2020 Fatal Pit Bull Attack: Donald Abner

January 2020, Rockcastle County, KY
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Berea, KY – A man is dead after being attacked by a dog in northern Rockcastle County, near Pug Lane, according to authorities. Rockcastle County Coroner Marvin Owens was called to 45 Pug Lane early Friday morning after a reported dog attack. Kentucky State Police troopers found an aggressive pit bull near a truck at the home. They shot and killed the dog. – DogsBite.org
Melissa D. Wolke, 38, was arrested and charged with murder in connection to the death of Donald Abner. Police say that Wolke admitted to being in the residence and going “redneck” on the victim. The witness says that Wolke was punching the victim, giving commands to a large dog to get it to attack the man. – WKYT

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2019 Fatal Pit Bull Attack: Melissa Astacio

December 2019, Bristol County, MA
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Somerset, MA – A 44-year old woman died after being mauled by a family pit bull. Melissa Astacio suffered a seizure Friday evening in her Somerset home. Her daughter called 911 and said that her mother was having a seizure when the dog started to attack her, according to a press release from the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office. – DogsBite.org

Officers were forced to Tase the dog before helping Astacio. She was rushed to Rhode Island Hospital, where she died from her injuries. Her daughter, Heaven, does not blame the dog for killing her mother. “I don’t think he was trying to attack her. I think the dog was just trying to help my mom, but he’s just a dog and he didn’t know any better,” Heaven said. – WJAR

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2019 Fatal Pit Bull Attack: Lorena Cordova

November 2019, Gwinnett County, GA
Lorena Cordova, 47
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Dacula, GA – Local media outlets confirmed the death of 47-year old Lorena Cordova, who died on November 21 after suffering severe injuries from a dog attack on September 16. Her daughter, Ingrid Alvarado, said the neighbor’s three pit bulls had been an ongoing problem. – DogsBite.org

Police subsequently charged the three dogs’ owners, David and Vickie Clark, with reckless conduct. In late December, District Attorney Danny Porter said his team will seek a grand jury indictment in January asking for felony involuntary manslaughter charges. – WBS-TV

Lorena Cordova killed by pit bulls

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2019 Fatal Pit Bull Attack: Lasaro Macedo

November 2019, Madera County, CA
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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
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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
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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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