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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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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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Two People were Killed by Family Dogs within a 24-hour-period in the U.S.

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

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A newborn baby girl and an elderly man are the two latest victims of fatal dog attacks in the U.S. Two-week-old Sophia Booth of Cleveland, Ohio, died on November 3, 2017, after being bitten in the head by the family dog, a German shepherd. The next day, 65-year-old David Baber of Hamlet, North Carolina, died after being viciously attacked by his own pit bull and mixed breed dog.

According to authorities, baby girl Booth was in a bedroom in the first floor of her home when the family’s 4-year-old German shepherd escaped the kitchen area, where he was fenced, and bit the newborn on the head. She was quickly transported to a nearby hospital, where she was pronounced dead about two hours later. The cause of death was described as head trauma. According to neighbors, the German shepherd was a constant threat, in attack mode at all times. A front window of the home had a sign that said “Warning! Security Dog.” The dog was taken into custody by authorities. No criminal charges are expected. The case has yet to be presented to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutors Office, however.

Investigators report that Baber had been trying to break up a dog fight when the pit bull and mixed breed dog began relentlessly attacking him. A neighbor boy, age 9, was a witness to the attack. He tried to help Baber by throwing bricks at the dogs, but it didn’t have any effect. The boy said Baber was bitten in the neck and was being bitten continuously. He had been in Baber’s yard but got back into his own yard without being harmed. The Police Chief, Scott Waters, said the 9-year-old was a hero; and he expressed relief that the dogs didn’t also attack the brave boy.

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A 7-year-old Boy is Savagely Mauled to Death by Pit Bulls in Front of a Helpless Crowd

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

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On Saturday, October 21, 2017, 7-year-old Javian Candolario was killed by two pit bulls belonging to neighbors in Lowell, Massachusetts, as about 15 people looked on helplessly. The details of how the attack began are in question but, according to a city councilor, Rodney Elliott, the child went to pat the dogs, who were behind a fence about 4.5’ tall that was described as dilapidated. Several witnesses say one of the dogs grabbed the boy and pulled him over the fence. The pit bull mauled the child aggressively in a horrific scene. Five police officers who arrived after the child had already died have said that they are undergoing counseling, due to the trauma caused by witnessing the scene.

The child’s mother and a sibling were among those who witnessed the fatal pit bull attack. Onlookers were shocked and screaming; but no one knew what to do, witnesses said.

Police fired shots at one of the dogs because it was showing aggression. The dog presumably jumped over the fence after being shot and was later killed in police gunfire about a mile away. The other pit bull was taken into custody by animal control.

In 2011, a pit bull ordinance sponsored by Elliott was enacted in the city, and it placed restrictions on pit bull ownership. One year later, however, the law was nullified because the state’s legislators enacted a new state preemption law, which prevents towns and cities from adopting breed-specific legislation. Javian was the 19th person in 2017 alone to be killed in the U.S. by a pit bill.

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In September 2017 Alone, 3 People in the U.S. are Fatally Attacked by Pit Bulls

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

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A 1-month-old, a 61-year-old, and a 62-year-old were all attacked and killed by pit bulls in September 2017. The total for the year is 18. Every year, pit bulls are the breed responsible for the majority of deadly dog attacks that occur in the U.S. In spite of mounting evidence that this breed is different from all other canines, pit bull advocates continue to claim that all blame lies with owners while fighting against any proposed pit bull bans that may receive legislative attention.

On September 9, 62-year-old Connie Storey of Philadelphia, Mississippi, was in her yard when her son’s male pit bull viciously mauled her. Her son found her outside at about 1:30 a.m., and he called emergency services. According to Tommy Waddell, Neshoba County Sheriff, Storey managed to explain that she was feeding the dog when the attack occurred. An ambulance transported her for further transport via emergency helicopter. She was airlifted to a nearby hospital. On September 20, she died of injuries sustained in the pit bull attack. A family member made a public statement that the family does not place blame on the breed. No criminal charges have been filed in this case.

One-month-old Barrett Hagans was staying at his father’s home for the first time in Pike Township, Ohio. While he slept in his bassinet, a male family pit bull brutally mauled him. When the father woke the next morning on September 20, 2017, he discovered that the newborn had been mauled and suffered extensive head trauma. At about 6:10 a.m., deputies were dispatched to their home. The infant was pronounced dead at the scene. Two pit bulls were removed from the residence by the Knox County Dog Warden’s Office, and both were euthanized. No criminal charges were filed against the father in connection with the fatal pit bill attack.

