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In December 2017 Alone, 7 People are Killed by Dogs in the U.S.

Posted on January 10th, 2018

An American Pit Bull Terrier muzzled. Español:...

An American Pit Bull Terrier muzzled. Español: Un Pit Bull Terrier Americano con bozal. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dog attacks are a real threat and yet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) doesn’t even track dog deaths anymore. DogsBite.org is a website that tracks fatal dog attacks and highlights obvious dangers, one of which is the pit bull breed. In December 2017 alone, seven people in the U.S. were killed by dogs. In addition, throughout the year, there were at least 29 fatal pit bull attacks. Clearly, man’s best friend can and does kill people. About half the time, on average, fatal dog attack victims are the owners of the attacking dogs.

The following are some basic details about the seven dog attack fatalities that occurred in December 2017:

On December 1, Korbin Williams, age 8, of Gaffney, South Carolina, was killed by three mixed-breed dogs as he was walking with a friend near a local school. The other child was bitten on the leg and was able to escape and run for help. Korbin had multiple bites all over his body, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. The dogs belonged to a neighbor and attacked the boys after crawling underneath their fence and escaping their yard. No criminal charges are anticipated.

On December 7, 24-year-old Emily Colvin of Section, Alabama, was savagely attacked and killed by a pack of five pit bulls that belonged to a neighbor. A relative who tried to rescue her was also attacked. By the time local sheriff’s deputies arrived at about 9 am, Emily was already dead. It was described as a horrific scene. A criminal charge of negligent homicide against the dogs’ owners is expected.

On December 11, 77-year-old Dorothy Ford of Alsip, Illinois, was killed at her home by a six-year-old family pit bull. She was discovered dead on her backyard deck. Police officers also described this scene as horrific. This was the family dog since a puppy, and there will be no criminal charges.

See more details about December dog attack fatalities in the second part of this two-part series.

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Pit Bulls Kill 1 Person in Illinois and 2 in Alabama within 13 Days

Posted on December 13th, 2017

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Pit bull (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On December 11, 2017, a 77-year-old woman from Illinois became the third person within a two-week period in the U.S. to be killed by pit bulls. Dorothy Ford of Alsip, Illinois, was savagely attacked by her own dog in her backyard. A man who had been taking his own dog for a walk saw the horrific scene and called 9-1-1. When police arrived, the dog was behaving aggressively. An officer shot and killed the dog. They attempted to render aid to Ms. Ford, but she was pronounced dead at the scene. The pit bull had been the family pet for six years. Alsip Police Department Deputy Chief Shawn Schuldt expressed the difficulty of witnessing the tragic scene, along with condolences to the family. He stressed that the pit bull was obviously well cared for and well fed, to offset claims by pit bull advocates that when the breed attacks, it’s because of mistreatment of some kind.

Twenty-four-year-old Emily Mae Colvin of Jackson County, Alabama, was killed by a pack of pit bulls belonging to a neighbor on the morning of December 7. When the five dogs began attacking Ms. Colvin, she was on the phone with a friend. Her friend went to her aid and was also viciously attacked. The friend survived and was transported to a hospital with arm and leg injuries. When deputies with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office arrived, Ms. Colvin was found dead at the scene. According to Jackson County authorities, criminal charges can be expected against the owner of the pit bulls, possibly negligent homicide, which is a Class A misdemeanor.

On Wednesday, November 28, 46-year-old Tracy Lynn Cornelius of Marshall County, Alabama, was killed by a pack of dogs, and one was a pit bull mix. Ms. Cornelius had been in a relative’s yard when the fatal pit bull attack occurred. Valeria Hinojosa was the first person attacked, and she suffered severe injuries. Ms. Cornelius was killed trying to save Ms. Hinojosa, who was transported to a hospital in Huntsville. As yet, no charges have been filed against the dogs’ owner. The pit bull involved in the deadly attack reportedly roamed the area for several hours and was later shot and killed by authorities.

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