Madera, CA – A man was found dead with obvious bite marks to his legs, arms, and face, according to the Madera Police Department. The victim was found in a “dry riverbed” in the area of Cleveland Avenue and Raymond Road in Madera. While officers investigated the scene, a vicious dog charged the officers. An officer open fired on the animal, killing it. The cause of death will be determined after an autopsy is conducted, police said. The man’s name was not released. – DogsBite.org
Investigators say the man who died didn’t have an ID on him, and his face was unrecognizable because of the trauma. “He had several tattoos on his person, so we’re going to have the coroner help us identify the person positively, but right now, we don’t have confirmation on his identity,” Trukki said. – ABC 30
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%.