The first part of this article summarizes the scientific literature that covers the epidemiology of fatal dog attacks. This scientific literature draws data from news reports, CDC records, and in some cases from in-depth investigations involving law enforcement and animal control.
The second part of this article consists of an annotated list of individual U.S. dog-attack fatalities compiled primarily from new reports. The list is not meant to be exhaustive nor conclusive. For example, there were at least 26 fatal dog bites in 2000, of which this Wikipedia article lists only 5.
The list in this article relies on news reports as references, but at points it runs concurrent with studies reviewed in the first part and may include information from the studies at those points. Care has been and should continue to be taken that this information is verifiable in the sources and that any contradictions or other indications that the information might not be valid are addressed reasonably. Nevertheless, the reader should bear in mind that data from news investigations is generally less reliable than information from published scholarly studies, and that where specific breeds listed, they are rarely based on conclusive proof of ancestry.
CDC recommendations for dog attack prevention
Realistically evaluate environment and lifestyle and consult with a professional (e.g., veterinarian, animal behaviorist, or responsible breeder) to determine suitable breeds of dogs for consideration.
Dogs with histories of aggression are inappropriate in households with children.
Be sensitive to cues that a child is fearful or apprehensive about a dog and, if so, delay acquiring a dog.
Spend time with a dog before buying or adopting it. Use caution when bringing a dog or puppy into the home of an infant or toddler.
Spay/neuter virtually all dogs (this frequently reduces aggressive tendencies).
Never leave infants or young children alone with any dog.
Properly socialize and train any dog entering your household. Teach the dog submissive behaviors (e.g., rolling over to expose the abdomen and giving up food without growling).
(Note: this is not proper socialization and can result in increased likelihood of getting bitten. Forced submission in a fearful animal can increase the animal's need to use aggression defensively and removing food randomly can increase the animal's degree of vigilance while eating resulting in higher rate of food guarding aggression. John Ciribassi DVM, Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists)
Immediately seek professional advice (e.g., from veterinarians, animal behaviorists, or responsible breeders) if the dog develops aggressive or undesirable behaviors.
Do not play aggressive games with your dog (e.g., wrestling).
Teach children basic safety around dogs and review regularly:
Never approach an unfamiliar dog.
Never run from a dog and scream.
Remain motionless when approached by an unfamiliar dog (e.g., "be still like a tree").
If knocked over by a dog, roll into a ball and lie still (e.g., "be still like a log").
Never play with a dog unless supervised by an adult.
Immediately report stray dogs or dogs displaying unusual behavior to an adult.
Avoid direct eye contact with a dog.
Do not disturb a dog who is sleeping, eating, or caring for puppies.
Do not pet a dog without allowing it to see and sniff you first.
If bitten, immediately report the bite to an adult.
There are a limited number of studies concerning the number of human deaths caused by dogs in the United States, and the number of attributed fatalities is difficult to validate or cross-compare with other study results because:
studies dependent on surveying news reports may not find all the relevant news items
different studies use different data collection methodologies and evaluation criteria
breed identification requires a subjective evaluation based on observation of outward physical attributes against imprecise breed standards.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: 1974–1975
The first epidemiological study of dog-bite fatalities in the United States was conducted by an epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 1977. The study reported that all but one of the cases involved male dogs. The breeds reported in these incidents were St. Bernard, German Shepherd, Dachshund, Basenji, Collie, Husky, and Great Dane. Most incidents involved victims who were smaller or weaker than the dog. Thus, children under 5 years old accounted for the majority of victims. The study concluded that human behavior which the dogs perceived as threatening was the single most important factor contributing to these incidents.
A study conducted at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School identified fatal dog bites during the period 1966–1980. They identified 74 incidents from newspapers and the medical literature. They found that the most (23) fatalities occurred in infants under 1 year old, and in most cases the dog was owned by the victim's family. In only 3 of the incidents was the dog reported to have been provoked by kicking, hitting, or having stones thrown at it. However, several incidents involved a child attempting to pet or hug the dog.
In 6 of the incidents, there was no information available about the breed of dogs involved.
In contrast to the time period covered by the CDC study, which found pit bulls and Rottweilers to be the most commonly involved breed in such attacks during that time period, this study found no fatal pit bull attacks at all in the US during its time period, and only one Rottweiler attack.
In ten fatal attacks, the dogs were only described as "mixed breed".
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: 1979–1998
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a study in 2000 on dog bite-related fatalities (DBRF) that covered the years 1979–1998. The report concluded that relying on media coverage of dog-bite-related fatalities presents a biased view of the dogs involved. They stated that media reports are likely to only cover about 74% of the actual incidents and that dog attacks involving certain breeds may be more likely to receive media coverage. They also reported that since breed identification is difficult and subjective, attacks may be more likely to be "ascribed to breeds with a reputation for aggression".
The study found reports of 327 people killed by dogs over the 20-year period. Some breed information was available for 238 (73%) of the fatalities. Of 227 incidents with relevant data, 133 (58%) were unrestrained dogs and on the owners' property; 55 (24%) were loose off the owners' property; 38 (17%) were restrained dogs on their owners’ property; and only one (less than 1%) was restrained off the owners' property.
The study defined dog attacks as "a human death caused by trauma from a dog bite". Excluded from the study were deaths by disease caused by dog bites, strangulation on a scarf or leash pulled by a dog, heart attacks or traffic accident, and falling injury or fire ant bites from being pushed down by a dog. The study also excluded four deaths by trauma from dog bites by police dogs or guard dogs employed by the government.
This 27-year study collected data from the CDC Wide-Ranging OnLine Data for Epidemiologic Research (CDC WONDER) program. It looked at cases in which the cause of death according to International Classification of Diseases (ICD) codes was dog bites. It did not include fatalities secondary to an infection from a bite. During those 27 years, the study found 504 deaths due to dog bites. They estimated that there were likely many additional deaths due to dog bites that were not reported by the CDC WONDER program.
