2019 Fatal Pit Bull Attack: Johana Villafane

March 2019, Dallas County, TX
Johana Villafane, 33
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UPDATE 03/27/19: The veterinarian at O’Connor Animal Hospital, where Johana Villafane was brutally killed by her two pit bulls on March 23, and where the dogs had been staying in quarantine after a March 15 bite, has a released a statement. Dr. James Kang, DVM, stated Villafane’s dogs were so aggressive his staff could not walk them and told Villafane the clinic could not keep her dogs due to their aggressive behavior, unless Villafane herself would walk them twice a day. – DogsBite.org
Irving, TX, The neighbor of a woman who was killed by her two pit bulls on Saturday said he had a run-in with the dogs in a previous incident where they bit someone. Johana Villafane, 33, died Saturday after she was attacked by her dogs at O’Connor Animal Hospital in Irving. Responding officers had to shoot and kill the dogs because they were unable to get near the woman due to the “aggressive behavior” of the pit bulls. – DFW CBS

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2019 Fatal Pit Bull Attack: Tanner Kinnamon

March 2019, Alachua County, FL
Tanner Kinnamon, 2
Fatal pit bull attack – child fatality
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UPDATE 03/13/19: All 6 dogs at the home have been taken into custody, the 2 dogs responsible for the attack have been confirmed by Animal Services as an American Staffordshire Terrier mix and an American Bulldog mix. Both dogs will be quarantined for 10 days before being euthanized. An investigation as to if any type of criminal activity could be responsible for this attack is on-going. – WCJB
High Springs, FL – Two dogs attacked and killed a 2-year old boy and severely injured his grandmother, according to the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office. The vicious attack occurred about 10:30 am at a home on Northwest 210th Avenue, between High Springs and Interstate 75. The toddler died of his injuries at the scene. The woman was transported to a hospital with traumatic injuries. Neither of the victims lived at the property, according to Lieutenant Brett Rhodenizer. – DogsBite.org

Tanner Kinnamon killed by rescue pit bulls

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2019 Fatal Pit Bull Attack: Jacari Long

March 2019, Rowan County, NC
Jacari Long, 6-months old
Fatal pit bull attack – child fatality
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UPDATE 03/06/19: Multiple news stations captured footage of the pit bull-boxer mix that killed Jacari Long while under the care of his babysitter on Tuesday. The dog is currently being held by Rowan County Animal Control. Shelter officials confirmed the dog has shown aggression toward people while being at the facility. The male dog is 4-years old, police said. Police continue to investigate to determine if the babysitter’s dog had displayed aggressive behaviors in the past – DogsBite.org
Salisbury, NC – Police said 6-month-old Jacari Long was sitting in his car seat inside the house when his babysitter’s 4-year-old dog attacked him. “It was very horrific,” said Lt. Greg Beam with Salisbury Police. “Especially for the first responders, the hospital staff involved yesterday (Tuesday), I know they took it hard.” The child was taken to Novant Rowan and then airlifted to Winston-Salem. Long later died from his injuries, police said. Rowan County Animal Control took custody of the dog. – WCNC

Jacari Long killed by babysitters pit bull-mix

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2019 Pit Bull Fatality: Johnnie Garner

February 2019, Lubbock County, TX
Johnnie Garner, 88-years old
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UPDATE 03/09/19: Lubbock police arrested a 47-year-old man, charged with a second-degree felony count of “attack by dog” in connection to a deadly dog attack last month in East Lubbock. Courtney White was arrested Friday afternoon, a few hours after Lubbock police investigators presented a case to the Lubbock County Criminal District Attorney’s office and an arrest warrant was issued in connection to the Feb. 27 attack on 88-year-old Johnnie Garner at her home in the 1800 block of East Colgate Street. – Lubbock Online
Lubbock, TX – An 88-year old woman is dead after being mauled to death by a pack of dogs, Lubbock police confirmed. Police responded to the 1800 block of East Colgate Street about 6:30 pm Wednesday after it was reported that six dogs attacked her. “The reporting party came home and found his dogs had gotten out of his yard,” police said. “He found them attacking his neighbor,” police said. The victim was transported to Covenant Health where she later died. – DogsBite.org

