Fatal dog attacks in the United States

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Fatal dog attack scenarios include escaped guard dogs and children wandering into their territory.

Fatal dog attacks in the United States are a small percentage of the relatively common occurrences of dog bites. While at least 4.5 – 4.7 million Americans (2%) are bitten by dogs every year, only about 0.0002% of these (less than 0.00001% of the U.S. population) result in death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), who published one of the scholarly papers published on the subject that are summarized in the first part of this article.[1]

The second part of this article consists of an annotated list of individual U.S. dog-attack fatalities. The list is not meant to be exhaustive nor conclusive. It relies mostly 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.

The tables that follow the list summarize the data from the list by age group of victim(s), and by category of dog(s) involved. In addition to the main list, it is also important to ensure the continued accuracy of these two tables.

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 the household. Teach the dog submissive behaviors (e.g., rolling over to expose abdomen and relinquishing food without growling).
  • 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.[2][3]

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Existing studies[edit]

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.[4]

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: 1974–1975[edit]

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.[5] 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.

University of Texas Study: 1966–1980[edit]

A study[6] 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.[6]

In 6 of the incidents, there was no information available about the breed of dogs involved.

Of the remaining 68 fatalities, many involved large and powerful molosser breeds: eight Saint Bernards, six Bull terriers, six Great Danes, as well as two attacks by Boxers and one by a Rottweiler.

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.

Ancient and spitz breeds also committed a significant minority of the attacks. These were mostly sled dog breeds (nine Husky breeds and five were Malamutes), but there was also one Chow Chow and one Basenji.

However, by far the most common specific single breed involved in fatal attacks (16) was the German Shepherd Dog, which, like the two Doberman Pinschers also listed, is a product of an intensive documented breeding program involving quite unrelated canine bloodlines to create a superior working dog. There were also two identified only as collies, although the breed was not specified.

There were multiple retriever attacks, including three Goldens and one Labrador, and there were two fatal attacks by very small breeds: a Dachshund, which is a very small scenthound bred to work as a terrier, and one Yorkshire Terrier, which is among the smallest of all dogs. Finally, in ten of the attacks, the dogs were only described as mixed breed.[6]

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: 1979–1998[edit]

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".[7]

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.[7]

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.

The study found that powerful molossers were responsible for most attacks; Pit bulls and Rottweilers alone were the majority, but there were also several Bullmastiffs, Boxers, Bull Terriers, Great Danes, St. Bernards, a Rhodesian Ridgeback, a bulldog, and a Newfoundland.

Working dogs, however, were also frequently implicated, mostly German Shepherds and Doberman Pinschers, but there were also several herders, including Australian shepherds and Collies, and one identified only as a “sheepdog”.

Spitz and Primitive dogs comprised a substantial minority, including multiple Chow Chows; native Japanese dogs (mostly Akita Inus); and sled dogs types: Huskies, Malamutes and others. One incident involved a Basenji.

Wolf–dog hybrids killed 14 people during the study period, and dogs identified only as “mixed breeds” or "unknown" killed 15.

Fatal attacks by retrievers rarely but somewhat regularly occurred, including several Labrador Retrievers and a Chesapeake Bay Retriever.

There were also a comparatively small number of fatal hound attacks (including a Coonhound and two Dachshunds) and terrier attacks (including two of the smallest ratters: a West Highland White Terrier and a Yorkshire Terrier, which is among the smallest of all dogs). The study also mentioned one fatal attack by a cocker spaniel.[3]

Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association: 2000-2009[edit]

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.[8] 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[edit]

This list of fatal dog attacks in the United States reported by the news media supplements those compiled from scholarly papers.

What is included in this list?[edit]

  • 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.[9] Similarly, the 2001 William Kirsch fatal attack is only known from a brief mention in an article about a different attack.[10]
  • 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.[11][12][13]
  • 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.[14]
    • Some terms, such as "Husky", "Pit Bull", or "Retriever" refer to multiple breeds of a single bloodline.
    • Some terms, such as "sled dog" or "sheepdog" may refer to specific bloodlines or simply what the dog was bred or trained to do.
    • The construction "(breed)-mix", as in "retriever-mix", may refer to a mix of breeds of one type, or a mixed dog that shows characteristics of one breed more clearly.
    • The term "Pit Bull" may refer to a dog which is purebred American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, or another breed of the same general type.[15] It may also refer to a dog which is a mix of Pit Bull breeds, a mix of Pit Bull and other dogs, or—erroneously—a mix of similar breeds (e.g. American bulldog, Boxer), especially if pit-bull morphology predominates.
    • The term "mixed breed" may refer to a dog which is literally a mix of breeds, or unbred mongrels whose ancestors have never been bred by humans.
    • The term "stray dog" may refer to one which has literally strayed from its owners, or to feral dogs which have never had an owner.

Fatalities reported in 1887[edit]

There was at least 1 fatal dog attack in the United States in 1887.

Date Category of Dog Victim's name Victim's age Circumstances
January 30 Rabid Lap dog Ada Clare, a famous actress and writer 39 years 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.[16][17]

Fatalities reported in 1901[edit]

News organizations reported at least 1 fatal dog attack in the United States in 1901.

Date Category of Dog Victim's name Victim's age Circumstances
March 17 Fox terrier Carrie Cobus 38 years The dog attacked its owner while she was having an epileptic seizure. A neighbor tried to beat the dog away with a poker. It then attacked him and Carrie Cobus's mother.[18]

Fatalities reported in 1936[edit]

News organizations reported at least 1 fatal dog attack in the United States in 1936.

Date Category of Dog Victim's name Victim's age Circumstances
February 7 Mongrel Maxwell Breeze 14 years The dog dragged him under water and killed him by drowning.[19][20]

Fatalities reported in 1945[edit]

News organizations reported at least 1 fatal dog attack in the United States in 1945.

Date Category of Dog Victim's name Victim's age Circumstances
February 7 Staffordshire bull terrier Marguerite Derdenger 21 months The family's dog was said to have attacked the child out of jealousy.[21]

Fatalities reported in 1947[edit]

News organizations reported at least 1 fatal dog attack in the United States in 1947.

Date Category of Dog Victim's name Victim's age Circumstances
February 7 German Shepherd Dog Walter Momer Jr. 4 years The boy was killed while sledding.[22] An article reported that the Philadelphia boy was "torn and mangled." [23]

Fatalities reported in 1948[edit]

News organizations reported at least 1 fatal dog attack in the United States in 1948.

Date Category of Dog Victim's name Victim's age Circumstances
February 8 German Shepherd Dog Baby Girl, surname: May ~1 month The girl was dragged from her bassinet and killed. The girl's father said that the dog had never been vicious, but was jealous of his other child.[24]

Fatalities reported in 1950[edit]

News organizations reported at least 1 fatal dog attack in the United States in 1950.

Date Category of Dog Victim's name Victim's age Circumstances
n/a Bulldog n/a, female 3 years Killeen, Texas. In an article about another attack, briefly mentioned along with several other recent fatal dog attacks in Canada and the US.[25]
March Siberian husky Donald A. Boucher 5 years The dog was chained at the time of the attack.[26]

Fatalities reported in 1955[edit]

News organizations reported at least 1 fatal dog attack in the United States in 1955.

Date Category of Dog Victim's name Victim's age Circumstances
August Pack of dogs Unknown boy 21 months No details available about this attack in Anchorage, Alaska.[27]

Fatalities reported in 1958[edit]

News organizations reported at least 1 fatal dog attack in the United States in 1958.

Date Category of Dog Victim's name Victim's age Circumstances
November 24 German shepherd Michael Kaminski 3 years The dog was 6-month-old and had been acquired by the boy's family two weeks prior to the attack. The family said the dog had not shown any previous aggression.[28]

Fatalities reported in 1959[edit]

News organizations reported at least 2 fatal dog attacks in the United States in 1959.

Date Category of Dog Victim's name Victim's age Circumstances
April 5 Pack of stray dogs Unknown woman 58 years She was knocked down and mauled by a pack of dogs. No other details available.[29]
May Pack of stray dogs Mark Draper 2.5 years A neighbor found the pack attacking the child. Afterwards, a group of 100-150 people armed with guns and clubs searched the area and killed 15 dogs and wounded or captured 3 more.[30]

Fatalities reported in 1965[edit]

News organizations reported at least 1 fatal dog attack in the United States in 1965.

Date Category of Dog Victim's name Victim's age Circumstances
March Pit Bull/Airedale-mix Vincent Scardina 22 months 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,[31] 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.[32]
November Mongrel Louis Rasmussen 60 years The dog had attacked the woman twice prior to the fatal attack. One month before the fatal attack, an attack had required 2 weeks of hospitalization.[33]

Fatalities reported in 1966[edit]

News organizations reported at least 1 fatal dog attack in the United States in 1966.

Date Category of Dog Victim's name Victim's age Circumstances
August Great Danes (3) Sharon K. Sparks 5 years During the attack, a 6-year-old boy was also seriously injured. The dogs had escaped from their kennel earlier the day before.[34]

Fatalities reported in 1967[edit]

News organizations reported at least 1 fatal dog attack in the United States in 1967.

Date Category of Dog Victim's name Victim's age Circumstances
December German shepherd* (2 Mongrels associated with attack. 2 German Shepherds on property.) Gene Anthony Goodman 5 years The attack occurred behind the boy's home and involved at least two dogs he had played with before.[35][36]
December German shepherd*

(2 Mongrels associated with attack. 2 German Shepherds on property.)