They found that the most of the victims were male (58.1%). Alaska had by far the greatest incidence per capita at 11.83 deaths per 10 million population. The rest of the states ranged from 0 to 2.56 deaths per 10 million population. The majority of victims (55.6%) were less than 10 years old. Regarding race of the victim, they found that 14.3% of the victims were black, despite the fact that only 3% of dog owners are black. 2005 had the most attacks during the study, with 33 deaths. 2003 had the next most with 32, reflecting the fact that populations of both humans and dogs increased during the study period.
Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association: 2000-2009
The most recent study of the epidemiology of fatal dog bites in the United States was published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association in 2013. While earlier studies were based on television and newspaper reports, this was the first study to be based on law-enforcement reports, animal control reports, and investigator statements. It identified preventable factors in the fatal incidents. They found that the most common contributing factors were: absence of an able-bodied person to intervene, no familiar relationship of victims with dogs, owner failure to neuter dogs, compromised ability of victims to interact appropriately with dogs (e.g. mental disabilities), dogs kept isolated from regular positive human interactions versus family dogs (e.g. dogs kept chained in backyards), owners’ prior mismanagement of dogs, and owners’ history of abuse or neglect of dogs. Furthermore, they found that in 80% of the incidents, 4 or more of the above factors co-occurred.
The authors found that in a significant number of DBRFs there was either a conflict between different media sources reporting breed and/or a conflict between media and animal control reports relative to the reporting of breed. For 401 dogs described in various media accounts of DBRFs, media sources reported conflicting breed attributions for 124 of the dogs (30.9%); and where there were media reports and an animal control report (346 dogs), there were conflicting breed attributions for 139 dogs (40.2%)
According to this study, reliable verification of the breed of dog was only possible in 18% of incidents.
Media reports of fatal dog attacks in the United States
This list is not meant to be exhaustive, as news reports about other attacks have not yet been found and included. Furthermore, there may have been fatal dog attacks during these years that were not reported in the news. For example, the 2012 Dixie Jennings attack was only reported by the media several days after the incident, when local residents heard rumors and asked the media to report on the incident. Similarly, the 2001 William Kirsch fatal attack is only known from a brief mention in an article about a different attack.
This list is not meant to be conclusive. News reports or summaries may contain errors or omissions, not all information in the reports may be complete or correct, not all reports contain enough information to determine what actually happened, and errors may have been made in selecting or transferring information from the sources into the articles.
Not all attacks listed here were determined by medical authorities to be the primary cause of death. For example, Diane Jansen suffered a hemorrhagic stroke when attacked by a dog. The Medical Examiner determined the stroke to be the primary cause of death, but listed heart disease and dog bite as contributing factors.
The "Category of Dog" column reports the breed, group, type, or other dog descriptions found in the news media.
In some cases this is a specific dog breed. However, even when a single breed is listed, the dog may not have been a purebred individual of that breed. For example, an author of the CDC study summarized above found that any medium-sized black and tan animal was likely to be recorded as a German shepherd.
Attacked by her friend's lap dog in her theatrical agent's office in New York City and died of rabies weeks later. Her face was badly mutilated but recovered and returned to the stage, but later developed rabies, suffered greatly, and succumbed on March 4.
Toddler walks 20' from his mother, visiting with a neighbor in the kitchen, and is killed in the backyard by his father's pit bull/Airedale-mix, which was recently acquired to hunt hogs and which was kept tied to the house. The dog, called Molly, carried out the attack in silence. Scardina, who noted that he'd been taking the dog to work with him and that it had recently joined the family inside at night, said it was a screwball and that hunting dogs make good pets.
Dogs owned by a neighbor attacked the boys behind their home in Lynchburg, VA. Two dogs were German shepherds and two were mongrels. The father heard screaming and ran out to defend the boys with a rake and other objects, but couldn't stop the attack. Mother called the neighbors and police. Police shot two dogs on the families' property, one on the property of the dogs' owner, and one escaped until the next day, when it too was shot, along with another dog. The boys were dead on the scene. Before the attack, the dogs had interacted without aggression with many people, including having played with the two boys. The neighbor who owned the dogs and allowed them off his property was charged with involuntary manslaughter.
Mauled by her family's 175 lb dog in the front yard of her home in Lookout Mountain, GA. According to the sheriff, the dog "killed the girl accidentally, during a playful romp." She bled to death from wounds inflicted by the dog.
The child's parents left her in a pen with the dog, which was owned by a friend. They returned 15 minutes later and found the baby bleeding from multiple bites, at which time the dog's owner shot the dog. The baby died two hours later at the hospital.
The dog was usually kept on a chain, but the chain was broken and the dog was being kept with just a rope. The dog broke the rope, broke through a screen door and killed the boy before being shot dead with a .22 by the boy's father. The father said the dog had always been gentle when he was on the chain.
The boy was killed after being left alone for a few minutes by his deaf babysitter. The 11-month-old dog entered the boy's playpen and the babysitter said the dog was "only playing with the child."
The dog had been given to the family a week before the girl was born. It was always kept outside, but managed to open the door and enter the house before turning over the bassinet and biting the baby on the head.
The woman had long been afraid of her neighbor's dogs in the trailer park where they lived. The dogs were usually kept chained to a post, but the day they attacked they were loose and killed the woman when she bent to pick up a newspaper. The adult dog had been trained as an attack and guard dog.
Feral dogs (8) (with an appearance "similar to pit bull dogs")
While playing alone in a field near his home, he was attacked by 8 wild dogs. He died later from infection of his wounds. Although the dogs were reported to be wild, the sheriff's sergeant said they had an appearance "similar to pit bull dogs" and was suspicious that they were involved in dog fighting.
Early in the morning, her father heard her scream and ran downstairs to find the dog biting her head. The dog, "Toby", was 80 pounds, eight years old, and had been their family dog for nine months. She died of several bites to the head and neck. Experts expressed surprise, noting that the breed had been well known for its gentleness and for being good with children.
The baby was found chewed to death after being dragged from her crib by her mother's 100-pound dog. The mother faced criminal charges for the attack in addition to other drug-possession convictions. The dog had a history of also biting the mother, other humans, and attacking other dogs.
Autopsy determined he died from bites inflicted by the 4-6 year old dog. The dog, which had belonged to his son, attacked Mr Bunting's wife earlier that day. It killed Mr Bunting while the wife was at the hospital being treated for her bites.
