2019 Fatal Pit Bull Attack: Emma Hernandez

August 2019, Wayne County, MI
Emma Hernandez, 9
Fatal Pit Bull Attack
View related map

Detroit, MI – The Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim as Emma Hernandez. She died of multiple injuries and her death was ruled an accident. On Monday afternoon, three pit bulls viciously attacked the girl in an alley behind her home as she was riding her bike. She was transported to Children’s Hospital of Michigan, where she was pronounced dead. The owner of the pit bulls, a 33-year old male, was taken into custody after the attack. – DogsBite.org

Family members are remembering Emma Hernandez as a playful little girl who loved school and playing outside. “Such a beautiful child. Very happy. Very smart,” said her aunt and Godmother, Claudia Stapleton. The 9-year-old was riding her bike Monday when she was mauled to death by three pit bulls on Detroit’s southwest side. “We’re very devastated. It’s just a tragic way for her to pass.” – WXYZ

Emma Hernandez

pit bull attack Posted in 2019 Fatal Pit Bull Attack | Tagged , ,

2019 Fatal Pit Bull Attack: Nelson Cabrera

August 2019, Dallas County, TX
Nelson Cabrera, 16
Fatal pit bull attack
View related map

Irving, TX – Early Saturday morning, three pit bulls secured in their fenced-in yard brutally attacked a teenager. Irving police received reports of the attack about 4:45 am in the 800 block of East Third Street. Arriving officers jumped the fence and tried to stop the vicious attack by placing themselves between the teenager and the dogs, firing on the pit bulls in the process. One pit bull was shot in the jaw. The victims was transported to Parkland Memorial Hospital with critical injuries. – DogsBite.org

The Dallas County Medical Examiner identified the teenager as Nelson Cabrera. He would have celebrated his 17th birthday on Sunday. A dog that was shot by responding police had to be euthanized due to the severity of its injuries, police said. Two other dogs are still at the Irving Animal Shelter. Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Irving Police Department at 972-273-1010. -CBS DFW

Nelson Cabrera

pit bull attack Posted in 2019 Fatal Pit Bull Attack | Tagged , ,

2019 Fatal Pit Bull Attack: Mario Moore

July 2019, Shelby County, TN
Mario Moore, 40
Fatal pack attack involving pit bull(s)
View related map

Memphis, TN – Late Friday, it was reported that a 40-year old man was killed by a pack of dogs near the intersection of Belle Haven and Meadowbrook in Memphis. The vicious attack occurred Thursday about 2:00 am. He was transported in critical condition to Regional Medical Center, where he later died. A family member identified the victim as Mario Moore. His death by a “pack of dogs” comes two weeks after a 45-year old man died a similar death in Lake Placid, Florida. – DogsBite.org

Sherry Pruitt says she understands some of what Moore felt, because she says she was attacked while walking on that same street back in May. “I knew that’s what was going to happen and that’s what I was trying to prevent,” Pruitt said. “I felt horrible for that family because I knew what it felt like for me and I made it. So I can’t imagine what that man went through.” WREG showed her pictures of the dogs involved in Moore’s attack. She immediately recognized them… – WREG

Mario Moore

pit bull attack Posted in 2019 Fatal Pit Bull Attack | Tagged , ,

2019 Fatal Pit Bull Attack: Homer Utterback

July 2019, Fayette County, PA
Homer Utterback, 52
Fatal pit bull attack
View related map

Uniontown, PA – A man is dead after his own dog brutally attacked him. Police identified the man as 52-year old Homer Utterback. Just before 1:00 am Thursday, Utterback’s girlfriend heard something fall, police said. She got up to see what the noise was and found Utterback on the floor with the dog biting his neck. Police said by the time EMS arrived, Utterback was dead. Utterback’s girlfriend told officers the dog was their pet for a decade and was Utterback’s “best friend.” – Dogsbite.org

“I was shocked,” Kelsey Matlock told WXPI, a friend of the family. “I was so shocked, I, I don’t even know how to explain it. It just wasn’t, the dog just attacked. He went into a seizure, it was dark in the room, and the dog got frightened,” she said. Police said they do not yet know what triggered the dog, Petey [a pet pit bull of 10 years], to start attacking Utterback. – WXPI

Kelsey Matlock

pit bull attack Posted in 2019 Fatal Pit Bull Attack, Post CDC Acquiescence |

2019 Fatal Pit Bull Attack: Melvin Olds Jr.

July 2019, Highlands County, FL
Melvin Olds Jr., 45
Fatal pit bull attack
View related map

