the fatal attack occurred.

    2013 Dog Bite Fatalities by DogsBite.org, 2014

    In 2012, more than 27,000 people underwent reconstructive surgery as a result of being bitten by dogs.

    2012 Plastic Surgery Statistics Report by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 2013

    In the 3-year period of 2006 to 2008, 18% of all fatal dog attacks occurred off owner property. Pit bulls were responsible for 81% of these attacks.

    Report: U.S. Dog Bite Fatalities January 2006 to December 2008 by DogsBite.org, 2010

    In the first eight months of 2011, nearly half of the persons killed by a pit bull was the dog’s owner and primary caretaker.

    2011 Dog Bite Fatalities by DogsBite.org, 2011

    Over 40 countries across the world regulate dangerous dog breeds with breed-specific laws including: France, Norway, Spain, Portugal and Great Britain.

    Estimated U.S. Cities, Counties and Military Facilities with Breed-Specific Laws by DogsBite.org, 2015

    In 2011, adult victims of fatal pit bull attacks more than doubled the number of child victims.

    2011 Dog Bite Fatalities by DogsBite.org, 2012

    A study published in 2010 showed there were 4 times as many dog bite-related ED visits and 3 times as many hospital stays in rural areas than in urban areas.

    Emergency Department Visits and Inpatient Stays Involving Dog Bites, 2008 by AHRQ, 2010

    Pit bull terriers were selectively bred for a violent activity that is now a felony in all 50 U.S. states: dogfighting.

    Dogfighting Fact Sheet by the Human Society of the United States

    Over 290 U.S. military bases governed by the U.S. Air Force, Air Force Space Command, U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps and Navy regulate dangerous dog breeds.

    Estimated U.S. Cities, Counties and Military Facilities with Breed-Specific Laws by DogsBite.org, 2015

    Dog attack victims suffer over $1 billion in monetary losses annually. JAMA reports this estimate to be as high as $2 billion.

    Dog Bites Recognized as Public Health Problem by R. Voelker, JAMA, 1997

    A 2010 study showed that the average cost of a dog bite-related hospital stay was $18,200, about 50% higher than the average injury-related hospital stay.

    Emergency Department Visits and Inpatient Stays Involving Dog Bites, 2008 by AHRQ, 2010

    Dog bites occur every 75 seconds in the United States. Each day, over 1,000 citizens need emergency medical care to treat these injuries.

    Nonfatal Dog Bite-Related Injuries Treated in Hospital Emergency Departments – United States, 2001 by the CDC, 2003

    Dog bites are the fifth highest reason why children seek emergency room treatment due to activities they voluntarily engage in, such as playing sports.

    Incidence of Dog Bite Injuries Treated in Emergency Departments (1992-1994) by H. Weiss, D. Friedman and J. Coben, JAMA, 1998

    1. Nonfatal Dog Bite-Related Injuries Treated in Hospital Emergency Departments – United States, 2001, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), 2003; 52(26): 605-610.

    Click Dog Bite Statistics

    DogBiteAlert.Com – Pitbull – the dog of the criminal, gangster, prison curture!
    Need I say anymore than a new TV show, Pitbulls and parolees! We need tougher laws, holding these pitbull possessors accountable for the violent assaults by their dogs against innocent citizens! And the vast majority of these savage attacks happen against children and the elderly! It is as if these pitbull dogs can sense weak prey!  Pitbulls are dangerous and lethal. The laws on the books should reflect this, for the safety of the general public!

    DogBiteAlert.Com – Pitbull – the dog of the criminal, gangster, prison curture! Need I say anymore than a new TV show, Pitbulls and parolees! We need tougher laws, holding these pitbull possessors accountable for the violent assaults by their dogs against innocent citizens! And the vast majority of these savage attacks happen against children and the elderly! It is as if these pitbull dogs can sense weak prey! Pitbulls are dangerous and lethal. The laws on the books should reflect this, for the safety of the general public!

    RECKLESS DOG OWNERS SHOULD BE ARRESTED AND CHARGE WITH THE CRIME COMMITTED BY THEIR DOG! Consult a Lawyer – Present Your Case Now! Dog Bite Statistics – According to the CDC, more than 4.7 million dog-bite incidents occur in the United States every year. Of those 4.7 million attacks, 800,000 of these Americans will seek medical attention — half of these are children — and 386,000 of these Americans will need emergency medical treatment. Click Dog Bite Statistics

    Dog Bite Statistics – At our law firm, we believe that safety comes first. We’ve gathered together these dog bite stats to help you understand more about dangerous dog behavior and how to prevent dog bites. With over 78.2 million dogs in the United States, it’s important to understand how over 4.5 million people in the US get bitten by dogs every year.

    According to the CDC, more than 4.7 million dog-bite incidents occur in the United States every year. Of those 4.7 million attacks, 800,000 of these Americans will seek medical attention — half of these are children — and 386,000 of these Americans will need emergency medical treatment.

    *Consult a Lawyer – Present Your Case Now! *Pit bulls are responsible for the most human deaths each year, followed by rottweilers and huskies. However, many dog bite cases don’t get reported. Half of all dog attacks involve children younger than 12 years of age. 70% of all dog attack fatalities involve children who are less than 10 years old. – legalmatch.com

    Dog Bite Injuries and Fatalities in the United States

    Dog Bite Lawyer – In 2015, 35 Americans were killed by dogs, down from 42 the prior year. Each year, more than 350,000 dog bite victims are seen in emergency rooms, and approximately 850,000 victims receive medical attention. Data that the CDC collected in the USA between 2001 and 2003 indicated there were 4.5 million dog bite victims per year, but that figure appears to be rising.

    *Consult a Lawyer – Present Your Case Now! *Dog bites are by far the most common type of animal bites in the U.S. with around 4.7 million dog bites occurring each year. An estimated 800,000 dog bites are serious enough to require medical care. Slightly over 71% of all dog bites occur to the arms, legs, feet, and hands. However, 65% of dog bites among children are to the neck and head.

    DogBiteAlert.Com – RECKLESS DOG OWNERS SHOULD BE ARRESTED AND CHARGE WITH THE CRIME COMMITTED BY THEIR DOG! Consult a Lawyer – Present Your Case Now! 70% of all dog attack fatalities involve children!

    In the 10-year period from 2005 to 2014, two dog breeds accounted for 74% of the attacks that resulted in death: pit bulls and rottweilers. In the first eight months of 2011, nearly half of the persons killed by a pit bull was the dog’s owner and primary caretaker.

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    DogBiteAlert.Com – Pitbull – the dog of the criminal, gangster, prison curture! 
    Need I say anymore than a new TV show, Pitbulls and parolees! We need tougher laws, holding these pitbull possessors accountable for the violent assaults by their dogs against innocent citizens! And the vast majority of these savage attacks happen against children and the elderly! It is as if these pitbull dogs can sense weak prey! Pitbulls are dangerous and lethal. The laws on the books should reflect this, for the safety of the general public!

    Pit bull terriers were selectively bred for a violent activity that is now a felony in all 50 U.S. states: dogfighting.

    Pit Bulls (fighting dogs) began leaking into the general population in the mid 1980s.And are now in the hands of reckless individuals and individuals with evil intentions! This should not be! These dogs are violent, dangerous and deadly! And should be illegal…PERIOD!

    RECKLESS DOG OWNERS SHOULD BE ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH THE CRIME COMMITTED BY THEIR DOG! Consult a Lawyer – Present Your Case Now! Dog Bite Statistics – According to the CDC, more than 4.7 million dog-bite incidents occur in the United States every year. Of those 4.7 million attacks, 800,000 of these Americans will seek medical attention — half of these are children — and 386,000 of these Americans will need emergency medical treatment.  

