2019 dog bite fatalities ::

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2019 dog bite fatality victims

2019 dog bite fatality, fatal dog attack, Dianne Reves

Dianne Reves

70-years old | Grenada County, Mississippi

Dianne Reves, 70-years old, was mauled to death by a pack of loose dogs in her own backyard. Sheriff's deputies responded to a home in the 1600 block of Carpenter Road at 3:30 pm on January 10 after a neighbor discovered Reves dead. Investigators believe the attack happened a day earlier. "We're talking about several hundred dog bites here," Investigator Josh Dale said. Seven mixed-breed dogs, weighing about 80 pounds each, were seized through a warrant from Grenada County Justice Court and taken into custody. They were tested by a veterinarian and later euthanized. The dogs belonged to a neighbor living two houses down. Reves had worked for many years as a nurse in Grenada. Shirley Holiday, Reeves' co-worker and friend, said that Reves retired about 5 years ago. "She was just looking so forward to it. She had plans," Holiday said. As of January 19, 2019 no one has been charged in connection to her death. [source citations]

Date of death: January 9, 2019 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Mixed-breed (7) 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
2019 dog bite fatality, fatal pit bull attack, Lana Bergman

Lana Bergman

70-years old | San Bernardino County, California

Lana Bergman, 70-years old, was killed by four pit bulls belonging to guests on her property. At about 10:11 pm, deputies from the Morongo Basin Sheriff's Station responded to a report of a vicious dog attack in the 59000 block of Sunflower Drive. She was first discovered dead by her roommate, Joe Fairbanks, and one of the owner's of the dogs. All four pit bulls were taken into custody. The dogs belong to Stephanie Johnston and her husband, who live in a converted school with their four children. Two weeks before the fatal mauling, the couple parked their bus on Bergman's property and began living there. Lana's brother, Jay Barnett, characterized the dogs' owners as "squatters" who had had overstayed their visit at his sister's home. The day the dogs killed Lana, she left a message on her sister-in-law's phone stating that she had ordered them off her property and that tomorrow "they are being pulled out" and that "they have to leave this premises." The dogs killed her before "tomorrow" arrived. [source citations]

Date of death: January 16, 2019 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull (4) Relationship to dog: Non-family
Sex of dog: Mixed Owner of dog: Visitor
Spay/Neuter: Mixed Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: Off Criminal charges: No
2019 dog bite fatality, fatal pit bull attack, Ed Stanley

Ed Stanley

85-years old | Amarillo, Texas

Ed Stanley, 85-years old, died two weeks after he was attacked by loose dogs on his driveway. On January 7, Amarillo Animal Management and Welfare responded to a 911 call about a man being attacked by two dogs in the 4400 block of Evelyn Street in Amarillo. "911 was notified that a citizen was being attacked. Police, fire, and EMS, as well as us responded," said Richard Havens, Director of Amarillo Animal Management and Welfare. "His legs were attacked, his face was attacked, his arms were attacked," Havens said. This was not just a dog attack, the man was mauled by a pit bull-mix and shepherd-mix, officials said. Havens said the attack "was definitely headed towards a fatality had it not been for the tremendous nature of this citizen willing to put their life and limb at risk to save another." The next-door neighbor who rushed to help Stanley was never named in the media reports. Both dogs were taken into custody. The District Attorney's Office is reviewing the case for possible criminal charges. [source citations]

Date of death: January 21, 2019 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull-mix and shepherd-mix 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: Pending
2019 dog bite fatality, fatal dog attack, Patricia Henson

Patricia Henson

8-months old | Tucson, Arizona

Patricia Henson, 8-months old, was horrifically mauled by a dog while her mother slept. On January 24, Tucson police responded to a home in the 7700 block of East Apple Tree Drive about 1:30 am after receiving a call of an unresponsive child. Police said Henson was extremely intoxicated when they arrived. The baby was found with puncture wounds and scrapes, consistent with injuries caused by a dog. The autopsy report, released in March, stated she "sustained several injuries during the incident, including abrasions, lacerations, contusions, and puncture wounds; absence of soft tissues; hemorrhages; hematomas and lacerations; among other injuries," reported media outlets. The child's mother, Breanna Henson, 30, was arrested and charged with one count of felony child abuse and released into the custody of her parents. Pima County Animal Control confiscated a dog from the home that neighbors said was a German shepherd. As of March 18, 2019, the manner of death is still undetermined. [source citations]

Date of death: January 24, 2019 Chained: No
Breed of dog: German shepherd Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Unknown Owner of dog: Mother
Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: No
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: Yes
2019 dog bite fatality, fatal pit bull attack, Ashton McGhee

