2018 dog bite fatalities ::

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2018 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
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