2020 Pit Bull Fatality: Julian Connell

January 2020, Tippecanoe County, IN
Julian Connell, < 1
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Lafayette, IN – A one-month old baby is dead after being mauled by a family pit bull-mix, Lafayette police said Monday. The attack occurred at 1901 Greenbush Street at about 11:30 am Saturday. Police were dispatched to the residence after the infant’s teenage brother called 911. The pit bull-mix had been “fighting” with a beagle-mix in the home prior to attacking and killing the infant, police said. – DogsBite.org

The first officer to arrive at the home found the pit-mix dog standing over the severely injured infant. “He could see that the baby had some pretty severe injuries and he believed the infant needed immediate lifesaving aid,” Gard said. “Unfortunately, in order to render aid to the infant, the officer did fire his handgun one time, striking the dog, killing it.” Julian was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. – WTHR

Julian Connell killed by pit bull-mix

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2020 Fatal Pit Bull Attack: Donald Abner

January 2020, Rockcastle County, KY
Donald Abner, 55
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Berea, KY – A man is dead after being attacked by a dog in northern Rockcastle County, near Pug Lane, according to authorities. Rockcastle County Coroner Marvin Owens was called to 45 Pug Lane early Friday morning after a reported dog attack. Kentucky State Police troopers found an aggressive pit bull near a truck at the home. They shot and killed the dog. – DogsBite.org
Melissa D. Wolke, 38, was arrested and charged with murder in connection to the death of Donald Abner. Police say that Wolke admitted to being in the residence and going “redneck” on the victim. The witness says that Wolke was punching the victim, giving commands to a large dog to get it to attack the man. – WKYT

Charged with murder of Donald Abner

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2020 Fatal Pit Bull Attack: McKenzie Terwell

January 2020, Montgomery County, OH
McKenzie Terwell, < 1
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Dayton, OH – On January 9, just before midnight, Dayton police officers were dispatched to a home in the 100 block of Vermont Avenue for reports of an infant not breathing. Officers found the baby girl had died after being attacked by the family pit bull, according to police. The infant died of blood loss due to extensive soft tissue trauma, according to Montgomery County Coroner Dr. Kent Harshbarger. The baby girl was later identified as 4-month old McKenzie Terwell. – DogsBite.org

The dog, who Dayton Police say is a pit bull, has since been quarantined and the incident is under investigation by the police department’s Special Victims Unit. Two “beware of dog” signs are posted at the front of the Vermont Avenue home. According to a 911 call, a parent had returned home to find the baby on the floor and not breathing. The parent also told the dispatcher a family member was supposed to be watching the girl. – WDTN

McKenzie Terwell killed by pit bull

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2019 Fatal Pit Bull Attack: Melissa Astacio

December 2019, Bristol County, MA
Melissa Astacio, 44
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Somerset, MA – A 44-year old woman died after being mauled by a family pit bull. Melissa Astacio suffered a seizure Friday evening in her Somerset home. Her daughter called 911 and said that her mother was having a seizure when the dog started to attack her, according to a press release from the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office. – DogsBite.org

Officers were forced to Tase the dog before helping Astacio. She was rushed to Rhode Island Hospital, where she died from her injuries. Her daughter, Heaven, does not blame the dog for killing her mother. “I don’t think he was trying to attack her. I think the dog was just trying to help my mom, but he’s just a dog and he didn’t know any better,” Heaven said. – WJAR

Melissa Astacio killed by pit bull

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2019 Fatal Pit Bull Attack: Lorena Cordova

November 2019, Gwinnett County, GA
Lorena Cordova, 47
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Dacula, GA – Local media outlets confirmed the death of 47-year old Lorena Cordova, who died on November 21 after suffering severe injuries from a dog attack on September 16. Her daughter, Ingrid Alvarado, said the neighbor’s three pit bulls had been an ongoing problem. – DogsBite.org

Police subsequently charged the three dogs’ owners, David and Vickie Clark, with reckless conduct. In late December, District Attorney Danny Porter said his team will seek a grand jury indictment in January asking for felony involuntary manslaughter charges. – WBS-TV

Lorena Cordova killed by pit bulls

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2019 Fatal Pit Bull Attack: Lasaro Macedo

November 2019, Madera County, CA
Lasaro Macedo
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Madera, CA – A man was found dead with obvious bite marks to his legs, arms, and face, according to the Madera Police Department. The victim was found in a “dry riverbed” in the area of Cleveland Avenue and Raymond Road in Madera. While officers investigated the scene, a vicious dog charged the officers. An officer open fired on the animal, killing it. The cause of death will be determined after an autopsy is conducted, police said. The man’s name was not released. – DogsBite.org
Investigators say the man who died didn’t have an ID on him, and his face was unrecognizable because of the trauma. “He had several tattoos on his person, so we’re going to have the coroner help us identify the person positively, but right now, we don’t have confirmation on his identity,” Trukki said. – ABC 30

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2019 Fatal Pit Bull Attack: Brandy Boschen-O’Dell

November 2019, Bay County, MI
Brandy Boschen-O’Dell
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Bay City, MI – A 41-year old woman died Friday after being attacked by her pit bulls. Officers from the Bay City Department of Public Safety were dispatched to a residence in the 3200 block of Westshore Drive in the Westshore Estates Mobile Home Park at 2:55 pm Friday. Brandy Boschen-O’Dell was discovered deceased inside the home. The Bay County Medical Examiner’s office determined her death “was caused from several bites made by one or more dogs that were pets.” – DogsBite.org
Two “pit bull type dogs” were removed from the home and taken to animal control, police said. Craig Goulet, supervisor of Bay County Animal Services and Adoption Center, confirmed that the dogs were pit bulls. Goulet said he couldn’t comment on their behavior or if they could be designated as aggressive. The dogs are currently quarantined. It’s unknown what will happen to them, according to Goulet. -MLive.com

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2019 Fatal Pit Bull Attack: Benjamin Cobb

October 2019, Oakland County, MI
Benjamin Cobb, 4
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Hazel Park, MI – A 4-year old boy is dead in Hazel Park, Michigan after being mauled to death by a pit bull his family was fostering. The boy’s 14-year old sister called 911 at about 6:45 pm and said her mother was trying to stop the dog from attacking the boy in her home. Investigators said the mother used a knife, cutting the dog, while defending her son. The family had been fostering the male, 60-pound pit bull, according to police. No information was provided regarding the “source” of the dog or whether the dog was neutered. – DogsBite.org

“The boy was in his bedroom and his mother was working on a wall in the room,” said Hazel Park Police Chief Brian Buchholz. “The mother heard the dog growl when the attack started. It was very sudden.” Police officers got to the house on East Woodruff Avenue within a minute and said they found the dog still attacking the boy. Officers freed the boy and used Taser stun guns on the dog, which ran out of the house. The boy was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. He suffered wounds to his body and neck in the attack. – Morning Sun

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