Ashton McGhee

1-year old | Guthrie, Kentucky

Ashton McGhee, 1-year old, was mauled to death by a family pit bull-mix. Guthrie police responded to a home on North Ewing Street where they found a 1-year old boy on the couch, unresponsive, but breathing. The child had "deep abrasions to the head, chest, and neck" from being mauled by the family pit bull-mix, police said. The child's grandmother and great-grandmother suffered injuries while trying to pull the dog off the toddler. The baby had been playing with a ball on the floor when the dog came inside from outdoors. The dog attacked the baby, including breaking the baby's jaw. The baby and grandmother were transported to Tennova Medical Center in Clarksville, where the baby died of his injuries. According to family members, Ashton lived in Hopkinsville, Kentucky with his mother, Miranda McGhee, and his two siblings. Ashton had been playing at his grandparent's home in Guthrie when the dog attacked him. His grandfather told police the dog normally played with the boy calmly. [source citations]

Date of death: February 7, 2019 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull-mix Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Unknown Owner of dog: Grandparents
Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: No
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No
2019 dog bite fatality, fatal pit bull attack, Angela Johnson

Angela Johnson

54-years old | Anza, California

Angela Johnson, 54-years old, died nearly two months after a violent pit bull mauling. The attack occurred on December 15 as Johnson was hanging laundry in her yard in rural Anza. Riverside County Fire Department said they were called to a home in the 55000 block of Mitchell Road about 9:30 am. Johnson suffered severe bite injuries and was airlifted to a trauma center. "All three [dogs] were pit bulls or pit bull mixes and there is a known owner," John Welsh, a spokesman for Riverside County Department of Animal Services, said. The agency confiscated the dogs; they were euthanized on January 7. The dogs' owner, Jesse Leon Miranda, 61, of Anza, was arrested on an outstanding felony warrant. On December 19, a GoFundMe page for Johnson stated that she remained on life support. The dogs ripped out a "main artery in her throat, causing a severe stroke to the left side of her brain, leaving her half brain dead," her son stated on the page. On February 9, Johnson succumbed to her injuries and died. [source citations]

Date of death: February 9, 2019 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull (3) 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
2019 dog bite fatality, fatal dog attack, Brenda Hamilton

Brenda Hamilton

77-years old | Pantego, North Carolina

Brenda Hamilton, 77-years old, was killed by one or more dogs while taking her daily early morning walk. She was discovered in a ditch submerged up to her shoulders in water with catastrophic injuries to both arms, both legs and her scalp. She was transported to Vidant Pitt Hospital where she died three days later. Beaufort County sheriff's investigators initially thought a "bear" inflicted the attack, despite two dogs being at the scene. Those dogs were examined "about an hour after the attack" by deputies and animal control. Both tested positive for trace amounts of human blood on their paws and in their mouth. The DNA lab also located domestic canine mitochondrial DNA on six other items of evidence at the scene. The scientist who tested the samples, "found no evidence for anything besides domestic dog." As of June 9, 2019, county officials are still debating whether a hybrid (coyote or red wolf) was the culprit. Both dogs under suspicion were returned to their owners after a 10-day quarantine. [source citations]

Date of death: February 18, 2019 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Unreleased Relationship to dog: Non-family
Sex of dog: Pending Owner of dog: Pending
Spay/Neuter: Pending Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: Off Criminal charges: No

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One death during February remains under investigation. The death of 66-year old Elaine Richman, of Houston, Texas, who is the owner of Doberman pinscher show dogs.

2019 dog bite fatality, fatal boxer-mix attack, Nancy Burgess-Dismuke

Nancy Burgess-Dismuke

52-years old | Greenville, South Carolina

Nancy Burgess-Dismuke, 52-years old, suffered horrific injuries and died after a wrestling game with her two dogs turned into a violent attack. Neighbors heard her cries for help and came to her aid. They found one dog latched onto each of her arms tearing into her flesh, "eating her." Denzel Whiteside grabbed a blunt axe and William Long a crankshaft and started striking the dogs. By the time they got the dogs off her, Whiteside said, "One arm was already bit completely off, the other arm was barely hanging on by a piece of meat." She was rushed to Greenville Memorial Hospital where she later died. Senior Deputy Coroner Kent Dill said the victim suffered "multiple, extremely severe, dog bites to her upper extremities resulting in a large volume of blood loss." Katora Strickland, the victim's niece, said the two were inseparable. Strickland stated on social media that one of the boxer-mixes, a male, had attacked Burgess-Dismuke in the past, but her aunt still loved the dog and would not put it down. [source citations]