The dog was a guard dog kept in the vacant lot behind an alcohol treatment facility. The boy had been teasing the dog by shooting rubber bands at it. When he entered the yard to retrieve the rubber bands he was attacked and killed.
The boy had found the dog and was leading it through his neighborhood on a leash looking for its owner. He had also taken along his own dog, a Rottweiler-Chow mix. When he was attacked by the lost dog, his own dog reportedly tried to defend him.
The dog was usually kept chained to water heater outside the house. She somehow got loose, got into the house, and killed the sleeping baby. The dog was later euthanized along with its four 10-week-old puppies.
The boy was killed when visiting the trailer where the dogs lived to check on one that he had hit earlier in the day with his go-cart. The boy's father and cousins were accused of burning the trailer where the dogs lived in retaliation.
The Rottweilers, one male and one female, had rarely left the fenced-in backyard since they were puppies. Alec's uncle came home and let the dogs into the yard, where Alec's 8-year-old cousin and others had regularly played with the dogs in confidence. Alec, visiting from another town, followed his cousin into the yard, and the attack occurred. His grandmother stopped the attack, but not before it caused severe wounds to head and neck. Alec was found unresponsive by EMTs and taken to intensive care. The dogs were seized and taken into quarantine. The decision to take Alec off life support was made just after noon on Sunday. The dogs were euthanized on Monday. No charges had been filed as of Tuesday.
A woman in Tennessee went outside of her home to check the weather and was fatally mauled by two rottweilers owned by a neighbor; the dogs had attacked and injured the woman 1 month before the fatal attack.
The Crivitz, WI family had adopted the two dogs after they had been found as strays. The girl was alone with the dogs in the back yard when she was bitten and left with multiple puncture wounds. She died at the hospital that day. The sheriff said that the 50 to 60-lb dogs were not Pit bulls or Rottweilers, but unknown mixed-breeds that looked as if they had Labrador retriever and German shepherd ancestry. Before the attack, the girl and dogs had played together with "no problems". After the attack, the dogs were destroyed and tested negative for rabies.
The child was asleep in bed before his grandparents heard a noise and then found the dog shaking him in its mouth. The family had owned the dog for 9 years.
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A newspaper carrier found the man with the two dogs chewing on him. The dogs were never identified or found, but police said they were "relatively sure" they were Rottweilers or Doberman Pinschers.
Playing in the backyard of his Baton Rouge home when he got too close to tethered pet, “Baby”, who bit him repeatedly, severing an artery. Died within hours in the hospital. Family had the dog destroyed.
Killed by her neighbor's two dogs in the hall of her San Francisco apartment building. The incident sparked an extensively publicized aftermath and the owners went to prison. The dogs, "Hera" and "Bane", had reportedly been mistreated and trained for violence by previous owners.
Killed by stray dogs in park where he had gone alone to play. His mother went to jail and lost custody of her other son for not supervising the child. Sparked review of Animal Control procedures because neighbors complaints about the free-ranging dogs in the park had not been successfully responded to. Sparked a police round-up of ten stray dogs in and around the park: two chows, a rottweiler, a German shepherd and six mixed-breed dogs.
Killed by her babysitter's dog when she left her alone in the house. The babysitter was sentenced to one year in jail for involuntary manslaughter. The dog had previously bitten two other children.
Killed by her neighbor's six dogs. The owner was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 12.5 years in prison. Some news articles reported the dogs were "Labrador-pit bull dogs", but other articles and court documents referred to them as just "pit bull mix."
Wandered with his brother from his parents, a farmer and his wife who were working their land, onto an adjacent farm. Got too close to a chained dog, who, although well-fed and watered, appeared to spend most of his time tethered in place.
Killed by his father's four dogs. The father was charged with involuntary manslaughter and a federal charge of assaulting a postal worker who tried to rescue the victim. He was convicted and sentenced to 20 years in federal prison after being convicted on the assault charge and related drug and weapons charges.
While she was sleeping next to her mother at a friend's house, the dog grabbed the child, dragged it down the hall, and killed it. The dog was usually kept outside but brought inside that night because it was cold out.
Killed by a neighbor's 3 dogs while playing in the front yard at the home of her birth parents. This was not the girl's regular residence because she had been living with a foster family for four years. The neighbor who owned the dogs had been cited two weeks prior because the dogs had gone into another yard and attacked a neighbor's dog.
Severely mauled by his next-door neighbor's two dogs. The dogs were frequently loose in the neighborhood. One female dog was described as "part pit bull." The other male dog "had a large head and other characteristics of a pit bull," but investigators weren't sure if he had pit bull breeds in him.
The dog's owner was abusing the dog at the time of the attack and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. The dog's owner had been arrested several months earlier for beating another dog to death.
Attacked by two dogs owned by Cleveland Browns tight end Darnell Sanders and a third dog while watering his own back yard. One dog was referred to as a Cane Corso and the other two were variously described as American Bulldog, "American Terrier," or Pit bull dogs. The man died of directly related complications (cerebral blood clot) 11 days later. Investigators later determined that the Cane Corso played only a minor role in the attack. An attorney for dog owner Darnell Sanders argued that the dogs only knocked over the man. However, the local animal control officer stated that she saw 7 bite marks on Assad when she interviewed him the night of the attack.
There were two dogs in the home. The boy's mother felt that the male dog was acting possessive toward the female dog because she was in heat. So when the mother left to run errands, she locked the boy in the basement to keep him separated from the dogs. While she was gone, the boy left the basement and was killed by the dogs. The boy's mother was charged with felony child endangerment.
Killed by the family's 10-12 week puppy that had not been fed in days. The teen mother was convicted of manslaughter for leaving her baby unattended in a swing for over 6 hours with the hungry puppy.
Killed by a dog belonging to her mother, a dog belonging to her mother's boyfriend, and a puppy produced by those two dogs. Prior to the attack two of the dogs were chained up. The third dog, who was pregnant, was not chained at that time.
The father, boy, and their dog were together in their Apple Valley, CA backyard, but the father stepped inside, leaving the dog alone with the boy, the dog attacked. The aggressive dog kept EMTs away until police arrived and shot it. EMT found him unresponsive and took him to the hospital where he was declared dead two hours later. No charges were filed as of press time.
