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

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

Pit bull (Photo: Labeled for reuse)

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.

–Guest Contributor


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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.

–Guest Contributor


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An 83-year-old Man is Killed by Four Dogs Belonging to a Neighbor

Monday, September 12th, 2016

Les deux heureux parents de trois merveilleux ...

Les deux heureux parents de trois merveilleux petits rottweilers: Kiara, Charly et Coda ( à voir sur le blog: famillyrotts.skyrock.com) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In a horrific scene in Jacksonville, Florida, an 83-year-old man was discovered dead in the backyard of a pet owner with four dogs. The owner’s dogs are a Rottweiler and three mixed-breed Rottweilers. On August 19, 2016, the victim was taking out his trash at the Franklin Arms Apartments, where he lived. There was a hole in the dog owner’s fence, and the dogs escaped. They dragged the elderly victim into their yard and he was discovered dead and dismembered. The dogs are in the custody of authorities. No charges have been filed.

Rottweilers are the second most dangerous type of dog breed. Although pit bulls have consistently been the breed responsible for more than 60% of annual deaths in the U.S. for decades, with that percentage spiking significantly since last year, Rottweilers are dangerous, too. According to DogsBite.org, a site that closely tracks dog bite fatalities in the U.S., the combined breed of pit bulls and Rottweilers have been responsible for 76% of all fatal attacks in the 11-year span of 2005 through 2015. More statistics follow:

  • In 2015, pit bulls committed 28 deaths and Rottweilers killed 3 people. American bulldogs are considered close cousins of pit bulls, and they killed 2 people. Together, the three breeds contributed to 97% or 33 of the 34 dog attack fatalities last year. Only 9% of these 34 fatalities resulted in criminal charges on a meaningful level. This was the lowest level of criminal charges linked to dog fatalities in 11 years.
  • Texas had more deaths caused by dogs in 2015, with 5 people killed.
  • Texas had more deadly dog attacks in 2014, as well, with 7 deaths. Felony charges were filed in connection with 43% of those fatalities.

Annual statistics related to dog fatalities continue to indicate what a danger certain breeds can be. Packs of dogs have also proven to be deadly on several occasions. Laws need to change so that dog owners know there will be consequences if anyone is hurt by their pets. It seems ludicrous that a person can be killed by pets while minding their own business and no one faces criminal charges.

–Guest Contributor


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Family Pit Bulls Maul a 60-year-old Woman to Death

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

English: American pit bull terrier (named Tutt...

English: American pit bull terrier (named Tuttle) seated. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Susan Shawl, age 60, of Conifer, Colorado was mauled to death by two family pit bulls Monday night, August 29, 2016. Shawl became the 19th victim of a fatal pit bull attack this year alone. Few details have been released about the tragedy. Police were called to the home, which is in a remote area of Conifer. First responders requested a medical helicopter. Shawl was on the verge of unconsciousness when they arrived. Shortly after requesting the helicopter, an officer announced that it appeared to be a code Frank, which is law enforcement terminology for a fatal incident. The dogs responsible for Shawl’s death belong to her and her son, Richard Shawl, age 36. He was also injured, but his injuries were not life-threatening. There are plans to euthanize the pit bulls.

The victims of fatal pit bull attacks are the owners or members of the family about half the time. The deaths that have occurred in 2016 tell a chilling story of a deadly breed. Many claim that media hype gives these dogs a bad rap. An honest look at actual fatalities makes it clear that there is no exaggeration needed.

Last year, pit bulls killed 28 (82%) of the 34 people who died in the U.S. from dog attacks. Consider that there are, according to worldwide kennel clubs, 332 dog breeds in the world and 187 breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club. With 187 breeds in the U.S. and a single breed being responsible for 82% of all dog fatalities, it’s clear that pit bulls are far more dangerous than other dogs.

Approximately 700 cities and municipalities have banned pit bulls or at least restricted them. That number should be growing monthly, as the death toll rises with each fatal pit bull attack.

–Guest Contributor


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Dallas Woman Mauled by Pack of Dogs Dies from Injuries

Monday, May 23rd, 2016


Rottweiler (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Antoinette Brown, age 52, died on May 9, 2016, a week after being mauled by a pack of dogs in Dallas, Texas. People in the area where she was attacked heard her screams and called police. One neighbor said that anytime someone tried to approach the victim, to help, the dogs turned on them. The mayor admitted, after the incident, that the city has not given the issue of loose dogs the priority it demands. He has since suggested a policy overhaul as far as how the city handles reports of aggressive dogs. The chief of police stated that the owner of six dogs involved in the fatal attack could face charges, but none have been filed as yet.

Of the incidents in Texas tragically resulting in dog attack fatalities since 2015, most involved more than one dog. Brown, who died this month from over 100 dog bites, is the only such 2016 fatality in Texas. There were five Texas deaths in 2015.