Date of death: February 21, 2019 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Boxer-mix (2) Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Mixed Owner of dog: Victim
Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No
2019 dog bite fatality, fatal pack attack, Bessie Jill Peterson

Bessie "Jill" Peterson

88-years old | Pall Mall, Tennessee

Bessie "Jill" Peterson, 88-years old, was savagely mauled to death by a pack of dogs belonging to her neighbor. The attack occurred about 5:00 pm in the 100 block of Evans Lane in Pall Mall. Her sister, Nina Brown, 85, witnessed part of the attack. Brown said Jill had gone to the back of her home to clear a drainage ditch. The pack of six six mixed-breed dogs came from behind and viciously attacked her. "They dragged her down the yard and all of her clothes were off, her shoes, everything. They tore all of her hair out, the casket can't be open, it's like a nightmare," Brown said. She tried to reach her sister to help, but three of the dogs then charged her. Brown called 911. Suffering catastrophic injuries, Jill was airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where she died. The sisters had complained to authorities multiple times in the past about these dogs. District Attorney Bryant Dunaway said that criminal charges against the dogs' owner are possible, including negligent homicide. The dogs were euthanized. [source citations]

Date of death: February 26, 2019 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Mixed-breed (6) 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
2019 dog bite fatality, fatal pit bull attack, Johnnie Mae Garner

Johnnie Garner

88-years old | Lubbock, Texas

Johnnie Garner, 88-years old, was killed by a pack of dogs belonging to her neighbor. Police responded to the 1800 block of East Colgate Street about 6:30 pm after it was reported that six dogs were attacking an elderly woman. According to the police report, a neighbor told the dogs' owner that his dogs were at large. The owner went into the alley to find them and heard Garner screaming for help. He found his dogs attacking her. The dogs' owner jumped the fence to help, but his own "pack of dogs" then charged him. The owner was able to call 911. Garner was transported to Covenant Health where she later died. Steven Greene, director of Lubbock Animal Services, said his agency responded and impounded the dogs. Greene described all six dogs as pit bull-mixes. They were euthanized at the owner's request. In the City of Lubbock, no residence shall harbor more than four adult dogs on their property. On March 8, Courtney White, 47, was charged with a second-degree felony in connection to her death. [source citations]

Date of death: February 27, 2019 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull-mix (6) 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
2019 dog bite fatality, fatal pit bull attack, Jacari Long

Jacari Long

6-months old | Salisbury, North Carolina

Jacari Long, 6-months old, was killed by his babysitter's dog while under her care at her home. The attack occurred about 2:20 pm at 716 Wilson Road. The babysitter, who is the child's godmother, sat the child down in the living room in a car seat while she went outside to clean the backseat of her car to make room for the baby. She heard her mother scream and ran back inside, where she found her dog attacking the baby. The babysitter and her mother rushed the child to Novant Health Rowan Medical Center. He was then airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, where he died. Police were not notified until after the child had been airlifted. "It was very horrific," said Lt. Greg Beam with Salisbury Police. "Especially for the first responders, the hospital staff involved," he said. Rowan County Animal Control took custody of the dog, a 4-year old male pit bull-boxer mix, named King. Shelter staff said the dog had displayed aggressive behavior at the facility. The dog was later put down. [source citations]

Date of death: March 5, 2019 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull-boxer mix Relationship to dog: Non-family
Sex of dog: Male Owner of dog: Babysitter
Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: No
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: Pending
2019 dog bite fatality, fatal pit bull attack, Tanner Kinnamon

Tanner Kinnamon

2-years old | High Springs, Florida

Tanner Kinnamon, 2-years old, was killed by two dogs while under the care of his grandmother. The attack occurred at a home on Northwest 210th Avenue, where the grandmother's daughter resides. The child was the son of a second daughter. The grandmother often tended to her daughter's six pit bull-type dogs, all described as "rescues," while her daughter was at work. Two of the dogs were let out in the yard. The child went out to play and the grandmother went inside. When she returned, "there were no dogs and no boy," Lt. Brett Rhodenizer of the Alachua County Sheriff's Office said. She heard sounds from a shed behind the home, where she found the dogs attacking the child. She tried to rescue the boy and sustained "traumatic" injuries. Ed Williams, director of Alachua County Animal Services, said the six dogs were "housed in large, clean crates in multiple rooms." This indicates a crate-and-rotate multi-pit bull household, where the crated dogs cannot be kept in the same room. No charges are anticipated. [source citations]