    *Pit bulls are responsible for the most human deaths each year, followed by rottweilers and huskies. However, many dog bite cases don’t get reported. Half of all dog attacks involve children younger than 12 years of age. 70% of all dog attack fatalities involve children who are less than 10 years old. – See more at: http://www.legalmatch.com/law-library/article/animal-bite-accident-statistics.html#sthash.9YhmKDYS.dpuf

    According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), more than 4.7 million dog-bite incidents occur in the United States every year.Of those 4.7 million attacks, 800,000 of these Americans will seek medical attention — half of these are children — and 386,000 of these Americans will need emergency medical treatment.

    http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00047723.htm

    http://www.caninejournal.com/dog-bite-statistics/

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    02-06-2016 7:11:32 AM CST

    DogBiteAlert.Com – RECKLESS DOG OWNERS SHOULD BE ARRESTED AND CHARGE WITH THE CRIME COMMITTED BY THEIR DOG! Consult a Lawyer – Present Your Case Now! 70% of all dog attack fatalities involve children!

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    DogBiteAlert.Com   DogBiteAlert.Com

    RECKLESS DOG OWNERS SHOULD BE ARRESTED AND CHARGE WITH THE CRIME COMMITTED BY THEIR DOG! Consult a Lawyer – Present Your Case Now! Dog Bite Statistics – According to the CDC, more than 4.7 million dog-bite incidents occur in the United States every year. Of those 4.7 million attacks, 800,000 of these Americans will seek medical attention — half of these are children — and 386,000 of these Americans will need emergency medical treatment.  Click Dog Bite Statistics  or  CLICK HERE!

    DogBiteAlert.Com – RECKLESS DOG OWNERS SHOULD BE ARRESTED AND CHARGE WITH THE CRIME COMMITTED BY THEIR DOG! Consult a Lawyer – Present Your Case Now! 70% of all dog attack fatalities involve children!

    In the 10-year period from 2005 to 2014, two dog breeds accounted for 74% of the attacks that resulted in death: pit bulls and rottweilers. In the first eight months of 2011, nearly half of the persons killed by a pit bull was the dog’s owner and primary caretaker.

    Quick statistics ::

    http://www.dogsbite.org/dog-bite-statistics-quick-statistics.php

    This page is a collection of dog bite statistics that are located on DogsBite.org or can reached by a web link. Notably, each year, an American has a one in 50 chance of being bitten by a dog.1

    In the 10-year period from 2005 to 2014, two dog breeds accounted for 74% of the attacks that resulted in death: pit bulls and rottweilers.

    2014 Dog Bite Fatalities by DogsBite.org, 2015

    71% of the pit bull fatalities have occurred in the past 10 years; 42% in the past four years; 24% in the past two years.

    30-Year Summary: Dog Attack Deaths and Maimings, U.S. & Canada September 1982 to December 26, 2011 by Merritt Clifton, Animal People, 2012

    Over 700 U.S. cities have adopted breed-specific laws since the mid 1980s, just after pit bulls (fighting dogs) began leaking into the general population.

    Estimated U.S. Cities, Counties and Military Facilities with Breed-Specific Laws by DogsBite.org, 2015

    By 2017, pit bulls are projected to maul 305 Americans to death since 1998, the year the CDC stopped tracking fatal dog attacks by breed.

    Fatalpitbullattacks.com, 2014, Nonprofits Urge CDC to Resume Tracking Richer Data Set for Children and Adults Disfigured, Maimed and Killed by Dogs, DogsBite.org, 2014

    In the 10-year period from 2005 to 2014, pit bulls killed 203 Americans, about one citizen every 18 days.

    2014 Dog Bite Fatalities by DogsBite.org, 2015

    In 2014, loose dogs off their owner’s property inflicted 40% of all fatal attacks, a sharp rise from the last 10-year rate of 24% (2005 to 2014).

    2014 Dog Bite Fatalities by DogsBite.org, 2015

    In 2013, over one-third, 38%, of all dog bite fatality victims were either visiting or living temporarily with the dog’s owner when the fatal attack occurred.

    2013 Dog Bite Fatalities by DogsBite.org, 2014

    In 2012, more than 27,000 people underwent reconstructive surgery as a result of being bitten by dogs.

    2012 Plastic Surgery Statistics Report by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 2013

    In the 3-year period of 2006 to 2008, 18% of all fatal dog attacks occurred off owner property. Pit bulls were responsible for 81% of these attacks.

    Report: U.S. Dog Bite Fatalities January 2006 to December 2008 by DogsBite.org, 2010

    In the first eight months of 2011, nearly half of the persons killed by a pit bull was the dog’s owner and primary caretaker.

    2011 Dog Bite Fatalities by DogsBite.org, 2011

    Over 40 countries across the world regulate dangerous dog breeds with breed-specific laws including: France, Norway, Spain, Portugal and Great Britain.

    Estimated U.S. Cities, Counties and Military Facilities with Breed-Specific Laws by DogsBite.org, 2015

    In 2011, adult victims of fatal pit bull attacks more than doubled the number of child victims.

    2011 Dog Bite Fatalities by DogsBite.org, 2012

    A study published in 2010 showed there were 4 times as many dog bite-related ED visits and 3 times as many hospital stays in rural areas than in urban areas.

    Emergency Department Visits and Inpatient Stays Involving Dog Bites, 2008 by AHRQ, 2010

    Pit bull terriers were selectively bred for a violent activity that is now a felony in all 50 U.S. states: dogfighting.

    Dogfighting Fact Sheet by the Human Society of the United States

    Over 290 U.S. military bases governed by the U.S. Air Force, Air Force Space Command, U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps and Navy regulate dangerous dog breeds.

    Estimated U.S. Cities, Counties and Military Facilities with Breed-Specific Laws by DogsBite.org, 2015

    Dog attack victims suffer over $1 billion in monetary losses annually. JAMA reports this estimate to be as high as $2 billion.

    Dog Bites Recognized as Public Health Problem by R. Voelker, JAMA, 1997

    A 2010 study showed that the average cost of a dog bite-related hospital stay was $18,200, about 50% higher than the average injury-related hospital stay.

    Emergency Department Visits and Inpatient Stays Involving Dog Bites, 2008 by AHRQ, 2010

    Dog bites occur every 75 seconds in the United States. Each day, over 1,000 citizens need emergency medical care to treat these injuries.

    Nonfatal Dog Bite-Related Injuries Treated in Hospital Emergency Departments – United States, 2001 by the CDC, 2003

    Dog bites are the fifth highest reason why children seek emergency room treatment due to activities they voluntarily engage in, such as playing sports.

    Incidence of Dog Bite Injuries Treated in Emergency Departments (1992-1994) by H. Weiss, D. Friedman and J. Coben, JAMA, 1998

    1. Nonfatal Dog Bite-Related Injuries Treated in Hospital Emergency Departments – United States, 2001, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), 2003; 52(26): 605-610.
    2. https://whiteshepherdstud.wordpress.com/category/dog-bite-statistics/page/3/

     

     


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    02-06-2016 5:59:22 AM CST

    Pit bulls that killed a 4-year old boy on December 2, Geneke Lyons will stand trial on the charges of second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and possessing dangerous animals causing death and $1 million dollar bond – Lyons remains incarcerated. Mother and Witness Testify about the horrors she witnessed on December 2, as four pit bulls savagely killed her son.

    2015 Dog Bite Fatality: 4-Year Old Boy Savagely Killed by Four Pit Bulls in Detroit –

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    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 connection to the death of Xavier Strickland. The judge also continued the $1 million dollar bond for Lyons.The horrific mauling death, described as the pit bulls disemboweling the boy, was captured on surveillance cameras on Lyons’ property. Judge Adams and two court workers watched the 16-minute video during the court proceedings. Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Parisa Kiani said Lyons’ fencing was inadequate, allowing the dogs to escape, and that Lyons knew what was happening on his property at all times. Kiani described the dogs as “security equipment.”

