UPDATE 03/06/19: Multiple news stations captured footage of the pit bull-boxer mix that killed Jacari Long while under the care of his babysitter on Tuesday. The dog is currently being held by Rowan County Animal Control. Shelter officials confirmed the dog has shown aggression toward people while being at the facility. The male dog is 4-years old, police said. Police continue to investigate to determine if the babysitter’s dog had displayed aggressive behaviors in the past – DogsBite.org
Salisbury, NC – Police said 6-month-old Jacari Long was sitting in his car seat inside the house when his babysitter’s 4-year-old dog attacked him. “It was very horrific,” said Lt. Greg Beam with Salisbury Police. “Especially for the first responders, the hospital staff involved yesterday (Tuesday), I know they took it hard.” The child was taken to Novant Rowan and then airlifted to Winston-Salem. Long later died from his injuries, police said. Rowan County Animal Control took custody of the dog. – WCNC
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%.