Kenneth Goodman 4 years Killed in the same attack as his brother.[35]

Fatalities reported in 1971[edit]

News organizations reported at least 1 fatal dog attack in the United States in 1971.

Date Category of Dog Victim's name Victim's age Circumstances
September German shepherd Heidi Sufficool 21 months 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.[37]

Fatalities reported in 1972[edit]

News organizations reported at least 1 fatal dog attack in the United States in 1972.

Date Category of Dog Victim's name Victim's age Circumstances
August German shepherd Abel Valdivia 2 years Killed by the 4-year-old pedigreed dog that belonged to his family.[38]

Fatalities reported in 1974[edit]

News organizations reported at least 1 fatal dog attack in the United States in 1974.

Date Category of Dog Victim's name Victim's age Circumstances
April Saint Bernard Lawrence Calemmo 6 years The boy was attacked in a neighbor's back yard by the stray Saint Bernard.[39]
May 14 Golden Retriever Toni Lynn Edgeworth 5 years The girl was bitten by her neighbor's dog, with which she had played before. The attack was reported to have been unprovoked.[40]
June Saint Bernard Walter Schell 70 years The man was working in his backyard when the dog ran in and attacked.[41]

Fatalities reported in 1975[edit]

News organizations reported at least 1 fatal dog attack in the United States in 1975.

Date Category of Dog Victim's name Victim's age Circumstances
January Basenji mix Tracy Wax 5 month The baby was attacked while asleep on the living room floor.[42]
June Husky type Heidi Foust 3 year Attacked by a dog that was chained up outside a welding shop.[43]
August German Shepherd-Labrador retriever mix (7 dogs) Michael Yount 5 years The boy was killed after entering a fenced-in yard where the 7 dogs, all 5 months old, were kept.[44]

Fatalities reported in 1976[edit]

News organizations reported at least 1 fatal dog attack in the United States in 1976.

Date Category of Dog Victim's name Victim's age Circumstances
September German Shepherd Carra Bashold 5 day Killed after the mother left her alone for 1.5 hours with the starving, 4-month-old, 15-pound, female dog. Mother was charged with negligent homicide.[45]
December Cur dog "bred for hunting" Josh Gatlin 4 year The boy was playing with the dog and had a stick in his hand, when the dog apparently "became angry." The 7-year-old dog was said to have "never even growled at anyone."[46]

Fatalities reported in 1977[edit]

News organizations reported at least 1 fatal dog attack in the United States in 1977.

Date Category of Dog Victim's name Victim's age Circumstances
April Saint Bernard and Labrador Retriever-Shepherd mix and third dog (puppy) Tamara Rhae Newton 6 years Few details available.[47]
September Elkhound-German Shepherd mix Robert Boyd 7 month 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."[48]

Fatalities reported in 1978[edit]

News organizations reported at least 1 fatal dog attack in the United States in 1978.

Date Category of Dog Victim's name Victim's age Circumstances
December German Shepherd Jennifer Schafner 3 years The girl was playing in the backyard with the dog, which was owned by a friend of her father.[49]

Fatalities reported in 1979[edit]

News organizations reported at least 1 fatal dog attack in the United States in 1979.

Date Category of Dog Victim's name Victim's age Circumstances
October 30 Dachshund Christopher Johnson 2 weeks The boy died after the 6-year-old dog chewed off his legs while the mother slept in a nearby room. The dog was described as well-behaved by neighbors and friends.[50]

Fatalities reported in 1981[edit]

News organizations reported at least 1 fatal dog attack in the United States in 1981.

Date Category of Dog Victim's name Victim's age Circumstances
October Doberman pinscher Ronald Messer 4 years Killed after he climbed over a fence into a yard where the dogs were kept in a kennel.[51]
? Mongrel Mary Logan 81 years She was killed by several of the dogs she kept in her house in Northern Liberties, a neighborhood in Philadelphia.[52]
? Pit bull ? 6 years In Kaimuki, Hawaii [53]

Fatalities reported in 1984[edit]

News organizations reported at least 1 fatal dog attack in the United States in 1984.

Date Category of Dog Victim's name Victim's age Circumstances
March Siberian husky Rachel Hernandez 4 years She was attacked in her front yard by a neighborhood dog that had broken free from its rope.[54]
July German Shepherd Dog Daniel Briggs Unknown The victim was a burglary suspect and was killed by a single bite to the throat by a police dog.[55]

Fatalities reported in 1985[edit]

News organizations reported at least 1 fatal dog attack in the United States in 1985.

Date Category of Dog Victim's name Victim's age Circumstances
December 19 English sheepdog Gertrude Monroe 87 years Family members said the woman died of stroke immediately before she was mauled. The Medical Examiner concluded that she died of the dog attack.[56]

Fatalities reported in 1986[edit]

News organizations reported at least 1 fatal dog attack in the United States in 1986.

Date Category of Dog Victim's name Victim's age Circumstances
January Pit Bulls (7) Stephen Fiengo 6 years While playing alone in a field near his home, he was attacked by 7 pit bulls.[57] The pits bit him over 100 times, mauling his legs and right arm so badly surgeon Michael Foreman said they hadn't seen wounds like that since the war. The little boy shocked doctors by surviving the first night, endured 7 sugeries in 11 days, and died after an infection took hold. As he fought for his life, a pit bull owner's organization called the Southwest Pit Bull Association defended the breed, saying the attack was unusual and that it's virtually unheard of for a pit bull to attack a person.[58]

Fatalities reported in 1988[edit]

News organizations reported at least 1 fatal dog attack in the United States in 1988.

Date Category of Dog Victim's name Victim's age Circumstances
January 21 Labrador Retriever Megan Stack 2 years 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.[59]
May Rottweiler Melissa Boyse 16 months The dog was usually kept in a cage in the house but was let out by the girl's brother.[60]
September Husky-Wolf mix Nathan Carpenter 4 years Neighbors' dog, two hours after being adopted from an animal shelter.[61]

Fatalities reported in 1989[edit]

News organizations reported at least 1 fatal dog attack in the United States in 1989.

Date Category of Dog Victim's name Victim's age Circumstances
October 20 Rottweilers (2) Hoke Lane Prevette unknown Attacked while jogging near his home.[62]
December German shepherd and possibly a German Shepherd-Chow chow mix Alexander Jones 3 years The dogs were usually kept fenced in behind a storage building but were running free at the time of the attack.[62]

Fatalities reported in 1990[edit]

News organizations reported at least 1 fatal dog attack in the United States in 1990.

Date Category of Dog Victim's name Victim's age Circumstances
March German Shepherd Laurene MacLeod 35 years The homeless woman was killed by a police dog that entered a vacant house where she was staying.[63]
February 27 Manchester Terrier Sarah Swineford 4 years The girl was bitten on the face while playing with her father's tenant's dog. She was brought to the hospital for surgery and her heart stopped during the operation.[64][65]

Fatalities reported in 1995[edit]

Date Category of Dog Victim's name Victim's age Circumstances
January Wolf-German shepherd hybrid Unknown 2 years The boy in South Dakota wandered into a neighbor's yard, where he was attacked and killed by two chained dogs.[66]
April Rottweiler Lindsay Shanaman 2 years Killed by her grandmother's 120-lb dog.[67]
May 19 Rottweiler-mix and at least 11 other dogs Robert Thorpe 11 years 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.[68]
May Rottweiler Kirby Lawrence 2 years Killed by a chained dog.[69]
September Chow Chow Unknown 3 week A girl in Pennsylvania was killed in her crib by the family Chow Chow while her parents slept in the next room.[66]
October Rottweiler Melton Earl Smith 60 years Three dogs were implicated in the attack. Little information available.[70]
November 17 Rottweilers Alec Balbachan[71] 4 years 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.

Fatalities reported in 1996[edit]

Date Category of Dog Victim's name Victim's age Circumstances
February Rottweiler and German Shepherd Anthony Hunt 4 years Few details available.[72]
March Rottweiler Unknown 86 years 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.[66]
June Rottweiler John Young 8 years John Young and a group of other boys were teasing the two dogs with a ball when they attacked.[73]
July 4 Rottweiler Matthew Pedercini 1 year The boy was snatched away from his mother by a 130-lb dog, which was tied up outside at the time.[74]
July Rottweiler Kasandra Duvall 21 month The dog broke free from its chain before killing the girl.[75]
October Rottweiler and Rottweiler mix Corey Hines 10 year Six dogs escaped from a fenced yard and attacked the boy.[76]

Fatalities reported in 1999[edit]

News organizations reported at least 1 fatal dog attack in the United States in 1999.

Date Category of Dog Victim's name Victim's age Circumstances
February Labrador retriever-German shepherd mix (2) Ellyssa Rhae Peterson 5 years The family had adopted the two dogs after they were found as strays. The girl was alone with the dogs in the back yard when she was bitten. The sheriff said that the 50 to 60-lb dogs were not Pit bulls or Rottweilers.[77]
March Airedale Terrier Tyler Dean Teter-Chilton 2 weeks 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.[78]
March Dogs never identified or found, but police said they were "relatively sure" they were Rottweilers or Doberman Pinschers Darrel Roberson 42 years A newspaper carrier found the man with the two dogs chewing on him.[79]
October German shepherd mix Demetrius Marcellus Tucker Jr. 5 day The boy was bitten by his foster family's dog, 3 days after being placed in their care.[80]

Fatalities reported in 2000[edit]

News organizations reported at least 1 fatal dog attack in the United States in 2000.