    Lyons remains incarcerated and is scheduled to be arraigned in circuit court on January 14.

    12/23/15: Mother and Witness Testify
    The mother of 4-year old Xavier Strickland testified in court today about the horrors she witnessed on December 2, as four pit bulls savagely killed her son. Lucille Strickland said she knew just moments before the deadly attack that it was coming. “I just knew that it was gonna go down. Because when the dogs looked, they just started running straight at us,” she said. Yesterday, the judge and two court workers watched surveillance camera footage showing the horrific attack.

    Just before the pit bulls beelined Lucille and her son, the two had started to step backward, expecting a confrontation. Both her and her son tripped and fell as they were backing up, she testified. By that point, the dogs were on them. She “started kicking and punching them away,” she said. She still had Xavier protected under one arm when the pit bulls “snatched him away from me,” she said. The dogs dragged him by the hood of his coat across the street and under a fence.

    “They pulled him to the fence to the other dog in the fence, and the other dog grabbed his hood on his coat and pulled him under.” – Lucille Strickland

    Also providing testimony today was Cherisse Williams, who witnessed the brutal attack. “The dogs were all over him like they were snatching his clothes off,” she said. “There is really no words to describe what I saw. Looking at Xavier, his eyes were open, looking at the sky,” she said. Other parts of today’s testimony were too graphic to air, according to ClickonDetroit. The preliminary examination continues on January 7, where children in the neighborhood are expected to testify.

    12/22/15: Horror Surveillance Video
    Today the preliminary examination began for the owner four pit bulls that disemboweled a 4-year old boy in Detroit on December 2. Geneke Antonio Lyons, 41, is charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter and possessing dangerous animals causing death in connection to the brutal mauling death of Xavier Strickland. Today in court the judge and courtroom workers watched the surveillance video of the entire horrific attack handed over by the defendant.

    Earlier prosecutors said they had evidence to show the dogs saw “child as meal.” The defendant’s own surveillance video is that evidence.

    The preliminary examination will determine if there is enough evidence to try Lyons on all charges. No doubt the video dealt Lyons’ defense case a crushing, unrecoverable blow. Mark Bernstein, who is representing Xavier’s parents in a civil lawsuit, described the footage as “16 minutes of horror” and will likely be played in trial. When that happens, there will be “a sense of outrage,” he said, and hopefully mobilize the community to ensure “that this never, ever, ever happens again.”

    The Detroit News adds that the video came from four cameras at Lyons’ home. Spectators and the media were not allowed to see the video, but they were able to see the expressions of those who could. The courtroom stenographer placed her hands over her mouth in horror as the pit bulls devoured the boy; the deputy had to look down to avoid parts of the graphic imagery. Bernstein added that the public will be able to view the video when it becomes evidence during the trial.

    The preliminary hearing continues tomorrow. Lyons remains incarcerated on a $1 million bond.

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    12/07/15: Murder Charge, Civil Lawsuits
    The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office has charged a Detroit man with murder after his four pit bulls disemboweled an innocent little boy last week as he walked down Baylis Street with his mother. Geneke Antonio Lyons, 41, is charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter and possessing dangerous animals causing death in connection to the horrific death of 4-year old Xavier Strickland, according to a news release from the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.

    “I want him to feel the pain I feel. I want him to feel the pain my son felt when those dogs were eating him.” – Clarence Strickland, Xavier’s father

    The boy’s parents also filed two lawsuits against the dogs’ owner and the property owner. Both lawsuits were filed in Wayne County Circuit Court by his parents, Lucille and Clarence Strickland, who are seeking damages. The couple is represented by Mark Bernstein of the Sam Bernstein Law Firm. Bernstein also represented Steve Constantine who survived catastrophic injuries in a pit bull attack last year. A judge later awarded Constantine a “symbolic” $100 million civil judgment.

    The lawsuit filed by the Stricklands contains new information. For the first time, we are learning that multiple pit bulls dragged the boy across the street, about 30 feet total. The boy was “dragged across the street, under a fence, and into the yard of defendants and killed by multiple pit bulls,” states the lawsuit. Lucille also suffered severe and permanent injuries inflicted by a different pit bull owned by Lyons, in addition to witnessing the brutal murder of her son, states the lawsuit.

    Lyons is no stranger to the legal system. In 1993, he was convicted in Wayne County Circuit Court of a felony possession of between 50 and 225 grams of cocaine. In 2005, Lyons was indicted on money laundering charges after he was stopped and arrested in Shamrock, Texas. Police seized $106,254 in cash he had stashed in his Jeep. Lyons then sued the state of Texas in an attempt to recoup the money seized, but lost in 2011. Those criminal charges were later dropped in 2013.

    Lastly, the residence where the attack occurred on 15500 Baylis Street is owned by Genique Real Estate Management Company LLC, according to the city of Detroit’s tax assessor website. It is a Michigan business that was registered under Geneke Lyons back in 2005, the Michigan Business Entity Search website shows. It is unclear what type of “real estate” activities the business engages in, but that will likely be closely scrutinized as the criminal and civil cases move forward.

    12/06/15: Powerful Editorials Follow Death
    In the wake of the savage pit bull attack that struck down 4-year old Xavier Strickland on December 2, Detroit newspapers quickly responded with bold editorials, asking the city to once again examine Detroit’s enduring pit bull problem. Detroit has long been known as the dogfighting capital of the U.S. Dogfighting, pit bulls, the ceaseless backyard breeding of pit bulls and stray pit bulls are all part of the city’s fabric. Dislodging this will not be easy, but it is what needs to be done.

    Children are facing enough challenges in Detroit. The fangs of wild dogs should not be among them. – The Detroit News

    On top of this, Senate Bill 239, which will prohibit all local governments in Michigan from enacting or enforcing breed-specific laws, sailed through the senate in October. Of the four senators representing Detroit, two voted against the bill, one in favor and the fourth, Sen. Bert Johnson, who was attacked by a pit bull in 2011, was absent. Yet, Johnson already clarified his position by voting in favor of SB 239 during the Senate Agriculture Committee hearing in September.

    Currently, SB 239 is in the House Local Government Committee; a hearing is expected this week. Will anyone appear to oppose it? Or, will the room simply consist of Sen. David Robertson’s office, who sponsored the bill, and the default lobbying group, Utah-based fighting dog advocates, Best Friends Animal Society? Silent supporters will also be present in the room, including the ASPCA, who in lieu of testimony (“do not wish to speak”) will officially record their support of SB 239.

    “I Wonder How Fast He Can Run?”

    Over at the Detroit Free Press, columnist Rochelle Riley urged the city to adopt a pit bull ban, which could have been adopted 9-years ago. Riley laments the loss of former Detroit City Council member JoAnn Watson, who proposed the ban in 2006. Riley’s choice words include “cowardice,” when referring to city leaders who have talked about a ban for nearly three decades. Riley also remarks on pit bulls being “part of the fabric” of Detroit and that it is time for “new fabric.”

    It’s time to revisit the ban ordinance that JoAnn Watson proposed back in 2006. How many more children have to die… – Rochelle Riley, Detroit Free Press

    Riley also unleashes on the bill’s sponsor. “I’d like to send state Sen. David Robertson, R-Grand Blanc and sponsor of Senate Bill 239, photos of Xavier Strickland’s remains. No, I’d like him to drive down to Detroit and walk around the east side without a police escort,” she writes. “I wonder how fast he can run?” Riley believes that local officials are best suited to make their own animal ordinance decisions to protect their residents, not state legislators, far removed in Lansing.1


    Editorial note — The “idea” that state legislators might pass SB 239 — and without a strong fight from local opposing voices — is outrageous and dangerous. The passage of SB 239 will gravely impact Detroit and their ability to ever create “new fabric” in this area. Of the 19 states that have passed this type of preemptive legislation since the late 1980s, not a single one has managed to fully repeal it. Once this area of local control is gone, city officials can consider it gone for good.


