2018 dog bite fatalities ::

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2018 dog bite fatality victims

Fatal dog attack, Laura Ray

Laura Ray

53-years old | West Monroe, Louisiana

Laura Ray, 53-years old, was was mauled to death by a pit bull while working at a pet boarding facility. Ouachita Parish Sheriff's deputies responded to a report of an injured person at The Happy Hound Hotel located at 571 Smith Street in West Monroe about 11:00 pm. They found Laura severely injured by a pit bull being housed at the facility. Her injuries were fatal. Ouachita Parish Police Jury President, Scotty Robinson described the situation as, "horrific and awful." The hotel's owner said the pit bull was being boarded at the facility for the first time and the dog's owner had signed a form saying her dog was not aggressive. The dog was turned over to Ouachita Parish Animal Control and euthanized several days later. According to her obituary, Laura was the mother of five children. Her brother, Antony Carl Williams stated on Facebook, "This is my sister she was killed by a pit bull so bad we can't view her love you miss you rest my baby sister." [source citations]

Date of death: January 9, 2018 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull Relationship to dog: Non-family
Sex of dog: Unknown Owner of dog: Client
Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: No
On/Off property: Off Criminal charges: Pending
Fatal dog attack, Rylee Marie Dodge

Rylee Dodge

3-years old | Duncan, Oklahoma

Rylee Dodge, 3-years old, was killed by a pit bull her father acquired from a friend five days earlier. The attack occurred in the 600 block of North F Street. The child's father, Jason Dodge, said he left Rylee with her grandmother. About 20 minutes later, he got an urgent phone call from her saying Rylee had been attacked. Dodge rushed home to a horrible scene. He opened the door and saw his mother lying on top of the dog and Rylee lifeless. Dodge told an officer to shoot the dog or he would; the officer dispatched the dog. Dodge had been keeping the pit bull in his fenced-in front yard until he was more familiar with it. "She wanted to play with it so bad that she opened the front door and the dog literally attacked her," Dodge said. The dog -- an unneutered pit bull, named Remington -- had played with his son in the past without any problems, Dodge said. The state Medical Examiner’s Officer said that Rylee died of multiple sharp and blunt force injuries to her head and neck. The manner of death was ruled an accident. [source citations]

Date of death: January 14, 2018 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Male Owner of dog: Father
Spay/Neuter: No Multiple dogs: No
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: Pending
Fatal dog attack, David Brown

David Brown

46-years old | Owensboro, Kentucky

David Brown, 46-years old, died after breaking up a fight between his family dogs. Police responded to 2306 Heritage Park Drive in reference to a dog attack and were met by two aggressive dogs. Officers shot the larger dog due to its aggression, killing it. Daviess County Animal Control Director Ashley Clark confirmed that dog was a pit bull. When officers entered the home, they found Brown and his wife on the floor injured and began administering CPR to Brown. He did not survive. The Daviess County Coroner listed the cause of death as cardiac arrest, complicated by a dog attack. Dana was taken to Owensboro Health Regional Hospital where she underwent surgery for her injuries. The fight began between the pit bull and a beagle in the home. Dana intervened and was attacked. When Brown went to assist, he was also attacked, according to Officer Andrew Bell, a spokesman for the Owensboro Police Department. Clark said the family dogs were "well-taken care of" and noted they were "clean and fixed." [source citations]

Date of death: February 15, 2018 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull and beagle Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Unknown Owner of dog: Victim
Spay/Neuter: Yes Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No
Fatal dog attack, Baby Jane Doe

Baby Jane Doe

8-days old | Lee County, Virginia

Baby Jane Doe, 8-days old, was killed by her family's wolf hybrid. Lee County Sheriff Gary Parsons said they received a call about 11:40 am about a pet attacking a child at a home in the Seminary community. By the time deputies arrived, the father was already en route with his injured newborn to Lonesome Pine Hospital in Big Stone Gap. Deputies were told the dog attacked the infant while she was in a bassinet. She suffered "very serious injuries to the upper body and the head," Sheriff Gary Parsons said. "The child had been seriously mauled by the animal," Parsons said. The baby was transferred to Holston Valley Medical Center then airlifted to the University of Tennessee Medical Center, where she died just after 4 pm. The 3.5 year old male wolf hybrid-malamute mix came from a wolf hybrid breeder in Florida. At the time of the attack, the family was also fostering two young children that had been approved by the Wise County Department of Social Services to live in the wolf hybrid household. [source citations]

Date of death: March 7, 2018 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Wolf hybrid Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Male Owner of dog: Parents
Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: No
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No
Fatal dog attack, Loxli Chavez

