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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2018 Pit Bull Fatality: Triniti Harrell

October 2018, Edgecombe County, NC
Triniti Harrell, 1-year old
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Update: 10/30/18: The 1-year-old North Carolina girl brutally attacked by her family’s pet dog last week has died. The Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office announced the death of Triniti Harrell on Monday, WRAL reports. As CrimeOnline previously reported, the October 22 attack occurred on the back porch at a home off of the 1200 block of N.C. 43 North, located just outside of Rocky Mount. – CrimeOnline

On October 22, Edgecombe County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call of a family dog actively attacking a 1-year old child in the 12000 block of NC 43 North in Rocky Mount. The mother was trying to stab the dog to get it to release her child. “Detective Whitaker was one of the first officers on scene and observed the dog slinging the child around in its mouth. Detective Whitaker acted quickly and shot and killed the dog,” states a release issued by the sheriff’s office on the 24th. – DogsBite.org

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2018 Pit Bull Fatality: Robin Conway

September 2018, Columbia, Maryland
Robin Conway, 64-years old
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Columbia, MD – A 64-year old woman is dead after being attacked by a pit bull she adopted two weeks ago, states a news release by the Howard County Police Department. Robin Conway had adopted the pit bull out-of-state. On Labor Day, police were called to a home in the 6300 block of Tamar Drive for a report that a woman had been attacked and badly injured by a pit bull she recently adopted. Officers found Conway deceased in her backyard with “significant injuries.” – DogsBite.org

Conway’s neighbor, Sylvia Ramsey, said Conway had been in contact with a West Virginia rescue group for some time about the all-white male pit bull initially named Snowball that she eventually brought home. Ramsey didn’t know the dog’s history but believed the group had confidence in placing the the dog with her because of her history and experience with animals. – Baltimore Sun

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2018 Pit Bull Fatality: Olga Rekhson

August 2018, Montgomery County, NC
Olga Rekhson, 64-years old
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UPDATE: 08/27/18: The Montgomery County woman who died as a result of a pit bull attack Aug. 9 has been identified. According to Capt. Kelsey Brown with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Olga Rekhson, 64, of 172 Cranberry Way, Troy, was the victim of the fatal attack. The attack took place at a Lake Tillery development on the western side of Montgomery County. Rekhson went missing while taking her daily walk. When she did not return home after several hours, her husband called neighbors and friends who searched the area. They were unable to locate her and called 911. – Courier Tribune

Troy, NC – Montgomery County Sheriff Chris Watkins released a statement Friday about a 66-year old woman mauled to death by two pit bulls in a Lake Tillery development on the western side of the county. She was discovered “deceased on the side of an unused road within the development.” Two pit bull dogs “with physical evidence reflecting the dog’s involvement” were located and taken into custody by animal control. The victim’s name has not been released – DogsBite.org

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2018 Pit Bull Fatality: Della Riley

August 2018, Cincinnati, Ohio
Della Riley, 42-years old
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The Hamilton County Coroner confirmed that a West Price Hill mother was mauled to death by her own pit bull on Wednesday. The coroner identified the woman as 42-year old Della Riley. The coroner also stated that Riley suffered a bullet wound from a ricochet when police shot and killed the dog. Police fired on the canine after it “aggressively charged the officers.” The woman was already dead when the bullet struck her, authorities said. The woman also owned a rottweiler. – DogsBite.org

Police were called to her home about 1 p.m. Wednesday for a report of a person having a seizure. Neighbors told FOX19 they saw a small boy running around asking for help after the incident. “The mother had a seizure. I don’t know if the dog got scared or whatever but he attacked her and ripped her throat out,” said Jon Seymoure, who lives next door. A dog was guarding Riley’s body when medics arrived, so police were summoned. The animal charged at them when they arrived. – Fox 19

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2018 Pit Bull Fatality: Gurney Walker

August 2018, Montgomery County, NC
Gurney Walker, 75-years old
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Rocky Mount police have identified a man who was apparently killed by a pit bull at the victim’s home over the weekend. Gurney Walker, 75, was found dead on Saturday inside his residence at 408 Buena Vista Ave. around 2:35 a.m. Police were called to the home for a suspicious event although they did not elaborate on who called for help. Police said the man had received injuries from the dog, who was inside the house when officers arrived. – WRAL

Rocky Mount, NC – A 75-year old man was found dead at a home with injuries inflicted by a pit bull, Rocky Mount Police said. Authorities responded to a residence in the 400 block of Buena Vista Avenue about 2:35 am Saturday and discovered the man deceased inside. Police said the man had sustained injuries from a pit bull. The victim’s identity was not released. His body was taken to the Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. Police continue to investigate his death. – DogsBite.org

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2018 Pit Bull Fatality: Karen Brown

August 2018, Cook County, IL
Karen Brown, 57-years old
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Chicago, IL – A 57-year old woman is dead after being mauled to death by a large pit bull, Chicago police said. The victim was in the 10100 block of South Calhoun Avenue in the South Deering neighborhood at 12:25 pm when the dog attacked, biting her neck and all over her body. Two police officers shot and killed the animal after it lunged at them. She was taken to University of Chicago Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead. Police continue to investigate. – DogsBite.org

CBS 2 has confirmed the woman’s name is Karen Brown. Her nickname was “Punchie.” According to a family member, there will be a vigil at the scene of the incident Sunday at 6:00 p.m. – CBS 2

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2018 Pit Bull Fatality: Javon Torres

August 2018, Philadelphia, PA
Javon Torres, 2-years old
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Philadelphia, PA – A 2-year old boy is dead and a 23-year old woman was injured after being attacked by two pit bulls in the city’s Port Richmond section. Police were called to a home in the 3000 block of Agate Street about 5:15 pm, where the dogs were attacking a toddler. When police arrived, the pit bulls were actively attacking both victims. Police open fired, killing two of the pit bulls and injuring a third. Police said there were a total of five or six dogs inside the home. – DogsBite.org

The city Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the toddler who was fatally mauled by pit bulls in a Port Richmond rowhouse Wednesday as Javon Torres. Office spokesperson James Garrow said an autopsy Friday morning determined that the death was “accidental” and resulted from “multiple blunt and penetrating injuries.” A police source Friday identified the woman who was trying to protect the child as Rebecca Olan, 27. He said she lived in the home and was the owner of the pit bulls. – Philly.com

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