2016 Pit Bull Fatality: Kayden Begay

July 2016, Navajo County, AZ
Kayden Begay, 3
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Window Rock, AZ – A 3-year old boy was killed by a pack of dogs in Seba Dalkai Thursday. The community is located on the Navajo Nation Reservation northeast of Flagstaff. The boy’s mother, Kimasha Begay of Gallup, told the Navajo Times that Kayden Colter Begay was visiting her paternal grandparents in Seba Dalkai at the time. Kayden had followed his aunt outside to get the cattle when a pack of 12 pit bulls owned by the family’s neighbor attacked and killed him. – DogsBite.org
“From what I was told, the aunt didn’t know Kayden had followed her,” said Kimasha Begay, holding back sobs. “She turned around and saw the dogs gathered around something. She went to see what they were doing, and that’s when she found my son.” Kimasha Begay said she was told the left side of Kayden’s face had been torn off and his thigh was gnawed to the bone, reports the Navajo Times.

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2016 Pit Bull Fatality: Hunter Bragg

June 2016, Penobscot County, ME
Hunter Bragg, 7
Fatal pit bull attack

Update: 06/06/16: The 7-year old boy struck down by a pit bull has been identified as Hunter Bragg of Bangor. The adult male pit bull that killed him has been euthanized, Penobscot County Sheriff Troy Morton said at a news conference Monday afternoon. On Saturday, Hunter was playing in the yard with two other children at Gary Merchant’s home at 207 Moody’s Mill Road when the attack occurred. The child’s father, Jason Bragg, and Merchant were at the residence at the time, Sheriff Morton said.
06/05/16: Corinna, ME – On Saturday, deputies responded to a dog attack at a home on Moody’s Mills Road in Corinna at 5:15 pm, states a release issued Saturday night by Penobscot County Sheriff Troy Morton. When deputies arrived at the scene, they found the 7-year old boy had died as a result of the attack. No one else was injured, and the dog was put down, states the release. Additional details were not provided, including the victim’s name. An investigation into the attack is ongoing. – DogsBite.org

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1908: Henry Turpin, Assisted Suicide by Pit Bull

Vicious Bulldog Helps Master to Drown Himself
May 1, 1908
Albuquerque Citizen
Library of Congress

Vicious Bulldog Helps Master to Drown Himself
Canine Bit Would Be Rescuers When They Attempted to Save Man from Watery Grave
His Third Attempt Was Successful
Henry TurpinHarrisburg. May 1. — After two attempts early today to commit suicide, Henry P. Turpin., aged 32, succeeded in drowning himself in the old Pennsylvania canal at Steelton near here. He spent the night in drinking. Early this morning, accompanied by a vicious bull terrier, he went to the canal and plunged in. Two men saw him and made an attempt at rescue, but the dog sprang at them, biting one man on the wrist. The dog was thrown aside and held by another man who appeared while the other two swam to Turpin and dragged him out.
Later he returned to the canal and again jumped in. Another attempt was made by the two men to reach him but the dog attacked them and bit each severely. Once more Turpin was rescued and the men telephoned for the police.
Before one arrived Turpin, with the assistance of his faithful dog, got away from his rescuers and made the third and successful attempt to end his life.
Once more ‘the men attempted to follow him into the water but the dog chased them from the edge of the water. One succeeded in jumping into the stream but the dog followed and attacked him the water.
Finally, an officer arrived and scared off the dog by shooting, but in the meantime Turpin had drowned. His father committed suicide ten years ago. –Albuquerque Citizen

Bull Dog Helps Master to Drown
May 7, 1908
The Clarksburg Telegram
Library of Congress

Bull Dog Helps Master to Drown
Drives Off Three Times Two Men Who Try to Save Life of the Man.
HARRISBURG, Pa., May 1 — After making two attempts to commit suicide although a vicious bulldog owned by the would-be suicide used its best endeavors to prevent two rescuers from pulling its master from the water, Henry P. Turpin, aged 32 years, committed suicide by drowning himself in the old Pennsylvania canal at Steelton, near here today. The two men twice pulled Turpin from the water, but the third time the dog was more vicious than ever and kept the men from the edge of the water. –The Clarksburg Telegram

Was Determined to Die
May 07, 1908
The Spanish Fork press
Library of Congress

Was Determined to Die
Harrisburg — After making two attempts to commit suicide although a vicious bulldog used its best endeavors to prevent the rescuers from pulling the would-be suicide from the water, Henry P Turpin, aged 32 years, succeeded in drowning himself in the old Pennsylvania canal. He had been drinking heavily and was seen by two men to jump In the canal. Twice they rescued the man in spite of the attacks of his bulldog, but the third time he broke away from them, plunged into the canal and was drowned. – The Spanish Fork press