  • Betty Wood, age 78, was killed by the family Rottweiler on March 12, 2015, in Sulphur Springs, Texas.
  • Brayden Wilson was killed by the family pit bull in Dallas, Texas, on April 19, 2015; the infant was only 10 weeks old.

The other 2015 dog attack fatalities in Texas involved two or more dogs, which seems that it should bring into question the dangers involved with dog packs roaming our streets.

  • Gaege Ramirez, age 7, was killed by five mixed-breed dogs in Canyon Lake, Texas, on May 2, 2015.
  • Norberto Legarda, age 83, died in Pecos, Texas, on July 2, 2015, after being attacked by three pit bulls belonging to his daughter’s neighbor.
  • Tanner Smith, age 5, died in Vidor, Texas, on October 18, 2015, after being mauled by two pit bulls belonging to a family friend.

Learn about Texas dog bite laws in this continuing series.

–Guest Contributor





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Animal Attack Lawyer – Texas Ranks a Distant Third in Dog Bite Claims – Part 2

Monday, May 16th, 2016


Pit bull (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

State Farm has released its annual report on dog-related claims. In 2015, Texas had 165 claims. California ranked first with 383 claims totaling $18.3 million. Illinois ranked second with 338 claims at $11.2 million. The total State Farm paid in 3,100 dog-related injury claims across the U.S. was the highest ever, at $118 million. There were four more State Farm claims in Texas related to dogs last year, but the payout this year was much greater, jumping from $2.8 million to $4.9 million.

Injuries inflicted by dogs can be fatal. Research by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality provides injury-related dog bite statistics. About 43.2% of the time, hospitalization related to a dog bite involves subcutaneous tissue and skin infections. About 22.1% of the time, open wounds of extremities required hospitalization. Approximately 10.5% of the time, a hospital stay was required due to open wounds of the trunk, neck, and head. Other top diagnoses included upper limb fractures, infective osteomyelitis and arthritis, crushing injury or internal injury, septicemia, and lower limb fractures.

Victims of dog attacks almost always suffer psychological injury to some extent, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This means that fear of another dog attack is common and, in some victims, never goes away. The horror of a dog attack can be relived as a result of walking through a park or visiting the home of a dog owner.

Dogsbite.org provides an example of psychological damage. A pit bull belonging to a neighbor charged into a woman’s garage as she was cleaning her car out. The dog went straight for her 7-month-old child, and she quickly placed the baby in a garbage can, to protect him. The mother also used her arm as a shield. The pit bull relentlessly attacked. By the time help arrived, her arm had been shredded. As a result of the horrific incident, she moved and was still afraid to go outside four months later. She was also dealing with mounting medical bills. This is one of countless incidents in which the dog owner’s insurance would hopefully help a victim deal with expenses related to an attack.

See Part 1 of this two-part series.

–Guest Contributor


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Dallas Lawyer for Dog Attack Case – National Dog Bite Prevention Week 2016 is May 22 thru May 28 – Part 5

Monday, May 9th, 2016

English: Second dogs first smile. Happy Pit Bull.

English: Second dogs first smile. Happy Pit Bull. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dog bites are a health threat in the U.S. More than 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs every year. In addition, more than one-third of homeowners’ liability claims involve dog bites. For these reasons and more National Dog Bite Prevention Week, an annual event, is a great idea. This year, the focus on prevention of dog bites will be during the week of May 22 through May 28.

Although dogs are the favorite pets of Americans in the U.S., they are capable of causing serious injury, maiming, and death. The following are common types of dog bite injuries:

  • Infections
  • Muscle tears
  • Sprains
  • Loss of tissue
  • Scratches
  • Lacerations
  • Broken bones
  • Crushing injuries
  • Bruises
  • Facial scarring
  • Dislocations
  • Scars
  • Punctures

In addition to visible injuries, victims of dog attacks often suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD.

Small dogs can bite and cause pain, but there is a lot of difference between an attack by a small dog and an attack by, for instance, the most dangerous dog in the nation, the pit bull. The jaws of a small dog can’t do a lot of harm. Victims can simply pick up a small dog, to gain control, if it’s a single dog doing the biting. Pit bulls, on the other hand, are potentially extremely dangerous. A person in the U.S. has been killed by a pit bull every two weeks, on average, since January of 2014. Pit bulls have powerful jaws and incredible tenacity which causes them to bite down on a victim, hold, and shake. The dogs won’t let go of their victims easily.

Between a small dog breed that can do little harm and the most dangerous dog, there is a huge population of dogs that only bite as a natural response, such as if they are anxious, afraid, or guarding their perceived territory. It would promote safety for everyone to be aware of how frequently dog bites occur and to become familiar with strategies to avoid being bitten.

See Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 of this five-part series.