Loxli Chavez

13-months old | Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Loxli Chavez, 13-months old, was savaged to death by a dog while under the care of her babysitter. Cape Girardeau Police did not issue a media release until three days after the baby's mauling death. On March 9, police received a call about 2:12 pm regarding an "animal bite" at a home on North Hanover Street near Themis Street. When they arrived, they found the dog had severely injured the baby. They immediately transported her to an area hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Police described the dog as a male, 40-pound "mixed-breed" and a family pet. Court documents later described the dog as part "pit bull labrador and malamute." Another child was in the home at the time of the fatal dog attack, but was not injured. On April 5, authorities charged the babysitter, Erica Jordan, 33, with second-degree involuntary manslaughter, a felony, in connection to the baby's death. Jordan told police the dog had attacked her own son a year earlier. The dog was neutered after the previous attack. [source citations]

Date of death: March 9, 2018 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Mixed-breed Relationship to dog: Non-family
Sex of dog: Male Owner of dog: Babysitter
Spay/Neuter: Yes Multiple dogs: No
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: Yes
Fatal dog attack, Noah Trevino

Noah Trevino

4-years old | Converse, Texas

Noah Trevino, 4-years old, was killed by a pit bull-mix that belonged to his family for about three years. The attack happened while the child played alone in the backyard of his home in the 8900 block of Twincreek Farm. The male dog, named Bam Bam, was tied to the fence. When Noah entered into the "death radius" of its chain, the pit bull-mix snatched him by the neck and shook him, killing him. "One of the relatives of the child actually looked out into the backyard and saw that the dog had his mouth around the little boy's neck and was shaking him," Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said. By the time family members reached the boy, he was lifeless. He was airlifted to University Hospital in San Antonio, where he was declared dead. Neighbors told news reporters the same dog had escaped the property in the past and killed neighborhood pets. After Noah's death, sheriff's officials said they were trying to confirm those reports. Just two weeks before he died, Noah had celebrated his fourth birthday. [source citations]

Date of death: March 25, 2018 Chained: Yes
Breed of dog: Pit bull-mix Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Male Owner of dog: Family
Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: No
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No
Fatal dog attack, Hong Saengsamly

Hong Saengsamly

49-years old | Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Hong Saengsamly, 49-years old, was killed by at least one of her three dogs. She was last seen alive on March 23 when her daughter left her home. Her son, referred to as "Jack" in the police report, conducted a well-being check the next day after being unable to reach her. When he entered her home, he found her in a prone position in the kitchen, unresponsive. One of his mother's three dogs, a large black and white pit bull, began guarding her body and became hostile. Jack shot the dog twice, killing it. When police arrived, they discovered the dead pit bull in a room connected to the kitchen. The medical examiner listed her cause of death as "multiple puncture and blunt force injuries due to mauling by dogs." The manner of death was ruled an accident. Jack indicated to police that none of the dogs were violent, and "they had never attacked a person before." Another pit bull and a chihuahua also lived in the home. Both dogs were turned over to the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission. [source citations]

Date of death: March 25, 2018 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull (2)
Chihuahua (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, Gaia Nova

Gaia Nova

3-months old | Sherman Oaks, California

Gaia Nova, 3-months old, was mauled to death by a family dog. The attack occurred in the baby's home in the 14400 block of Benefit Street, according to police. She was transported in critical condition to a hospital, where she died. "It is with deep sadness and a heavy heart that we share with you the passing of the baby," LAPD Captain Lillian Carranza tweeted. At the time of the attack, she was under the care of her grandmother. When she stepped away "for a few seconds" to get a bottle, one of the dogs sneaked into the room and attacked her, Carranza said. A fundraiser for the baby's funeral states, "Gaia's life was cut short by a split-second, instantaneous attack by the family dog. It is absolutely unimaginable that such an awful event would occur." Gaia's family had three dogs: a 98-pound rottweiler, an 89-pound labrador and a 10-pound terrier. All three were taken into custody; none could quickly be ruled out. Investigators are waiting on DNA test results to determine which of the dogs were involved. [source citations]

Date of death: May 5, 2018 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pending Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Pending Owner of dog: Mother
Spay/Neuter: Pending Multiple dogs: Pending
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No
Fatal dog attack, Tracy Garcia

Tracy Garcia

52-years old | Ardmore, Oklahoma

Tracy Garcia, 52 years old, was killed by a pack of dogs. The attack occurred on Banyon Road, just off Mary Niblack. Tracy died at the scene due to her injuries. Police shot and killed one of the dogs. The remaining dogs were collected by animal control officers and taken to Westwood Veterinary Hospital to be euthanized by the owner's request. Afterward, the dogs were taken to the Ardmore Animal Shelter. This is when the history of her death diverges into conflicts regarding the breeds of dogs involved. Dr. Douglas Aldridge of the Westwood Veterinary Hospital, the only professional that examined the dogs while they were alive, wrote, "The dogs appear to me to be a pit bull and 4 pit-bull mix puppies." Aldridge also stated that one of the dogs was larger and weighed 55-60 pounds, "that the owner described as the sire to the shorter dogs." Tena Layton, the Co-director of the Ardmore Animal Shelter, who also owns multiple pit bulls claimed, "all of the dogs were under 40 pounds" and six of the dogs were predominantly "standard dachshund" and the other was a "border collie-mix." [source citations]

