2017 dog bite fatalities ::

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2017 victims

Fatal pit bull attack, Logan Braatz

Logan Braatz

6-years old | Atlanta, Georgia

Logan Braatz, 6-years old, was brutally killed by up to three dogs while walking to a school bus stop with a group of children. The dogs, a pit bull, pit bull-mix and unidentified breed, also critically injured 5-year old Syrai Sanders -- the dogs severed her scalp from her skull. Both children were transported to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. Logan was transferred to Grady Memorial Hospital's trauma unit, where he died. Aerial footage from a news chopper captured the horrific aftermath of the attack, showing clothing and other items strewn across the area of the attack. Multiple adult witnesses provided chilling accounts about what happened that morning. The owner of the two pit bulls suspected in the attack, Cameron Tucker, 31, was arrested and charged with two counts of misdemeanor reckless conduct, and later, one count of felony involuntary manslaughter. A judge later reduced the charges to misdemeanor manslaughter. [source citations]

Date of death: January 17, 2017 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull and pit bull-mix
Pending
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
Fatal dog attack, Skylar Dean Julius

Skylar Julius

2-months old | San Marcos, Texas

Skylar Julius, 2-months old, was killed by the family dog. Animal control impounded a German shepherd that was inside the home. On January 17, police and EMS were dispatched to a home on Sagewood Trail for a report of a baby with "numerous animal bites." The infant was transported to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead. San Marcos Police Department Commander Kelly Earnest said the father told police he fell asleep while the baby was napping in an infant bouncer next to him on the couch. He woke up about 20 minutes later and found her cold to the touch, unresponsive and injured. The family had owned the male dog for more than 8-years and had raised the dog since it was a puppy, she said. The family said the dog did not have a history of aggression. San Marcos Police Department later stated in a news release, "there was not enough probable cause to obtain a warrant for blood tests on the father for drugs or alcohol. The father would not consent to testing for drugs or alcohol." [source citations]

Date of death: January 17, 2017 Chained: No
Breed of dog: German shepherd Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Male Owner of dog: Parents
Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: No
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: Pending
Fatal dog attack, Louise Hermida

Louise Hermida

75-years old | New York, New York

Louise Hermida, 75-years old, died after being attacked by her own dog. She was mauled in the basement of her 27th Street home. The dog also bit her 39-year old autistic son, who managed to escape to a neighbor's home to get help. Police said she suffered "trauma to her upper torso." Hermida was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead. Her family adopted the dog nearly 6-years earlier from Animal Care and Control when the dog was about a year old. The male dog, named Boss, was described as a mastiff-great dane mix. No photos were ever released of the dog. Two weeks before attacking its owner, Boss killed a small terrier in the neighborhood. Hermida had been planning to return the dog to the shelter because it was too aggressive and uncontrollable, but did not act soon enough. Family members said Hermida was trying to break up a fight between Boss and another dog when Boss attacked. Neighbors said the family kept up to ten dogs in the basement of their home. [source citations]

Date of death: February 13, 2017 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Mastiff-great dane mix Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Male Owner of dog: Victim
Spay/Neuter: Yes2 Multiple dogs: No
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No
Fatal dog attack, Child John Doe

Child John Doe

5-years old | Clarksville, Tennessee

Child John Doe, 5-years old, was killed by his family's two English mastiffs. Emergency personnel responded to a home on Charles Thomas Road about 8:20 am. They discovered the boy with "extensive injuries" from being mauled by the two dogs. The child was transported to Tennova Medical Center where he died from his injuries. Both dogs were taken into custody by Montgomery County Animal Control. Police said both dogs were under a year old. Later news reports stated 6-months old. Montgomery County Animal Control released a photograph of the two dogs being held in quarantine. Clarksville Police Lt. Steve Warren said, "Our hearts certainly go out to that family, and to the first responders, it was a tough call for them too." Police opened an investigation into the dog attack. News footage of the home on Charles Thomas Road, a new subdivision, showed high fencing around the victim's backyard. As of March 2, 2017, no additional information, including the identity of the child, has been released. [source citations]

Date of death: February 16, 2017 Chained: No
Breed of dog: English mastiff (2) Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Unknown Owner of dog: Family
Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: Pending
Fatal pit bull attack, Valentine Herrera