    12/03/15: Devastated Mother Speaks Out
    The mother of 4-year old Xavier Strickland spoke to ABC 7 about the horrific mauling death of her son. Lucille Strickland said these same pit bulls have bitten her 9-year old before. On Wednesday, as she walked with her son to an elementary school where she works as a volunteer, at least one of the four pit bulls escaped beneath a gap in the gate and yanked her son away. The dog dragged him back under the gate and along with three other pit bulls viciously attacked him.

    “[Police] told me to stand back. They shot the dog. The dog that was on top of my son, he had to keep shooting it.” – Lucille Strickland

    In devastation and tears, Lucille said that she hopes the dogs’ owner suffers after the brutal and nightmarish death of her son. “You should suffer, like we are suffering,” she said. “We have lost our 4-year old son. You should be ashamed of yourself,” she said. The ABC 7 video also shows the kennel run behind the gate of the pit bull owner’s home on the corner of Baylis Street and John C Lodge Service Drive. The dogs’ owner, still unnamed, continues to remain in police custody.

    The Detroit Free Press adds more details about the previous biting incident. According to Xavier’s uncle Ramone Cage, the first incident involved his niece. “The dog was biting her coat and book bag and she was able to get out and run home,” Cage said. “My sister said she talked to someone and the police had already went to him, but since the dogs didn’t actually injure my niece, they just warned him. [The owner] said he was going to put them up but apparently he didn’t,” Cage said.

    The family has set up a fund for Xavier Strickland’s funeral expenses at GoFundMe.

    12/02/15: Pit Bulls Savagely Kill Detroit Boy
    Detroit, MI – In a horrific attack, four pit bulls savagely attacked and killed a 4-year old boy as he walked down a residential sidewalk with his mother. The pit bulls escaped beneath their owner’s gate, snatched the boy away from his mother then yanked him back under the gate and brutally mauled him. Arriving officers shot and killed three of the dogs and took the fourth into custody. The child was rushed to the hospital in a police scout car, but did not survive his hideous injuries.

    “Please help me get the dogs off my baby!” a 34-year-old neighbor said the child’s mother yelled. “They have my baby!” – Detroit Free Press

    The violent attack occurred about 12:30 pm on Baylis Street along the Lodge Freeway. After the pit bulls dragged him under the gate and began ripping his flesh off, neighbors hurled bricks at the dogs to help free the boy. The attack continued until Detroit police arrived. They entered into the backyard of the home and open fired on the pit bulls, killing one; two others fled into the neighborhood. They were located and shot by police, according to Detroit Police Lt. Pride Henry.

    According to witnesses, the pit bulls had gotten out the same way multiple times in the past. So far it is unknown if any of the dogs had a history of aggression, which is often a crucial element in bringing criminal charges. In many places it would not be enough that the man owned a “pack” of four pit bulls, that his pit bulls had previously escaped the same way then one day launched an explosive, predatory attack killing a child. The element of previous knowledge is still needed.

    Evening Updates

    By evening, the child was identified as Xavier Strickland. He was walking down the sidewalk with his mother Lucille Strickland when he was murdered by four pit bulls. It was a backyard breeding operation, 2 adults and 2 younger offspring. The ClickonDetroit video also shows the three dead pit bulls in garbage bags being slung into a truck. Detroit Police Chief James Craig comments, “This is no different than what our officers deal with when they are dealing with armed suspects.”

    Currently, the dog’s owner has been arrested for negligent homicide and is in police custody.


     Medical study: Pitbull Mauling Deaths in Detroit, by Cheryl L. Loewe MD et al., The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology, Vol 28, December 2007.

    map iconView the DogsBite.org Google State Map: Michigan Fatal Pit Bull Attacks.
    1Unfortunately, Riley did not fully understand SB 239, which prohibits ALL forms of breed-specific laws. It is not limited to only “breed bans.”

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    07/14/15: Criminal Trial: Couple Charged with Second-Degree Murder After Cane Corsos…
    11/04/14: 2014 Dog Bite Fatality: Pit Bulls Kill Modesto Man, Critically Injure Another


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    02-06-2016 5:57:49 AM CST

    2015 Dog Bite Fatality: Port Huron Woman, 22, Fatally Attacked by Pit Bulls

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    Rebecca Hardy was fatally attacked by a pit bull. The manner of death was ruled suicide.

    Redacted Police Report
    UPDATE 02/05/16: Under the Freedom of Information Act, the Times Herald obtained a copy of the Port Huron Police report on the death of Rebecca Hardy, who was killed by a pit bull on December 3. The dog ripped out her throat, chewed off her ears and tore into her face, including ripping out an eye and part of her nose, according to the report. The dog severed her carotid artery and broke her cervical spine, states the report. Injuries common in fatal pit bull attacks.

    The police report reveals information that we and many others have long sought: Who, if anyone, actually saw Hardy climb the fence? According to the police report, a witness did. At least he saw her part way climb the fence. The pit bull intervened by latching onto her leg and pulling her fully into the unnamed owner’s backyard. This yard became her graveyard after a horrific, violent pit bull attack. Oakland County Medical Examiner Ljubisa Dragovic ruled the manner of death suicide.

    pit bull“(Name redacted) states he did observe a white female, that was later identified as HARDY to be at the fence of his neighbors (redacted) and (redacted) property. (Redacted) states that he did observe the brown Pit Bull and the white Husky to be outside barking at HARDY as she was at the fence. (Redacted) states that he then observed HARDY to climb the fence and have one leg over the fence onto (redacted) and (redacted) property.
    pit bull“(Redacted) states that as HARDY was on the fence, the brown Pit Bull, named King, grabbed HARDY by the leg area and pulled her on the ground,” according to the police report on the fatal mauling of the 22-year-old Port Huron woman. – The Times Herald, February 4, 2016

    The last words her boyfriend, who has a child with Hardy, ever said to her was, “Get out.”

    12/10/15: Victim Had Knowledge of Danger
    A report from CBS Detroit cleared up some questions about the horrific mauling death of Rebecca Hardy. It seems her death was “suicide by pit bull attack.” Oakland County Medical Examiner Ljubisa Dragovic had earlier called the dogs “attack dogs,” but offered no explanation as to how he knew this. CBS Detroit states: “Dragovic said an investigation revealed that Hardy knew her neighbor’s dogs were dangerous and, in the past, had gone to great lengths to avoid them.”

    “It’s akin to someone jumping into a cage with tigers or lions at a zoo.” – Oakland County ME Ljubisa Dragovic

    Dragovic also left no doubt about how Hardy entered the yard. “She did climb the fence over and enter that space,” Dragovic said. “She did not get through a gate or through the front door of the house — and that clearly is a purposeful act.” The manner of death (how the death arose) was not accidental as it most commonly is in fatal dog attacks. Hardy’s death was ruled suicidebecause of her purposeful act of climbing into the yard with knowledge that these dogs were dangerous.

    Appalling New Reality

    It is no longer necessary to go to a major zoo to commit suicide by a horrific lion or bear mauling. A person can accomplish this same goal in a residential neighborhood at a home that keeps dangerous pit bulls fenced outside. This is a terribly sad reality and speaks volumes about the regularly crappy fences used by pit bull owners that are literally the only barrier between life and death. “Suicide by dog attack” is a manner of death ruling that we hope to never hear again.