Date of death: May 10, 2018 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pending (1) and mixed-breed (6) Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Mixed Owner of dog: Relative
Spay/Neuter: No Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: Off Criminal charges: Pending
Fatal dog attack, Georgia Morgan

Georgia Morgan

75-years old | Gulfport, Mississippi

Georgia Morgan, 75-years old, was killed by two pit bulls after entering into the dog owner's yard. The attack happened in the 14400 block of Deidra Court. Arriving officers found the woman inside of the fence-in yard, but she had already died. "Through an investigation, we determined that a woman entered a closed property through a gate, shut the gate behind her, and while inside the fenced in yard, was attacked by two dogs," Gulfport deputy police chief Chris Lopposer said. Georgia was known to walk in the Orange Grove neighborhood and collect cans. Residents warmly called her "the can lady." The owner of the pit bulls, Emily Craft, 32, was arrested after the attack on a 2017 warrant for two misdemeanor charges -- having a dog at large and a vicious animal charge. Diana Jones, who lives next-door to Craft, filed the complaint last summer after Craft's pit bulls attacked her labrador retriever for the second time. Craft surrendered both pit bulls to Gulfport Animal Control. The dogs were euthanized. [source citations]

Date of death: May 16, 2018 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull (2) Relationship to dog: Non-family
Sex of dog: Mixed Owner of dog: Property owner
Spay/Neuter: No Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No
Fatal pit bull attack, Gauge Eckenrode

Gauge Eckenrode

6-years old | Lakemont, Pennsylvania

Gauge Eckenrode, 6-years old, was killed by his family's pit bull. Blair County Coroner Patricia Ross determined the boy died of blunt force trauma. Rick Vaughan, a friend of the boy's family, said the child's father was cutting grass at his home on Gesser Avenue when he heard the mother screaming and rushed to find "the dog on the boy." Despite the father's actions to get the dog off the child, "It was already too late," Vaughan said. Logan Township Police Chief David Reese confirmed that family members tried to stop the attack by stabbing the dog. The dog was a "rescued pit bull" and had belonged to the family for several years, Reese said. The family had a second dog as well. After the attack, they asked police to remove it from their home for an undisclosed reason. Gauge was a kindergarten student at Baker Elementary. The Altoona Area School District issued a statement extending "sincere condolences" to the boy's family. Counselors were made available for students, staff and faculty members. [source citations]

Date of death: May 24, 2018 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: No
Fatal dog attack, Liana Valino

Liana Valino

9-months old | Miramar, Florida

Liana Valino, 9-months old, was killed by a family pit bull while under the care of her paternal grandmother. The attack occurred about 11:30 am in the 2400 block of Kingston Drive. According to police, the child was in a bedroom, in a bouncy chair, and the grandmother was with the child when the dog attacked. She died at the scene. Video footage showed an investigator removing the baby from the home wrapped in a red blanket. The Broward County Medical Examiner's Office ruled the baby's death accidental. The child's mother, Brenda Villasin, told reporters that her daughter lived with her, but she often dropped her off at the home of her ex-husband and his mother when she didn't attend daycare. The father's household had three pit bulls, a mother and her two adult offspring. One of the offspring, a male about 3 or 4 years old, inflicted the fatal attack. The family had raised the dog since it was a puppy. None of the dogs had a past history of reported bites, according to the county's animal care division. [source citations]

Date of death: May 30, 2018 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull 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 dog attack, Paige Bradley

Paige Bradley

5-months old | Lake Forest, Georgia

Paige Bradley, 5-months old, was mauled to death by a dog she had known since birth. Police responded to a home in the 1300 block of Watts Road about 2:55 am in reference to a "frantic 911 caller," according to the Clayton County Police Department. Upon arrival, officers discovered the family dog, a German shepherd, had attacked and killed the baby while she was sleeping. The baby's mother told police she had left the baby in the care of her roommate, a longtime family friend, while she left the home for a few hours. When she returned, she discovered her roommate had fallen asleep in another part of the home. When she checked on her baby, she discovered it dead -- mauled to death -- where she had laid her baby to sleep. The family told detectives the baby had been around the dog since birth and it had never shown aggression to the baby or anyone else in the home. The dog was surrendered to authorities and euthanized. No evidence of neglect was found and no charges were filed. [source citations]

Date of death: June 10, 2018 Chained: No
Breed of dog: German shepherd Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Unknown Owner of dog: Roommate
Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: No
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No

Additional victims - excluded

Deaths involving minor dog bite injury, dog-related caused injury (killed by a car while fleeing a dog) and cases that lacked a "reasonably clear" determination of death after dog bite injury are not included in our fatality statistical data. Deaths involving fatal non-bite injury (struck by dog death) or death due to untreated severe dog bites (sepsis) may be added to our data at a future time.

  • 03/02/18: Kenny Moore, 56-years old (Niagara Falls, NY)
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