Date Category of Dog Victim's name Victim's age Circumstances
February Rottweiler Justin Tabner 5 years The boy was attacked after becoming entangled in the chain that restrained his family's dog.[81]
June Pack of up to 20 dogs Dorothy Stewart 71 years Dorothy Stewart was a census worker who had gone to the rural home to survey the occupants. The owners of the dogs had been cited for failing to restrain them on multiple previous occasions.[82]
June German shepherd-Husky mix and Pit bull-Labrador retriever mix Jasmine Dillashaw 18 day Bitten when left alone in baby swing.[83]
October Pomeranian Girl - name withheld 6 weeks An uncle was babysitting the child and left her alone to prepare a bottle for her. When he returned, he found the dog attacking her.[84]
Unknown Pit Bull Ramani Virgil 2 years 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.[85]

Fatalities reported in 2001[edit]

News organizations reported at least 4 fatal dog attacks in the United States in 2001.

Date Category of Dog Victim's name Victim's age Circumstances
January 26 Perro de Presa Canario Diane Whipple 33 years Killed by her neighbor's two dogs in the hall of her San Francisco apartment building.[86] 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.
March Rottweiler Joshua Brown[87] 3 years Few details available.
March 5 Pack of stray dogs Rodney McAllister 10 years 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.[88]
April Rottweiler Jovanna King 1 Month Girl killed after dog escaped from its pen.[89]
June Rottweiler Kyle Anthony Ross 5 years Boy killed at home of his foster mother. The dog was usually kept in a chain-link cage behind the home.[90]
June 11 Pit bull Tyran Moniz-Hilderbrand 18 Months Dogs belonged to a houseguest; mother badly mauled in trying to save her son.[91]
August Mixed breed dogs (possibly including Rottweiler, Pit bull, Beagle, and Labrador retriever) Donald Bryson Shumpert 2 years The nine dogs thought to be involved belonged to the neighbor. The boy was found about 50 yards from his home.[92]
August Rottweiler Sierra Clayton 3 years Killed by dog after it broke free from its tether.[93]
October 29 Rottweiler Kristin Ann Jolley 1 year The girl was killed after walking up to the chained dog. The dog's owners were charged with starving and mistreating it.[94]
November German Shepherd and/or German Shepherd mix Alexander Jarred Bennett 3 day Attacked when left alone in a bassinet.[95]
November Husky (2) Josie Simone Hearon 3 weeks Attacked when left alone in a bassinet.[96]
December Rottweiler Tristen Gambrel 3 years Killed by 3 dogs.[97]
Unknown Chow William Kirsh 59 years Gravedigger killed by a black chow named "Midnight".[10]

Fatalities reported in 2002[edit]

News organizations reported at least 2 fatal dog attacks in the United States in 2002.

Date Category of Dog Victim's name Victim's age Circumstances
February 7 Rottweiler and 2 Rottweiler-Pug mixes Genoe Novak 6 years Dogs killed the boy after escaping from their yard.[98]
February 14 Rottweiler Alicia Clark 10 years Killed by her neighbor's six dogs. The dogs' owner received 2 years in prison for leaving her alone with the dogs which had previously exhibited dangerous behavior.[99][100]
April Purebred Rottweiler Victoria Morales 5 years The dog was a prize-winning show dog. It was a 120-lb male. The dog attacked after the girl saw a lizard and screamed.[101]
June 1 German Shepherd Colter Kumpost 4 years Killed by dog being trained for police work.[102]
October Rottweiler Girl- no name released 23 months While her parents were sleeping, the girl went into the backyard where two dogs were kept chained.[103]
December Husky mix Unknown 2 weeks Details not available.[104]

Fatalities reported in 2003[edit]

News organizations reported at least 8 fatal dog attacks in the United States in 2003.

Date Category of Dog Victim's name Victim's age Circumstances
March Rottweiler Lily Krajewski 2 years Killed after dogs escaped from their kennel.[105][106]
March Rottweiler Wesley Swindler 3 years Killed after crawling into the dog's pen.[105]
March 7 Rottweiler Jennifer Nicole Davis 5 years Killed by two dogs.[107]
March 24 Pit bull Tre'sean Forsman 3 years Killed by a friend's dog.[108]
March 26 Rottweiler Vivian Anthony Attacked by 2 two dogs and died 53 days later.[109]
April Malamute-Wolf hybrid Andre Angel Thomas 13 month Killed while sleeping in the living room of an acquaintance of his mother.[110]
May 16 American Staffordshire Terrier[111] (Pit bull) Bonnie Page 75 years Killed by her landlord's dog; her landlord was also injured in the attack.[112]
May 23 Stray dogs Cedric Edmonds 37 years Killed by stray dogs.[113]
June 20 Pit bull Somer Clugston 2 years 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.[114]
August Rottweiler Samantha Grace Bauld[115] 3 years
September 7 Doberman Pinscher Valerie DeSwart 67 years Killed by a rescue dog she had adopted. The rescue organization was under investigation for mistreating the dogs under its care.[116]
October 2 Great Dane Makayla Paige Sinclair 2 years Killed by 2 chained dogs when she wandered into their owner's yard.[117]
November 20 Pit bull (3) Jennifer Brooke 40 years Killed by her neighbor's three dogs, one of which had attacked another neighbor seven months earlier. The owner was sentenced to six months in jail for owning a dangerous dog that caused death.[118]
December 12 Pit bull-mix or Labrador-pit bull mix (6) Alice Broom 81 years Killed by her neighbor's six dogs. The owner was convicted of manslaughter[119] and sentenced to 12.5 years in prison.[120] Some news articles reported the dogs were "Labrador-pit bull dogs",[121] but other articles and court documents referred to them as just "pit bull mix."

Fatalities reported in 2004[edit]

News organizations reported at least 14 fatal dog attacks in the United States in 2004.

Date Category of Dog Victim's name Victim's age Circumstances
January 13 Mixed-breed dog (Pit bull-type) Nathan Roy Hill 3 years Killed by a dog chained in the neighbor's yard.[122]
February 21 Beagle-mix Truston Heart Liddle 17 months 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.[123]
March 11 Mixed-breed dog Madison Carson 2 years Killed by relative's loose dogs.[124]
April Rottweiler Samuel Trucks 2 years Killed by two dogs.[125]
April 3 Pit bull "John Doe" 16 months Killed by his grandmother's dog. The dog bit off one of its owner's fingers when she tried to intervene.[126]
April 16 Pit bull (4) Roddie Dumas, Jr. 8 years Killed by his father's four dogs.[127] The father was charged with involuntary manslaughter and a federal charge of assaulting a postal worker who tried to rescue the victim.[128] He was convicted and sentenced to 20 years in federal prison after being convicted on the assault charge and related drug and weapons charges.[129]
April 16 Pit bull-mix Myles Leakes 4 years Killed by his uncle's chained dog.[130]
April 24 BullmastiffGerman Shepherd mix John Streeter 8 years Killed by neighbor's two dogs while playing in his neighbor's backyard.[131]
May Rottweiler Leta Ward 65 years Killed by own dog. Owner was said to have known the dog was aggressive.[132]
August 6 Pit bull (6) Mary DeLacy 87 years Killed by her son's six dogs.[133]
September 1 Pit bull-Labrador Retriever mix Isaiah Calandis Smith 18 months Killed by a chained dog in his yard.[134]
October 5 Mixed-breed dog Jose Diaz 5 weeks Killed by his mother's dog.[135]
October 8 Pit bull-mix Anton Brown 8 years Killed by two dogs the family was keeping for a family friend.[136]
December 13 Pit bull-mix Kamryn Billingsly One month 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.[137]
December 13 Mongrel (Pit bull-type) Annilee McKinnon 5 years 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.[138]

Fatalities reported in 2005[edit]

News organizations reported at least 29 fatal dog attacks in the United States in 2005. The category of dog most commonly reportedly involved in these attacks were pit-bull type and pit-bull mixes (15 attacks), followed by Rottweilers (6 attacks):

Date Category of Dog Victim's name Victim's age Circumstances
January 2 Mixed breed dog and Pit Bull mix[139] Tyler Babcock 6 years Severely mauled by his next-door neighbor's two dogs.[140] 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.[139]
January 28 Pit bull,

Mixed-breed dog

Lydia Chaplin 14 years Died of hypothermia after being attacked by 4 dogs (3 pit bulls, 1 mixed-breed dog) while walking alone at night in a rural area, one-half mile from home[141]
February 4 Pit bull Barbara Pilkington 70 years The dog's owner was abusing the dog at the time of the attack and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.[142] The dog's owner had been arrested several months earlier for beating another dog to death.[143]
March 8 Pit bull Dorothy Sullivan 82 years Killed by three dogs while walking her Shih Tzu on her own property[144]
March 15 Rottweiler,

