Modesto, CA – Police say a 21-year old man discovered dead and covered in blood inside a La Loma neighborhood home may have been mauled by one or both pit bulls living in the home. He was discovered about 7:00 am Tuesday by family members he was staying with at a home in the 100 block of Village Road. His death is being treated as “suspicious” until an autopsy is conducted and the cause of death is determined, said Sgt. Kalani Souza of the Modesto Police Department. – DogsBite.org
Police believe the two pit bulls, 13-year-old Beze and 5-year-old Saxon, attacked Dustin Bryan in the upper body around 7 a.m., leaving him down and unresponsive. Now, they’re in quarantine at the Stanislaus County Animal Services Agency. “It’s not a good situation at all,” said Stanislaus County Animal Services Executive Director Annette Patton. While in quarantine, Saxon and Beze will be tested for rabies and monitored by the staff veterinarian for any aggressive tendencies. – Fox 40
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%.