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A Woman, Age 68, is Mauled to Death by Pit Bull Mix Dogs – Part 4

Saturday, August 29th, 2015
English: A female brindle American Pit Bull Te...

English: A female brindle American Pit Bull Terrier resting in tall grass at Carolina North Forest in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The first 2015 dog bite fatality was a fatal pit bull attack. On January 7, Eugene Smith, age 87, was taking down his Christmas tree when the family dog brutally attacked him. Police were called, and the dog was still attacking Smith when authorities arrived. At that time, the dog was quickly contained. Smith was quickly transported to a nearby hospital but was pronounced dead upon arrival. The male pit bull was adopted seven months earlier, and that person had adopted the dog from a rescue group. This was the family dog, and no one expects their pet to fatally attack them. But this same story has happened time and again this year alone.

On January 19, again, there was a fatal pit bull attack. This time the victim was 18-month-old Declan Moss. The child was playing outside on the porch under the care of his grandfather, who witnessed the attack. Two pit bull mixes that belonged to the family attacked Moss, and the grandfather was unable to stop the dogs and save the boy. According to neighbors, the dogs had never been considered harmful to people but had killed smaller dogs. The potential for violence was clear.

From an elderly man to a baby and the next 2015 victim of a deadly pit bull attack was 7 years old. Again, they were family dogs. Two pit bulls about nine months old attacked and killed Malaki Mildward while his father was inside the house and the rest of the family members had gone somewhere. They returned home to see his body in the yard. This wasn’t a complete surprise, in this instance, because the mother of the two pit bulls had bitten another child in the home four months prior.

Learn more about the danger of pit bulls in Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of this continuing series, which will include more specific examples of pit bull fatalities that have occurred recently here in the U.S.

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