1886 Fatal Pit Bull Attack: Jimmy Gallagher

February 1886, Augusta-Richmond County, GA
Jimmy Gallagher, Child
Fatal bulldog (pit bull-type) attack
The Big Sandy News
February 11, 1886
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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

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