2007 dog bite fatalities ::

Information gathered by DogsBite.org is verifiable1 through Internet archive services. Our Fatality Citations section documents each source used in our dog bite-related fatality research.

2007 statistics

  • 35 U.S. fatal dog attacks occurred in 2007. Pit bulls were responsible for 60%. Pit bulls make up approximately 5% of the U.S. dog population.2
  • The combination of pit bulls (21), rottweilers (4) and American bulldogs (3) accounted for 80% of all fatal attacks.
  • 51% of the attacks occurred to children (11 years and under) and 49% occurred to adults (21 years and older). Of the adults, 76% occurred to ages 55 and older.
  • 49% of fatal attacks in 2007 involved multiple dogs; 23% involved chained dogs.
  • 80% of the attacks occurred on owner property and 20% off owner property. Of the off-property attacks, 57% (4) were attributed to pit bulls.
  • 60% of the victims were female; 40% of the victims were male. Of the female victims, nearly half (10) were 55 years and older.
  • The state of Texas had the most fatalities (7). Of these fatalities, 86% (6) were attributed to pit bulls.
2007 U.S. Dog Bite Fatalities
2007 fatal dog attacks by breed
2007 dog bite fatality chart

In 2007, three fatalities involved dogs from two different breeds, thus producing a "death credit" total of 38, rather than 35. Five dog breeds each contributed to one death and included a mastiff-mix, doberman pinscher, husky, golden retriever and wolf hybrid.

2007 victims

Fatal dog attack, Amber Jones

Amber Jones

10-years old | San Antonio, TX

Amber Jones, 10-years old, had been practicing cheerleading moves in her backyard that day. Next door, the neighbor's dog was attempting to jump over the fence. By doing so, its collar got caught in the chain-link. This had happened in the past. Amber did not fear the dog; she had a history of playing with him. When Amber went to free his collar, as she had done many times before, the pit bull attacked and killed her. [source citations]

Date of death: January 12, 2007 Chained: Unknown
Breed of dog: Pit bull Relationship to dog: Non-family
Sex of dog: Unknown Owner of dog: Neighbor
Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: No
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No

Linda Mittino

69-years old | Affton, MO

Linda Mittino, 69-years old, had been mauled by the same family dog three months earlier. The injury required plastic surgery to repair. Linda loved animals, and despite the attack, wanted the dog to stay in the house. The second attack was fatal. The son, and owner of the dog, found his mother on the floor of the bedroom bleeding with severe wounds. The family gravely regrets keeping the dog after the first attack. [source citations]

Date of death: January 15, 2007 Chained: No
Breed of dog: German shepherd Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Male Owner of dog: Son
Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: No
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No

Matthew Logan Johnson

6-years old | Richmond, VA

Matthew Logan Johnson, 6-years old, was fatally mauled by two female rottweilers his family had taken in just days earlier. Paul Johnson, the boy's father, also maintained 5 "award winning" rottweilers at his home. Johnson denied he got the new dogs for breeding, which required a kennel license. Authorities did not believe him. Johnson surrendered the two dogs and promised to give away the other five. [source citations]

Date of death: January 24, 2007 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Rottweiler (2) Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Female Owner of dog: Parents
Spay/Neuter: No Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: Unknown
Fatal dog attack, Taylor Kitlica

Taylor Kitlica

18-months old | Brewton, AL

Taylor Kitlica, 18-months old, was fatally attacked by a chained rottweiler. Taylor's family had recently found the male dog wondering the neighborhood. In hopes the owner would see the animal, they chained it in their front yard. The family already owned a female rottweiler that was also chained in the yard. At the time of the attack, the father was working on a vehicle, just a few feet from where the male rottweiler was tied. Taylor suffered massive head injuries. Her two-year old brother was also attacked. [source citations]

Date of death: January 28, 2007 Chained: Yes
Breed of dog: Rottweiler Relationship to dog: Non-family
Sex of dog: Male Owner of dog: Unknown
Spay/Neuter: No Multiple dogs: No
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: Unknown
Fatal dog attack, Robynn Bradley

