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

Wednesday, 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

Wednesday, 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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A Man in Philadelphia Dies on Thanksgiving Day after being Attacked by Four Pit Bulls

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

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At about 9 pm on Thanksgiving Day 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, an unidentified man died after being viciously attacked by four pit bulls. The attack occurred in the backyard of the dog owner’s home. A neighbor said that shortly before the attack, she had given the man a plate of food. According to Police Chief Inspector Scott Small, the victim knew the dogs’ owner, but they were not sure why the man was in the yard. The officer said the dog attack victim was covered in mud and dirt. The pit bulls were actively attacking the man when police arrived. Police allegedly shot and killed one of the dogs. The man suffered critical injuries in the attack and was transported to Temple University Hospital. At 10:18 pm, he was pronounced dead. Although a cause of death has yet to be officially determined, police said they believe a medical condition was a contributing factor in the man’s death.

Not counting this fatal attack, at least 21 people in the U.S. have been killed by pit bulls this year. One of those attacks occurred in El Paso, Texas. Jacob Brooks, age 4, was left unattended in an enclosed trampoline and was killed by five family dogs that were running loose in the backyard, one of which was a pit bull mix. A neighbor described the attack in horrific terms. Jacob was already dead when first responders arrived on the scene. On the same day, all of the dogs involved were euthanized.

The child’s parents were charged with felony injury to a child.

Every year, 60% or more of all fatal U.S. dog attacks are caused by pit bulls or pit bull mixes. Not even the dog that causes the second-most fatalities, usually the Rottweiler, comes anywhere close to causing the number of fatalities that pit bulls do. For instance, in 2016, pit bulls contributed to the deaths of 22 people and Rottweilers killed 2. The combined total of the two breeds consisted of 77% of all recorded dog-related deaths last year, and dogs of all other breeds combined contributed to the remaining 7 dog attack fatalities.

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A 79-year-old Man is Killed by a Pack of Stray Dogs

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

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Stray Dogs (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Tuesday, July 11, 2017, near Whitley City, Kentucky, a 79-year-old man was found dead outside a home not far from Highway 1651. The Kentucky State Police received a call about a body in the yard of a home and went to the scene. They were able to identify that Vinson W. Tucker, of Stearns, was deceased. A surveillance video was made available to the police by a nearby resident. According to police, the security video captured the scene when Tucker was attacked and killed by several dogs.

Police found all of the dogs shown in the video; all were near the scene of the fatal dog attack. All of the dogs involved have been euthanized. They were sent to a state facility for the purpose of being tested for rabies.

An autopsy is set to be performed on Tucker.

Detective Billy Correll made some statements with regard to Tucker’s death and the dog attack captured on surveillance video. He said that a review of the video suggests that the attack was completely unprovoked, and four dogs were involved.

Correll said Tucker was seeking to visit the property’s owner when he was attacked by the dogs. He also said that, according to witnesses, the dogs were strays that had been regularly seen roaming the neighborhood. This is reportedly the first time the dogs caused problems. Of course, since the incident occurred yesterday, it is still under investigation and more details may emerge.

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An 18-month-old is Killed by the Family Dog, a Rottweiler

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

Dog A fatal dog attack occurred in Phoenix, Arizona, on June 9, 2017. According to investigators, 18-month-old Marcos Raya Jr. was in his home, and his grandmother was babysitting him. The woman was doing household work when she opened the home’s back door. When she did, the family’s pet, a Rottweiler, rushed into the house, grabbed the baby, and dragged him outside, brutally attacking him. The grandmother attempted to pull the dog off of the boy, but she was unable to. She called 9-1-1, and Phoenix police officers and fire officials went to the scene. They found that the Rottweiler was still actively engaging in the vicious attack on the baby. The attack stopped only after one of the police officers shot and injured the dog. The boy was quickly transported to a pediatric trauma hospital, and he was described as being in extremely critical condition. The baby died at the hospital.

Captain Rob McDade, a spokesperson for the Phoenix fire department, said the child was unable to recover because of the amount of dog bites he had. Fire officials also said the baby’s father was the dog’s owner, and for three years the Rottweiler had been the family pet.

Marcos Raya Jr was the 14th person in the U.S. to die from a dog attack in 2017, according to DogsBite.org, a website that is devoted to tracking dog attack fatalities. Nine of the 2017 victims were killed by pit bulls or pit bull mixes, which is a common statistic. The majority of people killed by dogs are killed by pit bulls year after year. Rottweilers are the second deadliest, though this year, the 18-month-old is the only fatal victim of a Rottweiler attack.

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