2015 Pit Bull Fatality: Payton Sawyers

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

Payton Sawyers is the 480th American fatally attacked by a pit bull, according to Fatal Pit Bull Attacks – The Archival Record. DogsBite.org began this historical archive in 2011 and keeps it updated. Fatal attacks involving pit bulls date back as far as 1833. Payton is the 287th person killed by a pit bull since the CDC stopped collecting “breed data” for these deaths in 1998. Payton is also the 199th child killed by a pit bull since 1980, when the pit bull problem began to emerge. – DogsBite.org
UPDATE: January 9, 2016
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

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2015 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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2015 Fatal Pit Bull Attack: Norberto Legarda

July 2015, Reeves County, TX
Norberto Legarda, 83
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07/02/15: Dog Owner Named
NewsWest 9 reported updates and clarifications just after 10:40 pm Thursday. At the time of the attack, 83-year old Norberto Legarda had been looking after his daughter’s labrador while she was way. According to investigators, he was feeding the dog at his daughter’s home on South Eddy Street, when three pit bulls belonging to a next door neighbor approached them. Pecos Police Chief Clay McKinney believes evidence will show that a dogfight ensued.
07/02/15: Pit Bulls Kill Elderly Man
Pecos, TX – An elderly man is dead after being attacked by multiple pit bulls. Pecos police responded to a home in the 1500 block of South Eddy Street at 9:45 am Thursday. Several pit bulls were attacking another dog at that location when officers arrived, and a man was lying on the ground in the backyard. Officers were forced to taser and pepper spay the dogs in order to enter the backyard, according to police. EMS arrived on scene and determined the man was dead. – DogsBite.org

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2015 Fatal Pit Bull Attack: Jordan Collins-Tyson

June 2015, Comanche County, OK
Jordan Collins-Tyson, 3
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Dog Kills Young Boy
A 3-year-old Lawton boy died Sunday morning after he was mauled by a dog. Jordon Tyson ‘Jo Jo’ Collins was killed while at his great-grandmother’s house Sunday, according to Pam Ramirez, a family friend. – DogsBite.org
According to police, Jordan Collins was being babysat by a friend of the family around 9:00 a.m. Sunday. Jordan was in the backyard of a home on the 500 block of Southwest 17th Street with two dogs when he was attacked. Jordan had been around the dog that attacked him before without any problems. – KSOW

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2015 Fatal Pit Bull Attack: TayLynn DeVaughn

February 2015, Allegheny County, PA
TayLynn DeVaughn, 2
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West Mifflin, PA – On Sunday evening, 2-year old TayLynn DeVaughn was viciously attacked and killed by a family pit bull-mix while visiting her aunt’s home on Fleetwood Drive in West Mifflin, a Pittsburgh suburb. The pit bull belongs to her aunt’s boyfriend. The child’s father, Cory DeVaughn, told WPXI, “I came out of the kitchen and the dog dropped the baby. His name was Jake and my baby was gone.” The toddler was rushed to Jefferson Memorial Hospital and pronounced dead…
Ferree told the TribLive on Monday that the dog is a 3- or 4-year-old pit bull mix and weighs about 80 pounds. “It’s a good-size, powerful dog,” he said. “It fought me a bit … when we had to remove it.” Though using a catch-pole to handle the dog, the animal attacked him again at the kennel. “He wasn’t a cooperative dog,” he said. Ferree said he would keep the dog in his McKeesport kennel for the standard 10-day quarantine period. – DogsBite.org

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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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