Rottweiler-mix

Sandra Sanchez 32 years Killed by two dogs that she had been caring for on behalf of the owner[145]
April 5 Pit bull Cassidy Jeter 6 years Killed by her family's two dogs as she walked to a swing set with her 4-year old brother[146]
April 10 RottweilerGerman Shepherd-mix Robert Schafer 4 years Killed by his family's dog when he opened the dog's pen[147]
April 13 American Bulldog and/or "American Terrier" and/or Pit bull and/or Cane Corso [148][149] Ernie Assad 82 years 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.[150] Investigators later determined that the Cane Corso played only a minor role in the attack.[151] 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.[152]
April 14 Mixed-breed dog Laverne Ford 74 years Killed by her own two dogs in her own home[153]
May 2 Rottweiler Asia Turner 4 years Killed by her family's two dogs in her own back yard[154]
May 6 Husky,

Alaskan Malamute

Samantha Black 2 years Killed by her family's two dogs in her back yard[155]
May 7 Alaskan Malamute Kate-Lynn Logel 7 years Killed by her family's new dog in her back yard[156]
May 10 "part Pit bull"[157] Lorinze Reddings 42 years Killed by his own two dogs in his own home[158]
May 15 Labrador Retriever-mix,

Dachshund

Julia Beck 87 years Killed by her in-law's two dogs[159]
May 17 Pit bull Arianna Fleeman 2 years Killed while visiting a friend's home with her mother[160]
June 3 Pit bull Nicholas Faibish 12 years 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.[161][162]
July 1 American Bulldog,
Neapolitan Mastiff,
Border Collie
Boyd Fiscus 83 years Killed in his own back yard by his neighbor's four dogs (two American Bulldogs, a Neapolitan Mastiff, and a Border Collie)[163][164]
July 4 Pit bull Dazavious Williams 5 weeks Killed when a neighborhood dog grabbed him from his aunt's arms[165]
July 13 Siberian Husky Alexis McDermott 6 days Killed in her crib by her family's dog[166]
August 2 Rottweiler Cassandra Garcia 16 months Killed when her grandparent's dog grabbed her from her mother's arms[167]
October 14 Pit bull,
Schnauzer
Mike Gomez 86 years Killed by two dogs while out walking or jogging[168]
October 15 Rottweiler Sydney Akin 6 years Killed visiting the home of a family friend[169]
November 6 Pit bull Kylee Johnson 14 months Killed by her family's dog[170]
November 18 Pit Bull Mixes Hulon Barbour 60 years Killed by two dogs while walking home[171]
November 24 Unknown dogs Roberto Aguilera 64 years Killed during the night by unknown dogs in relative's yard[172]
November 26 Pit bullRottweiler mix Lillian Styles 76 years Killed by her neighbor's six dogs in her own front yard[173]
December 6 Bullmastiff Mary Stiles 91 years Killed by her own dog in her own home[174]
December 30 Pit bull Cody Adair 4 years Killed by his uncle's chained dog[175]

Fatalities reported in 2006[edit]

News organizations reported at least 30 fatal dog attacks in the United States in 2006. The category of dog most commonly reportedly involved in these attacks were pit-bull type and pit-bull mixes (16 attacks), followed by Rottweilers (9 attacks).

Date Category of Dog Victim's name Victim's age Circumstances
January 9 Rottweiler Ashton Lee Scott 11 months Killed by his grandmother's dog[176]
February 4 Bullmastiff Conner Lourens 7 years Killed by his neighbor's dog[177]
February 24 Rottweiler Dominic Giordano 4 years Killed in own back yard by his relative's dog[178][179]
March 14 Pit bull Charles Gilbert Dalton 52 years Killed by his relative's two dogs. The owner pleaded guilty to manslaughter[180]
March 20 Rottweiler Quillan Cottrell 3 years Killed by his family's dog[181]
April 10 Pit Bull mix "John Doe" Unknown Climbed fence into business with three guard dogs. When the police arrived, they were able to order the dogs away from the victim.[182]
May 2 Pit bull and up to 3 others Juan Garcia 53 Killed by at least one dog at a property where he occasionally worked as a handyman.[183]
May 6 Mixed breed Dianna Acklen 60 years Killed while out for a walk. Of four dogs initially suspected, one was cleared by bite mark examination[184] and DNA results on two others were inconclusive.[185]
May 11 Pit bull Raymond Tomco 78 years Killed in his own home by his daughter's three dogs[186]
June 7 Pit bull dogs Shaun McCafferty 27 years Killed outside a meth lab by one or more of the lab owner's dogs[187][188]
June 17 Pit bull Javelin Anderson 15 months Killed by her family's chained dog[189]
June 22 Rottweiler Gemma Carlos 2 years Killed by a neighbor's chained dog in the neighbor's yard[190]
July 17 Wolfdog Sandra Piovesan 50 years Killed by one or more of her son's 9 wolf-dog hybrids[191]
July 18 Pit bull Brandon Coleman 25 years Killed in his own home by his own dog[192]
July 25 Pit bull,

Rottweiler

Mariah Puga 3 years Killed by two of her family's dogs[193]
July 27 Pit bull Jimmie McConnell 71 years Killed while gardening in her own yard by her neighbor's dog[194]
July 31 Pit bull John Brannaman 81 years Killed by his neighbor's two dogs while taking out the trash[195]
August 18 Perro de Presa Canario Shawna Willey 30 years Killed by her own dog while giving it a bath[196]
August 29 Pit bull Frank Baber 49 years Killed by two dogs in the salvage yard where he was living[197]
August 29 Boxer Pablo Flietes 52 years Killed when he entered the pen of his employer's dog[198]
October 3 Pit bull mix Jonathan Martin 2 years Killed by at least one of his family's dogs inside his home. His parents were each sentenced to three years in prison after being convicted of involuntary manslaughter and felony child endangerment.[199]
October 3 Rottweiler Julius Graham 2 years Killed when a neighbor's dog escaped its pen[200]
October 8 Pit bull Jeannine Fusco 44 years Killed by her friend's dog while taking care of it[201]
October 29 Pit bull David McCurry 41 years Killed while inquiring about buying the dog that killed him[202]
November 3 Rottweiler Ariel Pogue 2 years Killed by one of her family's dogs[203]
November 3 Mixed breeds Matthew Davis 10 years Killed by six dogs while walking home. In 2009, it was revealed that dogs attacked and killed the child for food.[204]
November 4 Pit bull Allen Young 22 months Killed by his father's four dogs after he was moving to a new trailer and took the dogs off their chains and left them in the new trailer unsupervised with his young son[205]
November 6 Rottweiler Louis Romero, Jr. 2 years Killed by dogs kept to guard home where parents were drug trafficking. Parents fled to Mexico after boy's funeral[206]
November 9 Pit bull Richard Adams 47 years Killed by a dog guarding salvage yard[207]
November 13 Rottweiler James Eisaman 40 years Killed by his girlfriend's two dogs[208]
November 21 Mixed-breed dog and Pit Bull-mix Pedro Rios 4 years Killed by two stray dogs outside his home[209]

Fatalities reported in 2007[edit]

News organizations reported at least 34 fatal dog attacks in the United States in 2007. The category of dog most commonly reportedly involved in these attacks were pit-bull type and pit-bull mixes (18 attacks), followed by Rottweilers (4 attacks).

Date Category of Dog Victim's name Victim's age Circumstances
January 12 Pit bull Amber Jones 10 years Killed when she tried to free a neighbor's dog after its collar was caught on their chain link as the dog tried to jump over the fence[210]
January 15 German Shepherd Linda Mittino 69 years Killed by her own dog[211]
January 24 Rottweiler Matthew Johnson 6 years Killed by two dogs the family had just adopted[212]
January 28 Rottweiler Taylor Kitlica 18 months Killed by a stray dog her family had chained in their front yard in the hope that the owner would find it[213]
February 16 Pit bull-mix

English Mastiff-mix

Robynn Bradley 2 years Killed while visiting her relatives when the relatives' two dogs escaped from their pen[214]
March 16 Catahoula Bulldog
Pamela Rushing 50 years Killed by her own dog;[215]
March 22 Pit bull Carolina Sotello 2 years Killed by one of her family's dogs[216]
April 23 Pit bull Brian Palmer 2 years Killed by his family's dog, the dog killed a cat a week before Palmer's death.[217]
May 13 Pit bull Celestino Rangel 90 years Killed by his great niece's dogs[218]
May 25 German Shepherd Dog, Doberman Pinscher Magdalena Silva 95 years Killed by her dogs as she went to feed them[219]
~May 26 Unknown dogs Carshena Benjamin 71 years Killed by unknown dogs.[220]
May 26 Pit bull Dandre Fisher 3 years Killed when he tried to climb over a fence into the dogs' yard[221]
June 17 Chow-Chow mix Phyllis Carroll 63 years Killed by her own dog[222]
June 29 Mixed-breed dogs Mary Bernal 63 years Killed by her sister's dog while visiting her sister[223]
July 12 Rottweiler Tiffany Pauley 5 years Killed when she wandered into a neighbor's yard[224]
July 23 Siberian Husky Trey Paeth 11 months Killed while visiting family friends when the friends' two dogs got into his playpen[225]
July 29 Pit bull Sabin Jones-Abbott 6 years Killed by his family's dog while trying to feed it[226]
August 16 Pit bull Zachary King, Jr. 7 years Killed by his family's dog[227]
August 18 Chow Chow-Mix Elijah Rackley 15 months Killed when playing with the puppies of a stray dog his family had chained in the yard[228]
August 31 Pit bull Scott Warren 6 years Killed without warning by his family's dog[229]
September 12 Rottweiler Kylie Cox 4 months Killed by visitor's dog when her mother set her down to warm a bottle of milk[230]
September 13 American Bulldog Cheryl Harper 56 years Killed by the same pack of roaming dogs that killed Edward Gierlach[231][232]
September 13 American Bulldog Edward Gierlach 91 years Killed by the same pack of roaming dogs that killed Cheryl Harper[231][232]
September 25 German Shepherd Dog-mix Karson Gilroy 2 years Killed when he wandered onto a neighbor's property[233]
October 2 Pit bull Tina Canterbury 42 years Killed by her own dogs[234]
October 5 Wolfdog "Jane Doe" 73 years Killed by her son's eight wolf-dog hybrids[235]
October 15 Pit Bull-Mix Rosalie Bivens 65 years Killed by her son-in-law's seven dogs[236]
November 5 American Bulldog-Mastiff mix Tori Whitehurst 4 years Killed by her family's dog[237]
November 7 Pit bull Seth Lovitt 11 years Killed by his family's dog[238]
November 12 Pit bull Jennifer Lowe 21 years Killed at her friend's home by her friend's dogs, both having earlier been determined to be legally "dangerous"[239]
December 4 Pit bull Cora Lee Suehead 61 years Killed by her own four dogs[240]
December 13 Pit bull Holden Jernigan 2 years Killed by his grandmother's dog[241]
December 17 Pit bull Blanche Brodeur 76 years Killed at her son-in-law's home by her son-in-law's dog[242]
December 25 Pit bull or Pit bull mix[243] Kelly Caldwell 45 years Killed outside her home by roaming dogs[244]