Kathy Nichelson, age 61, of Cherry Log, Georgia, when to someone’s home to visit them and was attacked by the homeowner’s pit bull as she was getting out of her vehicle. A person who was passing by tried to help her, when he saw that she had been severely injured and was on the ground. Suddenly, the dog made a reappearance and bit the man on the face. He managed to escape by climbing over a vehicle to get back to his van. He called 9-1-1, and deputies stood watch at the scene, as emergency responders rendered medical aid. The pit bull suddenly charged out from under the porch, and a deputy shot and killed the dog. Nichelson was pronounced dead at the scene. The pit bull owner was arrested and has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct.

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An Elderly Woman in Fountain, Florida, is Killed by a Family Pit Bull

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

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Seventy-six-year-old Alicia Malagon was helping to care for her daughter and son-in-law’s dog in Fountain, Florida, when she was fatally attacked by the pit bull she was temporarily caring for. On August 26, 2017, Malagon went to the family members’ home in the role as dog-sitter. She brought her small dachshund along with her. Once they got inside the home, the pit bull attacked the dachshund. When Malagon tried to intervene, the pit bull turned his attentions on her. She was viciously attacked and managed to make her way to a phone and call her son-in-law. Another family member went to the home and found her on the kitchen floor, barely conscious. Malagon was quickly transported to Calhoun-Liberty Hospital and pronounced dead soon thereafter.

Reportedly, when Malagon contacted her son-in-law, she said that she had been attacked but would be fine. He sent his brother to check on her, and he had to break down the door to get in.

According to records kept on FatalPitBullAttacks.com, Malagon is the 15th person in 2017 to be killed by a pit bull. This is the deadliest dog breed. Research indicates year after year that pit bulls cause the most fatal dog attacks in the U.S., causing more than all other breeds combined. Various cities and communities have banned pit bulls, but it is a difficult feat to achieve. In spite of the clear record of deadly violence, pit bull advocates band together and have proven to have a lot of influence over local proceedings at city council meetings, wherever pit bull bans are proposed.

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An Infant is Killed by the Family Dog in Houston, Texas, the Third Dog-Related Death in the State in 2017

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

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At about 3:10 pm on August 19, 2017, officers with the Houston Police Department (HPD) responded to a home on Nelwyn Street in north Houston, Texas, regarding the mauling of an infant by a family dog. They found that 2-month-old Michael Obergas had been mauled primarily in the torso area. He was transported by ambulance to the Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital and pronounced dead upon his arrival. An investigation was done by the homicide division of HPD, and it was determined that no charges will be filed against the baby’s parents. Obergas is the third person in Texas to be killed in a dog attack in 2017.

Police could not determine whether the male giant schnauzer or the Labrador was responsible for the fatal dog attack. For that reason, both of the family dogs were euthanized.

Parents told police that the parents stepped out of the room the baby was in. While they were away, one of the dogs managed to open the door and attacked the infant.

On January 17 of this year, 2-month-old Skylar Julius was killed by the family dog, a male German shepherd, in San Marcos, Texas. The family had owned the 8-year-old pet since it was a puppy, and it did not have a history of being aggressive. Possible criminal charges are pending in the case, presumably against the father, who would not consent to being tested for drugs or alcohol. He had been responsible for the baby at the time of the fatal dog attack.

On July 21, 2017, 4-year-old Jacob Brooks was killed by a pack of family dogs in El Paso, Texas. Four dogs were seized at the scene of the attack. They were described as a pit bull and three shepherd-mixes. Possible criminal charges are pending presumably against the mother.

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A Toddler is Mauled to Death by 2 Family Pitbulls; the Grandmother is Charged with Multiple Felonies

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

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On Tuesday, August 1, 2017, 20-month-old Paris Adams was mauled to death by two family pit bulls. Deputies received a call in Hart County, Georgia, at about 3:15 p.m. In the backyard of his home, the boy had been viciously attacked. According to Scott Boleman, Deputy Coroner, the toddler was transported to an emergency care center, where he went and pronounced the child dead.

The pit bulls lived indoors in the same home with Adams. The dogs were observed for a few days before being put down, according to Sheriff Mike Cleveland of Hart County.

