Irving, TX – Early Saturday morning, three pit bulls secured in their fenced-in yard brutally attacked a teenager. Irving police received reports of the attack about 4:45 am in the 800 block of East Third Street. Arriving officers jumped the fence and tried to stop the vicious attack by placing themselves between the teenager and the dogs, firing on the pit bulls in the process. One pit bull was shot in the jaw. The victims was transported to Parkland Memorial Hospital with critical injuries. – DogsBite.org
The Dallas County Medical Examiner identified the teenager as Nelson Cabrera. He would have celebrated his 17th birthday on Sunday. A dog that was shot by responding police had to be euthanized due to the severity of its injuries, police said. Two other dogs are still at the Irving Animal Shelter. Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Irving Police Department at 972-273-1010. -CBS DFW
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%.