Fatalities reported in 2008[edit]

News organizations reported at least 23 fatal dog attacks in the United States in 2008. The category of dog most commonly reportedly involved in these attacks were pit-bull type and pit-bull mixes (14 attacks), followed by Huskies (3 attacks).

Date Category of Dog Victim's name Victim's age Circumstances
January 4 Doberman Pinscher Andrew Stein 8 months Killed by his family's dog[245]
January 17 Jack Russell Terrier Justin Mozer 6 weeks Killed by his family's dog while sleeping on a king size bed[246]
January 20 Pit bull Kelli Chapman 24 years Killed by her own two dogs[247]
April 28 Husky-mix Abraham Tackett 23 months Killed by a neighbor's chained dog, apparently protecting its food[248]
May 14 Pit bull Julian Slack 3 years Killed in his own home by a neighbor's dog[249]
May 18 Pit bull Tanner Monk 7 years Killed by four of his neighbor's dogs.[250]
June 18 Pit bull Pablo Hernandez 5 years Killed by his family's chained dog[251]
June 28 Golden Retriever-mix

Australian Shepherd-mix

Lorraine May 74 years Killed breaking up fight between her dogs (theory)[252]
July 22 Pit bull Tony Evans, Jr. 3 years Killed when he wandered next to his neighbor's chained dog[253]
July 25 Old English Sheepdog Mix Addison Sonney 14 months Killed by her family's dog[254]
July 28 Labrador Retriever Zane Earles 2 months 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.[255]
August 14 Pit bull Robert Howard 35 (est.) Killed while saving the lives of a neighbor and her dogs from a stray or escaped fighting dog.[256]
August 14 Pit bull Isis Kreiger 6 years Killed by her family's dog[257]
August 17 Pit bull Henry Piotrowski 90 years Killed in his own back yard by his neighbor's dogs[258]
September 4 Pit bull Luna McDaniel 83 years Killed when her neighbor's three dogs broke out of their pen[259]
September 9 Husky Alexis Hennessy 6 days Killed in her crib by her family's dog[260]
September 12 Pit bull Cenedi Carey 4 months Killed by his family's two dogs after being torn out of her stroller[261]
September 22 Husky "Jane Doe" 3 days Killed by her family's dog[262]
September 26 Pit bull-mix[263] Katya Todesco 5 years Killed by her neighbor's dog[264]
October 5 Mixed breed Iopeka Liptak 13 months Killed by her mother's dog[265]
October 31 Pit bull Chester Jordan 62 years Killed by his daughter's dogs[266]
November 26 Terrier-mix[267][268] "also might be a type of pit bull"[269] Alexander Adams 2 years The 40-45 lb dog was eating when the boy approached its food bowl. Dog belonged to the boy's grandmother.[270][271]
December 19 107-lb, 4-year-old male Pit bull-Mastiff mix and 52-lb, 6-year-old female Pit bull[272] Gerald Adelmund 60 years Killed by his nephew's two dogs in backyard. One dog had a litter of newborn puppies.[273]

Fatalities reported in 2009[edit]

News organizations reported at least 30 fatal dog attacks in the United States in 2009. The category of dog most commonly reportedly involved in these attacks were pit-bull type and pit-bull mixes (14 attacks), followed by Rottweilers (4 attacks).

Date Category of Dog Victim's name Victim's age Circumstances
January 6 Pit bull Cheyenne Peppers 5 years Killed by a dog belonging to her mother, a dog belonging to her mother's boyfriend, and a puppy produced by those two dogs.[274] Prior to the attack two of the dogs were chained up. The third dog, who was pregnant, was not chained at that time.[275]
January 11 Rottweiler Alex Angulo 4 years Killed by a least one of his foster family's dogs[276]
January 15 Rottweiler Brooklynn Milburn 4 years Killed after crawling through a fence into her neighbor's yard[277]
January 19 Husky Olivia Rozek 3 weeks Killed by her family's dog after the dog pulled the child from a bed and dragged her into a hallway[278]
January 19 A part-Rottweiler, Mixed breed dog[279] Brianna Shanor 8 years Killed by a 100-lb dog that was chained outside a camping trailer that the dog used for shelter.[280]
March 4 Chow-ChowGolden Retriever mix "Jane Doe" 2 weeks Killed by her family's dog[281]
March 16 Mastiff Hill Williams 38 years Killed by his own dogs[282]
March 21 Unknown dog Dolly Newell 80 years While walking her own dog, the woman was bitten by a different dog when she attempted to feed it. She died several days later from the subsequent infection.[283]
March 22 Husky Dustin Faulkner 3 years Killed by his neighbor's dog when it broke free of its chain[284]
March 26 Pit bull Tyson Miller 2 years Killed by a chained dog in the backyard[285]
March 31 Pit bull Izaiah Cox 7 months Killed by his great-grandmother's two dogs. Grandmother indicted for felony injury to a child, but died before case went to trial[286]
April 10 Boxer Michael Landry 4 years Killed by his neighbor's three dogs when they escaped from their yard[287]
April 10 Mixed breed (11) Gordon Lykins 48 years Killed by a pack of 11 dogs[288]
April 13 Blue HeelerAustralian Shepherd mix David Whitenack, Jr. 41 years Killed by his landlord's three dogs[289]
April 22 Pit bull-mix Leonard Lovejoy, Jr. 11 months Killed by his family's dog[290]
June 15 Pit bull Justin Clinton 10 years Killed when visiting a friend by dogs owned by the friend's family.[291] A jury awarded a US$7 million verdict for negligence against the dogs' owners.[292]
June 27 Pit Bull Mix, Collie Mix Gabrial Mandrell-Sauerhage 3 years Killed by mother's boyfriend's dogs[293]
August 10 Pit bull Carter Delaney 20 years Killed by his brother's two dogs while caring for them[294]
August 14 Pack of sixteen stray mongrels Sherry Schweder 65 years Killed by the pack of stray dogs that killed Lothar Schweder[295]
August 14 Pack of sixteen stray mongrels Lothar Schweder 77 years Killed by the pack of stray dogs that killed Sherry Schweder[295]
August 15 Pit bull "John Doe" 3 days Killed by his family's dog after being brought home from the hospital. The pit bull and a German Shepherd mixed breed dog were both euthanized[296]
August 15 Pit bull Jasmine Deane 23 months Killed by her family's chained dog.[297]
October 23 Mixed-breed dog—possibly Akita and Pit bull-mix[298] Colton Smith 17 months Killed at his babysitter's home by his babysitter's dog[299]
October 28 Pit bull Matthew Clayton "Booter" Hurt 2 years After wandering 4 blocks from his home, the boy was killed when he crawled into a dog house where the dog was chained.[300][301]
November 5 Pit bull Destiny Knox 16 months Killed at the home of her babysitter's boyfriend by one of the boyfriend's dogs.[302] The dog was usually kept on a chain outside, but had slipped free from its collar.[303]
November 24 Boxer mix and/or a Mixed breed dog[304] Karen Gillespie 53 years Killed by a dog adjacent to the owner's property[305]
November 30 Pit bull Rosie Humphries 85 years Killed along with her pet poodle by a dog that broke free of its chain because the "D" ring failed[306]
December 4 Pit bull Lowell Bowden 70 years Killed by a pack of five dogs. Owner convicted of involuntary manslaughter[307]
December 12 Rottweiler-Labrador Retriever mix[308] Dallas Walters 20 months Killed at his great-aunt's home by her dog during his cousin's birthday party[309]
December 12 Alaskan Malamute Theresa Ellerman 49 years Killed at her friend's home by her friend's dog[310]
December 22 Weimaraner Liam Peck 2 years Killed by his family's dog[311]

Fatalities reported in 2010[edit]

News organizations reported at least 34 fatal dog attacks in the United States in 2010. The category of dog most commonly reportedly involved in these attacks were pit-bull type and pit-bull mixes (18 attacks), followed by Rottweilers (4 attacks).