Robynn Bradley

2-years old | Lithonia, GA

Robynn Bradley, 2-years old, was visiting a relative's home when the attack happened. The dogs, a pit bull and a mastiff-mix, escaped a fenced-in pen that resided in the backyard. Robynn, who had wandered outside, was attacked and killed by the loose dogs. Authorities from the DeKalb Police department investigated the incident. It is unknown if any arrests were made. [source citations]

Date of death: February 16, 2007 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull (1)
Mastiff-mix (1)
Relationship to dog: Non-family
Sex of dog: Unknown Owner of dog: Relative
Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: Unknown
Fatal dog attack, Pamela Rushing

Pamela Rushing

50-years old | Friendswood, TX

Pamela Rushing, 50-years old, was found severely bleeding in her backyard after being attacked by two of her family's three dogs. The primary attacker was a pit bull-mix the victim had recently taken in.3 Responding officers shot the dog dead after it tried to attack them. A golden retriever, owned by her son-in-law, inflicted at least one bite, according to the medical examiner's report. That dog was euthanized. [source citations]

Date of death: March 16, 2007 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull-mix (1)
Golden retreiver (1)
Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Unknown Owner of dog: Victim
Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No

Carolina Sotello

2-years old | Combine, TX

Carolina Sotello, 2-years old, was killed by the family's pit bull. At the time of the attack, the father said he was using the weed trimmer while his daughter rode her bicycle. The family's male pit bull was chained nearby. One glance later, Carolina was on the ground -- blood covering herself and the dog. The first officer to arrive on the scene was so shaken, witnesses said he spent much of the afternoon crying. The family also owned a female pit bull and a litter of puppies. [source citations]

Date of death: March 23, 2007 Chained: Yes
Breed of dog: Pit bull Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Male Owner of dog: Parents
Spay/Neuter: No Multiple dogs: No
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: Unknown

Brian Palmer

1-year old | Charleston, SC

Brian Palmer, 1-year old, was killed by the family pit bull after it escaped the laundry room, where it was normally kept. Brian was found in an upstairs room fatally mauled. A month before, the dog had killed the family cat and attacked another dog. There were no adults present at the time of the attack, but his four siblings were (the oldest being 16). The mother, Natasha Wilson, was arrested and charged with unlawful conduct toward a child. [source citations]

Date of death: April 27, 2007 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Unknown Owner of dog: Parents
Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: No
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: Yes

Celestino Rangel

90-years old | San Antonio, TX

Celestino Rangel, 90-years old, was fatally attacked by two pit bulls as he lay sleeping. Sarah Green, the owner of the pit bulls, had recently moved into Rangel's home. She left the house that evening with the dogs secured in a backyard pen. After she was gone, the dogs escaped the pen, managed to unlatch the backdoor to the house and fatally mauled Celestino. The dogs pulled the victim from his bed, then dragged him into the living room biting him the whole while. [source citations]

Date of death: May 13, 2007 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull (2) Relationship to dog: Non-family
Sex of dog: Unknown Owner of dog: Relative
Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: Unknown

James Chapple Jr.

59-years old | Memphis, TN

James Chapple Jr., 59-years old, had just gotten off the bus and was walking home when two dogs ran out from an auto repair shop and attacked him. The pit bulls ripped off his entire left hand and badly mauled his right arm. The injuries Chapple sustained required the amputation of his lower left arm. James died several months later from complications stemming from the attack. [source citations]

Date of death: May 17, 2007 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull (2) Relationship to dog: Non-family
Sex of dog: Unknown Owner of dog: Property Owner
Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: Off Criminal charges: Unknown

Magdelena Silva

96-years old | El Paso, TX

When officers arrived at the scene, Magdelena Silva, 96-years old, was already lifeless. The preliminary investigation revealed that on the morning of the attack, she had entered the side yard to feed the dogs. This was her normal routine. But on this morning, the dogs attacked and killed her. Mrs. Silva's daughter attempted to stop the attack and was also bitten. [source citations]

Date of death: May 25, 2007 Chained: Unknown
Breed of dog: Doberman pinscher (1)
German shepherd (1)
Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Unknown Owner of dog: Victim
Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No
Fatal dog attack, Dandre Fisher

