Augusta, GA – Feb 7 — A terrible scene was witnessed at the corner of Reynolds and Forsythe streets last evening, when a huge bull-dog grasped a boy named Jimmy Gallagher. Catching the boy up in his mouth the dog shook him like a rat as he ran down the street. Crowds collected, which maddened the animal. A shot-gun was brought into play; when the the dog dropped the lacerated child and dashed into the crowd, biting left and right. Another shot blew the dog’s brains out. The child cannot live. – Library of Congress
factU.S. fatal pit bull attacks have surpassed 370 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 2.9 deaths per year. From 2013 to 2020, the most recent 8-year period, pit bulls averaged 28.4 deaths per year, an increase of over 850%.