Date Category of Dog Victim's name Victim's age Circumstances
January 9 Pit bull Omar Martinez 3 years 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.[312][313]
January 17 Mixed-breed dog or Pit bull Johnny Wilson 56 years Killed by his daughter's four dogs[314] Police said the dogs were pit bulls, while the animal care and control commissioner said they were mixed-breed dogs.[315]
February 8 Rottweiler Carolyn Baker 63 years Media reported that the woman was killed by her pet dog and was found in her driveway with numerous bite wounds.[316] 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.[317]
February 12 Unknown dog(s) (Pit Bull) Anastasia Bingham 6 years Killed while walking to a friend's home. Investigators unable to locate dog(s) involved.[318] Sheriff's deputies initially reported that a pit bull dog was responsible.[319] 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."[320]
February 18 Siberian Husky Robert D. Hocker 11 days The boy was alone on a bed when the family's dog bit him.[321]
February 20 Pit bull Christine Staab 38 years While Christine Staab was fighting with her mother, she was killed by one of her mother's six dogs. The family stated that the dog was protecting the mother.[322][323]
February 20 American Bulldog Violet Serenity Haaker 3 years Killed when she became entangled in the chain restraining one of the dogs at the family's American-Bulldog breeding facility.[324][325] It was originally reported that a pit bull was responsible.[326]
February 23 Pit bull "Jane Doe" 5 days Severely injured by her family's dog on February 18, she died of her injuries on February 23[327]
February 28 Rottweiler Ashlynn Anderson 4 years Killed by a dog owned by her stepfather, (Ax Men star Jesse Browning).[328]
March 4 Pit Bull Ethel Horton 65 years Killed by her nephew's dog while trying defend her 71-year-old husband from it. She died of heart failure caused by the dog attack.[329]
March 8 Rottweiler Justin Lopez 9 months Killed by his family's two newly acquired dogs. Dogs were obtained the day before.[330]
April 14 Pit bull-mix Thomas Carter, Jr. 7 days Killed while in bed next to his mother who slept through the attack. After the attack the dog went outside and attacked another dog that was on a chain.[331][332]
May 20 Sled Dog Krystal Brink 3 years Killed when she wandered into her neighbor's sled dog yard, her uncle's brother later shot all 6 sled dogs to death[333]
May 25 Rottweiler Hao Yun “Eddie” Lin 33 years 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.[334]
May 28 Pit bull Nathan Aguirre 2 years Killed by his family's dog[335]
June 3 Pit bull Savannah Gragg 9 years Killed in her home while opening the door to let the dog outside[336]
June 15 Bullmastiff-mix

Pit bullBoxer mix
Rottweiler-mix

Michael Winters 30 years Killed by his nine dogs. Unknown which dogs/breeds participated in the attack. (5 Bullmastiff, 3 Pit bullBoxer-mix, 1 Rottweiler-mix)[337]
July 12 German Shepherd-Husky mix and Labrador retriever Kyle Holland 5 years 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.[338][339]
July 20 Pit bull William Parker 71 years Suffered a fatal heart attack when attacked by two of his neighbor's dogs.[340] The dogs had attacked another neighbor 2 days earlier.[341]
July 22 Pit bull Jacob Bisbee 2 years Killed by three of his step-grandfather's dogs. Grandfather arrested for manslaughter.[342] 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.[343]
July 31 German Shepherd Dog-mix Aaron Carlson 2 years Killed by his family's dog[344]
August 19 Unknown dog(s) Tracey Payne 46 years Killed by a dog(s) in vacant lot.[345]
August 22 Pit bull Jerry Yates 69 years Killed by 2 pit bulls a tenant was keeping on his land.[346]
August 25 Pit bull

"mixed-breed Shepard"[347]

Jason Walter 7 years Killed by a neighbor's three pit bulls and a mixed breed dog while staying at the neighbor's residence.[348]
August 25 Boxer Taylor Becker 4 years Killed by a dog owned by a family friend.[349]
September 4 Pit bull Mattie Daugherty 85 years Killed by her daughter's 9-year-old dog.[350]
October 13 Pit bulls Rev. John Reynolds Sr. 84 years Found dead with severe bite wounds in a pen containing pit bull dogs.[351]
October 24 Pit bull Justin Valentin 4 days Killed by his family's dog[352]
November 2 Pit bullWeimaraner-mix Christina Casey 53 years Killed in her own yard by her neighbor's two dogs[353]
November 10 Pit bull-mix[354] Kaden Muckleroy 2 years Killed by his grandfather's dog, which was chained to a tree.[355][356]
November 15 Mixed-breed dog Cason Bryant 5 years Killed in his own yard by five of his neighbor's dogs[357]
November 15 German Shepherd Dog Shirley Lou Bird 79 years Killed by her own dog, which had bitten her on prior occasions.[358]
November 16 Pit bull Justin Lane 25 years Killed by his family's dog[359]
December 5 Pit bull Edward Mitchell 67 years Edward Mitchell was bitten while disciplining the dog, which belonged to his nephew. He died two months later from complications of his injuries.[360][361]
December 8 Stray dogs Larry Armstrong 55 years Killed by a pack of stray dogs,[362] up to 445,000 of which roam the Navajo Nation[363]
December 19 Rottweiler or Rottweiler mix Janet Vaughan 3 months While the child's mother bathed one dog, the child was killed by one of the nine dogs that the family kept in the back yard.[364]

Fatalities reported in 2011[edit]

News organizations reported at least 31 fatal dog attacks in the United States in 2011. The category of dog most commonly reportedly involved in these attacks were pit-bull type and pit-bull mixes (21 attacks).

Date Category of Dog Victim's name Victim's age Circumstances
N/A Pack of stray mongrels Larry Armstrong 55 On an Indian Reservation, near Gallup, NM, found still alive but soon died from mauling by multiple dogs. Mentioned in passing an article about the problem of such dogs on the reservations.[365]
January 4 Pit bull mix Linda Leal 51 years Killed by her family's dog.[366]
January 12 Pit bull - 2 Makayla Woodard 5 years Killed by her neighbor's two dogs in her own yard.[367] The neighbor pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 20 to 24 months in prison.[368]
January 24 Akita Kristen Dutton 9 years Killed by her grandfather's newly adopted dog.[369]
January 26 Pit bull - 3 Ronnie Waldo 51 years 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).[370]
January 26 Stray dogs Howard James Paul 76 years 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.[371]
February 17 Rottweiler Sirlinda Hayes 66 years Killed by her neighbor's two dogs in her own backyard. The dogs also attacked their owner when he tried to come to her aid.[372]
February 19 Pit bull Darius Tillman 15 days Killed by family's dog.[373]
March 7 Rottweiler Vanessa Husmann 3 years Killed by uncle's two dogs in backyard.[374]
April 12 Rottweiler Annabelle Mitchell 7 months Killed by the family's dog when left unattended while child's mother was intoxicated. The girl's mother was subsequently convicted of endangering the welfare of a child.[375]
April 22 Pit bull Virgil Cantell 50 years Killed by a dog that was chained to the front porch of a neighbor's house. The dog had bitten other neighbors in the month preceding the attack.[376][377][378]
April 24 mixed breed Pit bull - 4[379] Margaret Salcedo 48 years Killed by four dogs when she was out walking alone in her neighborhood. A passerby tried to help but the dogs drove him back into his car.[380]
May 27 Cane Corso Jayelin Graham 4 years Killed by dog belonging to mother's boyfriend.[381] News outlets initially reported that the dog involved was a pit bull.[382]
May 29 Dutch Shepherd Police Dog[383] Jesse Porter 89 years While at home, the man was bitten and dragged by a police dog that was searching for an unrelated suspect. This led to the amputation of his leg and then death on July 27, 2011.[384]
June 11 Pit bull David Haigler 38 years Killed at home by his own dog.[385]
June 15 Pit bull Roy McSweeney 74 years Mauled by neighbors' two pit bulls while walking on his property.[386]
June 29 American Bulldog-mix[387] or Dogo Argentino[388] or "American terrier and pit bull mix" Salvador Cotto 6 months 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.[389][390]
July 3 American Bulldog Michael Naglee 11 months Killed by the dog of his paternal grandparents at a family gathering.[391]
August 23 Pit bull-mix Michael Cook 61 years His own dog inflicted injuries on August 3 that required the amputation of both arms; he succumbed to his injuries on August 23.[392]
August 11 Pit bull Darla Napora 32 Years Killed by one of her family's two pit bulls.[393]
August 12 Rottweiler James Dowling 4 years Killed by his grandfather's dog when it escaped its enclosure.[394]
August 30 Unknown Addyson Paige Camerino 9 days 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.[395]
August 30 Pit bull Carmen Ramos 50 years Killed by her boyfriend's dog. The owner/boyfriend had previously been cited by the PSPCA for animal cruelty.[396]
September 4 Labrador Retriever-mix or Pit Bull Brayden McCollen Two weeks Killed by family dog.[397] Some sources reported the dog as a Labrador retriever mix, others as a pit bull.[398][399]
September 16 Doberman Pinscher Donna Conrad 71 years Killed by her dog.[400]
September 30 Pit bull - 3 Nevaeh Bryant 20 Months Killed by her aunt's three dogs. Her aunt later pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide, receiving a one-year suspended sentence.[401]
October 3 Pit bull-Mastiff mix Mya Maeda 11 days Dragged from her bassinet and killed by the family dog.[402]
November 11 Pit bull - 2 Edna Dyson 71 years Severely injured on her property when a neighbor's dogs slipped through a hole in their fence and attacked her.[403] She died of her injuries several days later.[404]
December 5 Pit bull Joseph Hines 58 years Killed by his dog in his home.[405]
December 6 American Bulldog or Pit bull Tonia Parks 39 years 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.[406] Some news sources initially described the dogs as pit bulls and later described the dogs as American Bulldogs.[407]
December 8 Pit bull Misti Wyno 40 years Killed by her neighbor's dog.[408]
December 18 Pit bull Mable McCallister 84 years Severely injured on December 18 by her grandson's dog, the victim spent four days in a trauma center and died in hospice on December 31.[409]
December 24 Pit bull - 2 Emako Mendoza 75 years 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;[410] one owner was sentenced to four years in state prison.[411]

Fatalities reported in 2012[edit]

News organizations have reported 34 fatal dog attacks in the United States in 2012. The category of dog most commonly reportedly involved in these attacks were pit-bull type and pit-bull mixes (20 attacks).

