2019 Fatal Pit Bull Attack: Lasaro Macedo

November 2019, Madera County, CA
Lasaro Macedo
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Madera, CA – A man was found dead with obvious bite marks to his legs, arms, and face, according to the Madera Police Department. The victim was found in a “dry riverbed” in the area of Cleveland Avenue and Raymond Road in Madera. While officers investigated the scene, a vicious dog charged the officers. An officer open fired on the animal, killing it. The cause of death will be determined after an autopsy is conducted, police said. The man’s name was not released. – DogsBite.org
Investigators say the man who died didn’t have an ID on him, and his face was unrecognizable because of the trauma. “He had several tattoos on his person, so we’re going to have the coroner help us identify the person positively, but right now, we don’t have confirmation on his identity,” Trukki said. – ABC 30

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2019 Fatal Pit Bull Attack: Brandy Boschen-O’Dell

November 2019, Bay County, MI
Brandy Boschen-O’Dell
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Bay City, MI – A 41-year old woman died Friday after being attacked by her pit bulls. Officers from the Bay City Department of Public Safety were dispatched to a residence in the 3200 block of Westshore Drive in the Westshore Estates Mobile Home Park at 2:55 pm Friday. Brandy Boschen-O’Dell was discovered deceased inside the home. The Bay County Medical Examiner’s office determined her death “was caused from several bites made by one or more dogs that were pets.” – DogsBite.org
Two “pit bull type dogs” were removed from the home and taken to animal control, police said. Craig Goulet, supervisor of Bay County Animal Services and Adoption Center, confirmed that the dogs were pit bulls. Goulet said he couldn’t comment on their behavior or if they could be designated as aggressive. The dogs are currently quarantined. It’s unknown what will happen to them, according to Goulet. -MLive.com

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2019 Fatal Pit Bull Attack: Benjamin Cobb

October 2019, Oakland County, MI
Benjamin Cobb, 4
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Hazel Park, MI – A 4-year old boy is dead in Hazel Park, Michigan after being mauled to death by a pit bull his family was fostering. The boy’s 14-year old sister called 911 at about 6:45 pm and said her mother was trying to stop the dog from attacking the boy in her home. Investigators said the mother used a knife, cutting the dog, while defending her son. The family had been fostering the male, 60-pound pit bull, according to police. No information was provided regarding the “source” of the dog or whether the dog was neutered. – DogsBite.org

“The boy was in his bedroom and his mother was working on a wall in the room,” said Hazel Park Police Chief Brian Buchholz. “The mother heard the dog growl when the attack started. It was very sudden.” Police officers got to the house on East Woodruff Avenue within a minute and said they found the dog still attacking the boy. Officers freed the boy and used Taser stun guns on the dog, which ran out of the house. The boy was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. He suffered wounds to his body and neck in the attack. – Morning Sun

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2019 Fatal Pit Bull Attack: Dustin Bryan

October 2019, Stanislaus County, CA
Dustin Bryan, 21
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Modesto, CA – Police say a 21-year old man discovered dead and covered in blood inside a La Loma neighborhood home may have been mauled by one or both pit bulls living in the home. He was discovered about 7:00 am Tuesday by family members he was staying with at a home in the 100 block of Village Road. His death is being treated as “suspicious” until an autopsy is conducted and the cause of death is determined, said Sgt. Kalani Souza of the Modesto Police Department. – DogsBite.org

Police believe the two pit bulls, 13-year-old Beze and 5-year-old Saxon, attacked Dustin Bryan in the upper body around 7 a.m., leaving him down and unresponsive. Now, they’re in quarantine at the Stanislaus County Animal Services Agency. “It’s not a good situation at all,” said Stanislaus County Animal Services Executive Director Annette Patton. While in quarantine, Saxon and Beze will be tested for rabies and monitored by the staff veterinarian for any aggressive tendencies. – Fox 40

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2019 Fatal Pit Bull Attack: Morgan Crayton

September 2019, Hampton, VA
Morgan Crayton, 31
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Hampton, VA – A 31-year old woman has died after suffering life-threatening injuries inflicted by her own pit bull a day earlier. On Sunday at approximately 5:13 pm, emergency medical responders were dispatched to a home in the 100 block of Powhatan Parkway. Arriving officers discovered an injured female, who had been attacked by her own dog. “The victim was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries,” states a release issued by the Hampton Police Department. – DogsBite.org

Police said Crayton was in her backyard with multiple dogs from the home when the attack happened. “I knew something really bad was happening. It was a different scream,” said Rachel Farrow, a neighbor who rushed to help. “There was a lot of yelling and screaming and you know we ran over to help and the dog had kind of attacked her and left her on the side, in the backyard. It was very traumatic.” “I just feel terrible for the family,” said neighbor Tiffany Thomas. – WAVY

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2019 Fatal Pit Bull Attack: Alan Bruce

September 2019, Bryan County, KY
Alan Bruce (AKA Allen Bruce), 56
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Bennington, OK – It was reported late Saturday that a 56-year old man was in critical condition after being attacked by three dogs in a Bryan County neighborhood. The attack occurred earlier that afternoon, Bennington Police Chief James Heil said. Two pit bulls and a mixed-breed inflicted the attack and belong to a man who lives on Nail Street. When Heil and other officers arrived at the scene, the dogs charged them. Heil open fired on one pit bull, killing it, causing the other two dogs to flee. – DogsBite.org

Police said three dogs — two pit bulls and a pit bull mix — mauled 56-year-old Alan Bruce in this Bryan County community on Saturday. He had been walking in the 400 block of Nail Street on his way to visit an acquaintance when the canines attacked. Their owner was not home at the time. Investigators it was more than an hour before someone found Bruce mortally wounded. Bruce was airlifted to Medical City Plano on Saturday afternoon and died as a result of his injuries on Monday morning. – Kten

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2019 Fatal Pit Bull Attack: Baby “Doug” Doe

September 2019, Placer County, CA
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Granite Bay, CA – A baby boy is dead after being attacked by a family pit bull, according to the Placer County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies responded to a home in Granite Bay just after 3:00 pm Friday after a report of a dog mauling a 13-month old baby. The child was at home with a family member when the dog attacked. The person was able to free the baby from the dog and called 911. The child was transported to Roseville Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead – DogsBite.org

Placer County Sheriffs Department deputies responded immediately, but there was little they could do. “When deputies responded to the scene, the relative that was watching the child was able to get the child away from the dog,” said Placer County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Lt. Andrew Scott.. “There doesn’t appear to be any neglect; there doesn’t appear to be anything that provoked the dog; it was just a horrific circumstance that occurred,“ said Scott. – CBS 13 Sacramento

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2019 Fatal Pit Bull Attack: Emma Hernandez

August 2019, Wayne County, MI
Emma Hernandez, 9
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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

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