–Guest Contributor


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A Pit Bull Attacks and Seriously Injures a Sleeping Toddler in a Stroller – Part 7

Friday, April 15th, 2016

Male Rottweiler, 1½ years old

Male Rottweiler, 1½ years old (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In a Nutley, New Jersey, neighborhood on Saturday night, a pit bull got loose from his owner and viciously attacked an 11-month-old toddler in her stroller. It was already dark outside, and the child’s parents didn’t see the attack coming. Suddenly the dog ran up and latched onto the toddler’s leg. The baby’s and mother’s screams reportedly brought almost the entire neighborhood outside. Neighbors quickly ran to their aid, though it wasn’t easy to get the pit bull to let go of the child. Neighbors wrapped a tourniquet around the leg. The child was quickly transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital. She required more than 70 stitches on her leg. Reportedly, fixing her injuries will require extensive plastic surgery.

There are obviously many dog attacks that the victim won’t see coming. If there is an opportunity to evaluate a situation with a potentially dangerous dog, it helps to understand a few things about dog body language. The following are signs that a dog is in an aggressive state:

  • The tail is stiffened.
  • The body looks tense, as opposed to relaxed.
  • The ears and/or head may be pulled back.
  • The whites of the dog’s eyes are showing.
  • The dog will hold an intense stare.

It’s best not to run or make a sudden movement around an aggressive dog because it makes him more defensive. If you can remain calm, there are certain steps you can take that could help you avoid a dog attack, including the following:

  • Never touch a dog you don’t know or that may be frightened or injured.
  • Children should be taught to be calm and quiet around dogs. It’s important they know not to torment or in any way tease a dog.
  • Don’t put your face near a dog because canines consider it a threatening gesture.
  • Be very careful to keep your distance when a dog has a puppy litter. Having puppies can make dogs overly protective, which easily leads to aggression.
  • If a dog growls, always consider it a warning and don’t approach him.

Learn more in the next segment.

Read more about recent pit bull attacks in Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6 of this ongoing story.

–Guest Contributor


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5-year-old Boy Loses Both Ears in a Vicious Dog Attack – Part 5

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

10-year-old Rottweiler

10-year-old Rottweiler (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jacoby Bennett, age 5, was playing on the property of a neighbor on Thursday near Ada, Oklahoma, when he was viciously mauled by two mixed-breed dogs. According to witnesses, the child frequently feeds the neighbor’s chickens and goats and has been around the dogs many times. On the day of the attack, his mother was checking on him when she discovered a nightmarish scene. Jacoby was covered in blood and severely injured. The mother immediately called 9-1-1, and it was about 3:40 p.m. The child was ultimately flown by medical helicopter to Oklahoma City’s OU Medical Center. According to the latest report, he is in stable condition. He suffered dog bites from head to toe and severe trauma, and Jacoby lost both ears in the dog attack.

The following is more information from Dogsbite.org.

A breakdown of the ages of the fatal victims of dog bites in 2015 follows:

  • 14 (41%) were age 9 or younger.
  • 20 (59%) were 22 years old and older.
  • 13 (65%) of all adults killed by dogs last year were 60 years old and older.
  • 20 of the victims were male and 14 were female.
  • Among children 9 and younger, 11 (79%) were male and 3 (21%) female.
  • About one-third, which comes to 11 (32%), of all victims of fatal dog attacks were either visiting with the dog’s owner or temporarily living with the dog’s owner when the fatal incident happened. Nine of these deaths (82%) were children under the age of 10.

Learn more about dog bites in Part 1 and more about pit bull attacks in Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 of this ongoing series. In the next segment, learn statistics and details about victims of fatal dog attacks.

–Guest Contributor


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A Toddler Recovering from a Dog Attack Undergoes Unprecedented Facial Re-Implantation Surgery – Part 6

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

Male Rottweiler, 1½ years old

Male Rottweiler, 1½ years old (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In August of 2015, toddler Mariah Solomon of Loma Linda, California, was viciously attacked by a dog. During the attack, a large percentage of her face was removed, from the top of her lip to the top of her nose as well as part of her left cheek. The work done on Mariah’s face was unprecedented, partly due to her age and the size of the avulsion injury. The specialists, including otolaryngologists, began the surgery within hours. The procedure involved intensive surgically microscopic work and took five hours. Arteries on each side of her face had to be reconnected. Post-surgery, leeches had to be used to help with blood flow until the veins were functioning again. The work that was performed was truly remarkable, and the results have also been amazing. It seems Mariah will only have minimal scarring, and her recovery is expected to be complete.

Dog attacks frequently inflict horrific injuries on their victims that leave police and ambulance workers feeling shocked. Such was the case in September of last year when 56-year-old Lynne Denning was mauled by two to four Rottweilers as she was providing care for an elderly member of a household in Plainfield, Connecticut. According to police, the injuries she suffered to her face, chest, legs, and arms were brutal and worse than many on the scene had ever witnessed. During the months following the attack, Denning underwent at least 13 surgeries.

In Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5 of this ongoing series, read more information about the types of injuries dog attack victims suffer.

–Guest Contributor


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