2014 Fatal Pit Bull Attack: Edward Cahill

December 2014, Porter County, IN
Edward Cahill, 40
Fatal pit bull attack

Portage, IN – A man was found dead in his home on Christmas night after being mauled to death by his pet pit bull. Edward Cahill, 40-years old, suffered massive blood loss from bite injuries to his arms and face by his pit bull, according to Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris. Cahill was pronounced dead at his home at 5586 Tulips Ave of Portage, Indiana; Coroner Harris ruled his death a dog mauling…
Police reports state that Rodriguez was living at the residence with Cahill, but had been visiting family since about 2:00 pm that day. She reportedly spoke to Cahill on the phone about 5:00 pm and “everything was fine.” Rodriguez arrived home about 8:00 pm and found him dead. No one witnessed the attack, according to Coroner Harris… – DogsBite.org

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2014 Fatal Pit Bull Attack: Alemeaner Dial

November 2014, Robeson County, NC
Alemeaner Dial, 83
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Rowland, NC – On October 25, 83-year old Alemeaner Dial suffered catastrophic injuries inflicted by four pit bulls belonging to her granddaughter. She had been sitting on her front porch when the dogs pulled her off and mauled her. She was taken to New Hanover Medical Center then airlifted to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill. Six days later, it was reported that Dial was taken off life support and near death. Family members confirmed today that she passed away late Sunday night
In 2012, there was another fatal pit bull attack in Robeson County. 53-year old Mary Jo Hunt was mauled to death by seven rescued pit bulls at a home she shared with her sister on Sharon Lane. At the time of the attack, Hunt worked for Robeson County Claws and Paws Rescue. All of the pit bulls involved in the fatal attack had been up for adoption through the rescue. Sheriff’s authorities said the victim was trying to break up a dog fight when the dogs turned on her and attacked. – DogsBite.org

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2014 Fatal Pit Bull Attack: David Glass Sr.

September 2014, Benton County, MS
David Glass Sr., 51
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09/22/14: Manslaughter Charges
The DJournal.com reports new information. David Glass Sr. was attacked by three pit bulls at about 1 am Saturday morning, according to the sheriff’s office. He was found four hours later. Glass Sr. was able to give Sheriff Arnie McMullen an account of what happened. The attack occurred at Sexton Road and Highway 7 in Lamar. The owner of the pit bulls, Eric Hodges, was arrested and charged with culpable negligent manslaughter in connection to his death.
09/21/14: Man Dies After Pit Bull Attack
Benton County, MS – In a developing story, WREG reports that a man who was attacked by a pack of dogs yesterday has died. David Glass1 was severely mauled by a pack of pit bulls in Benton County, Mississippi Saturday morning. The attack occurred off Highway 7. Glass was airlifted to Regional Medical Center in critical condition after the attack. Glass died Sunday afternoon. Benton County borders the Tennessee state line. No other news reports have so far been located online. – DogsBite.org

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2014 Fatal Pit Bull Attack: Deriah Solem

St. Charles County, MO
Deriah Solem, < 2
Fatal pit bull attack

St. Charles County, MO – Officials confirmed on Monday that a 22-month old girl savagely attacked by her family pit bull-mix last Thursday while under the care of her grandmother has died. Deriah Solem was pronounced dead at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center on Saturday, according to the medical examiner’s office. The cause of death was listed as injuries to her head and neck. At the time of the attack, her grandmother was babysitting Deriah… – DogsBite.org
The dog, an 80-pound pit bull mix, had no reported history of attacks or biting, according to police, but the family told police the dog had shown aggressive behavior. Police said Monday that their investigation has concluded, and no criminal charges are expected. – St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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2014 Fatal Pit Bull Attack: Cindy Whisman

August 2014, Butler County, OH
Cindy Whisman, 59
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Madison Township, OH – In a developing story, a 59-year old woman was attacked and killed by her family’s pit bull in Madison Township. The attack occurred at a residence on the 4700 block of Eck Road just after 1 pm on Monday, according to authorities. The victim has been identified as 59-year old Cindy Whisman. The woman was attacked by the family’s pit bull and a neighbor witnessed the attack, according to police. More information is expected… – DogsBite.org

“She was out back and saw the victim being attacked in her backyard,” she said. “We don’t know what prompted the attack.” Cindy Whisman suffered multiple injuries to her face, neck and body, according to the release. She was pronounced dead at the scene, Gerhardt said. Whisman’s husband and a child were home at the time of the incident, but no one else was harmed. – Cincinnati.com

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2014 Fatal Pit Bull Attack: Johnathan Quarles, Jr.

