2019 Fatal Pit Bull Attack: Melvin Olds Jr.

July 2019, Highlands County, FL
Melvin Olds Jr., 45
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Lake Placid, FL – Shortly before noon on the Fourth of July, a man was found dead in a wooded area behind a home in the southeastern portion of Highway Park. The Highlands County Sheriff’s Office identified the man as 45-year old Melvin Olds Jr. “The investigation has revealed injuries indicative of an animal attack,” states the release from the sheriff’s office. The medical examiner responded to the scene and could find “no other injuries other than those inflicted by the animals.” – DogsBite.org

There were no other wounds found on his body other than the more than 100 dog bites, according to the sheriff’s office. Olds’ fiance, Jannell Ward, has seen a pack of dogs hanging out in their neighborhood. “They growled a couple times but they never ran up to me. They never came at me or insinuated that they were going to bite me. I never got that feeling,” she said. The sheriff’s office laid traps in the area and picked up six stray dogs, all pit bull mixes. – WFLA

Melvin olds killed by pit bull-mixes

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2019 Fatal Pit Bull Attack: Brian Butler

June 2019, Marshall County, KY
Brian Butler, 46
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Gilbertsville, KY – Detectives with the Kentucky State Police (KSP) are investigating the death of a man found in Western Kentucky on Saturday night. The victim has been identified as Brian Butler, 46-years old, of Benton, Kentucky. Police were notified just after 8:00 pm on June 29 that a passerby discovered a body laying near a local roadway in Gilbertsville. An autopsy, scheduled for Sunday, June 30, will determine his cause of death. Two pit bulls were found near his body and seized by authorities. – DogsBite.org

Gilbertsville, KY (June 29, 2019) – Detectives with the Kentucky State Police are investigating the death of a Marshall County man after he was found dead in the Gilbertsville community on Saturday night. KSP was notified just after 8:00 PM on June 29th after a passerby discovered the body laying near a local roadway. Detectives identified the deceased as 46-year-old, Brian Butler of Benton. An autopsy has been requested to assist investigators in determining what may have caused the death of Butler. – Kentucky State Police

Brian Butler killed by pit bulls

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2019 Fatal Pit Bull Attack: Crystal Pearigen

May 2019, Kern County, CA
Crystal Pearigen, 36
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Bakersfield, CA – Authorities confirmed that three dogs killed a woman in Northwest Bakersfield this weekend. According to Bakersfield Police spokesman Nathan McCauley, a pit bull and a mixed-breed dog escaped from a nearby business before the attack and the third dog, another pit bull, was a stray. The victim, who is in her 30s or 40s, is a Bakersfield resident. Police have not released her identity. A bystander discovered her body just before 6:00 am Sunday morning. – DogsBite.org

The body of the woman who was attacked by three dogs before dying in a Costco parking lot has been claimed by the little family she left behind. They say they want people to know that 36-year-old Crystal Pearigen was loved. One of the biggest questions in this case is how did this happen? Bakersfield Police say they still don’t know. But one thing is certain: before she died a horrible death, Crystal Pearigen led a tragic life. – KGET

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2019 Fatal Pit Bull Attack: Christine Liquori

May 2019, St. Lucie County, FL
Christine Liquori, 52
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A volunteer at the Humane Society of St. Lucie County is dead after being attacked by a dog earlier today, Fort Pierce police said. Responders were called to the facility at 100 Savannah Road about 2:17 pm. “This incident involved an adult volunteer, who is deceased,” police stated in a news release issued at 5:02 pm. The victim was later identified as Christine Liquori. – DogsBite.org

The Medical Examiner’s Office said Friday it ruled Liquori’s death accidental, with the cause being severe loss of blood due to dog bites. The dog involved, identified as a pit bull-mix, was euthanized Friday. Liquori had volunteered at the shelter for several years, the last three with a group called Paws Fur Recovery, an organization made up of recovering addicts, who work with the most problematic dogs. – CBS 12

Christine Liquori killed by rescue pit bull

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2019 Fatal Pit Bull Attack: Isaiah Geiling