    12/09/15: Previous Suicide Attempt
    The Detroit Free Press reports that Hardy had attempted suicide in the past and that she had recently been kicked out of her house. Oakland County Medical Examiner Ljubisa Dragovic said, “These were attack dogs. These were vicious dogs in an enclosed space. She obviously was aware of that, because she climbed over the fence to subject herself to this threat.” In previous media reports, Port Huron Police have not stated if the dogs had a history of aggression.

    This could only be suicide if Hardy had crystal clear knowledge of the dogs’ vicious propensities. The entire suicide theory hinges on it.

    A toxicology report is still pending. However, Dragovic also said, “If (drugs or alcohol) were a factor in general behavior, it still does not eliminate the purposeful act of climbing into the dangerous area.” Again, assuming that Hardy knew it was dangerous and that the dogs would attack her. Her fiancé, Matt Grattan, said, “I, in no way, shape or form believe that she was looking to hurt herself on that day. She had a little girl … She wanted us to be a family,” Grattan said.

    Information Based on Witnesses

    The Detroit News reports that the manner of Rebecca Hardy’s death (suicide) “was determined based on information given to police by witnesses during the investigation,” Port Huron Police Captain Jeff Baker said in a statement Wednesday afternoon. We know so far that one witness was a neighbor that came to her aid and beat the male pit bull with a two-by-four. Another witness is the dogs’ owner who was alerted to the attack by the neighbor and also intervened to help.

    “It’s a sad story, but these are the facts.” – Oakland County ME Ljubisa Dragovic

    By late afternoon, The Times Herald had updated their earlier breaking news story to include these details and more. Dragovic told The Herald, “She climbed the fence and jumped in and basically subjected herself to the attacks, which constitutes a purposeful act.” The Herald also reported that police turned over a request of charges for the dogs’ owner, which is a very strong indicator that these dogs indeed have a history of vicious acts. The investigation continues.

    12/09/15: Mauling Death Ruled Suicide?
    In a breaking news update, the Oakland County Medical Examiner’s office has ruled the death of 22-year old Rebecca Hardy a suicide. Of the 400 plus fatal dog attacks we have reviewed at DogsBite.org over the last 8-years, we have never seen an ME office rule the manner of death a suicide. Every now and again, somewhere in the world, a person will enter into a lion’s pen at a zoo to commit suicide. Entering into a residential yard with two dogs is hardly comparable.

    Why would Hardy assume these dogs would kill her? She had a pit bull in her own household, according to family Facebook photo albums.1 Two days after her death, her fiancé posted publicly defending the breed stating“its not the breed its the people that teach them.i know countless pitbulls that would never hurt a fly.” [sic] In the wake of her death, her mother also defended the pit bull breed. “It’s all how you raise them,” Terresa-Jesse Engel told the Huron Daily Tribune.

    12/07/15: Dogs Euthanized After Attack
    Two adult dogs, a male pit bull and female pit bull-husky mix,2 and one puppy were euthanized Friday after the mauling death of a 22-year old woman. Both adult dogs were involved in the vicious attack that killed Rebecca Hardy on December 3, according to Port Huron Police Captain Jeff Baker. The owner of the two dogs and four pit bull-husky mix puppies gave consent for the animals to be euthanized after the attack, according to St. Clair County Sheriff Tim Donnellon.

    The euthanizations were carried out by St. Clair County Animal Control. Both adult pit bulls and one puppy were euthanized before the owner submitted a letter rescinding the consent Friday afternoon through a lawyer, Donnellon said. “At that point, we stopped and returned the three puppies to the lawyer,” he said. Regardless of the letter, neither of the adults would have been returned to the owner. “We would have sought a court order to move forward,” Donnellon said.

    Apparently, “foster-based only” Michigan Animal Crew rescue was hoping to rehome them all.

    12/05/15: Barefoot in December Theory
    The facts leading up to the mauling death of Rebecca Hardy remain sketchy, but several have been confirmed. There was an argument between Hardy and her fiancé. Then in December in Michigan, Hardy left the couple’s home barefoot, according to new details from the WXYZ video. The video also shows the fence Hardy climbed over, where a pit bull and pit bull-husky mix3were contained and barking at her. As soon as Hardy got over the fence, the pit bull attacked her.

    The dog latched onto her neck and ripped out most of it. The pit bull also attacked her face. “A dog that is that vicious, it almost ate her head right off,” her step-father said. “Ate her ears off, tore the esophagus right out of her throat, her jugular vein. To have a dog like that in a city like this?” he asked. Hardy’s mother, Terresa-Jesse Engel, added, “It was murderous. It was criminal and evil.” A neighbor who witnessed the attack had to beat the pit bull with a two-by-fourto free Hardy.

    In Summary

    Shortly before the grisly attack — police arrived at 4:40 pm — Hardy left her home barefoot after an argument with her fiancé. We estimate it was about 40 degrees outside.4 Media reports say she lived one or two blocks away from the scene of the attack. Her fiancé said they lived a “few doors down.” Hardy did not know anyone who lived at the home. Despite the yard having a gate, Hardy climbed the fence in her bare feet then was fatally attacked by a male pit bull contained inside.

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    12/04/15: Port Huron Police Statement
    Port Huron, MI – Yesterday, just a day after a 4-year old boy was savagely killed by four pit bulls in Detroit, a young woman was flown to a major medical center after a brutal attack involving a pit bull. Port Huron is about 55 miles northeast of Detroit. Family and friends began posting to Facebook late last night that she did not survive her injuries. Port Huron Police confirmed today that Rebecca Hardy, 22, died after suffering severe facial and neck injuries from a dog attack.

    At about 4:40 pm Thursday, officers were dispatched to 1721 10th Street for an injured female that had been attacked by dogs. Responding officers found the woman in the backyard of a residence at that location with severe facial and neck injuries. The early investigation indicates that Hardy entered into the fenced-in backyard for an unknown reason. A pit bull in the backyard then viciously attacked her. A second dog believed to be a husky later joined in the deadly attack.

    Hardy was transported to a local hospital by EMS then air lifted to Beaumont Hospital, where she died. Both dogs were taken into custody by the Port Huron Police Department’s animal control officer and are being quarantined at the St. Clair County Animal Control Center. Port Huron police continue to investigate the victim’s death and are working with two medical examiner’s offices along with the St. Clair County Prosecutor’s Office to determine if any charges are warranted.

    An Argument with Fiancé

    The Times Herald reached out to her fiancé, Matthew Grattan who made a public status update on his Facebook page last night, announcing Hardy’s dog mauling death. Grattan told The Herald the couple had an 18-month old daughter together. “She was full of life, Grattan said. “She loved her daughter with everything.” Grattan also said that he is not sure how she ended up in the neighbor’s backyard. “Nobody was there, nobody knows what happened and why,” Grattan said.

    Grattan explained that he and Hardy had an argument at his home a few doors down shortly before the attack. She then left the house, he said. Grattan then speculated that she went down the alleyway behind the 10th Street homes and attempted to cut across the neighbor’s backyard to get to 10th Street. After hearing ambulance sirens down the street, Grattan walked over to the scene. Other nearby residents were also shaken by the arrival of multiple first responders.

    Witness & Owner Intervened

    According to the Port Huron Police Department’s statement, a witness attempted to free Hardy while under attack by the pit bull. Not succeeding, the person then went into the home and had the dogs’ owner come out to help. As this unfolded, the second dog, later described as a pit bull-husky mix5, also attacked the victim. The owner of the dogs was eventually able to free Hardy from both dogs and give aid to her. Police say the dogs’ owner is cooperating fully in their investigation.

    Video of Port Huron animal control officers seizing pit bull

    Matt Grattan commenting on his vicious family pit bulls
    Grattan sarcastically comments about his own “vicious” family pit bulls. We’ve included this to show his “attitude” about pit bulls. The pit bull that killed his fiancée belonged to a neighbor.