Date Category of Dog Victim's name Victim's age Circumstances
January 14 Pit bull Jace Valdez 23 months Killed by his grandparent's dog.[412]
January 30 German shepherd "John Doe" 6 years Mauled to death by a medical service dog trained to help a military veteran suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).[413]
February 16 Husky Howard Nicholson, Jr. 2 days Killed by one of the family's four dogs.[414] The victim's mother pleaded guilty to child endangerment.[415]
March 4 Pit bull Diane Jansen 59 years 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.[12][416]
March 9 Rottweiler Dylan Andres 17 months Killed by neighbor's chained dog.[417]
March 25 Pit bull or Pit bull-mix[418] Kylar Johnson 4 years After wandering 1/2 mile from his home, the boy was killed by a chained dog in fenced yard.[419][420]
April 9 Pit bull James Hurst 92 years Killed by neighbor's loose roaming dogs.[421]
April 20 Golden Retriever - Labrador Retriever mix Aiden McGrew 2 months Killed by the family's dog.[422] The death was ruled a homicide and child's father charged with illegal neglect of a child.[423]
April 27 Mastiff - Rhodesian Ridgeback mix Jeremiah Eskew-Shahan 1 year Killed by the family dog.[424]
May 2 Pit bull Clifford Wright 72 years Killed by his son's dog.[425]
May 8 Pit bull Jazilyn Mesa 15 months Killed by the family dog. The victim's grandfather was charged with negligent child abuse resulting in death.[426]
May 17 Pit bull-mix[427] Makayla Darnell 3 days Killed by family's dog.[428]
May 26 Pit bull Eugene Cameron 65 years Found dead in his car port with dog bite injuries.[429] 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.[430]
May 27 Labrador Retriever - German Shepherd mix (2) Ja'Marr Tiller 2 years Killed by two stray dogs.[431][432]
June 13 2 Mixed Breed dogs Jack Redin 2 years Killed by neighbor's two mixed-breed dogs after wandering onto the neighbor's property.[433]
June 14 Pit bull Tyzhel McWilliams 8 months Killed by a single bite from one of three pit bulls owned by the mother's roommate.[434] 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."[435]
July 11 Alapaha Blue-Blood Bulldog or Bullmastiff or Pit bull - Bull mastiff mix Ronnel Brown 40 years Killed by his own dog when it bit through his IV tube while he was undergoing at-home dialysis.[436] Media reported the dog as several different breeds. The SPCA Cincinnati Officials that the dog was a "rare breed" Alapaha Blue-Blood Bulldog.[437]
August 11 or 12 one or more of Presa Canario (2), Pit bull (2), Boxer-mix Rebecca Carey 23 years Unclear which or how many dogs (four her own, one her neighbor's) were responsible.[438]
August 16 Pit bull Charles Hagerman 44 years 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.[439]
September 1 Cane Corso (2) Dawn Jurgens 76 years Killed by own dogs.[440]
September 5 Unknown Bryton[441] Cason 4 years First name also spelled "Brayton", was playing in his yard when he disappeared. His body was found in the woods dead of dog attck. Neighbors suspected a roaming bulldog they had seen in the neighborhood, which authorities captured and were trying to figure out what to do next. [442][443]
September 7 Pit bull (2) Debra Renee Wilson-Roberts 45 years Killed by own dogs, which had bitten people on previous occasions, including the owner.[444]
September 11 Mixed-breed dog James Hudson 10 Months Killed by the family dog.[445] Animal shelter officials identified the dog as a Labrador - American Bulldog mix. The dog's owner and police identified the animal as a "pit bull mix."[446]
September 20 Rottweiler (2) Donald Thomas 82 years 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.[447]
September 24 Pit bull-mix Rayden Bruce 3 Months 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.[448]
September 26 Pit bull Nellie Davis 60 years Killed by a family member's dog.[449]
October 2 Mixed-breed dogs, German Shepherd mixes, and/or Pit bull-mixes (7)[450] Mary Jo Hunt 54 years Killed while using a rake to stop an attack in which the pit bulls killed a pug and injured two terriers. Authorities euthanized the seven attacking dogs.[451]
October 4 Pit bull Tarilyn Bowles 3 weeks Mauled indoors by family dog when left briefly unattended.[452]
November 9 Rottweiler Dixie Jennings 3 months Killed at a boarding kennel owned by her mother.[453]
November 11 Olde English Bulldogge or Olde English Bulldogge-American Bulldog mixes (8) Remedios Romeros-Solares 30 years Killed by the dogs at a house she was hired to clean.[454] The owners are being investigated for owning 24 marijuana plants found at the home.[455] The owner was breeding the dogs for sale.[456]
November 14 Mastiff Dawn Brown 44 years Killed by a dog she had obtained less than one week earlier.[457]
December 11 Pit bull (4) Esteban Alavez 34 years Visiting his relatives when killed by their neighbor's dogs.[458] 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.[459]
December 11 Boston terrier Unknown woman 93 years 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.[460]
December 13 Pit bull Savannah Edwards 2 years Killed while visiting a relative who rented living space from the dog's owner.[461]
December 26 Pack of Stray dogs Tomas Henio 8 years Killed by a pack of stray feral dogs while snowsledding on a hill near his home.[462]

Fatalities reported in 2013[edit]

Date Category of Dog Victim's name Victim's age Circumstances
January 8 Pit bull Betty Ann Chapman Todd 65 years 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.[463] 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.[464]
January 19 Pit bull Christian Gormanous 4 years Climbed over a fence and got too close to the neighbor's tethered dog.[465]
February 8 Pit bull Elsie Grace 91 years Found dead with dog bites in motel room that she shared with her son and the two dogs. Autopsy results to determine if she died before or after being bitten are pending.[466]
February 16 Pit bull Isaiah Aguilar 2 years Killed in a neighbor's yard by a dog tied up in the yard.[467]
March 2 Pit bull Ryan Maxwell 7 years 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.[468][469] 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.[470]
March 6 Pit bull (2) Daxton Borchardt 14 Months Killed by his babysitter's two dogs at the babysitter's residence. The babysitter was also injured but survived.[471]
March 27 Pit bull & Pit bull-mix (7) Monica Renee Laminack 21 months Killed by dogs belonging to her mother's boyfriend.[472] An autopsy confirmed that the child died of injuries consistent with a dog attack.[473] The child's mother was subsequently charged with Cruelty to Children in the Second Degree.[474]
April 7 Pit bull Mix (2) or Bulldogs Tyler Jett 7 years 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.

Some sources identify the two dogs as "pit bull mixes";[475][476] other reports identified them as a "brindle bulldog" and an "Alapaha blue blood bulldog".[477][478] Some articles referred to them as both "pit bull mixes" and "bull dogs" within the same article.[479] Photos of the dogs exist.[480]

April 11 Pit bull - Mastiff mix [481] Claudia Gallardo 38 years A woman was killed after being attacked by a dog that has terrorized the neighborhood for months, according to authorities and residents.[482][483] The dog, reported to be a female pit bull/mastiff mix, was also reported to have attacked neighbors in the past.[481] Claudia Gallardo was killed after jumping into the fenced yard where the dog was kept.[481]
April 22 American Staffordshire Terrier (Pit Bull)[484] Jordyn Arndt 4 years 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.[485][486] Neighbors say that they had previously filed several complaints about the dog.[485] The babysitter had a history of arrest on drug-related and child-neglect charges.[487]
April 24 American Staffordshire Terrier mix (Pit Bull mix) Beau Rutledge 2 years The boy was killed while the mother stepped away to use the restroom. The dog was 8-years-old and neighbors said they had never thought it was aggressive.[488][489][490][491]
April 30 German Shepherd Rachael Honabarger 35 years 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.[492] News sources reported that she died four days after the attack; however, the date given in her obituary was 2 days after the attack.[493]
May 8 4 Pit bulls or Feral dogs (Mixed breed dogs with "possible 'pit bull' influence")[494][495] Carlton Freeman 80 years 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.[496][497][498] The Sheriff's Office later announced that the four dogs were feral and did not belong to anyone.[499] Sheriff's reports described the dogs as "brown dogs" and Animal Control claimed that they were mixed breed "with possible 'pit bull' influence."[495] However, multiple news sources stated that they were pit bulls. Photos of three of the dogs are available.[495] One of the four dogs has not yet been found.[500]
May 9 Pack of four free-ranging dogs: Pit bulls[501] Pamela Marie Devitt 63 years 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.[501] 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.[501] 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.[502] 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.[503] [504][505][506][507]

June 9 Bullmastiff[508] Ayden Evans[509] 5 years 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 dogs 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.[510][511]
June 17 Pit Bull mix Nephi Selu 6 years The boy was attempting to ride the dog "like a horse" when he was bitten a single time on the top of the head.[512] The two-year-old, un-neutered male dog had been acquired as a guard dog[512] and was kept in the backyard of the family's home.[513] After the bite, the family did not think he had been seriously injured and expected him to be fine "after a couple of stitches."[512] He was brought to the hospital 2 1/2 hours after being bitten and died two hours later.[512] The dog had up-to-date rabies shots and was properly licensed.[514]
June 25 Pit bull mix Arianna Jolee Merrbach 5 years Killed after walking up to a chained dog that belonged to her aunt.[515] 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.[516]
July 1 Labrador Retriever mix[517]

or "large, longer haired, black" Mixed breed[518]
or Mastiff-Rottweiler mix[519]

Linda Oliver 63 years She was killed by a dog that she had taken in as a stray. The incident occurred while she was attempting to stop it from attacking her other "small brown wiener dog."[520]
September 15 Husky-Mix Jordan Reed 5 years Jordan was found dead after being mauled by one or more loose dogs.