July 2014, Montgomery County, OH
Johnathan Quarles, Jr., < 1
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07/20/14: Family Pit Bull Kills Baby
Dayton, OH – In a developing story, homicide detectives where called out to a home on Sunday after a baby was killed by a family pit bull. The attack occurred at a home on the 2200 block of Riverside Drive at about 12:30 pm. At the time of the attack, the child’s step-grandmother was babysitting the child. According to police, the step-grandmother took her eyes off the child for a “few seconds” when the pit bull attacked. The dog was seized by animal control and taken away.
Separately, this is the second fatal dog attack in the City of Dayton in 2014. In early February, 57-year old Klonda Richey was brutally killed by her neighbor’s two pit bull-type dogs after she stepped outside her home. Prior to the attack, Klonda had made at least 16 calls to 911 reporting problems with the dogs; had installed a double tiered security fence and surveillance cameras for protection and had attempted to get a civil stalking protection order against the dogs’ owner. – DogsBite.org

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2014 Fatal Pit Bull Attack: Logan Sheppard

July 2014, Hillsborough County, FL
Logan Sheppard, 4
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7/20/14: Visiting Child Killed by Pit Bulls
Riverview, FL – In a developing story, a 4-year old boy was killed by two pit bulls while visiting his aunt and uncle’s home in Riverview. On Saturday night, Logan Sheppard and his mother, Stephanie Groulx, walked to the home of Groulx’s sister, Delores Fredericks, and her husband at 12509 Rhodine Road. Just before they arrived, Fredericks’ husband placed their two pit bulls in a crate. Logan was given ice cream and left alone while the adults went into the master bedroom to talk.
When the adults heard the child scream, they ran out and discovered that Logan was gone. At the same time, two deputies from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, who were conducting an unrelated traffic stop near the home, also heard the child’s screams. The deputies raced to the home and found Logan Sheppard on the front lawn of the house with the two pit bulls standing over him. The child was pronounced dead at the scene around 10:30 pm. – DogsBite.org

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1892 Breed-Specific ‘Pit’ Bulldog Ordinance – Asheville, NC

With the Alerman
Asheville Daily Citizen
November 12, 1892
Library of Congress

With the Alderman
Mr. Starnes promised to have an ordinance prepared by the next meeting, declaring bulldogs a nuisance and condemning them all to instant death, or something as bad. – Asheville Daily Citizen

The Lawyers In It
Asheville Daily Citizen
April 12, 1893
Library of Congress

The Lawyers In It.
It developed, at the December 22nd meeting, that $1,500 had been paid to the lawyers services in the street railway fight. At the same meeting Alderman Starnes’ bulldog ordinance requiring all bulldogs to be muzzled, was adopted. – Asheville Daily Citizen

The bulldog of the late 1800s and early 1900s is the same dog as today’s pit bull terrier. The only thing that has changed about this dog breed in the last century are the different names it goes by: bulldog, pit dog, bull pit, bull terrier — pit bull terrier. Modern dogfighters still call their fighting pit bulls “100% bulldog.” (See: Disguise breed name)
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2014 Fatal Pit Bull Attack: Katie Morrison

May 2014, Lee County, AL
Katie Morrison, 20
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Scalping Victim Dies
Smiths Station, AL – The Lee County coroner reports that a young woman hospitalized for severe pit bull injuries last week has died. Katie Morrison, 20-years old, was getting acquainted with the dogs, preparing to “watch” the four dogs1 while their owner left town, when three of the dogs, pit bulls, turned on their owner and Morrison. The May 2 WTVM article also noted that Morrison’s “critical condition is not improving.” She was added to the DogsBite Fatality Watch list at that time…
Morrison was transported by ambulance to Midtown Medical Center in Columbus and then transferred to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. She succumbed to her injuries Saturday night. Coroner Bill Harris said she suffered severe head injuries and multiple laceration and puncture wounds all over her body. The dogs’ owner voluntarily transported her dogs to animal control and surrendered them after the attack. The dogs remain in the state mandated 10-day quarantine. – DogsBite.org

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2014 Fatal Pit Bull Attack: Petra Aguirre

April 2014, Bexar County, TX
Petra Aguirre, 83
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San Antonio, TX – An elderly woman has died for the second time this year at University Hospital (See a related study from the same hospital: Mortality, Mauling and Maiming by Vicious Dogs). Petra Aguirre, 83-years old, was attacked by a neighbor’s pit bull in her backyard last month. Aguirre had bites all over her body, according to officials and family members. She died Friday evening at the hospital. The 2-year old pit bull had been involved in a previous biting incident…
A news report by the Associated Press states she was attacked on March 31 while feeding her cats in her own backyard. The Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office said Petra Aguirre died on Friday from dog bite complications. Animal Care Services spokeswoman Lisa Norwood says the dog “got past Aguirre’s fence.” The pit bull inflicted bites to her head, neck, arms and legs. That dog and two others where involved in an attack last May when a 13-year old boy was bitten. – DogsBite.org