Lake Placid, FL – Shortly before noon on the Fourth of July, a man was found dead in a wooded area behind a home in the southeastern portion of Highway Park. The Highlands County Sheriff’s Office identified the man as 45-year old Melvin Olds Jr. “The investigation has revealed injuries indicative of an animal attack,” states the release from the sheriff’s office. The medical examiner responded to the scene and could find “no other injuries other than those inflicted by the animals.” – DogsBite.org

There were no other wounds found on his body other than the more than 100 dog bites, according to the sheriff’s office. Olds’ fiance, Jannell Ward, has seen a pack of dogs hanging out in their neighborhood. “They growled a couple times but they never ran up to me. They never came at me or insinuated that they were going to bite me. I never got that feeling,” she said. The sheriff’s office laid traps in the area and picked up six stray dogs, all pit bull mixes. – WFLA

Melvin olds killed by pit bull-mixes

pit bull attack Posted in 2019 Fatal Pit Bull Attack, Post CDC Acquiescence | Tagged , ,

2019 Fatal Pit Bull Attack: Brian Butler

June 2019, Marshall County, KY
Brian Butler, 46
Fatal pit bull attack
View related map

Gilbertsville, KY – Detectives with the Kentucky State Police (KSP) are investigating the death of a man found in Western Kentucky on Saturday night. The victim has been identified as Brian Butler, 46-years old, of Benton, Kentucky. Police were notified just after 8:00 pm on June 29 that a passerby discovered a body laying near a local roadway in Gilbertsville. An autopsy, scheduled for Sunday, June 30, will determine his cause of death. Two pit bulls were found near his body and seized by authorities. – DogsBite.org

Gilbertsville, KY (June 29, 2019) – Detectives with the Kentucky State Police are investigating the death of a Marshall County man after he was found dead in the Gilbertsville community on Saturday night. KSP was notified just after 8:00 PM on June 29th after a passerby discovered the body laying near a local roadway. Detectives identified the deceased as 46-year-old, Brian Butler of Benton. An autopsy has been requested to assist investigators in determining what may have caused the death of Butler. – Kentucky State Police

Brian Butler killed by pit bulls

pit bull attack Posted in 2019 Fatal Pit Bull Attack, Post CDC Acquiescence | Tagged , ,

2019 Fatal Pit Bull Attack: Crystal Pearigen

May 2019, Kern County, CA
Crystal Pearigen, 36
Fatal pit bull attack
View related map

Bakersfield, CA – Authorities confirmed that three dogs killed a woman in Northwest Bakersfield this weekend. According to Bakersfield Police spokesman Nathan McCauley, a pit bull and a mixed-breed dog escaped from a nearby business before the attack and the third dog, another pit bull, was a stray. The victim, who is in her 30s or 40s, is a Bakersfield resident. Police have not released her identity. A bystander discovered her body just before 6:00 am Sunday morning. – DogsBite.org

The body of the woman who was attacked by three dogs before dying in a Costco parking lot has been claimed by the little family she left behind. They say they want people to know that 36-year-old Crystal Pearigen was loved. One of the biggest questions in this case is how did this happen? Bakersfield Police say they still don’t know. But one thing is certain: before she died a horrible death, Crystal Pearigen led a tragic life. – KGET

crystal pearigen

pit bull attack Posted in 2019 Fatal Pit Bull Attack, Post CDC Acquiescence | Tagged , ,

2019 Fatal Pit Bull Attack: Christine Liquori

May 2019, St. Lucie County, FL
Christine Liquori, 52
Fatal pit bull attack
View related map

A volunteer at the Humane Society of St. Lucie County is dead after being attacked by a dog earlier today, Fort Pierce police said. Responders were called to the facility at 100 Savannah Road about 2:17 pm. “This incident involved an adult volunteer, who is deceased,” police stated in a news release issued at 5:02 pm. The victim was later identified as Christine Liquori. – DogsBite.org

The Medical Examiner’s Office said Friday it ruled Liquori’s death accidental, with the cause being severe loss of blood due to dog bites. The dog involved, identified as a pit bull-mix, was euthanized Friday. Liquori had volunteered at the shelter for several years, the last three with a group called Paws Fur Recovery, an organization made up of recovering addicts, who work with the most problematic dogs. – CBS 12

Christine Liquori killed by rescue pit bull

pit bull attack Posted in 2019 Fatal Pit Bull Attack, Post CDC Acquiescence | Tagged , , ,