Within a matter of hours after the deadly pit bull mauling, Adams’ 70-year-old grandmother was charged with several felonies: involuntary manslaughter; second-degree cruelty to a child; and second-degree murder. The Hartwell Police Department had previously cited the grandmother multiple times for maintaining disorderly animals.

On the day of the incident, a report on the investigation of the pit bull fatality shows that the grandmother had been outside with Adams. When she went to go back inside her home, the two pit bulls ran past her, knocking her down, and attacked the 20-month-old. The grandmother attempted to stop the attack and finally managed to put the pit bulls in the house. She allegedly transported the boy first to pick up his mother and then took him to an urgent care facility.

Further research shows that dogs belonging to the grandmother had a history of being a menace in the area.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is leading the investigation into Adams’ death. News is awaited on whether the mother will also be charged. Also, it is speculated that the grandmother’s decision not to call 9-1-1 but to pick up the child’s mother before going to a medical facility may play into charges against her. Adams was deceased when he arrived at the urgent care center.

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Two Pit Bulls Savagely Attack and Kill a 60-year-old Man

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

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Shiny white teeth of a 1 1/2 years old raw fed american pit bull terrier. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

At about 11 p.m. on July 20, 2017, in Fostoria, Ohio, 60-year-old Michael Parks put his pit bull, Mia, outside without a leash, and the result was deadly. According to police, Mia immediately ran toward a pit bull that was being walked on a leash. She viciously attacked the other dog. Parks attempted to stop the dog fight and was bitten several times. One of the dogs bit directly into the dialysis shunt that had recently been installed, which caused Parks to bleed profusely. Parks was transported to a nearby hospital, where he died a short time later.

Parks’ sister-in-law said the entire family was in shock because they had never known Mia to be anything but gentle. She said the dog was not vicious, and she never harmed the children in the family.

Keith Loreno, Fostoria Police Chief, said that it is always a mistake to interfere in a dog fight, no matter how much you love your dog. He said that, ultimately, dogs are animals and do what dogs naturally do. If you put your hands where dogs are fighting with their teeth, you can expect to suffer injuries.

The chief also pointed out that it is essential to keep dogs on a leash at all times. Dogs need to be kept under the control of their owner or someone else who can be responsible to take charge.

Parks is the 11th person to be killed as a result of a pit bull attack in the U.S. in 2017.

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An Infant Becomes the Fourth in the U.S. to Die from a Pit Bull Attack Since April 6, 2017

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

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

Six-month-old Kamiko Dao Tsuda-Saelee of Las Vegas, Nevada, was killed by the family pit bull on May 8, 2017. She was the fourth person in the U.S. to be killed by a pit bull since last month on April 6. The baby had been in her home in a baby walker near the pit bull when the dog attacked her. The baby’s mother had gone into another room. The dog was biting the baby’s head when the mom returned. Although she was able to quickly stop the attack, the damage was already too much. The infant was pronounced dead shortly after being transported to a nearby hospital. According to the coroner, the cause of death was multiple blunt force head injuries. The family had owned the dog for nine years, and he had no history of biting. Shortly after the fatal pit bull attack, Clark County Animal Control euthanized the dog.

On April 27, there was another fatal pit bull attack. Again, a family dog was responsible for the death. Thirty-two-year-old Lisa Green of Breinigsville, Pennsylvania was brutally mauled to death on a deck of her home as neighbors watched in horror and tried to save her. She had owned the dog for approximately 2 ½ years.

A couple of days prior to Green’s death, 60-year-old Maurice Brown was killed by a pit bull in Dayton, Ohio. The dog broke the chain that had restrained him, and he attacked Brown as he was walking in an alley. Brown was heard screaming for help. Officers were called to the scene, where they discovered the dog still actively attacking Brown. The pit bull was shot and killed by police. Brown was quickly transported to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Eighty-two-year-old Cecille Short was walking in a residential neighborhood with her dog when two pit bulls savagely attacked and killed her and her pet. Various members of the neighborhood had issued warnings about the dogs. The dogs’ owner, a 31-year-old man, has been charged with second-degree manslaughter in Short’s death.

Seven people have been killed by pit bulls in the U.S. this year. The breed has been responsible for the clear majority of dog attack fatalities year after year. In 2015, pit bulls were responsible for 82% of the dog-related deaths, killing a total of 28 people. The breed is obviously different than any other and should be banned, for the safety of all members of society, including pit bull owners who overlook these deadly statistics.

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