Dandre Fisher

3-years old | Hunter Army Airfield, GA

Dandre Fisher, 3-years old, and his mother were visiting a friend when the deadly attack occurred. The mother lost sight of her son briefly. She went outside to look for him and found Dandre being mauled by two pit bulls in the neighbor's fenced-in backyard. Army investigators declined to press charges against the dogs' owner. They determined the young boy climbed the chain-link fence. [source citations]

Date of death: May 26, 2007 Chained: Unknown
Breed of dog: Pit bull (2) Relationship to dog: Non-family
Sex of dog: Unknown Owner of dog: Property Owner
Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No
Fatal dog attack, Carshena Benjamin

Carshena Benjamin

71-years old | Golden Gates, FL

Carshena Benjamin, 71-years old, left her home that morning for a walk. Later that day, she was found face down in a ditch. So badly was her body mutilated, she could hardly be identified. After the attack, the two loose pit bulls ran home. Linda Billie, a friend of the dog owner, washed the blood off the dogs, then dumped the animals at distant locations. The owner of the dogs, Shirley Fay Newell, lied to authorities for months before telling the truth. Benjamin's family filed a wrongful death suit against Newell and Billie. [source citations]

Date of death: May 26, 2007 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull (2) Relationship to dog: Non-family
Sex of dog: Unknown Owner of dog: Neighbor
Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: Off Criminal charges: No

Phyllis Carroll

63-years old | Connersville, IN

Phyllis Carroll, 63-years old, had two chow-mixes, a male and a female. The dogs came from the same litter and shared the same age, about 1-year old. As she went into the backyard to feed them that evening, the dogs attacked and killed her. There were no witnesses, but authorities believe the male was responsible for the attack. Friends reported that Carroll had grown increasingly afraid of the aggressive dogs. [source citations]

Date of death: June 17, 2007 Chained: Unknown
Breed of dog: Chow-mix Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Male Owner of dog: Victim
Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: No
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No

Mary Diana Bernal

62-years old | Deltona, FL

Mary Diana Bernal, 62-years old, had been staying at her sister's house for about a month when the family pit bull attacked her as she picked up a small dog. After ripping off her scalp and dragging her on the ground, the pit bull attacked her sister who wrestled with the dog and subsequently lost one or both thumbs. At the time of the attack, there were at least nine dogs in the house. The sister's husband, Eliasar and owner of the dog, said the dog had never shown aggression before. [source citations]

Date of death: June 29, 2007 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull Relationship to dog: Non-family
Sex of dog: Male Owner of dog: Relative
Spay/Neuter: No Multiple dogs: No
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: Unknown
Fatal dog attack, Tiffany Pauley

Tiffany Pauley

5-years old | Carrollton, GA

Tiffany Pauley, 5-years old, suffered from Down syndrome. While her mother and siblings slept, she wandered away from the home. She walked about 200 yards up the street into an unfenced yard where 5 dogs were kept. Three of those dogs were chained, including a 10-year old rottweiler that attacked and killed her. The mother was later charged with involuntary manslaughter. She was reportedly under the influence of methamphetamine the morning of the attack. [source citations]

Date of death: July 12, 2007 Chained: Yes
Breed of dog: Rottweiler Relationship to dog: Non-family
Sex of dog: Unknown Owner of dog: Neighbor
Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: No
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: Yes
Fatal dog attack, Trey Paeth

Trey Paeth

11-months old | Cookeville, TN

Trey Paeth, 11-months old, and his family were visiting the home of Allen McCaffrey when the attack occurred. Though the child was in a playpen, McCaffrey's two huskies tore through the siding and killed the child. The adults were in a different part of the house and did not hear the attack. The boy's father was in the Marines, assigned to Florence, Alabama. Putnam County sheriff's Detective Jimmy Patterson stated in a report that McCaffrey's huskies had never caused any problem before. [source citations]

Date of death: July 23, 2007 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Husky (2) Relationship to dog: Non-family
Sex of dog: Unknown Owner of dog: Friends
Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No
Fatal dog attack, Sabin Jones-Abbott

Sabin Jones-Abbott

6-years old | Bath, NY

Sabin Jones-Abbott, 6-years old, was last seen feeding the young family pit bull outside his home. Shortly thereafter, the father found the child unresponsive near the chained dog. The father had previously been warned by officials about supervising the child around the dog. He was later charged with endangering the welfare of a child. [source citations]

Date of death: July 29, 2007 Chained: Yes
Breed of dog: Pit bull-mix Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Unknown Owner of dog: Parents
Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: No
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: Yes
Fatal dog attack, Zachary King Jr

Zachary King Jr.

