UPDATE 04/01/14: WAFB video footage shows the high fenced pen the two pit bulls escaped from and attacked the child who was playing nearby. How the dogs escaped is unknown. The footage also shows authorities carrying away both pit bulls, referred to by the child’s aunt, Lucy Mayze, as “puppies.” When asked if the dogs were vicious before, Mayze said, “Not the puppies. They never been no real vicious dog they never bit nobody they never jumped on nobody” …
03/31/14: Pit Bulls Kill Child
Holmes County, MS – In a developing story, two pit bulls owned by a family member killed a 3-year old boy on Monday afternoon in Holmes County. The attack occurred in the Thornton Community. The boy died on the scene. Holmes County Sheriff Willie March said it appears the dogs were in a pen and got out. Family members owned the two pit bulls, March said. The boy has been identified as Christopher Malone. The coroner and Holmes County Sheriff’s Department are on the scene. – DogsBite.org
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%.
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