The woman died of a heart attack when she went outside to get her dog. Media reported that the woman was killed by her pet dog and was found in her driveway with numerous bite wounds. Although the woman's family said they did not believe the dog was responsible for the death, the dog was euthanized after a pathologist determined that severe dog bites contributed to her death. The county coroner stated that the bites appeared to have been from the dog's attempt to drag her to safety after she collapsed.
Killed while walking to a friend's home. Investigators unable to locate dog(s) involved. Sheriff's deputies initially reported that a pit bull dog was responsible. Authorities were never able to find or identify any dog responsible for the attack. The dogs that were first thought to be responsible were found not to be involved. However, investigators "received confidential tips that stated that there were three other pit bulls, owned by the child's relatives, that were killed and dumped in a wooded area."
The dog, which had a history of biting people, was roaming freely and bit Mr Bock at a storage facility where the man was a manager. Mr Bock died of Capnocytophaga canimorsus sepsis from the bite several days later.
The man was a USPS letter carrier. The dog was in a house, but pushed open a door, ran after Lin, and caused his head to strike the ground. He died nine days later. Authorities did not say if the attack included bites.
Killed by the dogs of his mother's live-in boyfriend. The boyfriend pled guilty to a charge of dangerous animal death and the mother pled guilty to child abuse and manslaughter. The mother was also charged with "accessory after the fact" because she tried to dispose of her boyfriend's marijuana plants before calling 911.
Killed by three of his step-grandfather's dogs. Grandfather arrested for manslaughter. The dogs had decapitated the family's pet Akita and killed the family's pet Chihuahua and parrot within the prior year. The dogs, which were kept in a garage, had previously shown aggression toward the boy.
Killed by landlord's three dogs while crossing yard from trailer home to landlord's home. Evidence showed the dogs appeared not to have eaten or been watered for a long time; the owner was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 20 years in prison (15 years suspended).
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The victim was a homeless man found dead in a vacant lot. The medical examiner determined he bled to death after being attacked by stray dogs.
While visiting his aunt and uncle, the boy was briefly left alone in a room with their dog and was bitten. The medical examiner determined that the boy died of cerebral edema as a consequence of a single bite to the head, and ruled that the death was accidental.
Killed by his grandfather's dog when it escaped its enclosure.
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The child was killed in the kitchen of the family's home. There were five dogs in the home, a Pit bull, bulldog, Alaskan Malamute, German Shepherd, and German Shepherd-Bulldog mix. Three of the dogs were involved in the attack, but the news media did not report which three.
While trying to break up a fight between her two dogs, she suffered a seizure and was attacked on November 13. She succumbed to her injuries on December 6. Some news sources initially described the dogs as pit bulls and later described the dogs as American Bulldogs.
The victim was attacked by her neighbor's two pit bulls on June 18; she succumbed to her injuries on December 24. The pit bull owners were convicted on February 13, 2013 of voluntary manslaughter and of owning a dangerous animal causing death; one owner was sentenced to four years in state prison.
Suffered a stroke when attacked while delivering mail and soon died of stroke with heart disease and dog bite listed as "contributing factors". The dog, which had been resting unchained in a garage with some juveniles, was later seized by animal control and later euthanized. It was reported she suffered the stroke immediately after getting attacked, but also that a witness said there seemed to have been something wrong with her before the bite, which the dog seemed to notice and spurred it to attack. The witness also noted that the dog had a reputation as trustworthy and friendly. The medical examiner said that the wounds were not very bad, but that soon after the frightening attack her speech began to slur, she became unresponsive, and was taken to the hospital where she was declared dead the next day.
Found dead in his car port with dog bite injuries. The dog was identified via DNA testing and the dog's owner, who was a neighbor, was charged with involuntary manslaughter and obstruction of justice.
Killed by a single bite from one of three pit bulls owned by the mother's roommate. Immediately prior to the attack, the dog was on a bed with the mother's roommates who were smoking marijuana. The dog reportedly became "frisky," at which point they pushed it off the bed and it bit the boy. The cause of death was given as "penetrating craniocerebral injuries due to a dogbite."
Killed by his own dog when it bit through his IV tube while he was undergoing at-home dialysis. Media reported the dog as several different breeds. The SPCA Cincinnati Officials that the dog was a "rare breed" Alapaha Blue-Blood Bulldog.
Killed by at least one of two pit bulls that belonged to his girlfriend's son. Relatives said that Hagerman was scared of the dogs, which were kept in a cage. They also reported that the dogs had previously killed a dog and that they bit people that they did not know.
First name also spelled "Brayton", was playing in his yard when he disappeared. His body was found in the woods, dead of dog attack. Neighbors suspected a roaming bulldog they had seen in the neighborhood, which authorities captured and were trying to determine if this was the dog that killed Bryton.
Outside checking his mail when two dogs owned by a neighbor mauled him to death. Police shot and killed the two attacking dogs and subsequently removed more than 30 other Rottweilers from the neighbor's residence.
An hour before the attack, police responded to the home for a domestic dispute between the infant's parents that included injuries. While the police were taking witness statements, the boy was left alone in a room with the dog and was attacked. The dog had been responsible for a "minor bite" in 2011. It had also been picked up by Animal Services in 2010 for running loose.
Visiting his relatives when killed by their neighbor's dogs. Other neighbors said that the dogs had a violent history and were always roaming loose in the area. A month earlier they had killed a neighbor's dog. However, Animal Control said that they had never received a complaint about the dogs.
The woman was "mauled by a Boston terrier." No other details are known as this death was never directly covered by the media. It was mentioned briefly in an article in 2014 about another fatal dog bite.
Emergency Medical Technicians found the victim with dog bites to neck, head, and face, and could not revive her. According to the owners, the victim had visited the house on several occasions and the dog had never shown aggressiveness towards her. Later, investigators discovered that the dog had a history of violence and had killed a Siberian Husky that it lived with. Four months prior to the attack on Ms Todd, the owners had attempted to reduce the dog's aggression by neutering it.
