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 attacked and killed by a pit bull and up to two other loose dogs while walking to a school bus stop with a group of children. The dogs 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 dogs suspected in the attack, Cameron Tucker, 31, was arrested and charged with two counts of misdemeanor reckless conduct. The next day, authorities added one count of felony involuntary manslaughter. As of January 22, 2017, the investigation continues. [source citations]

Date of death: January 17, 2017 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull and 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

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As of March 20, the following potential dog mauling deaths remain pending: The death of James Bennett, 79-years old of Palm Coast, Florida. The suspicious death of John Doe, 21-years old of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the death of Jamie Owsley, 21-years old of Quincy, Illinois. All three deaths occurred between Feb. 24 and Feb. 26. At least two involved pit bulls.

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 deadly attack occurred near the 11600 block of Windmill Road in northwest Oklahoma City. Arriving officers shot and killed one of the dogs. Officers rammed the other dog with a police cruiser and shot it twice. That dog survived and was taken to the city shelter where it is being held as part of a 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 animals escaped from a sizable hole in the owner's fence. The dogs' owner was away at the time of the attack. As of April 21, 2017 no criminal charges have been filed. [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: Pending

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.