Valentine Herrera

76-Years old | Los Angeles, California

Valentine Herrera, 76-years old, was savagely attacked by two pit bulls and died nearly one month later while hospitalized. The attack occurred on February 2, in the 2600 block of Lincoln Park Avenue. Herrera was walking his pomeranian, named Dodger, when the pit bulls escaped their property and attacked Dodger, killing him. When Herrera intervened, the pit bulls attacked him. The dogs knocked him to the ground and tore into his flesh. Herrera was rushed to LA County-USC Medical Center where he underwent brain surgery. Herrera remained in critical condition until he died on February 27. Neighbor Frank Carrasco, who witnessed the violent attack, said the owner of the pit bulls did not attempt to help the elderly man sprawled on the ground and bleeding after the attack. Several days before the attack, the same two pit bulls killed a neighborhood dog belonging to Stephanie Grezelle. As of March 2, 2017 no charges have been filed and no results from the dangerous dog hearing held on March 1 are known. [source citations]

Date of death: February 27, 2017 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull (2) Relationship to dog: Non-family
Sex of dog: Male (2) Owner of dog: Neighbor
Spay/Neuter: No Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: Off Criminal charges: Pending
Fatal dog attack, Jase Patrick Fohs

Jase Fohs

8-months old | Lusby, Maryland

Jase Patrick Fohs, 8-months old was savagely killed by a family pit bull while under the care of a babysitter at his home. On March 23, Calvert County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched at about 1pm to a home on Prancer Court for a report of a dog attack. They arrived within one minute of the initial call. When they reached the scene, they saw the dog actively attacking the baby. They open fired on the animal, killing it, but Jase was already dead. At a news conference the next day, Calvert County Sheriff Mike Evans said the dog was a pit bull, about 6 to 8 years old. The family had owned the dog since it was a puppy. The pit bull attacked the baby "out of the blue," the sheriff said. The dog weighed about 65 pounds and had no prior record of aggression, he said. The dog had also been around the infant its whole life. The babysitter, who is a family friend and neighbor, unsuccessfully tried to stop the violent attack. She was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, the sheriff said. No criminal charges will be filed. [source citations]

Date of death: March 23, 2017 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Unknown Owner of dog: Family
Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: No
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No
Fatal pit bull attack, Cecille Short

Cecille Short

82-years old | Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Cecille Short, 82-years old, and her dog were slaughtered by two pit bulls while walking in a residential neighborhood. The attack occurred near the 11600 block of Windmill Road in northwest Oklahoma City. Police officers fired on both dogs, killing one, and rammed the other with a vehicle. One pit bull survived and was taken into custody where it will be held as evidence in the homicide investigation. Both dogs belong to a neighbor who lives about a block away. Animal control had received complaints about the dogs before. Neighbors had issued their own warnings about these dogs as well. After a photograph of the dogs emerged from social media, there was confusion over the breed of the large white dog, an XXL pit bull or American bully, both are designer pit bull breeds. Police believe the dogs escaped from a sizable hole in the owner's fence who was away at the time of the attack. On May 10, 2017, the owner of the dogs, Antwon Demetris Burks, 31, was charged with second-degree manslaughter. [source citations]

Date of death: April 6, 2017 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull and pit bull-mix Relationship to dog: Non-family
Sex of dog: Mixed Owner of dog: Neighbor
Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: Off Criminal charges: Yes
Fatal pit bull attack, Maurice Brown

Maurice Brown

60-years old | Dayton, Ohio

Maurice Brown, 60-years old, was brutally killed by a pit bull while walking down an alley. The dog had attacked a rodent before breaking loose from its chain and mauling Brown. Neighbors heard the man shouting at the top of his lungs, "Jesus, help me, help me" before his death. Officers shot and killed the pit bull that was actively attacking Brown. Three other pit bulls from 345 Middle Street were taken into custody. Brown was transported to Miami Valley Hospital where he was pronounced dead. A drone captured the scene in the alley after a fire crew did a wash down, which removes the bloody scene. The mauling area was extensive. Brown's death marks the third fatal dog attack in Dayton since 2014. After the first death of Klonda Richey, legislation was introduced to strengthen criminal penalties after vicious dog attacks. The Klonda Richey Act still has not passed both chambers. As of May 6, police have not determined who owned the pit bull the killed Brown. The address has a history of dog violations. [source citations]

Date of death: April 25, 2017 Chained: Yes
Breed of dog: Pit bull Relationship to dog: Non-family
Sex of dog: Male Owner of dog: Tenant
Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: No
On/Off property: Off Criminal charges: Pending
Fatal dog attack, Lisa Green

