2016 Pit Bull Fatality: Karen Brown

August 2018, Cook County, IL
Karen Brown, 57-years old
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Chicago, IL – A 57-year old woman is dead after being mauled to death by a large pit bull, Chicago police said. The victim was in the 10100 block of South Calhoun Avenue in the South Deering neighborhood at 12:25 pm when the dog attacked, biting her neck and all over her body. Two police officers shot and killed the animal after it lunged at them. She was taken to University of Chicago Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead. Police continue to investigate. – DogsBite.org

CBS 2 has confirmed the woman’s name is Karen Brown. Her nickname was “Punchie.” According to a family member, there will be a vigil at the scene of the incident Sunday at 6:00 p.m. – CBS 2

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2018 Pit Bull Fatality: Javon Torres

August 2018, Philadelphia, PA
Javon Torres, 2-years old
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Philadelphia, PA – A 2-year old boy is dead and a 23-year old woman was injured after being attacked by two pit bulls in the city’s Port Richmond section. Police were called to a home in the 3000 block of Agate Street about 5:15 pm, where the dogs were attacking a toddler. When police arrived, the pit bulls were actively attacking both victims. Police open fired, killing two of the pit bulls and injuring a third. Police said there were a total of five or six dogs inside the home. – DogsBite.org

The city Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the toddler who was fatally mauled by pit bulls in a Port Richmond rowhouse Wednesday as Javon Torres. Office spokesperson James Garrow said an autopsy Friday morning determined that the death was “accidental” and resulted from “multiple blunt and penetrating injuries.” A police source Friday identified the woman who was trying to protect the child as Rebecca Olan, 27. He said she lived in the home and was the owner of the pit bulls. – Philly.com

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2018 Pit Bull Fatality: Jaelah Smith

July 2018, Duval County, FL
Jaelah Smith, 6
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Jacksonville, FL – Police confirm that a 6-year old girl suffered life-threatening injuries after being attacked in the neck by a pit bull-mix. On Sunday at 10:17 am, police responded to the 2700 block of Herrick Drive. The child was unresponsive at the scene. Jacksonville Fire-Rescue immediately transported the child to a local hospital. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office issued a statement Sunday stating that the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit is handling the investigation. – DogsBite.org

A 6-year-old girl attacked by a dog Sunday morning has died, according to her father. Police said Jaelah Smith was attacked by a dog the family was pet sitting in their Arlington home. Police and firefighters were called to a house on Herrick Drive about 10:15 a.m. Sunday by a neighbor who heard screaming and saw the girl’s mother carry the girl’s unconscious body outside. Jaelah was taken to Memorial Hospital with what police described as “very serious, life-threatening injuries.” She was transferred to Wolfson Children’s Hospital, where she later died. – News4Jax

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2018 Pit Bull Fatality: Liana Valino

May 2018, Miramar, FL
Liana Valino, 8-months old
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Miramar, FL – An 8-month old baby girl is dead after being attacked by a family pit bull, police confirmed Wednesday afternoon. The baby was under the care of her grandmother at the time of the attack. There were three dogs in the family’s home — all related. The attacker was a male pit bull, 3 to 4 years old and had been raised by the family since it was a puppy, Miramar Police Officer Yessenia Diaz said. The other two were its sibling and their mother, both pit bulls. – DogsBite.org

The baby has been identified as Liana Valino. Brenda Villasin, the child’s mother, said: “She was the best thing to ever happen to me. We smiled every morning. She was my world.” The attack occurred at her grandmother’s home in the 2400 block of Kingston Drive. Villasin said she drops her daughter off at the grandmother’s home every day so she can go to work, but never did she think anything like this would ever happen. – Local 10 News

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2018 Pit Bull Fatality: Gauge Eckenrode

May 2018, Lakemont, PA
Gauge Eckenrode, 6-years old
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Lakemont, PA – Blair County Coroner Patricia Ross identified the 6-year-old boy killed Thursday after a dog attack as Gauge Eckenrode. Police said family members tried to stop the dog during the attack by stabbing it. The dog was killed by police. Authorities said the dog was a “rescued pit bull” and had belong to the family for several years. – WJACTV

The boy’s family had two dogs, according to news reports. The attacking pit bull was killed, and the family asked authorities to take away their other dog. The deadly attack occurred inside the family’s home, Rick Vaughan said, a spokesman for the family. The child’s father was cutting grass when he heard the mother screaming and discovered “the dog on the boy.” By stabbing the dog, the father was able to get the animal off the child, but “It was already too late,” Vaughan said. – DogsBite.org

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2018 Pit Bull Fatality: Rylee Dodge

January 2018, Duncan, OK
Rylee Dodge, 3-years old
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Duncan, OK – A 3-year old girl killed by a family dog has been identified as Rylee Dodge. Her father, Jason Dodge, said the dog is a pit bull that he had only taken in five days earlier from a friend. In an interview with KFOR, Dodge said he left his daughter at home Sunday with Rylee’s grandmother. Dodge had only been away for about 20 minutes when he received a call that Rylee had been attacked. Dodge said Rylee opened up the front door to play with the dog and it attacked her. “I got [the dog] from a friend. I had it five days. I was very cautious about it, because I don’t just bring around dogs into my home. It was over a year, I was trying to do a good thing, because she was going to take it to the pound if I didn’t, and I love animals. So, I wanted to take it into my house because I know what would happen to a pit bull, you know.” – DogsBite.org

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2018 Pit Bull Fatality: Laura Ray

January 2018, West Monroe, LA
Laura Ray, 53-years old
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West Monroe, LA – The Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office confirmed that a woman died after being severely attacked by a dog at a pet boarding facility in West Monroe. On January 9, about 11:00 pm, deputies responded to the report of an injured person at The Happy Hound Hotel located at 517 Smith Street. Deputies found a female victim at the facility with severe injuries, apparently inflicted by a pit bull housed there. Ouachita Parish Animal Control took the dog into custody.

Scotty Robinson, the Ouachita Parish Police Jury President, confirmed the dog would be put down. “This situation is horrific and awful. That dog should and will be put down,” he told KNOE. The name of the pit bull’s owner has not been released. The animal is now being quarantined at the Ouachita Parish Animal Shelter. The investigation is ongoing, deputies said. – DogsBite.org

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2017 Pit Bull Fatality: Lorraine Saylor

December 2017, Bell County, KY
Lorraine Saylor, 66
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Arjay, KY – At approximately 10:20 this morning Deputy Robin Venable responded to a call of a dog attack in the Wieser Branch area of Arjay, Kentucky. Deputy Venable along with the Bell County EMS were the first to arrive on scene. Deputy Venable was assisted by Bell County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Doug Jordan, Kentucky State Police Trooper Don Perry, and Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Lt. Ray Lawson. Incident to Deputy Venable’s investigation he determined the following: Early this morning Johnny Saylor woke up at his home looking for his wife, Lorraine, who was normally awake before him. His search lead him outside to his porch where he was attacked by two dogs described as both being pit bulls. The dogs grabbed Johnny Saylor attempting to pull him to the ground by his arm.
Johnny Saylor’s brother heard the commotion and came outside yelling at the dogs. They released Johnny and he went back into his home to get a .22 caliber pistol. He used the pistol to shoot one of the pit bulls in the chest as it lunged at him. – Bell County Sheriff’s Office

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