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    1The image shows Hardy’s daughter Molly with her fiancé, Matt Grattan’s, young male pit bull. This places the dog in the direct household. The couple got the pit bull at about the same time Molly was born, 18-months ago.
    2, 3, 5In February 2016, it became clear from the Port Huron Police report that the second adult dog involved in the attack was a “white husky.” We are leaving in the earlier media reports of the dog being a “pit bull-husky mix” because that is what was reported at that time. The “pit bull-husky mix” label originated with the dog’s owner, according to Port Huron Police Capt. Jeff Baker. “The dog owner said the second dog was a pit bull-husky mix, Baker said.” (Beth LaBlanc, “Dogs involved in fatal mauling euthanized,” The Times Herald, December 7, 2015).
    4According to Weather.com, the temperature high in Port Huron on December 3, 2015 was 44 degrees. By 4:30 pm, we estimate it had fallen by at least 4 degrees. Sunset was at 4:55 pm, 15 minutes after police arrived.

    Related articles:
    12/03/15: 2015 Dog Bite Fatality: 4-Year Old Boy Killed by Pit Bulls in Detroit
    09/25/15: Detroit Man Suffers Catastrophic Injuries in Violent Pack Attack by Pit Bulls

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    02-06-2016 5:55:24 AM CST

    Dog Bite Statistics – According to the CDC, more than 4.7 million dog-bite incidents occur in the United States every year. Of those 4.7 million attacks, 800,000 of these Americans will seek medical attention — half of these are children — and 386,000 of these Americans will need emergency medical treatment.  

    Dog bite statistics ::

    Each day, about 1,000 U.S. citizens require emergency care treatment for dog bite injury.1 The following studies examine injury occurrence and the dog breeds most likely to bite.

    Merritt Clifton study –>

    Dog Attack Deaths and Maimings, U.S. & Canada, September 1982 to December 31, 2014

    By compiling U.S. and Canadian press accounts between 1982 and 2014, Merritt Clifton, editor of Animals 24-7, shows the dog breeds most responsible for disfiguring injuries and deaths.

    The combination of molosser breeds, including pit bulls, rottweilers, presa canarios, cane corsos, mastiffs, dogo argentinos, fila brasieros, sharpeis, boxers, and their mixes, inflict:

    • 86% of attacks that induce bodily harm
    • 81% of attacks to children
    • 89% of attack to adults
    • 76% of attacks that result in fatalities
    • 86% that result in maiming
    • Embody 9.2%+ of the total dog population

    DogsBite.org Study –>

    Report: U.S. Dog Bite Fatalities January 2006 to December 2008

    A 2009 report issued by DogsBite.org shows that 19 dog breeds contributed to 88 deaths in the 3-year period of 2006 to 2008. Pit bulls accounted for 59% followed by rottweilers with 14%.

    • Of the 88 fatal dog attacks recorded by DogsBite.org, pit bull type dogs were responsible for 59% (52). This is equivalent to a pit bull killing a U.S. citizen every 21 days during this 3-year period.
    • The data also shows that pit bulls commit the vast majority of off-property attacks that result in death. Only 18% (16) of the attacks occurred off owner property, yet pit bulls were responsible for 81% (13).

    Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality –>

    Emergency Department Visits and Inpatient Stays Involving Dog Bites, 2008

    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality published a study in 2010 showing that the number of Americans hospitalized for dog bite injuries almost doubled over a 15-year period.

    • The average cost of a dog bite-related hospital stay was $18,200, approximately 50 percent higher than the average injury-related hospital stay.
    • There were 4 times as many dog bite-related ED visits and 3 times as many hospital stays in rural areas than in urban areas.

    Nonfatal Dog Bite-Related Injuries Treated in Hospital Emergency Departments – United States, 2001

    In 2003, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a study that examines the frequency of dog bite-related injuries treated in U.S. emergency departments.

    • In 2001, an estimated 368,245 persons were treated in U.S. emergency rooms for nonfatal dog bite-related injuries.
    • 42% of dog bites in 2001 occurred among children aged 14 years and younger; injury rates were highest among children aged 5-9 years and were significantly higher for boys than for girls.

    US Fatality study –>

    Breeds of Dogs Involved in Fatal Human Attacks in the United States Between 1979 and 1998

    A 2000 report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reviewed a 20-year period to determine the types of dog breeds most responsible for U.S. dog bite fatalities.

    • During 1997 and 1998, at least 27 people died of dog bite attacks (18 in 1997 and 9 in 1998). At least 25 breeds of dogs were involved in 238 human dog bite related fatalities during the past 20 years. Pit bulls and rottweilers were involved in over half of these fatalities and from 1997 to 1998 were involved in 67%.

    Denver Biters –>

    Which Dogs Bite? A Case-Control Study of Risk Factors (1991)

    In 1994, researchers released a study of “which dogs bite” based on 1991 Denver County dog bite statistical data. Pit bulls are not included. In 1989, the City and County of Denver banned pit bulls.

    • Biters are 6.2 times as likely to be male than female
    • Biters are 2.6 times as likely to be intact than neutered
    • Biters are 2.8 times as likely to be chained as unchained
    1. Emergency Department Visits and Inpatient Stays Involving Dog Bites, 2008, by Laurel Holmquist, M.A. and Anne Elixhauser, Ph.D., Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD., November 2010.

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    02-06-2016 5:44:53 AM CST

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    02-06-2016 5:42:12 AM CST

    2016 dog bite fatalities ::

    It often takes several weeks to identify fatal dog attack parameters.1 This is why recent dog bite fatalities may not appear on this page. In the interim, please visit the DogsBite.org blog.

    2016 dog bite fatality victims

    Fatal pit bull attack, Tyler Trammell-Huston

    Tyler Trammell-Huston

    9-years old | Linda, California

    Tyler Trammell-Huston, 9-years old, was brutally killed by his sister’s three pit bulls after she left him alone with the dogs. At the time of the attack, Tyler was staying with his half-sister, Alexandria Griffin-Heady, who hoped to “rescue” him from the foster system. Tyler was in protective custody, living at a foster home under the care of Sacramento County Child Protection Services. In October, CPS began granting unsupervised overnight visits with his sister and her pit bulls who lived in a small trailer that sat adjacent to a home where two of Tyler’s siblings lived. Griffin-Heady had raised the pit bulls, a mother and two offspring, since they were puppies. She gushed about her pit bulls on social media and posted numerous photos of them. In a tearful press conference after Tyler’s death, Griffin-Heady called her pit bulls “my babies” and “What made them do that I will never know.” As of January 9, 2016, no criminal charges have been filed. [source citations]

    Date of death: January 3, 2016 Chained: No
    Breed of dog: Pit bull (3) Relationship to dog: Family
    Sex of dog: Mixed Owner of dog: Half-sister
    Spay/Neuter: No Multiple dogs: Yes
    On/Off property: On Criminal charges: Pending

    Fatal pit bull attack, Payton Sawyers

    Payton Sawyers

    15-months old | Independence, VA

    Payton Sawyers, 15-months old, suffered life-threatening injuries after she was attacked by a pit bull-mix while under the care of her babysitters on January 6. Grayson County sheriff’s deputies and rescue personnel responded to a 911 call about 9:30 pm on the 400 block of Penn Ford Road. The child was airlifted to Brenner Children’s Hospital in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in critical condition. Sheriff Richard Vaughan said the child was attacked by the couple’s pit bull-mix, E.J., and the dog had the child’s head in its mouth. After an investigation, including executing a search warrant of the couple’s home, John Underwood II and Terra Connell were charged with felony child neglect and possessing a vicious dog. Connell was also charged with possession of illegal drugs and possession of ammunition by a felon. On January 8, Payton died of her injuries. After her death, the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office charged the couple with second-degree murder in addition to the other charges. [source citations]

    Date of death: January 8, 2016 Chained: No
    Breed of dog: Pit bull-rottweiler mix Relationship to dog: Non-family
    Sex of dog: Pending Owner of dog: Babysitter
    Spay/Neuter: Pending Multiple dogs: No
    On/Off property: On Criminal charges: Yes
    1. DogsBite.org contains verifiable information about U.S. citizens killed by dogs including the name and age of each victim, location of attack, dog breed and up to 18 other factors. Information was gathered through news reports that were available at the time of the attack or found through Internet archival services. Each fatality also lists “source citations,” which links to its related citations.

