Duncan, OK – A 3-year old girl killed by a family dog has been identified as Rylee Dodge. Her father, Jason Dodge, said the dog is a pit bull that he had only taken in five days earlier from a friend. In an interview with KFOR, Dodge said he left his daughter at home Sunday with Rylee’s grandmother. Dodge had only been away for about 20 minutes when he received a call that Rylee had been attacked. Dodge said Rylee opened up the front door to play with the dog and it attacked her. “I got [the dog] from a friend. I had it five days. I was very cautious about it, because I don’t just bring around dogs into my home. It was over a year, I was trying to do a good thing, because she was going to take it to the pound if I didn’t, and I love animals. So, I wanted to take it into my house because I know what would happen to a pit bull, you know.” – DogsBite.org
West Monroe, LA – The Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office confirmed that a woman died after being severely attacked by a dog at a pet boarding facility in West Monroe. On January 9, about 11:00 pm, deputies responded to the report of an injured person at The Happy Hound Hotel located at 517 Smith Street. Deputies found a female victim at the facility with severe injuries, apparently inflicted by a pit bull housed there. Ouachita Parish Animal Control took the dog into custody.
Scotty Robinson, the Ouachita Parish Police Jury President, confirmed the dog would be put down. “This situation is horrific and awful. That dog should and will be put down,” he told KNOE. The name of the pit bull’s owner has not been released. The animal is now being quarantined at the Ouachita Parish Animal Shelter. The investigation is ongoing, deputies said. – DogsBite.org
(Arjay, KY) Sunday December 24, 2017
At approximately 10:20 this morning Deputy Robin Venable responded to a call of a dog attack in the Wieser Branch area of Arjay, Kentucky. Deputy Venable along with the Bell County EMS were the first to arrive on scene. Deputy Venable was assisted by Bell County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Doug Jordan, Kentucky State Police Trooper Don Perry, and Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Lt. Ray Lawson. Incident to Deputy Venable’s investigation he determined the following: Early this morning Johnny Saylor woke up at his home looking for his wife, Lorraine, who was normally awake before him. His search lead him outside to his porch where he was attacked by two dogs described as both being pit bulls. The dogs grabbed Johnny Saylor attempting to pull him to the ground by his arm.
Johnny Saylor’s brother heard the commotion and came outside yelling at the dogs. They released Johnny and he went back into his home to get a .22 caliber pistol. He used the pistol to shoot one of the pit bulls in the chest as it lunged at him. – Bell County Sheriff’s Office
Goochland County, VA – On Friday, Goochland County Sheriff James Agnew gave a press conference about a 22-year old woman who was mauled to death by her own pit bulls. Deputies discovered Bethany Lynn Stephens Thursday night near the 2200 block of Manakin Road. Agnew is shaken during the conference and states: “It was an absolutely grisly mauling. In my 40 years of law enforcement, I’ve never seen anything quite like it. Hope I never see anything like it again.”
Two days later, Goochland County Sheriff James Agnew gave a follow up press conference after Bethany Lynn Stephens was mauled to death by her two pit bulls late last week. The news conference was largely in response to the high volume of misinformation that was being disseminated by pit bull advocates on social media after the grisly attack. These deceptions were then bolstered by irresponsible media outlets who spread the rumor-mongering even further. – DogsBite.org
Section, AL – Authorities confirmed that a pack of pit bulls killed a 24-year old woman and injured another Thursday morning. 24-year old Emily Mae Colvin was discovered dead on arrival, deputies said. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call about 9:00 am about a dog attack at County Road 121 in Section. A deputy shot and killed one of the dogs due to its aggression. Another woman was also injured. She was treated for her injuries and released.
This is the second fatal pit bull mauling in northeast Alabama in a matter of days. On November 29, about 50 miles away in Guntersville, a pack of pit bulls killed 46-year old Tracy Cornelius and severely injured another woman who had been walking along Jason Road. The four dogs first attacked the woman. Cornelius intervened to help save her and the dogs turned on her. Cornelius was pronounced dead at the scene. The other woman was airlifted to a hospital in Huntsville.- DogsBite.org
Hart County, GA – Hart County Sheriff Mike Cleveland confirmed a young boy is dead after being fatally attacked by two family pit bulls Tuesday afternoon. The 20-month old boy was attacked in the backyard of a home on Highland Avenue, near Athens Street. Hartwell Police Chief Anthony Davis said they were called about 3:15 pm. Deputy Coroner Scott Boleman said the parents transported the child to Reddy Urgent Care, where he was called and pronounced the boy dead.
Overnight, a number of new developments occurred. Authorities charged the child’s grandmother with a range of offenses in connection to his mauling death. Sandra Bowers Adams, 70-years-old, was charged with second-degree murder, second-degree cruelty to children and involuntary manslaughter. A news release from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation states Adams had been cited on multiple occasions by the Hartwell Police Department for maintaining disorderly animals. – DogsBite.org
Las Vegas, NV – A family pit bull-mix mauled a baby to death in the northwest Las Vegas Valley, police said. The Metropolitan Police Department was dispatched to a home in the 9100 block of Brilliant Prairie Court, near West Centennial Parkway just after 1 pm, police spokeswoman Laura Meltzer said. The baby was transported in an ambulance to Centennial Hills Hospital, where it was pronounced dead. At the time of the fatal attack, the baby’s mother was the only adult home.
“It’s an absolute, true tragedy,” Las Vegas police spokesman Larry Hadfield said. “You have a family that’s going to be grieving for today and the rest of their lives.” The family dog that killed the baby is a “pit bull terrier-type mix,” Hadfield said. Animal control took the dog into custody. As is standard with any young child’s death, Metro’s abuse and neglect division will investigate potential criminality, he said. The county coroner’s office identified the baby as Kamiko Dao Tsuda-Saelee. -DogsBite.org
Atlanta, GA – Pit bulls killed one child and critically injured another as they walked to school Tuesday morning. A third child was also injured, but his condition is unclear. The children were ages 5 to 6 years old. The deadly attack occurred in the 1200 block of Gideons Drive in southwest Atlanta at about 7:20 am. Three pit bulls killed a little boy and critically injured a girl. Neighbors flew outside after awaking to screams. Aerial footage captured the horrific aftermath of the attack.
Police officers shot and killed one pit bull and the two others were taken into custody by animal control. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that authorities have arrested the dogs’ owner. Sgt. Warren Pickard said the children were walking with a group of children to school when the pit bulls attacked. “We had some brave kids. Some kids ran back to the scene to try to pull the dogs off the children that were injured,” Pickard said. Neighbors also intervened to rescue the children. – DogsBite.org
UPDATE on the dog attack on the children this morning: We have the two pit bulls and their owner in custody.
U.S. fatal pit bull attacks have surpassed 340 since 1998; the last year the CDC studied fatal dog attack data by breed. In the last 8-year period of the CDC study (1991 to 1998), pit bulls averaged 3 deaths per year. From 2010 to 2017, the most recent 8-year period, pit bulls averaged 25 deaths per year, an increase of over 700%.