May 2019, Jefferson County, KY
Isaiah Geiling, 2
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Louisville, KY – A 2-year old boy is dead after being attacked by a dog in Louisville’s Chickasaw neighborhood. The attack occurred inside a home in the 3800 bock of Grand Avenue. Officers were dispatched to the home at 12:00 pm, after a report that a dog had bitten a child, according to Louisville Metro Police. When officers arrived at the scene, they found the injured boy and began performing CPR. He was transported to Norton Children’s Hospital, where he later died. – DogsBite.org

Isaiah Geiling, who was 2 ½ years old, was pronounced dead at Norton Children’s Hospital about 1:15 p.m. Thursday, according to the Jefferson Country coroner. His cause of death was listed as blunt force injuries. Police responded to the house around noon in the 3800 block of Grand Avenue in the Chickasaw neighborhood on reports of a child in the mouth of a pit bull, according to dispatch records. – Louisville Courier Journal

Isaiah Geiling killed by family pit bull

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2019 Fatal Pit Bull Attack: Johana Villafane

March 2019, Dallas County, TX
Johana Villafane, 33
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UPDATE 03/27/19: The veterinarian at O’Connor Animal Hospital, where Johana Villafane was brutally killed by her two pit bulls on March 23, and where the dogs had been staying in quarantine after a March 15 bite, has a released a statement. Dr. James Kang, DVM, stated Villafane’s dogs were so aggressive his staff could not walk them and told Villafane the clinic could not keep her dogs due to their aggressive behavior, unless Villafane herself would walk them twice a day. – DogsBite.org

Irving, TX, The neighbor of a woman who was killed by her two pit bulls on Saturday said he had a run-in with the dogs in a previous incident where they bit someone. Johana Villafane, 33, died Saturday after she was attacked by her dogs at O’Connor Animal Hospital in Irving. Responding officers had to shoot and kill the dogs because they were unable to get near the woman due to the “aggressive behavior” of the pit bulls. – DFW CBS

Johana Villafane killed by own pit bulls

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2019 Fatal Pit Bull Attack: Tanner Kinnamon

March 2019, Alachua County, FL
Tanner Kinnamon, 2
Fatal pit bull attack – child fatality
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UPDATE 03/13/19: All 6 dogs at the home have been taken into custody, the 2 dogs responsible for the attack have been confirmed by Animal Services as an American Staffordshire Terrier mix and an American Bulldog mix. Both dogs will be quarantined for 10 days before being euthanized. An investigation as to if any type of criminal activity could be responsible for this attack is on-going. – WCJB

High Springs, FL – Two dogs attacked and killed a 2-year old boy and severely injured his grandmother, according to the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office. The vicious attack occurred about 10:30 am at a home on Northwest 210th Avenue, between High Springs and Interstate 75. The toddler died of his injuries at the scene. The woman was transported to a hospital with traumatic injuries. Neither of the victims lived at the property, according to Lieutenant Brett Rhodenizer. – DogsBite.org

Tanner Kinnamon killed by rescue pit bulls

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2019 Fatal Pit Bull Attack: Jacari Long

March 2019, Rowan County, NC
Jacari Long, 6-months old
Fatal pit bull attack – child fatality
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UPDATE 03/06/19: Multiple news stations captured footage of the pit bull-boxer mix that killed Jacari Long while under the care of his babysitter on Tuesday. The dog is currently being held by Rowan County Animal Control. Shelter officials confirmed the dog has shown aggression toward people while being at the facility. The male dog is 4-years old, police said. Police continue to investigate to determine if the babysitter’s dog had displayed aggressive behaviors in the past – DogsBite.org

Salisbury, NC – Police said 6-month-old Jacari Long was sitting in his car seat inside the house when his babysitter’s 4-year-old dog attacked him. “It was very horrific,” said Lt. Greg Beam with Salisbury Police. “Especially for the first responders, the hospital staff involved yesterday (Tuesday), I know they took it hard.” The child was taken to Novant Rowan and then airlifted to Winston-Salem. Long later died from his injuries, police said. Rowan County Animal Control took custody of the dog. – WCNC

Jacari Long killed by babysitters pit bull-mix

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