Killed by a dog that was kept chained in the back yard of a home he was visiting. The dog may have been let off the chain by the boy or may have broken free before the attack. The dog's owners had been cited previously for letting their dogs run loose. Officers had also been called to their house on reports that dogs were not being fed. Although no criminal charges were filed in relation to this dog attack, one of the owners, Jereme Carter, is now in jail on murder charges from an unrelated case.
When babysitter, baby in her arms, let her two 45 lb. dogs in the house from the backyard of her home, they became "nippy", jumping up to at the pair, so she batted them off. The dogs then attacked, and mauling her, shredding her clothing and knocking her down, causing her the boy to hit the ground, whereupon the dogs attacked him. The babysitter tried stop the attack, and redirect the dogs' attack onto her. A neighbor heard screams but did nothing. She got the child away from the dogs and called 911. The boy was taken by ambulance to the hospital, and by helicopter from the hospital to a medical center later that day, where he was pronounced dead of dog attack. Before the attack, the veterinarian center where they had been spayed, neutered, and otherwise cared for had not been seen as dangerous, but one was described as "standoffish" while at the facility. The owner said she had gotten the three-year old dogs as puppies and that they had never shown signs of aggression. After the attack, the dogs were euthanized and tested negative for rabies, and the authorities decided not to press charges against the babysitter.
Killed by dogs belonging to her mother's boyfriend. An autopsy confirmed that the child died of injuries consistent with a dog attack. The child's mother was subsequently charged with Cruelty to Children in the Second Degree.
Attacked while riding his bike by his neighbor's two dogs and died 5 days later. The owner a week prior had received a citation for allowing his aggressive dogs loose and is currently facing criminally negligent manslaughter charges.
A woman was killed after being attacked by a dog that has terrorized the neighborhood for months, according to authorities and residents. The dog, reported to be a female pit bull/mastiff mix, was also reported to have attacked neighbors in the past. Claudia Gallardo was killed after jumping into the fenced yard where the dog was kept.
Four year old Jordyn Arndt, was mauled by a pit bull at her babysitter’s home. The owner of the dog, 24-year old Jana Marie Wright, was supposed to be babysitting Jordyn and has been charged with multiple felonies punishable with up to 35 years in prison. Neighbors say that they had previously filed several complaints about the dog. The babysitter had a history of arrest on drug-related and child-neglect charges.
The attack happened at home involving a male dog registered to her husband. The dog was 100-150 lbs and 3 years old. One neighbor said that the dog has been aggressive and guarded the house. News sources reported that she died four days after the attack; however, the date given in her obituary was 2 days after the attack.
Freeman, a bi-lateral amputee at the knees, was driving in his wheelchair when he was attacked by a pack of four dogs that neighbors said had been roaming the neighborhood on-and-off for months. He tried to fight the dogs, but was unable to and was pulled from his wheelchair. The incident happened on May 8, and Freeman died on May 12. The coroner says he had lacerations and bites “from his legs to the top of his head." Initial reports said that three of the dogs belonged to a woman who is Freeman's neighbor and relative. The Sheriff's Office later announced that the four dogs were feral and did not belong to anyone. Sheriff's reports described the dogs as "brown dogs" and Animal Control claimed that they were mixed breed "with possible 'pit bull' influence." However, multiple news sources stated that they were pit bulls. Photos of three of the dogs are available. One of the four dogs has not yet been found.
The woman was walking near her home when she was attacked by a pack of dogs. DNA results later confirmed that four of the eight dogs owned by a local man had been involved in the attack. Local residents reported that the area repeatedly has problems with packs of dogs running loose.
The owner of the dogs was charged with second degree murder for the attack. He was also charged with assault with a deadly weapon for a previous incident in which his dogs attacked a horse and rider and he threw a stone at the rider. He also faced several charged related to a marijuana growing operation he was running. The dogs had been involved in several other attacks for which the owner was cited, and he had also been cited for failing to vaccinate, license, spay, neuter or microchip the dogs. He was also in violation of the legal limit in that jurisdiction of owning no more than 3 dogs. In 2006 he had had four other dogs confiscated and destroyed after they attacked emus.
Killed inside the home of family friends near Jessieville, Arkansas where he had been staying for two weeks because his family's home in Moore, Oklahoma had been destroyed by tornados. After the child had started loudly crying, the 150 lb. dog came running out of a back room and attacked him. The dog's owner stopped the attack, but not before the boy had received serious wounds to the neck and face. He was rushed to a hospital in Hot Springs, AR where he was declared dead. The dog ran away, so authorities began trying to find it and euthanize it. Investigators declined to say just yet whether or not the owners would face any charges.
The boy was attempting to ride the dog "like a horse" when he was bitten a single time on the top of the head. The two-year-old, un-neutered male dog had been acquired as a guard dog and was kept in the backyard of the family's home. After the bite, the family did not think he had been seriously injured and expected him to be fine "after a couple of stitches." He was brought to the hospital 2 1/2 hours after being bitten and died two hours later. The dog had up-to-date rabies shots and was properly licensed.
Killed after walking up to a chained dog that belonged to her aunt. The dog had been kept on a chain in violation of the county's laws against prolonged tethering, and animal cruelty charges were being considered against the owner.
Killed by up to five dogs that belonged to his grandmother, in the back yard of her house. Authorities do not know how the boy ended up in the yard with the dogs, and occupants of the house said they heard no screams or other noises, but the boy was found dead with bite marks to his face and neck. Neighbors had complained to authorities about the noise and "stench from the yard" where the dogs were kept. A photo of one of the dogs is available. The boy's grandmother and uncle were later arrested in Colton, California.
Her dog, Boosie, which she originally acquired for protection and had raised from a puppy. It had previously attacked a family member and Douglass, who carried a large facial scar as a result. Boosie had been taken away by authorities, but Douglass had fought to have Boosie back, and he had recently been returned to her apartment in Balitimore, MD. Officers speculated Douglass, a handicapped woman, may have fallen on the dog, and described the scene as "horrific".
Went out to the kennel behind their home in Kernersville, NC to feed the dogs as usual, but this time they attacked. They belonged to her boyfriend. The dogs were euthanized and will be given a necropsy for clues as to why they attacked.