7-years old | Minneapolis, MN

Zachary King Jr., 7-years old, was violently attacked by the family's pit bull. The male dog had previously bitten a contractor (who was awarded $22k in damages) and two other adults. At the time of the fatal attack, the dog was chained to a pole in the basement of the home. It is speculated that the child went into the basement to see the puppies; the family also owned a female pit bull. Authorities charged the father with second-degree manslaughter. He was found not guilty. [source citations]

Date of death: August 16, 2007 Chained: Yes
Breed of dog: Pit bull Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Male Owner of dog: Parents
Spay/Neuter: No Multiple dogs: No
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: Yes

Elijah Rackley

15-months old | McMinn County, TN

Elijah Rackely, 18-months old, was killed by the family's new dog. Elijah's family had recently found the stray animal and taken it under their wing. The female chow-mix subsequently had puppies. At the time of the attack, the child was with his grandfather in the yard. When the grandfather stepped away, the child picked up one of the puppies and wandered too close to the chained mother. [source citations]

Date of death: August 18, 2007 Chained: Yes
Breed of dog: Chow-mix Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Female Owner of dog: Parents
Spay/Neuter: No Multiple dogs: No
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No
Fatal dog attack, Scott Warren

Scott Warren

6-years old | Dallas, TX

Scott Warren, 6-years old, was lying on his mother's bed watching TV with his sister when his pet pit bull, Tippy, leapt off the floor and attacked him. The boy's grandfather, who lived with the boy's family, said it took Scott's mother "10 minutes to get the dog off of him." The victim had raised the 1-year old dog since it was 4-weeks old. [source citations]

Date of death: August 31, 2007 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Male Owner of dog: Victim
Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: No
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No
Fatal dog attack, Kylie Cox

Kylie Cox

4-months old | Warren, MI

Kylie Cox, 4-months old, was violently killed by a rottweiler while strapped in a safety seat. The mother had just entered into a home, set the car seat down with Kylie in it and stepped away to warm a bottle. The rottweiler attacked and killed the infant while she was strapped in the seat. The dog was adopted to Jason Winters and Christopher Fura just 10 days prior. According to authorities, the owners knew the dog had a history of attacking children. Both men were charged with involuntary manslaughter and second-degree child abuse. [source citations]

Date of death: September 12, 2007 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Rottweiler Relationship to dog: Non-family
Sex of dog: Male Owner of dog: Stranger
Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: No
On/Off property: Off Criminal charges: Yes
Fatal dog attack, Cheryl Harper

Cheryl Harper

56-years old | Iosco Township, MI

Cheryl Harper, 56-years old, was walking down a gravel road near her home when a pack of American bulldog-mixes attacked and killed her. The owner of the dogs, Diane Cockrell, had at least 10 of these dogs at her residence. On the day of the attack, half of them managed to escape. Just a short while later, the same pack of dogs killed Edward Geirlach on his front porch. Both attacks were extremely violent and happened in such a short time span that authorities could not determine which victim had been attacked first. [source citations]

Date of death: September 13, 2007 Chained: No
Breed of dog: American bulldog (4) Relationship to dog: Non-family
Sex of dog: Unknown Owner of dog: Neighbor
Spay/Neuter: No Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: Off Criminal charges: Yes
Fatal dog attack, Edward Gierlach

Edward Gierlach

91-years old | Iosco Township, MI

Edward Gierlach, 91-years old, was killed in the same attack. Edward's son Eugene discovered his father's body lying in the family's driveway, stripped of clothing and covered with bite marks. He said his father's body was missing flesh on his leg, including a portion that was "just bone." Both families sued Cockrell for wrongful death and conscious pain and suffering. In September 2008, Cockrell pleaded no contest to the criminal charges and was sentenced to a minimum of 3.5 years in jail. [source citations]

Date of death: September 13, 2007 Chained: No
Breed of dog: American bulldog (4) Relationship to dog: Non-family
Sex of dog: Unknown Owner of dog: Neighbor
Spay/Neuter: No Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: Off Criminal charges: Yes