Now that is what can rightly be called a “purposeful act.”
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2016 Pit Bull Fatality: Adonis Reddick

May 2016, St. Louis County, MO
Adonis Reddick, 45
Fatal pit bull attack

St. Louis County Police released autopsy results of a man found dead Monday in a home with his two pet pit bulls. Adonis Reddick, 45-years old, died due to fatal dog bite injuries inflicted to his neck, authorities said. St. Louis County police spokesman Shawn McGuire said the county medical examiner determined that Reddick died of “penetrating and perforating” wounds to the neck. County police investigators believe he was killed by one of his two pit bulls. – DogsBite.org
Reddick had developmental disabilities but lived independently and volunteered with St. Louis ARC, which serves people with disabilities in the region, said Sharon Spurlock, director of family support for the organization. Reddick won a national award last year for his efforts to educate, train and support others living with disabilities. – St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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2016 Pit Bull Fatality: Sebastian Caban

April 2016, San Diego County, CA
Sebastian Caban, < 1
Fatal pit bull attack
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Rehomed by San Diego Humane Society: It was learned today that San Diego Humane Society adopted out the pit bull, named Polo, that killed a baby 5-months earlier. In a letter to staff and volunteers, the director, Gary Weitzman, said: “This horrible accident was one that all of us in animal sheltering dread and not a single one of us could have  foreseen.  There was not a fragment of aggression seen in this dog before tragedy struck.  But tragedy did  strike and there was nothing any of us could have done to prevent it.” – SDHS
The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the 3-day old baby boy that was attacked and killed by the family pit bull-mix last Thursday. Sebastian Caban of San Diego died due to dog bite injuries to his head, states the medical examiner’s news release. The manner of death was ruled an accident. The “decedent was mauled by the family dog after the dog was startled awake when sleeping on the bed with the mother and decedent,” states the news release.
San Diego, CA – A 3-day old baby was fatally attacked by a family pit bull, San Diego police said Friday. The deadly attack occurred Thursday night on Flanders Drive in the Mira Mesa area. The dog is now in the custody of San Diego County Animal Services, police said. Dan DeSousa, Deputy Director of Animal Services and longtime pit bull sympathizer, said the dog is a 2-year old male, neutered pit bull, but insisted on calling the animal an “American Staffordshire Terrier.” – DogsBite.org

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2016 Pit Bull Fatality: Sonda Tyson

March 2016, Lake County, FL
Sonda Tyson, 66
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Leesburg, FL Police identified the woman they believed was fatally attacked by her own dog Thursday night as 66-year old Sonda Tyson. Tyson was found by her granddaughter and daughter-in-law lying in a pool of blood on the back porch of her Leesburg residence, a police death report states. Her arms had “significant damage” and were missing flesh.
Preliminary results from the medical examiner indicate the death was caused by massive blood loss, resulting from the mauling,” states the release. After next of kin were notified, investigators determined the dog belonged to the victim and she had acquired the animal as a puppy, according to the release. News agencies report the dog is described as a large brindle pit bull-mix dog in the police report. The deadly attack occurred at a residence on the 1200 block of South Street. – DogsBite.org

Media Release: 16-03-0539On 03/31/2016, at approximately 4:53 PM, Leesburg police officers were summoned to 1215 South…

Posted by Leesburg Police Department on Friday, April 1, 2016

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2016 Pit Bull Fatality: Bessie Flowers

March 2016, Mecklenburg County, NC
86-years old
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3/29/16: The victim, identified as Bessie Flowers, was found suffering from fatal dog bite injuries. She died at the scene. “WBTV has learned that Flowers was heading back into the house from the back porch when she either slipped or tripped onto a dog bed. The family’s dogs – 2 pit bulls – went over to Flowers while she was down and apparently started playing with her. A police source says the dogs became more aggressive, and that the aggression escalated. – WBTV.com
3/28/16: Charlotte, NC – An 86-year old woman was attacked and killed by two dogs while visiting a family member’s home in south Charlotte. The victim, whose name has not been released, suffered “fatal dog bite injuries” and was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said. Reports say the woman was visiting her daughter’s townhome on the 3200 block of Luke Crossing when the lethal attack occurred. Captain Todd Lontz confirmed that the dogs involved “are actually family dogs.” – DogsBite.org