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    02-06-2016 5:22:04 AM CST

    2015 dog bite fatalities ::

    It often takes several weeks to identify fatal dog attack parameters.1 This is why recent dog bite fatalities may not appear on this page. In the interim, please visit the DogsBite.org blog.

    2015 dog bite fatality victims

    Fatal pit bull attack, Eugene Smith

    Eugene Smith

    87-years old | Frederick, Maryland

    Eugene Smith, 87-years old, was fatally attacked by his family pit bull while taking down his Christmas tree. The dog was still viciously attacking him when Frederick County deputies, Frederick police officers and animal control arrived. Authorities were able to quickly contain the dog. Smith was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital with severe injuries. He was pronounced dead on arrival. Smith lived at the Stonehouse Road home with his son and his son’s fiancée. The family adopted the male pit bull from an unnamed person or rescue seven months earlier. The dog’s former owner, who had owned the animal for about three years in a neighboring county, had adopted the dog from a Baltimore area rescue group. At the time of the fatal attack, the 84-pound pit bull was neutered and 4 or 5 years old. Frederick County Animal Control euthanized the dog after the attack. Smith, nicknamed “Smitty,” spent his life as a tanker truck driver who delivered milk to farms and creameries in Frederick for nearly 60 years. [source citations]

    Date of death: January 7, 2015 Chained: No
    Breed of dog: Pit bull Relationship to dog: Family
    Sex of dog: Male Owner of dog: Victim
    Spay/Neuter: Yes Multiple dogs: No
    On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No

    Fatal pit bull attack, Declan Moss

    Declan Moss

    18-months old | Brooksville, Florida

    Declan Moss, 18-months old, was mauled to death by two family pit bull-mixes. When Hernando County deputies responded to the scene, the young boy was already dead. At the time of the attack, Declan was playing on the porch under the care of his grandfather, Gregory Moss, the owner of the dogs. Gregory witnessed the attack, but was unable to stop the animals. The two dogs, Thumper and Max, were father and son — 6-years old and 18-years old accordingly. Neighbor Charles Shorey told the news media the dogs had never hurt a person in the past, but had killed smaller dogs. Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis said the boy’s mother, Sheila Moss, was devastated by her son’s death, but was also “defending the dogs” and said “it’s not necessarily the breed of the dog.” The sheriff initially identified the dogs as “mixed-breeds” then posted images of both dogs to their Facebook page, ending the breed identification dispute. As of February 7, 2015, no additional information has been released. [source citations]

    Date of death: January 19, 2015 Chained: No
    Breed of dog: Pit bull-mix (2) Relationship to dog: Family
    Sex of dog: Male Owner of dog: Grandfather
    Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: Yes
    On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No

    Fatal pit bull attack, Malaki Mildward

    Malaki Mildward

    7-years old | College Springs, Iowa

    Malaki Mildward, 7-years old, was viciously killed by two 8 or 9-month old pit bull-mixes while playing in his yard. There were two adult pit bulls, a male and female, also living at the home, but were inside during the attack. The adult female, Road, had delivered a litter during the previous summer; the two fatally attacking dogs were from that litter. Malaki’s stepfather, Jeremiah Hicks, was in the home when the attack occurred. The boy’s mother and two other children were away. When several family members, including a 10-year old boy, returned to the home, they saw Malaki’s body in the yard. The dogs had horribly attacked the boy and stripped away most of his clothes. Road had bitten the 10-year old boy four months earlier. His mother reported the biting incident to the sheriff’s office and the Iowa Department of Human Services, but DHS classified the bite report as unfounded and no follow through occurred. Road and her two fatally attacking offspring were euthanized; Hicks kept the male pit bull. [source citations]

    Date of death: January 22, 2015 Chained: No
    Breed of dog: Pit bull-mix (2) Relationship to dog: Family
    Sex of dog: Mixed Owner of dog: Mother
    Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: Yes
    On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No

    Fatal pit bull attack, Frederick Glenn Crutchfield

    Frederick Crutchfield

    63-years old | Coal Hill, Arkansas

    Frederick Crutchfield, 63-years old, was discovered dead in the woods near his home on February 4 by Johnson County Sheriff’s deputies and Coal Hill police. Johnson County Coroner, Pam Cogan, pronounced him dead at the scene. His body was sent to the Arkansas State Medical Examiner’s Office in Little Rock. At that time, no other information was released. On February 20, Johnson County Sheriff Larry Jones issued a press release stating, “The Arkansas Crime Lab has determined the cause of death exsanguination (loss of blood) due to multiple canine injuries. The canines belonged to a family member.” Crutchfield served in the Army National Guard for 30-years and was an Iraq war veteran. Five months after his mauling death, in response to an email inquiry, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the dogs involved in Crutchfield’s death were three pit bulls, the fatal attack occurred on the dog owner’s property, none of the dogs were chained and that Crutchfield had known the dogs well. [source citations]

    Date of death: February 4, 2015 Chained: No
    Breed of dog: Pit bull (3) Relationship to dog: Family
    Sex of dog: Unknown Owner of dog: Step-son
    Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: Yes
    On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No

    Fatal pit bull attack, Taylynn DeVaughn

    TayLynn DeVaughn

    2-years old | West Mifflin, Pennsylvania

    TayLynn DeVaughn, 2-years old, was attacked and killed by a pit bull while visiting her aunt’s home in the 3900 block of Fleetwood Drive. She was transported to Jefferson Hospital where she was pronounced dead. A subsequent autopsy showed that TayLynn died from multiple sharp wounds and multiple blunt force injuries to the head and neck as a result of the dog attack. Her death was ruled accidental by the medical examiner’s office. The child’s father, Corey DeVaughn, told the media that the day of the attack was the second time his daughter had been around the pit bull. He also indicated the dog was a male, calling the animal “Jake,” which suddenly attacked his daughter. “I came in the living room and the dog was just shaking her,” DeVaughn said. “When he let her go, she was gone,” DeVaughn said. West Mifflin animal control officer Ken Ferree, who impounded the dog, said the dog was a 3 to 4-year old pit bull-mix and weighs about 80 pounds. The dog is expected to be euthanized. [source citations]

    Date of death: February 22, 2015 Chained: No
    Breed of dog: Pit bull-mix Relationship to dog: Non-family
    Sex of dog: Male Owner of dog: Aunt’s boyfriend
    Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: No
    On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No

    Fatal pit bull attack, Roy Higgenbotham

    Roy Higgenbotham Jr.

