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

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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