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2016 Pit Bull Fatality: Suzanne Story

February 2016, Perquimans County, NC
Suzanne Story, 36
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Perquimans County, NC – A North Carolina woman is dead after being viciously attacked by her pet dog, described as a pit bull-type dog. Perquimans County Sheriff Eric Tilley said the attack occurred about 1:00 pm Wednesday in the 1200 block of Snug Harbor Road. Her injuries were so extreme, a helicopter from Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Virginia was sent to airlift her to the hospital. The victim, Suzanne Story, 36, died as the helicopter was landing, Sheriff Tilley said. – DogsBite.org
13News Now interviewed Suzanne Story’s stepfather Randy Brown. He said that she saw a newspaper advertisement about a “female pit bull” that was placed by someone in a Virginia newspaper. “I think they had a problem with the dog and didn’t know how to handle it, and they were just trying to get rid of it, and they did,” said Brown. The people who gave her the dog did so at no charge he added. – 13News Now

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2016 Pit Bull Fatality: Payton Sawyers

January 2016, Grayson County, VA
Payton Sawyers, 1
Fatal pit bull attack

The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office has charged a couple with murder after their pit bull brutally attacked a child who was under their care. John Underwood II and Terra Connell have been charged with second-degree murder in connection to the death of 15-month old Payton Sawyers. The two had initially been charged with felony child neglect and possessing a vicious dog. Then Payton died of her injuries. Now the two are also facing murder charges. – DogsBite.org
Investigators say the 15-month-old has died of her injuries. On January 6, 2016 at about 9:30 p.m. Deputies, Rescue personnel and Animal Control responded to a 911 call at 443 Penn Ford Road in Independence. They met with the residents, John Underwood and Terra Connell. Underwood told investigators that he was awakened by the screams of a 15 month old child they were babysitting. The child had been mauled by their Pit Bull mix dog “E.J.” and had the child’s head in its mouth. Underwood was bitten in the face while trying to intervene in the attack of the child. The child was flown to Brenner Children’s Hospital in Winston-Salem, North Carolina where she remains in critical condition. – WDBJ7.com

UPDATE: Dog attack results in infant death; babysitters charged with murder. The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office is…

Posted by Grayson County Sheriff’s Office-Virginia on Wednesday, January 13, 2016

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2016 Pit Bull Fatality: Tyler Trammell-Huston

January 2016, Yuba County, CA
Tyler Trammell-Huston, 9
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Linda, CA – A 9-year old boy was killed by three pit bulls at his home in Linda Sunday, the Yuba County Sheriff’s Department said. The boy had been left alone with the family pit bulls. Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of the attack about 10:00 am. The child’s guardian, they learned, left him in the home on the 6200 block of Dunning Avenue with the dogs while she went to work. When she returned three hours later, she found him attacked, suffering life-threatening injuries.
The boy was pronounced dead at Rideout Memorial Hospital just after arrival, according to Undersheriff Jerry Read. No arrests have been made at this time. Child endangerment charges may be forthcoming against the boy’s guardian, whose name was not provided, pending further investigation. All three dogs were seized from the home, a 4-year old female pit bull and her two 1.5-year old offspring. None of the dogs had a history with Animal Care Services, Read said. – DogsBite.org

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2015 Pit Bull Fatality: Xavier Strickland

December 2015, Detroit, MI
Xavier Strickland, 4
Fatal pit bull attack

Detroit, MI – In a horrific attack, four pit bulls savagely attacked and killed a 4-year old boy as he walked down a residential sidewalk with his mother. The pit bulls escaped beneath their owner’s gate, snatched the boy away from his mother then yanked him back under the gate and brutally mauled him. Arriving officers shot and killed three of the dogs and took the fourth into custody. The child was rushed to the hospital in a police scout car, but did not survive his hideous injuries.
The violent attack occurred about 12:30 pm on Baylis Street along the Lodge Freeway. After the pit bulls dragged him under the gate and began ripping his flesh off, neighbors hurled bricks at the dogs to help free the boy. The attack continued until police arrived. They entered into the backyard of the home and open fired on the pit bulls, killing one; two others fled into the neighborhood. They were located and shot by police, according to Detroit Police Lt. Pride Henry.- DogsBite.org

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2015 Pit Bull Fatality: Tanner Smith