Karson Dilan Gilroy

2-years old | Boger City, NC

Karson Dilan Gilroy, 2-years old, was staying with his great-grandmother at the time of the attack. She went inside for a moment leaving the toddler in the yard. When she came back, the child had disappeared. They found Karson about an hour later. He had wandered into an area where two German shepherd-mixes where chained. Karson got tangled in the chain and was mauled to death by the two dogs. [source citations]

Date of death: September 25, 2007 Chained: Yes
Breed of dog: German shepherd-mix (2) Relationship to dog: Non-family
Sex of dog: Unknown Owner of dog: Neighbor
Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: Unknown
Fatal dog attack, Tina Marie Canterbury

Tina Marie Canterbury

42-years old | Middleburg, FL

Tina Marie Canterbury, 42-years old, was killed by her two red-nosed pit bulls. She had raised both dogs, Rebel and Thor, since they were pups. Both had been neutered and lived indoors. Her cousin, Bill Canterbuy, said the dogs often slept with her at night. Tina had been taking out the trash when the dogs attacked. Her son attempted to rescue her and was also bitten. Authorities shot and killed both dogs. Animal Crimes Detective Annie Henderson said, "This was a responsible owner. These animals never had any history of any type of aggression." [source citations]

Date of death: October 2, 2007 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull (2) Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Male Owner of dog: Victim
Spay/Neuter: Yes Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No

Jane Doe

73-years old | Pahrump, NV

A 73-year-old Pahrump woman, whose identity remains private, was killed after being attacked by eight wolf-hybrids that were owned by her son. The attack occurred as the woman walked into her backyard where the animals were secured within double fencing. A neighbor, however, said that the hybrids were so tall they could be seen over the top of the fence line. Neither of her sons was home during the incident. Owning wolf-hybrids in Nye County is legal. One only needs a license just like a regular dog. All eight dogs were euthanized. [source citations]

Date of death: October 5, 2007 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Wolf hybrid (8) Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Mixed Owner of dog: Son
Spay/Neuter: No Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No

Rosalie Bivins

65-years old | Ada, OK

Rosalie Bivins, 65-years old, was checking her mail in the front of her residence when a pack of pit bulls attacked her. A postman attempted to help, but was forced back into his vehicle by the aggressive dogs. He left and flagged down a neighbor who owned a shotgun. By the time he returned, several neighbors were in the road trying to stop the attack. It is reported that Bivin's son-in-law had used the dogs to hunt feral hogs. He denied this claim and ownership of the dogs. [source citations]

Date of death: October 15, 2007 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull-mix (7) Relationship to dog: Non-family
Sex of dog: Unknown Owner of dog: Unknown
Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: Off Criminal charges: Unknown
Fatal dog attack, Tori Whitehurst

Tori Whitehurst

4-years old | Phoenix, AZ

Tori Whitehurst, 4-years old, was killed by her family's American bulldog. Tori and the dog named Cane were good friends; he even slept in her room at night. At the time of the attack, Tori and her older sister were playing in the backyard with Cane and three small dogs. The Whitehurst family had adopted the dog 3 months earlier through an unnamed party. The unnamed party, however, had adopted the animal 3 months prior from the Arizona Humane Society. Three behaviorists at the society had evaluated the dog before releasing it to its new owner. [source citations]

Date of death: November 5, 2007 Chained: No
Breed of dog: American bulldog Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Male Owner of dog: Parents
Spay/Neuter: Yes Multiple dogs: No
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No
Fatal dog attack, Seth Lovitt

Seth Lovitt

11-years old | Killeen, TX

Seth Lovitt, 11-years old, and his brother were "running through the house yelling" when the family pit bull suddenly leapt off the couch, knocked Seth to the ground and bit him on the neck. The boy's mother and grandmother got the dog to release the child then called 911. The boy was transported to Darnall Army Medical Center at Ft. Hood where he later died. At the time of the attack, his father was deployed to Korea. In August 2009, a grand jury indicted both his mother and grandmother on one count of manslaughter and a count of reckless serious bodily injury to a child. [source citations]