On her daily walk about a mile from her home in Spanaway, Washington. The dogs had escaped from a nearby property and attacked from the rear. She fought the dogs with her umbrella and called her husband. A passerby tried to help. He told her husband the location, who called 911.Another neighbor gave the passerby a gun and he shot one, which fled. Police arrived and shot them, and an ambulance took her to the hospital. Her arm was especially badly mauled ("shredded"). Almost a week later, when she was sitting in the hospital waiting for her discharge paperwork, she died of a heart attack thought to be brought on by “extremity contusions, lacerations and fractures due to dog bites”. The Sheriff recommended the county prosecutor file charges, but it was not yet clear whether they would.
Visiting a home in White County, Arkansas. The boy "managed to get out of the home" and "enter a fenced-in area where three pit bulls were being held." Emergency crews brought him to the hospital where he died. At press time, police were investigating which of three pit bulls were responsible; what the fate of the dogs, which were taken into custody, would be; and whether any charges would be filed. The owner was cooperating with the investigation.
Hot Springs Villiage, Arkansas The owner of the 87-pound dog said it would frequently "bite out of fear." It had previously bitten an intoxicated family member in the face, bitten a neighbor in the face, and bitten its owner on the arm and leg. The attack occurred after the dogs were let outside unsupervised, off-leash in an unfenced yard.
Her own dog. She had gone outside, where the dog was kept chained up in a pen, to break ice on the dog's water bowl, when it attacked. Her brother found her body and shot the dog. Her eleven other dogs were taken away by authorities.
New Braunfels, Texas: Elderly widow was walking alone when neighbors' dogs badly mauled her. She was saved by another neighbor and her boyfriend, who used a gun to scare off the dogs, but not before receiving wounds that caused her death in the hospital 16 days later. After the attack, the dogs were euthanized and their owners were arrested for allowing a dog attack that resulted in a death. The attack was first reported in the news media 4 months after the incident in an article about an unrelated attack.
Vick and his wife tried to break up a fight at their home in Bullhead City, AZ between their two dogs when one of them turned on them. He died soon after arriving at the local hospital; she survived and was flown to a Las Vegas, NV hospital.
Killed by a pack of dogs in an attack in which 2 other people were also injured. The owners of the dogs had previously received multiple citations for keeping the animals in deplorable conditions, not licensing or vaccinating them, and allowing them to run at large. Homicide detectives were determining whether to press criminal charges.
Died from blood loss following injuries sustained to head and neck after being attacked by the dogs while her grandmother was babysitting Kara and her 2 year old sister. When the grandmother attempted to intervene, dogs turned on her and she then focused on protecting 2 year old child and was unable to stop the attack on Kara. Emergency personnel were called and Kara was taken to hospital but died from her injuries. The dogs were surrendered to McLean County Animal Control where they were euthanized after a 10 day observation period. No charges were filed against the owners.
Two male dogs were involved. Complaints had been made before to animal control about the dogs being at large. The victim had made 6 prior calls to animal control about the dogs, concerning their barking and the conditions they were kept in with inadequate food and water. There is discrepancy in the media about the breed of the dogs. Dayton Police said the dogs looked like pit bulls; however, the Montgomery County Animal Rescue Center said the dogs were licensed and listed as mastiffs.
The girl's family was watching a friend's female dog and its two puppies. They were being kept in the back yard. The 2-year-old girl went out into the yard alone without her parents' knowledge and was attacked by the mother of the two puppies.
Was playing in her yard when her family's dog suddenly attacked. Her mother tried to stop it, but the dog attacked her as well. The family said the dog had never been aggressive, but neighbors said it had escaped and attacked a dog. Both mother and daughter were taken to the hospital, where Braelynn died. The dog was taken by authorities and scheduled to be euthanized after police finished their investigation.
Walking home from the playground with an 8-year-old girl, when the dog accidentally escaped from his owner's garage and attacked the girl. A teenage boy saved the girl, but then the dog immediately attack Raymane and dragged him off. Someone shot at the dog, frightening it into dropping the boy and running back into the garage. Police and EMTs arrived and took them both to the hospital, where doctors saved the girl but the boy died of penetrating and blunt injuries.
Family's pet pit bull attacked while she was watching television with her mother. The mother, also injured, had to barricade herself and the injured child in a bedroom until police arrived. Responding officers were forced to shoot the pit bull in order to enter the apartment. The dog, Niko, was of an unusually large size, weighing in at 130 lbs. The victim's family has refused cooperation with authorities into further investigation. Another dog, a 6-month old female, was removed from the scene.
Christopher Malone's mother found the boy's body behind the family's Holmes County home. The Holmes County Sheriff's Department said it happened around 4 p.m. No one saw the attack. Family members said they've had the dogs since they were puppies, and the dogs have been around children their entire lives.
A woman was found dead at her home in Kaufman on Monday afternoon, and police believe that pit bulls are responsible for the killing. It was around 4:45 p.m. when authorities were called to a residence in the 1400 block of East First North Street. When police arrived at the scene, they discovered 85-year-old Dorothy Hamilton dead in the living room of her home. Investigators also found a pair of aggressive pit bulls inside of the house. Animal control put down the two dogs that were inside the house when police found Hamilton. Authorities said that the dogs were being held in a bedroom, but it looks as though they broke down the door in order to attack the woman.
Playing outside his home when neighbor's dog, between 80-100 lbs., attacked. His 9-year old brother couldn't get the dog off him, so he ran in the house and got his father, who shot at the animal, which broke off the attack and fled. After the attack, a neighbor called the EMTs, and an ambulance took him to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. The dog was taken to a veterinary clinic. Before the attack, John and the dog had played together; the dog had been legally allowed free range with no previous complaints; and the town had had a nuisance law but no leash law.
In her friend's yard playing with the dogs. When she picked something up from the ground, one of the dogs attacked, and the other two joined in. She suffered extensive bite wounds over her body and a severe head injury and died about a week later. At press time no charges had been filed and the dogs were still in mandatory ten-day quarantine.
The woman was found dead of a methamphetamine overdose. An autopsy found that she had bites that "appeared to come from a canine" and which "contributed to the death." At the time that she died, neighbors had seen three aggressive pit bulls running loose in the neighborhood. Investigators attempted to link the dogs to the woman's death with DNA. They were able to show by DNA that hairs on her were of canine origin, but were unable to match the DNA with that of the specific dogs.