October 2015, Orange County, TX
Tanner Smith, 5
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Update: No Charges; Family Mourns
An autopsy is scheduled tomorrow for a 5-year old boy killed by two pit bulls near Vidor, Texas. Tomorrow is Tuesday, October 20, 2015 and would have been Tanner Smith’s 6th Birthday. Tanner, described by Vidor Elementary School Principal Jeff Leger as “a sweet little guy,” was killed on Sunday at a home in the 1700 block of Aloha Street. “Life is unpredictable and things like this remind us how precious our children really are,” Leger said on Monday. – Beaumont Enterprise
10/19/15: Pit Bulls Kill Boy in Texas
Orange County, TX – A 5-year old boy is dead after being mauled by two pit bulls Sunday evening. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department identified the kindergartner as Tanner Smith of Vidor, Texas. At the time of the deadly attack, Tanner was with his mother, Ashley, who was visiting a friend at a home in the 1700 block of Aloha Street near Vidor. Ashley believed he was outside with her friend’s husband, but then learned the husband was not home, according to the sheriff’s office. – DogsBite.org

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2015 Pit Bull Fatality: Emilio Rios

September 2015, Riverside County, CA
Emilio Rios Sr., 65
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09/09/15: Coroner Releases Age
Emilio Rios, Sr. was 65-years old, according to a Coroner’s Office news release. When deputies arrived to the scene at about 6:15 am Tuesday, Rios was found dead and two dogs described as pit bulls were actively attacking a woman. Officers responded to the woman in their vehicle with lights and sirens on, causing the dogs to flee. The woman was taken to a local hospital. Animal control captured both dogs and photographs have been released to the media.
09/08/15: Dogs Fatally Attack Man
North Shore, CA – A dog attack this morning left one man dead and a woman seriously injured. The attack occurred in the unincorporated community of North Shore near Salton Sea. Deputies were dispatched to a location near Seagull and Dolphin Drives at about 6:15 am, according to Riverside County sheriff’s officials. The victims have been identified as Emilio Rios, Sr. and Luisa Rodriguez. The woman was transported to a local hospital to receive treatment for her injuries. – DogsBite.org

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2015 Fatal Pit Bull Attack: Annie Williams

July 2015, Cuyahoga County, OH
Annie Williams, 71
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07/14/15: A medical examiner said that 71-year old Annie Williams who was attacked by a pit bull died from bite wounds and crushing injuries to her neck, throat and body. On Sunday, Williams stopped by a relative’s home in Shaker Heights where the pit bull lived. The dog viciously attacked her in the homeowner’s driveway as soon as she exited her vehicle. A 13-year old inside Williams’ car witnessed the violent attack, along with at least two other children at the relative’s home.
07/13/15: Woman Dies After Dog Attack
Shaker Heights, OH – An elderly woman has died after a vicious dog attack. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the woman as 71-year old Annie Williams. The attack occurred Sunday in the 3600 hundred block of Pennington Road. The 911 caller identified the attacking dog as a “beige pit bull.” The dog was fired upon by someone at the scene. Williams was taken to South Point Hospital where she later died. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday. – DogsBite.org

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2015 Fatal Pit Bull Attack: Joshua Strother

July 2015, Henderson County, NC
Joshua Strother, 6
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07/16/15: County Stops Pit Bull Transfers
After a pit bull adopted out by the Asheville Humane Society (AHS) killed a 6-year old boy, Buncombe County officials are reviewing the organization’s adoption process for pit bulls. Recall that AHS is under contract with the county to operate its open admission shelter, where the stray pit bull originally came in and where (we presume) it was temperament tested. Then the pit bull was “transferred” to the Asheville Humane Adoption Center, a separate, but adjacent building.
07/07/15: Pit Bull Mauling Victim Identified
The young boy mauled to death by a recently adopted pit bull in Henderson County has been identified as Joshua Strother. The late night update from Blue Ridge Now communicates portions of the painful 911 call made by the little boy’s mother who is 8-months pregnant, according to a neighbor. The news report also indicates the pit bull had only been with the unnamed dog’s owner and next door neighbor for two weeks before fatally attacking a child.
0707/15: Adopted Pit Bull Kills Child
Hendersonville, NC – In developing story, a pit bull terrier attacked and killed a 6-year old boy Tuesday afternoon, according to the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office. Arriving deputies shot and killed the dog to get to the child, but it was too late to save his life. The fatal attack happened on the pit bull owner’s property on Piney Ridge Drive, according to deputies. At the time of the deadly attack, the boy was visiting his grandparent’s home next door to the dog owner’s property.

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