Orange County, TX – A 5-year old boy is dead after being mauled by two pit bulls Sunday evening. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department identified the kindergartner as Tanner Smith of Vidor, Texas. At the time of the deadly attack, Tanner was with his mother, Ashley, who was visiting a friend at a home in the 1700 block of Aloha Street near Vidor. Ashley believed he was outside with her friend’s husband, but then learned the husband was not home, according to the sheriff’s office. – DogsBite.org
An autopsy is scheduled tomorrow for a 5-year old boy killed by two pit bulls near Vidor, Texas. Tomorrow is Tuesday, October 20, 2015 and would have been Tanner Smith’s 6th Birthday. Tanner, described by Vidor Elementary School Principal Jeff Leger as “a sweet little guy,” was killed on Sunday at a home in the 1700 block of Aloha Street. “Life is unpredictable and things like this remind us how precious our children really are,” Leger said on Monday. – Beaumont Enterprise
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%.