Date of death: November 7, 2007 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Male Owner of dog: Grandmother
Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: No
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: Yes
Fatal dog attack, Jennifer Lowe

Jennifer Lowe

21-years old | Knox County, TN

Jennifer Lowe, 21-years old, was alone in the house when her friend's two pit bulls attacked and severely injured her. She fought back both dogs as they tore away her face, neck, shoulder and arms. Jennifer died shortly after reaching the University of Tennessee Medical Center. Until her death, she did not lose consciousness. Prior to the violent attack, animal control officers had visited the home 5 times, and both dogs had been declared "dangerous." The attack occurred on owner property, so the owner of the dogs, Charles Smallwood, faced no criminal penalty. [source citations]

Date of death: November 12, 2007 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull (2) Relationship to dog: Non-family
Sex of dog: Mixed Owner of dog: Friend
Spay/Neuter: No Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No

Cora Lee Suehead

61-years old | Placer County, CA

Cora Lee Suehead, 61-years old, was found mauled to death by animals near her home. Authorities removed 4 pit bulls from her property to undergo DNA sampling. Just 16 days later, Cora's daughter was found dead in her Auburn, California home. It is suspected that her daughter, Tammy Cummins, was despondent over the death of her mother and committed suicide. Seven months later, it was determined that the pit bulls did kill Suehead. On the tail of the DNA results, another tragedy occurred. Walter Suehead, 70, Cora's husband, died of natural causes. Some believe he died of a broken heart. [source citations]

Date of death: December 4, 2007 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull (4) Relationship to dog: Non-family
Sex of dog: Unknown Owner of dog: Relative
Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No

Holden Jernigan

2-years old | Summerville, SC

Holden Jernigan, 2-years old, was mauled to death by his grandmother's pit bull. According to police, the boy wandered into the backyard where the 40-pound pit bull was unleashed. The dog latched onto Holden's throat and head and inflicted fatal injuries. Authorities later charged the grandmother, Tracey Shelton, with unlawful conduct towards a child. She had fallen asleep while watching the boy. [source citations]

Date of death: December 13, 2007 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Male Owner of dog: Grandmother
Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: No
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: Yes

Blanche Brodeur

76-years old | Mountain City, GA

Blanche Brodeur, 76-years old, was killed by her son-in-law's pit bull. She had agreed to watch five pit bulls shared by her daughter and her husband while the two were jailed. Five days prior to the attack, both had been arrested for drug possession. When emergency responders arrived, they could not reach the victim's body -- the male pit bull was on a rope long enough to interfere with their rescue attempt. It took 18 minutes and a phone call to the dog's jailed owner to get permission to shoot the dog so that personnel could safely approach the body. [source citations]

Date of death: December 17, 2007 Chained: Yes
Breed of dog: Pit bull Relationship to dog: Non-family
Sex of dog: Male Owner of dog: Son-in-law
Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: No
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No
Kelly Caldwell

Kelly Caldwell

45-years old | Yermo, CA

Kelly Caldwell, 45-years old, was attacked and killed by loose pit bulls late Christmas day while walking near her home. A resident heard the attack and called police. By the time first responders arrived, it was too late. Kelly was pronounced dead upon reaching the hospital. After DNA sampling, two of the three pit bulls were identified. The owners, Jeffrey Dwayne King, Jr. and John Allan Peterson, were later charged on suspicion of failure to control a mischievous animal, resulting in death, a felony. [source citations]

Date of death: December 25, 2007 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull (2) Relationship to dog: Non-family
Sex of dog: Unknown Owner of dog: Neighbor
Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: Off Criminal charges: Yes
  1. DogsBite.org contains verifiable information about U.S. citizens killed by dogs including the name and age of each victim, location of attack, dog breed and up to 18 other factors. Information was gathered through media reports that were available at the time of the attack or found through Internet newspaper archives. Each fatality also lists "source citations," which links to its related citations.
  2. Decade of Adoption Focus Fails to Reduce Shelter Killing, by Merritt Clifton, Animal People, July/August 2009.
  3. The dog, described as a pit bull and catahoula-bulldog mix in press reports, formerly belonged to the victim's mother. The catahoula-pit bull/catahoula-bulldog is a hybrid hunting breed built upon pit bull crossings.