Johnnie Garner killed by pit bulls

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2019 Pit Bull Fatality: Angela Johnson

February 2019, Anza, CA
Angela Johnson, 54-years old
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UPDATE 02/18/19: A woman severely mauled by three pit bulls in December has passed away, according to announcements on Facebook by her family members. Angela Johnson, 54-years old, died on February 9, nearly two months after the vicious dog attack. On December 15, as Johnson was hanging laundry in the yard of her rural Anza home, three loose pit bulls violently attacked her. She was airlifted to a trauma center. Shortly thereafter, she was placed on life support. – DogsBite.org
Riverside County, CA – A son, already grieving after his mother was viciously mauled by three dogs while hanging laundry on her rural Anza property last Saturday, is now stuck having to make the terrible decision whether or not to leave his critically injured mother on life support or to allow doctors to remove his mother from the machines that have been keeping her alive for the last four days. – Riverside County News Source

Angela Johnson killed by pit bulls

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2019 Pit Bull Fatality: Ashton McGhee

February 2019, Guthrie, KY
Ashton McGhee, 1-year old
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Guthrie, KY – A baby boy is dead after being attacked by a family dog, according to Guthrie Police. On Thursday night, police responded to a home on North Ewing Street where they found a 1-year old boy on the couch, unresponsive, but breathing, reports WBKO in Bowling Green. The child had “deep abrasions to the head, chest, and neck” from being mauled by the family pit bull-mix, police said. The child’s grandmother suffered injuries while trying to pull the dog off the toddler. – DogsBite.org
It happened on North Ewing Street and Guthrie Police say the one-year old boy had been playing with a ball on the floor when the dog came in from outdoors. That’s when the dog attacked the child, causing deep lacerations to the head and chest and a broken jaw. The baby’s grandmother was also bit on the arm trying to stop the attack. – WHOP

Ashton McGhee killed by pit bull

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2019 Pit Bull Fatality: Lana Bergman

January 2019, San Bernardino County, CA
Lana Bergman, 70-years old
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Joshua Tree, CA – A 70-year old woman is dead after being attacked by four pit bulls, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department stated Thursday. The fatal dog mauling occurred Wednesday in the 59000 Block of Sunflower Drive. Deputies from the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station responded to the home about 10 pm. Lana Bergman, 70, and her husband live at the residence with a male friend. Bergman allowed her friend to keep his four pit bulls at her home – DogsBite.org
KESQ spoke to Bergman’s brother, Jay Barnett, who said that Bergman is estranged from her husband, and had been living on the property alone for years — until recently. Barnett said that Bergman allowed a couple with four pit bulls to park their trailer on her property for a weekend, but they never left, despite her objections. “These dogs were loaded guns,” Barnett said. “They ended up killing my sister.” He said his sister loved dogs, but was not friendly with these pit bulls. – KESQ

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2018 Pit Bull Fatality: April Collins

November 2018, Clark County, KY
April Collins, 45-years old
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Winchester, KY – A Winchester mother is dead after being fatally attacked by a pit bull in Clark County. April Collins, 45-years old, died Friday morning, the Fayette County Coroner’s Office said. Her husband found Collins unresponsive Thursday at 6:30 pm at their home on Verna Drive, Clark County Sheriff Berl Perdue said. Collins was taken to Clark Regional Medical Center then transferred to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, where she died Friday, Perdue said. – DogsBite.org

April Collins, 45, of 403 Verna Drive, died Friday morning in the University of Kentucky Medical Center from her injuries, according to a statement from the Fayette County Coroner’s office. … Clark County Sheriff Berl Perdue Jr. said said Collins reported being bitten by the dog on Sept. 29 and was treated at CRMC for facial wounds. The dog bit her again on Oct. 31, Perdue said, but that incident was not reported. – The Winchester Sun

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