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2014 Fatal Pit Bull Attack: Betty Clark

January 2014, Comal County, TX
Betty Clark, 75
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Canyon Lake, TX – While literally in the midst of preparing to contact the Comal County Animal Control Dept. about a reported dog bite fatality noted in a Spring 2014 Comal County Public Health Dept. newsletter, information about this death was reported by the San Antonio Express-News late last night. Betty Clark, 75-years old, was delivering presents to her Canyon Lake neighbors on December 21 when she was attacked by two pit bulls in her neighborhood…
In a nutshell, while DogsBite.org has substantial concerns about dog mauling fatalities by all breeds failing to be reported by media outlets in all 50 states, the deaths of both Betty Clark, 75-years old of Canyon Lake, and Petra Aguirre, 83-years old of San Antonio, are possibly on public record at all today due to assistance from doctors at University Hospital. The advocacy movement needs health officials in every state to ensure that this information is public. – DogsBite.org

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1850 Fatal Pit Bull Attack: Baby Schenck

October 1850, Montgomery County, OH
Baby Schenck, child
Fatal bulldog (pit bull-type) attack
Lewisburg Chronicle
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November 6, 1850

Awful Death of a Child
Mrs. Schenck a widow, living some five miles beyond Montgomery, in this county, had her child, a little girl just able to walk, attacked by a big bull dog. The dog seized the child by the throat, and the more he was pounded to make him let go, the harder he held on. The people broke the dog’s back, and after inserting a lever into his mouth, pried his jaws open and released the sufferer, but not until her throat was mangled so that many pieve hung loose. No hopes of the child’s recovery were entertained at last accounts; the physicians declared it past help–it is dead–here this. – Cincinnati Commercial

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2014 Fatal Pit Bull Attack: John Harvard

April 2014, St. Clair County, AL
John Harvard, 5
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04/06/14: Pit Bull Kills Child
St. Clair County, AL – In a developing story, a 5-year old boy died Sunday after being attacked by a pit bull in Riverside, Mayor Rusty Jessup told ABC 33/40. The victim was playing with his 9-year old brother when the animal attacked him, according to Jessup. He was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police have identified the 5-year old boy as John Harvard. ABC 33/40 has a crew en route to the scene and will be livestreaming from the scene.
WVTM adds additional details about the attack. Jessup said the attack occurred just after 4:00 pm Sunday. The two brothers were playing in their yard when an 80-pound pit bull came onto their property and attacked the younger boy, Jessup said. The 9-year old tried to get the animal off his brother, but could not. He ran into their house to get help. The father ran back outside and shot at the pit bull. The boy was rushed to St. Vincent’s Hospital in St. Clair County, where he died. - DogsBite.org

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2014 Fatal Pit Bull Attack: Christopher Malone

March 2014, Holmes County, MS
Christopher Malone, 3
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UPDATE 04/01/14: WAFB video footage shows the high fenced pen the two pit bulls escaped from and attacked the child who was playing nearby. How the dogs escaped is unknown. The footage also shows authorities carrying away both pit bulls, referred to by the child’s aunt, Lucy Mayze, as “puppies.” When asked if the dogs were vicious before, Mayze said, “Not the puppies. They never been no real vicious dog they never bit nobody they never jumped on nobody” …
03/31/14: Pit Bulls Kill Child
Holmes County, MS – In a developing story, two pit bulls owned by a family member killed a 3-year old boy on Monday afternoon in Holmes County. The attack occurred in the Thornton Community. The boy died on the scene. Holmes County Sheriff Willie March said it appears the dogs were in a pen and got out. Family members owned the two pit bulls, March said. The boy has been identified as Christopher Malone. The coroner and Holmes County Sheriff’s Department are on the scene. – DogsBite.org

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2014 Fatal Pit Bull Attack: Mia DeRouen

March 2014, Terrebonne Parish, LA
Mia DeRouen, 4
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03/26/14: Passed Through Window
Houma, LA – A family pit bull killed a 4-year old girl3 Tuesday night at the Houma Highlands apartment complex and attacked her mother who intervened. The dog was running wild in the apartment when police arrived just after 7 pm, forcing the mother to barricade herself and 4-year old Mia DeRouen inside her bedroom. She passed her injured daughter to paramedics through a window.4 Mia was taken to the hospital with severe facial and head injuries; she did not survive.
By 9 pm, police had cornered the animal in the apartment and tried to shoot it through a window from the second floor balcony. The dog then bolted out of the apartment and was shot repeatedly by officers. Animal control personnel carried the animal away on a tarp. A second pit bull owned by the family was also seized by authorities, but was not believed to be involved in the attack. The child’s mother, 27-year old Megan Touchet, remains hospitalized in moderate condition. – DogsBite.org

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