    62-years old | Wheeling, West Virginia

    Roy Higgenbotham Jr., 62-years old, bled to death after being attacked by his roommate’s pit bull. The victim was alerted that his roommate George Wallace had lost consciousness by Wallace’s girlfriend. Higgenbotham called 911 then rushed upstairs to help. According to police, he was giving Wallace several revival “slaps” to the face when Wallace’s pit bull attacked him. After kicking in the door to the home, police officers heard Higgenbotham screaming and rushed to an upstairs bedroom where they saw him on the floor being attacked by the pit bull, according to Deputy Police Chief Martin Kimball. The girlfriend, by this stage, had fled out a window onto the roof of the home in fear of the attacking dog. Both Higgenbotham and Wallace were rushed to a local hospital, where both men died. Wallace suffered a fatal heart attack. A preliminary autopsy report showed that Higgenbotham died as a direct result to the injuries he sustained during the attack. The dog severed his radial artery on his left arm. [source citations]

    Date of death: March 8, 2015 Chained: No
    Breed of dog: Pit bull Relationship to dog: Family
    Sex of dog: Female Owner of dog: Roommate
    Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: No
    On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No

    Fatal rottweiler attack, Betty Wood

    Betty Wood

    78-years old | Sulphur Springs, Texas

    Betty Wood, 78-years old, was brutally mauled to death by her pet rottweiler. Sulphur Springs Police Chief Jay Sanders said dispatchers received a call about 7 pm about a possible deceased person at a home on North Davis Street. The daughter of the victim, who lives next-door, went to check on her mother and discovered her dead on the floor of her home. Wood lived alone in her home. Sanders said the daughter trapped the animal in the back room until first responders arrived on scene. Sanders told KLTV, “I’ve been doing this 30 years and that scene was about as gruesome as I’ve ever seen.” Police determined though an initial investigation that the pet rottweiler attacked and killed Wood. The medical examiner’s office in Dallas confirmed their findings the next day. Wood had been killed by the dog. The victim had owned the rottweiler for about 5-years, according to police. The dog was surrendered by family members and euthanized the following day. Texas Rangers assisted in the death investigation. [source citations]

    Date of death: March 12, 2015 Chained: No
    Breed of dog: Rottweiler Relationship to dog: Family
    Sex of dog: Unknown Owner of dog: Victim
    Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: No
    On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No

    Fatal dog attack, Julia Charging Whirlwind

    Julia Charging Whirlwind

    49-years old | White River, Rosebud Indian Reservation, South Dakota

    Julia Charging Whirlwind, 49-years old, was attacked and killed by two or more dogs in the lower Swift Bear Community on the Rosebud Indian Reservation. She had left a friend’s house and was walking home, about 100 yards away, when the dogs attacked. Mellette County Sheriff Mike Blom was one of the first officers to arrive on scene. He saw two people trying to fight off two of the dogs. Sheriff Blom shot and killed both dogs so that emergency responders could reach the victim. She was transported to Rosebud hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Robin Clairmont, whose home Julia had left that morning, said the dogs were a known problem. She said that Julia had even said to her recently, “I wonder what it’s going to take. Somebody’s probably going to have to get killed or die from them dogs.” Tribal council members responded with an emergency measure, rounding up and destroying known aggressive or unwanted dogs in the area. As of April 5, 2015, no additional information is known. [source citations]

    Date of death: March 14, 2015 Chained: No
    Breed of dog: Unknown Relationship to dog: Non-family
    Sex of dog: Unknown Owner of dog: Unknown
    Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: Yes
    On/Off property: Off Criminal charges: Pending

    Fatal pit bull attack, De'Trick Johnson

    De’Trick Johnson

    36-years old | Jefferson County, Arkansas

    De’Trick Johnson, 36-years old, was killed by a pack of pit bulls belonging to John Chester Smith, the owner of C.J.’s Garage. Johnson had driven to the business to have his car serviced. When he exited his vehicle, seven pit bulls tore through the bottom of the garage’s front gate and savagely attacked him. It is unknown how long Johnson was being mauled before the first 911 call came in, which lasted from 5 to 8 minutes, according to different media reports. He was pronounced dead on scene; the initial cause of death was listed as “massive trauma.” Johnson’s life partner, John Smith III, is the son of the dogs’ owner. Smith said there were multiple victims of these dogs before Johnson’s death. Family members had warned his father to “get rid of those dogs,” Smith said. Eight months earlier, the pit bulls had escaped the property in the same way and attacked man who fled by climbing up a tree. On April 22, authorities charged John Chester Smith with felony manslaughter in connection to Johnson’s death. [source citations]

    Date of death: March 21, 2015 Chained: No
    Breed of dog: Pit bull (7) Relationship to dog: Non-family
    Sex of dog: Mixed Owner of dog: Business owner
    Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: Yes
    On/Off property: Off Criminal charges: Yes

    Fatal dog attack, Neta Lee Adams

    Neta Lee Adams

    81-years old | Washington, Georgia

    Neta Lee Adams, 81-years old, was discovered dead in a ditch along Gordon Street on the morning of March 31. The Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation began an investigation into her death. Two days later, an autopsy performed at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab determined the cause of death was traumatic injury caused by dog attack. The death was ruled accidental. “The autopsy results were consistent with what we saw at the scene,” Wilkes County Sheriff Mark Moore said. No one witnessed the attack, but neighbors told Sheriff Moore that Adams had a habit of walking and gathering cans early each morning. “There was evidence of a struggle on the ground, with broken yard furniture and scratches, blood, and clothing on the ground,” Sheriff Moore said. After her mauling death, the sheriff’s department and local authorities aggressively responded to all dog calls, hoping to locate the attackers. The dogs were never found; their owner got away with murder. [source citations]

    Date of death: March 31, 2015 Chained: No
    Breed of dog: Unknown Relationship to dog: Non-family
    Sex of dog: Unknown Owner of dog: Unknown
    Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: Unknown
    On/Off property: Off Criminal charges: No

    Fatal pit bull attack, Kenneth Ford

    Kenneth Ford

    79-years old | Pahrump, Nevada

    Kenneth Ford, 79-years old, was brutally attacked by three pit bulls on March 13 and airlifted to University Medical Center (UMC) in critical condition. Just before the attack, Ford went to his neighbor’s two-home property to feed his cats. The neighbor with the cats owns the property and rents out a section to a tenant who owns three pit bulls that he kept behind a 6-foot fence. When Ford came to feed the cats, the pit bulls jumped the fence and attacked him. Ford screamed for help and two men ran to help him. The dogs then attacked them too, inflicting serious injuries to both. The two men were able to drag Ford next door and close the gate, but the pit bulls found a hole in the fence and continued their attack. One man was able to get a gun and shot two of the pit bulls, but the dogs continued attacking the men undeterred. Authorities arrested and charged the owner of the pit bulls, Ricky Davidson, immediately. His dogs had a history of aggression and being at large. Ford died of his injuries at UMC on April 14. [source citations]

    Date of death: April 14, 2015 Chained: No
    Breed of dog: Pit bull (3) Relationship to dog: Non-family
    Sex of dog: Unknown Owner of dog: Tenant
    Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: Yes
    On/Off property: Off Criminal charges: Yes (MISD)

    Fatal pit bull attack, Brayden Wilson

    Brayden Wilson

    10-weeks old | Dallas, Texas

    Brayden Wilson, 10-weeks old, was savagely killed by his family’s pet pit bull in the Red Bird area of Dallas. Just before the attack, the boy and his father were inside the home when the father stepped outside to turn on the sprinkler system. When he returned, the pit bull was attacking the infant who was in a bouncing seat, according to police. As the father struggled to pull the dog off the baby, the mother returned home and walked in on the scene. The pit bull bit her twice when she tried to intervene. The father managed to grab the animal by the neck and haul it outside, where he shot the dog twice, killing it. The child was rushed to Children’s Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. The child’s grandmother, Willetta Tate, said the family had owned the pit bull for 8-years and it had grown up with two other children in the household, 8 and 11-years old. “It’s just unexplainable,” Tate said. “You just don’t get it when you’ve had the dog so long, I don’t know what could have happened. I don’t know,” Tate said. [source citations]

    Date of death: April 19, 2015 Chained: No
    Breed of dog: Pit bull Relationship to dog: Family
    Sex of dog: Male Owner of dog: Mother
    Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: No
    On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No

    Fatal dog attack, Gaege Ramirez

    Gaege Ramirez

    7-years old | Canyon Lake, Texas