The child had gone with his pregnant mother to visit one of the mother's friends and was playing in front of the home with the dogs, whom he had reportedly played with in the past. At some point the mother looked outside to see the three pitbulls attacking the child and rushed to help him, at which point the pitbulls attacked her. Nearby HVAC workers attempted to beat the dogs back with PVC pipes and were unsuccessful. The child was pronounced dead on scene by paramedics, the pregnant mother was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries and monitoring of the unborn child. The dogs had not been vaccinated against rabies and were euthanised.
When the dog tried to get on the sofa where the baby was on his uncle's lap, the uncle pushed it off. The dog then attacked, biting the baby on the face and neck. Father was injured prying him out of its jaws. EMTs tried to revive the baby and airlifted him to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Prior to the attack, the dog had lived with the family for four years. It had bitten a person once, but had drawn no blood. After the attack, the dog was euthanized.
The victim was out jogging in the evening. A neighbor who witnessed the attack successfully drove the dogs off after wounding one with a gun. According to police, dogs at the same address had attacked and bitten two other people in the previous two years who were walking or jogging in the neighborhood. An unprovoked attack on a jogger by two Cane Corsos was reported in Lapeer, Michigan. The jogger died. The two owners of the dogs were charged with Second degree murder, which carries a potential sentence of Life in Prison. "The dogs involved in the attack have a history of escaping from their kennel and have bitten at least twice before."
Mauled to death by his uncle's guard dogs after being left unsupervised while his parents left to consume cannabis. The boy's grandmother said that the family knew the dogs were vicious. Neighbors also said that the dogs were known to be vicious. Although early speculations stated that the child may have let the dogs out of their cages to play with, family members later stated that the uncle had left the dogs free to roam the yard and "to protect his property."
Was playing with her 2-year-old grandson in the yard when the dog attacked. A neighbor beat the dog off with a walking stick, but she was already dead, with multiple wounds to the head, neck, and body. The dog had not shown previous aggression; the child used to climb and put weight on the dog. After the attack, the dog was to be destroyed.
Babysitting aunt let the child and the two dogs outside her house and sat to watch TV. No one saw the attack. She looked outside and saw the body in the driveway. The authorities arrived and determined that the dogs had killed the boy. After the attack, the dogs were removed by animal control officers and scheduled to be destroyed. The aunt had been babysitting the child when his father went to work for weeks. The aunt said she had never had any problems with the dogs before the attack, and police said the boy and the dogs had been together on a regular basis.
Grandmother, 58, had set the child down after feeding her when the 80 lb., 10-year-old dog attacked. Wounds to the head and neck were the cause of death, not those to her back and stomach. Grandmother, who lost the tips of her fingers trying to save the child, ordered her brothers, 5 and 8 years old, to run for their lives. They ran and got the next door neighbor to call for help. She used a steak knife to end the attack, but the child was pronounced dead at the hospital. Before the attack, the dog had behaved aggressively. After the attack, the dog was destroyed. The dog was usually kept locked up in a back room and it is unclear how the dog got out to attack.
The boy was at home with his father in the evening. The father then went into a bedroom to smoke marijuana and cocaine with his girlfriend. The next morning the boy was missing. They later found him outside dead. The father and girlfriend were charged with child neglect. The father also had an extensive criminal history for dealing drugs.
Police responded to a 911 call made by the Ms. Payne's daughter and when they arrived, found the elderly woman dead on the floor of her home with apparent bite marks on her face, neck, and arms inflicted by her own pit bull. The woman's family was able to get the dog into the back yard where it was put down by police officers.
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^"Postal Worker Who Died After Dog Attack ID'd". ABC Ten News. 2012-03-09. Retrieved 2013-05-03. "Diane Jansen of Sun City was pronounced dead at a hospital on Sunday evening, 3 1/2 days after the dog attack, according to the county Medical Examiner's Office. An autopsy determined that the cause of her death was a hemorrhagic stroke, with contributing factors of cardiovascular disease and dog bites to her legs, the coroner reported."
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^Charles Warren Stottard (September 1905). "Ada Clare:Queen of Bohemia". National Magazine. Retrieved 2013-06-30. "“She was patting the lap dog of a friend, when it flew at her and cruelly mutilated her fae. She recovered from the attack and reappeared on upon the stage; but later on, returning one night from the theater, she was seized with a violent paroxysm and died in the horrors of hydrophobia. She perished miserably….”"
^"Pit bull destroyed after mauling 2-year-old to death". Knight Ridder, Inc. April 19, 2000. Retrieved 2013-04-17. "A pit bull terrier named "Baby" has been put to death after mauling a 2-year-old boy to death.Armini Virgil was playing in the back yard of his home near this New Orleans suburb on Saturday when the family dog reached out from his tether and bit the toddler several times. The boy died about three hours later at a hospital.An autopsy showed the boy died from bites and a severed artery. At the family's request, the dog was destroyed Monday"
^"Omar Martinez Pit Bull Attack: 3-Year-Old Boy Dead From Family Dog". Huffington Post. 1 October 2010. Retrieved 2013-05-12. "Authorities answered a 911 call Saturday afternoon reporting that a boy had been attacked by a dog and had stopped breathing. Paramedics found the boy unresponsive and took him to the hospital, where he died about two hours later. Authorities say the dog was aggressive toward firefighters when they arrived at the Apple Valley home, and a sheriff's deputy shot and killed the animal. The coroner's office says an autopsy will be conducted on the boy, and sheriff's deputies and animal control officials are investigating."
^Lohmann, Patrick (15 July 2013). "Serious ‘Rez’ Dog Problem". ABQ Journal. Retrieved 2013-07-15. "Roughly 445,000 dogs — four or five per household — are present on the Navajo Nation, most of which are free, said Kevin Gleason, the reservation’s animal control manager, in a 2011 Associated Press article. That year, a pack of dogs near Gallup was found tearing into the body of 55-year-old Larry Armstrong, who died from the bites."