Lisa Green

32-years old | Breinigsville, Pennsylvania

Lisa Green, 32-years old, was savagely killed by her pit bull-mix on the rear deck of her home on Spring White Drive. Neighbors rushed over and saw the dog tearing at her neck. "The dog started biting on her neck, started removing pieces from her neck," Vidya Chellapilla said. Another neighbor threw a hambone at the dog. But the dog does not take it. "He's so engrossed in attacking her," Loretta Ottinger said. Next she jabbed the dog in the eyes with a narrow board, but the dog grabbed it in its jaws and broke it. Then another neighbor came to the scene, off-duty Slatington police Chief David Rachman. The dog "flipped her head up, grabbed her by the throat and then thrashed around," he said. Rachman fired on the dog, ending the mauling. Two years earlier, the dog attacked a neighbor's husky, Rachman said. An unidentified man told WFMZ the same dog bit his grandson in the face a few years ago. Green had the 3.5-year old dog, named Leon, for about two-and-a-half years, according to Ottinger. [source citations]

Date of death: April 27, 2017 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull-boxer 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
Fatal pit bull attack, Kamiko Dao Tsuda-Saelee

Kamiko Dao Tsuda-Saelee

6-months old | Las Vegas, Nevada

Kamiko Dao Tsuda-Saelee, 6-months old, was brutally mauled to death by her family's pit bull. The attack occurred at the baby's home in the 9100 block of West Brilliant Prairie Court. Kamiko had been playing in a baby walker near the dog when the animal suddenly attacked her, investigators determined. The baby's mother, Layla Tsuda, had stepped away to the bathroom. When she returned the dog was biting the infant's head. Tsuda was able to stop the attack, but Kamiko had already suffered significant injuries, according to police spokeswoman Laura Meltzer. The baby was transported to Centennial Hills Hospital Medical Center where she was pronounced dead. The coroner said the baby died of multiple blunt force injuries to the head. The male pit bull, named Mana, had been with the family for nine years, family members said. The family said they were blindsided by the attack -- the dog had never bitten anyone before. Clark County Animal Control euthanized the pit bull shortly after the deadly attack. [source citations]

Date of death: May 8, 2017 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Male Owner of dog: Parents
Spay/Neuter: Unkown Multiple dogs: No
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No

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As of June 9, the following potential dog mauling deaths remain pending: The suspicious death of John Doe, 21-years old of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the death of Jamie Owsley, 21-years old of Quincy, Illinois. Both deaths occurred between Feb. 25 and Feb. 26. Two other potential dog mauling deaths were report between May 1 and May 7: The death of James Patterson, 63-years old of Dadeville, Alabama and the death of Jane Marie Egle, 59-years old of Asheville, North Carolina. Both dog bite-related cases remain pending, awaiting autopsy results.

Fatal dog attack, Sandra Keiser

Sandra Keiser

71-years old | Redding, Connecticut

Sandra Keiser, 71-year old, died after being attacked by her own dog. The attack occurred at her home on Deacon Abbott Road around 10:30 pm on May 12, according to Redding Police Chief Doug Fuchs. She suffered "very serious injuries," he said. She was transported to Danbury Hospital, where she later died. In a strangely worded narrative, Fuchs said the dog attack set off a "series of events" which led to Kaiser's death. Fuchs described the dog as a "mixed-breed" and "rescue" dog, but was "not a pit bull." The dog had been living at Kaiser's home for six years. Fuchs did not identify the shelter or rescue group that adopted out the dog, nor was a photograph provided of the dog. No preliminary autopsy results were released. As of June 9, 2017, autopsy results remain pending. Dog attacks that cause "severe injuries" and the person dies as a direct or related result (dog bites a contributing factor) are included in DogsBite.org statistical data -- the underlying cause of death is not restricted to "dog bites." [source citations]

Date of death: May 12, 2017 Chained: Unknown
Breed of dog: Mixed-breed Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Unknown Owner of dog: Victim
Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: No
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No
Fatal pit bull attack, Susannah Murray

Susannah Murray

3-weeks old | Grand Rapids, Michigan

Susannah Murray, 3-weeks old, was mauled to death after being left alone with three pit bulls loose in the home. The attack happened in the 1100 block of Kalamazoo Avenue SE. The baby was left alone in a bouncy chair in the home for about five minutes, while two adults were out on the porch. When one of the adults checked on the infant, she found her bloody with severe head injuries. The family pit bull nearest the infant, a male, had blood around its mouth. A female family pit bull was also in the room with the baby. Susannah was transported to Helen Devos Children's hospital and underwent seven hours of emergency surgery, but did not survive. The dogs were taken to the Kent County Animal Shelter and placed under quarantine. All three pit bulls were "rescues," according to family members. There were two males and one female in the household. On June 19, 2017 prosecutors announced that no charges would be filed. All three dogs were euthanized; none of the pit bulls could be ruled out. [source citations]

