2018 Pit Bull Fatality: Liana Valino

May 2018, Miramar, FL
Liana Valino, 8-months old
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An 8-month old baby girl is dead after being attacked by a family pit bull, police confirmed Wednesday afternoon. The baby was under the care of her grandmother at the time of the attack. There were three dogs in the family’s home — all related. The attacker was a male pit bull, 3 to 4 years old and had been raised by the family since it was a puppy, Miramar Police Officer Yessenia Diaz said. The other two were its sibling and their mother, both pit bulls. – DogsBite.org
Brenda Villasin, the child’s mother, said: “She was the best thing to ever happen to me. We smiled every morning. She was my world.” The attack occurred at her grandmother’s home in the 2400 block of Kingston Drive. Villasin said she drops her daughter off at the grandmother’s home every day so she can go to work, but never did she think anything like this would ever happen. – Local 10 News

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2018 Pit Bull Fatality: Gauge Eckenrode

May 2018, Lakemont, PA
Gauge Eckenrode, 6-years old
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Blair County Coroner Patricia Ross identified the 6-year-old boy killed Thursday after a dog attack as Gauge Eckenrode. Police said family members tried to stop the dog during the attack by stabbing it. The dog was killed by police. Authorities said the dog was a “rescued pit bull” and had belong to the family for several years. – WJACTV
The boy’s family had two dogs, according to news reports. The attacking pit bull was killed, and the family asked authorities to take away their other dog. The deadly attack occurred inside the family’s home, Rick Vaughan said, a spokesman for the family. The child’s father was cutting grass when he heard the mother screaming and discovered “the dog on the boy.” By stabbing the dog, the father was able to get the animal off the child, but “It was already too late,” Vaughan said.-DogsBite.org

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2018 Pit Bull Fatality: Rylee Dodge

January 2018, Duncan, OK
Rylee Dodge, 3-years old
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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

killed by pit bull 5 days after adoption

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2018 Pit Bull Fatality: Laura Ray

January 2018, West Monroe, LA
Laura Ray, 53-years old
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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

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2017 Pit Bull Fatality: Lorraine Saylor

December 2017, Bell County, KY
Lorraine Saylor, 66
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(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

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2017 Pit Bull Fatality: Bethany Stephens

December 2017, oochland County, Virginia
Bethany Stephens, 22-years old
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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

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2017 Pit Bull Fatality: Emily Colvin

December 2017, Section, AL
Emily Colvin, 24-years old
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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

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2017 Fatality: Paris Adams

August 2017, Hartwell, GA
Paris Adams, 20-months old
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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

Pit bull death of child second degree murder

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