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
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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
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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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