Date of death: May 26, 2017 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull (2) and pit bull-mix (1) Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Mixed Owner of dog: Mother
Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No
Fatal pit bull attack, Margaret Colvin

Margaret Colvin

90-years old | Virginia Beach, Virginia

Margaret Colvin, 90-years old, was brutally killed by a pit bull her daughter had acquired from a rescue group earlier that day. On May 31, Forever Home Rescue and Rehabilitation Center (FHRC) adopted out a 1.5 year old male, neutered pit bull named Blue to Colvin's daughter, Linda. The dog arrived at their home wearing a shock collar. When Linda removed the collar, the dog instantly pounced on Colvin who had fallen down nearby. Linda described the act as playful initially. Then Blue began to rip off Colvin's flesh, violently mauling her. Linda beat the dog with a hammer and an iron skillet. By the time rescue workers arrived, Colvin's intestines were on the floor. Colvin underwent multiple surgeries, including an arm amputation. She died of her injuries early the next morning. Blue was formerly a death row dog at New York City Animal Care and Control after biting a child. The dog was pulled by a Pennsylvania rescue then sent to FHRC for "rehabilitation." As of June 10, 2017 police continue to investigate. [source citations]

Date of death: June 1, 2017 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Male Owner of dog: Daughter
Spay/Neuter: Yes Multiple dogs: No
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: Pending
Fatal rottweiler attack, Marcos Raya, Jr.

Marcos Raya, Jr.

18-months old | Phoenix, Arizona

Marcos Raya, Jr., 18-months old, was brutally killed by his father's male rottweiler at his home in South Phoenix. Police said the child's grandmother was babysitting and doing chores when she opened the back door of the home. The family rottweiler rushed inside, grabbed the baby boy then dragged it outside, viciously attacking him. The grandmother was unable to pull the large dog off the baby; she called 911 for help. He "never stood a chance," Phoenix fire spokesman Captain Rob McDade said. "The amount of bites this child suffered was the reason this child succumbed to his injury." When Phoenix police officers arrived, the rottweiler was still actively attacking the child. One of the officers open fired on the dog, injuring it and stopping the attack. The child was transported to a pediatric trauma hospital in "extremely critical condition," McDade said. He died at the trauma hospital. Fire officials said the dog belongs to the child's father and has been a family pet for three years. [source citations]

Date of death: June 9, 2017 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Rottweiler Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Male Owner of dog: Father
Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: No
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No
Fatal pit bull attack, Melissa Barnes

Melissa Barnes

65-years old | Bozeman, Montana

Melissa Barnes, 65-years old, died after being savagely attacked by two pit bulls. The fatal mauling occurred about 8 am on June 24 at 5499 Love Lane, Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin said. Barnes was doing yard work when two dogs belonging to her tenant, Wayne Bartlett, followed his girlfriend's two children outside. The pit bulls viciously mauled her in front the children. Bartlett and his girlfriend were away at the time of the attack; the children were under the care of his niece. Bartlett and at least one of his pit bulls had lived on the property with Barnes for six years. She was airlifted to a trauma hospital in Billings for treatment. Doctors pronounced her brain dead the following day. Barnes was kept on life support for organ donation for several days longer while doctors awaited the rabies tests results on the dogs. Neither of the canines was current on vaccinations. Bartlett voluntarily gave up both dogs to be euthanized. According to Bartlett, his pit bulls had never shown aggression in the past. [source citations]

Date of death: June 25, 2017 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull and pit bull-mix Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Mixed Owner of dog: Tenant
Spay/Neuter: Yes Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: (Fined)

Additional victims

Deaths involving non-dog bite injury, minor dog bite injury or cases that lacked a "reasonably clear" determination of death due to dog bite injury are not included in DogsBite.org statistical fatality data. Victims falling into the latter category may be added at a future time.
  • 03/15/17: John Bruno, 5-years old (Warrington, PA)
  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 news reports that were available at the time of the attack or found through Internet archival services. Each fatality also lists "source citations," which links to its related citations.
  2. Though the neuter status was not specifically stated in news reports, the dog was adopted from Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC) and by city law could not be released without being spay or neutered. This is a 2006 city law and the dog was adopted out in 2011.