Hampton, VA – A 31-year old woman has died after suffering life-threatening injuries inflicted by her own pit bull a day earlier. On Sunday at approximately 5:13 pm, emergency medical responders were dispatched to a home in the 100 block of Powhatan Parkway. Arriving officers discovered an injured female, who had been attacked by her own dog. “The victim was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries,” states a release issued by the Hampton Police Department. – DogsBite.org
Police said Crayton was in her backyard with multiple dogs from the home when the attack happened. “I knew something really bad was happening. It was a different scream,” said Rachel Farrow, a neighbor who rushed to help. “There was a lot of yelling and screaming and you know we ran over to help and the dog had kind of attacked her and left her on the side, in the backyard. It was very traumatic.” “I just feel terrible for the family,” said neighbor Tiffany Thomas. – WAVY
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 3 deaths per year. From 2011 to 2018, the most recent 8-year period, pit bulls averaged 25.5 deaths per year, an increase of over 740%.