Fort Worth, TX – On April 12, a 60-year old woman died after being mauled by a dog, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office. Sharon Baldwin died due to “mauling by canine,” states the examiner’s website. The manner of death was an accident. The attack occurred on March 28 in the 800 block of East Hammond Street at Baldwin’s home. A man who stayed at her home told animal control officers he had taken in the stray dog several days before the attack. – DogsBite.org
The investigation found that a man who lived in the home with the victim had found the dog a week before the attack. Officials said he was caring for the dog until its owner came forward. The relationship between the man and the woman is not known at this time. According to officials, the dog’s owner eventually came forward and surrendered the dog to animal control officers. The dog, which was a pit bull terrier, was euthanized on Monday. – 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 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%.