"[521]

September 22 "Mixed breed pit bull Daniel "Doe" 2 years Daniel was mauled by 3 mix-pit bulls at his babysitter’s home.

"[522]

September 23 "Mixed breed pit bull[s]"[523] Samuel Eli Zamudio 2 years 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.[523] The boy's grandmother and uncle were later arrested in Colton, California.[524][525]
September 27 Pit bull Jordan Ryan 5 years The boy was unsupervised at a family friend's house and entered a backyard pen where the dog was kept. The dog had been acquired 6 weeks earlier.[526]
November 1 Pit bull Terry Douglass 56 years Her dog, Boosie, which she originally acquired for protection[527] 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".[528]
November 4 Pit bulls Katherine Atkins 25 years 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.[529]
November 5 Pit bulls Nga Woodhead 65 years 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.[530]
November 8 Pit bull(s) Levi Watson 4 years 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."[531] 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.[532]
November 21 Pit bull/Bull Mastiff mix; Rat Terrier Joan Kappen 75 years Hot Springs Villiage, Arkansas[533] 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.
December 7 Pit bulls (2) Jah'Niyah White 2 years South Side, Chicago [534]
December 10 Shiba Inu (2) Mia Gibson 3 months Attack occurred in the Columbus, Ohio home when the parents were sleeping. Mia was a premature baby who had only come home from the hospital Thanksgiving.[535]
December 13 Pit bull Michal Nelson 41 years 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.[536]
December 28 Boxer Tom J. Vick 64 years 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.[537]

Fatalities reported in 2014[edit]

Date Location Victim Age Category of Dog Spayed/Neutered Circumstances
January 5 Houston, Texas Christine Bell 43 years Pit bull mix[538] n/a 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.[539]
January 17 Bloomington, IL Kara Hartrich 4 years Pit bulls (2 males, 1 female) No 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.

[540]

January 26 Corona, CA Annabell Martin 89 years Rottweiler (3) n/a The dogs belonged to the woman's grandson. He told police they had no history of aggressive behavior.[541] No other details are known as there is little media coverage available from the incident.
February 7 Dayton, OH Klonda S. Richey 57 years 2 mixed breed dogs or "mixed-mastiff breeds" or "part Cane Corso"[542] or Pit Bulls[543] n/a 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.[544] 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.
February 17 Temple, TX Je'vaeh Mayes 2 years Pit Bull mix No The girl's family was watching a friend's female dog and the 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.[545]
February 24 High Point, NC Braelynn Rayne Coulter 3 years Pit Bull n/a 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 policed finished their investigation.[546][547]
February 26 Tallahassee, FL Summer Sears 4 years German Shepherd mix n/a Killed while playing in her grandfather's unfenced backyard.[548]
February 28 Paterson, NJ Kenneth Santilla 13 years Bullmastiff n/a A 115-pound bullmastiff escaped a back-yard fence and mauled two 13-year-old boys, killing one and injuring the other.[549]
March 25 Houma, LA Mia DeRouen 4 years Pit bull n/a Family's pet pit bull attacked while she was watching television with her mother. 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.[550] 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.
March 31 Thorton, MS Christopher Malone 3 years Pit bull n/a 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.

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April 1 Kaufman, TX Dorothy Hamilton 85 years Pit bull n/a 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.

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April 6 Riverside, AL John Harvard 5 years Pit bull n/a A child is dead after a dog attack in Saint Clair County. Authorities say the incident happened in Riverside. "The 5-year-old child was outside with his brother when authorities say he was attacked by a pitbull here on Honeysuckle Way. His brother then ran for help." "It hurts." Riverside Mayor Rusty Jessup is upset over the death of 5-year-old John Harvard attacked by a neighbor's pitbull Sunday afternoon. "It was running at large when this happened." Mayor Jessup knows the family well. He says the 9-year-old tried to get the dog off his little brother before running to get their father. Jessup says, "We think the dog might have been shot because the father did take some shots at the dog in an effort to get the child off the child." Harvard was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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Summary tables[edit]

The above list is summarized chronologically, by first by age group of victim, and then by dog category, in the summary tables below. You can help by ensuring that it is accurate and by keeping it up to date.

Dog bite-related fatalities in the US by age group of victim(s)
Year Total < 1 yr 1-10 11-20 21-30 31-40 41-50 51-60 61+ Unknown
1988 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2005 29 2 12 2 0 1 1 1 10 0
2006 30 1 12 0 3 1 4 5 3 1
2007 34 2 15 1 1 0 3 1 11 0
2008 23 6 10 0 1 0 0 1 4 1
2009 30 5 15 1 0 1 3 1 4 0
2010 34 6 14 0 2 1 1 3 7 0
2011 30 8 5 0 0 4 3 3 7 0
2012 35 8 11 0 2 2 3 3 6 0
Total 246 38 95 4 9 10 18 18 52 2
Dog bite-related fatalities in the United States by category of dog(s) involved
Year Total # Most fatal attacks by # Second-most fatal attacks by # Third-most fatal attacks by
1947 1 German Shepherd (1) (100%) NA NA
1981 3 Doberman pinscher (1) (33%)

Mongrel (1) (33%)
Pit Bull (1) (33%)

NA NA
1984 2 Siberian husky (1) (50%)

German shepherd (1) (50%)

NA NA
1985 1 English sheepdog (1) (100%) NA NA
1986 1 Unknown dogs (1) (100%) NA NA
1988 3 Labrador Retriever (1) (33%)


Rottweiler (1) (33%)
Wolfdog (1) (33%)

NA NA
1989 2 German Shepherd (1) (50%)


Rottweiler (1) (50%)

NA NA
1990 1 Manchester Terrier (1) (50%)


German shepherd (1) (50%)

NA NA
1995 7 Rottweiler (4) (57%) Mixed breed dog (2) (29%) Chow Chow (1) (14%)
1996 6 Rottweiler (6) (100%) German Shepherd (1) (17%) NA
1999 4 Mixed breed dog (2) (50%) Airedale Terrier (1) (25%)

Unknown dog (1) (25%)

NA
2000 5 Mixed breed dog (2) (40%) Rottweiler (1) (20%)

Pit bull (1) (20%)
Pomeranian (1) (20%)

NA
2001 13 Rottweiler (6) (46%) Mixed breed dog (1) (8%)

Perro de Presa Canario (1) (8%)
Unknown strays (1) (8%)
Pit bull (1) (8%)
Chow (1) (8%)
Husky (1) (8%)

NA
2002 6 Rottweiler (4) (67%) Mixed breed dog (2) (33%) German Shepherd (1) (17%)
2003 14 Rottweiler (5) (36%) Pit Bull (4) (29%) Mixed breed dog (3) (21%)
2004 15 Mixed breed dog (10) (67%) Pit Bull (3) (20%) Rottweiler (2) (13%)
2005 29 Mixed breed dog (11) (38%) Pit bull (10) (34%) Rottweiler (4) (14%)
2006 30 Pit bull (14) (47%) Rottweiler (9) (30%) Mixed breed dog (4) (13%)
2007 34 Pit bull (14) (41%) Mixed breed dog (7) (21%) Rottweiler (4) (12%)
2008 23 Pit bull (12) (52%) Mixed breed dog (7) (30%) Husky (2) (9%)
2009 31 Pit bull (11) (35%)

Mixed breed dog (11) (35%)

Rottweiler (2) (6%)

Husky (2) (6%)

Mastiff (1) (3%)

Boxer (1) (3%)
Alaskan Malamute (1) (3%)
Weimaraner (1) (3%)

2010 36 Pit bull (15) (42%) Mixed breed dog (9) (25%) Rottweiler (4) (11%)
2011 33 Pit bull (14) (42%) Mixed breed dog (8) (24%) Rottweiler (4) (12%)
2012 35 Pit bull (13) (37%) Mixed breed dog (9) (26%) Rottweiler (3) (9%)
2013 31 Pit bull (15) (48%) Mixed breed dog (12) (39%) Others (4) (13%)

See also[edit]

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