^"Postal Worker Who Died After Dog Attack ID'd". 10News.com. City News Service contributed. September 3, 2012. Retrieved 2013-04-26. "died from complications of a stroke she suffered immediately after getting attacked by a pit bull...An autopsy determined that the cause of her death was a hemorrhagic stroke, with contributing factors of cardiovascular disease and dog bites to her legs, the coroner reported...."
^Montanaro, Julie (UPDATED 9.10.2012). "[UPDATE] Boy Dead After Dog Attack in Southwest Georgia". WCTV (Associated Press). Retrieved 2013-05-25. "Neighbors believe a reddish-blonde bulldog that was abandoned in the neighborhood may be to blame. Yet the sheriff says no one witnessed the attack or heard it....The sheriff says they caught that reddish-blonde bulldog at about 4:30 Friday afternoon. He says investigators are now trying to figure out what to do next, whether it's possible to do any DNA testing or an autopsy to try to confirm whether it's the dog that killed Brayton."Check date values in: |date= (help)
^Petrimoulx, Drew (June 9, 2013). "5-Year-Old Boy Killed By Bullmastiff in Jessieville". Arkansasmatters.com. Retrieved 2013-06-10. "'The child was putting on some shoes and was crying and upset,' said Garland County Deputy Scott Hinojosa. 'The dog possibly took that as being aggressive and at that time the child was attacked.' Hinojosa said a 50-year-old woman named Lynn Geiling owns the dog with her husband. Lynn told police she tried to pull the dog off the boy, but by the time she got them separated the boy had injuries described by deputies as 'major lacerations' to the head and neck."
^Hinton, John (Posted: Tuesday, November 5, 2013 11:04 am | Updated: 8:36 pm, Tue Nov 5, 2013.). "Woman found mauled to death by dogs in Kernersville". Winston-Salem Journal. World Media Enterprises Inc. Retrieved 14 November 2013. "Atkins had been around the dogs since they were puppies, and there was no history of aggression with the dogs, investigators told FOX8/WGHP"Check date values in: |date= (help)
^Sullivan, Jennifer (Published November 7, 2013 at 5:38 AM | Modified November 7, 2013 at 10:56 PM). "Spanaway woman dies week after attack by two pit bulls". Local News. The Seattle Times. Retrieved 13 November 2013. "The dogs’ owner told KOMO-TV that he doesn’t know how the animals got out of his fenced yard. “They’re really nice dogs,” he said."Check date values in: |date= (help)
^Quiquivix, Jorge (Nov 11, 2013). "Name released of 4-year-old boy killed by dogs". KAIT Channel 8 Local News, ABC affiliate. Retrieved 13 November 2013. "WHITE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) – A small child died Friday afternoon after being attacked by dogs at a home in White County. According to White County Chief Deputy Phillip Miller, the sheriff's office received a call at around 3:24 p.m. after 4-year-old Levi Watson, was attacked on Piker Road in the Bradford area. Bradford fire crews and EMS arrived to the scene and treated the child. Deputy Miller said the child was taken to the White County Medical Center where the child later died. Miller said deputies and detectives with the sheriff's office are investigating the incident and the owner is cooperating with them. The White County Sheriff's Department has taken three adult pit bulls into custody until the investigation is completed. Deputy Miller said no charges have been filed in this incident. They will determined what will happened to the dogs after the investigation is completed."
^Manning, Allison (11 December 2013). "Family dogs kill baby on West Side". The Columbus Dispatch. The Dispatch Printing Company. Retrieved 29 December 2013. "A baby girl was killed by the family dogs yesterday morning while her father slept on the couch in their West Side condo, Columbus police said."
^"Valencia County woman mauled to death by pit bull". The Santa Fe New Mexican. Posted: Saturday, December 14, 2013 3:00 pm | Updated: 8:14 pm, Sat Dec 14, 2013. Retrieved 5 January 2014. "Valencia County sheriff’s officials say Michal Nelson, 41, was killed Friday afternoon by her own pit bull."Check date values in: |date= (help)
^"Bullhead City man dies after attacked by dog". ABC TV News. 29 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. "The Bullhead City Police Department says 64-year-old Thomas J. Vick died from his injuries after being brought to a hospital....tried to break up a fight Saturday evening between the family's boxer and cocker spaniel. Both were attacked by the boxer. The dogs are being held at the Bullhead City Animal Control facility."
^Geary, Mark (27 February 12:20 a.m. EST). "Police: Child Dies After Family Dog Attacks". WFNY News 2. Gannett. Retrieved 8 March 2014. "A 3-year-old child died after her family's pit bull attacked her. A family spokesperson says Braelynn Rayne Coulter was playing when the dog suddenly attacked. Coulter's mother tried to save her, but the dog also attacked her."Check date values in: |date= (help)
^Dave Phillips; Dustin Blichock (June 6, 2014). "Dog mauls, kills baby in Davisburg". Oakland Press. 21st Century Media. Retrieved 12 July 2014. "Officials said the family has owned the Catahoula — the state dog of Louisiana, traditionally used to hunt wild boar — for about two years. It bit a neighbor on the arm several months ago but did not cause a serious injury and did not result in a response from deputies. The Catahoula is described as “tough, agile, fearless and intelligent” by the Dog Owner’s Guide at canismajor.com. “The breed developed from dogs abandoned by Spanish explorers crossed with Indian dogs living with the local tribes,” the site states. “The Cat is a dedicated guard dog and hunting companion and can be a faithful family pet if socialization and training begin with young puppies and continue throughout the dog’s life.”"
^Undersheriff Brett Beauchamp (August 8, 2014). "UPDATED Child Death Investigation". Levy County Sheriff’s Office. Levy County Sheriff’s Office. "The child had injuries consistent with being attacked by a dog or dogs. The subsequent investigation revealed that the child had been left in the care of his paternal aunt, Heather Claar. Claar resides at the incident location. Claar had allowed the Victim to go outside the home to play at the same time she allowed two of her pit bulldogs outside. For unknown reasons, the dogs attacked and killed the child outside the residence. There were no eyewitnesses to the attack. The Victim was not a stranger to the dogs and had been around them on a regular basis. Animal Control personnel removed multiple dogs from the property for quarantine purposes."