Date of death: March 8, 2019 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull-mix (1)
American bulldog-mix (1)
Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Mixed Owner of dog: Aunt
Spay/Neuter: Yes Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No
2019 dog bite fatality, fatal dog attack, Jimmy Grigg

Jimmy Grigg

53-years old | Galveston County, Texas

Jimmy Grigg, 53-years old, died after being attacked by three dogs belonging to a relative. The attack occurred in the 5600 block of Highland Road in the unincorporated area of Santa Fe in Galveston County. Police responded to the home after a 911 call by the victim's brother, saying Grigg had been attacked by the dogs and could be dead. The victim died en route to Mainland Medical Center. Grigg was on his family's property when the dogs attacked him, Galveston County Sheriff Henry Trochesset said. The cause of death was ruled to be blood loss from the dog attack. Katie Ewing, a neighbor, said she had filed several complaints with animal control about the dogs. "Every morning for a good month straight it sounded like there was like dog fights going on," Ewing said. Galveston County Animal Resource Center seized three dogs. Multiple county agencies described the dog breeds involved differently -- from all being "mixed-breeds" to all being "cattle dog-mixes" and a "heeler and mastiff-mix." [source citations]

Date of death: March 13, 2019 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pending Relationship to dog: Pending
Sex of dog: Pending Owner of dog: Relative
Spay/Neuter: Pending Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: Pending
2019 dog bite fatality, fatal rottweiler attack, Jaysiah Chavez

Jaysiah Chavez

2-years old | Fresno, California

Jaysiah Chavez, 2-years old, was brutally killed by a pair of roaming rottweilers. Officers were dispatched to a home in the 5900 block of East Kaviland Avenue about 11:00 am and found the boy suffering severe dog bites. He was taken to Community Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Police said the child had wandered out of the family's home into the front yard where the dogs attacked him. Other children in the home alerted the grandmother to the attack and she rushed outside. She tried to intervene, but the dogs attacked her too. The boy's grandfather was able to stop the attack. Investigators said the rottweilers dug a hole under the owner's fence that morning, ran through a neighbor's yard, crossed a street then attacked the boy. A neighbor of the rottweilers' owner, Theresa Davis, said the dogs had been in the neighborhood for eight or nine years and had a history of digging themselves out. Both rottweilers were euthanized. No criminal charges were filed. [source citations]

Date of death: March 22, 2019 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Rottweiler (2) 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: No
2019 dog bite fatality, fatal pit bull attack, Johana Villafane

Johana Villafane

33-years old | Irving, Texas

Johana Villafane, 33-years old, was mauled to death by her own two pit bulls. The attack happened while Villafane was visiting her dogs in quarantine at O'Connor Animal Hospital due to biting a man eight days earlier. Villafane had to board her dogs at the private facility because the Irving Animal Shelter's quarantine space was "at capacity." Dr. James Kang, DVM, the veterinarian at the animal hospital, issued a statement afterward stating that Villafane's pit bulls were so aggressive his staff could not walk them. He told Villafane his clinic could not keep her dogs due to their aggressive behavior, unless she came and walked them twice a day. On March 23, Villafane went to clinic to perform this. She took her dogs into the backyard exercise area, where they brutally attacked her. It was 35 minutes before an employee saw her bloody body in the grass. An Irving police officer arrived and shot and killed both dogs. Villafane's male and female pit bulls were about 1-year old; the female was pregnant at the time. [source citations]

Date of death: March 23, 2019 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull (2) Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Mixed Owner of dog: Victim
Spay/Neuter: No Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: Off Criminal charges: No
2019 dog bite fatality, fatal rottweiler attack, Kyna DeShane

Kyna DeShane

15-months old | Henderson, Nevada

Kyna DeShane, 15-months old, was mauled to death by a rottweiler while visiting her grandfather's home in Henderson. The deadly attack occurred in the 100 block of Appian Way just before 8:00 am. Police officers, animal control officials and the Henderson Fire Department responded to the home near Horizon Drive and Pacific Avenue. Officers arrived to find a 15-month old girl with life-threatening injuries inflicted by a rottweiler. She was transported to Henderson Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The 4-year old rottweiler belonged to a friend of the child's family. Her grandfather, identified only as "Richard," told a local news outlet afterward that she had been around large dogs, including this rottweiler in the past. Animal control officers took the rottweiler into custody. It was euthanized "per the owner's request," police said. The Clark County Coroner's Office determined she died of "multiple injuries from a mauling." The manner of death was ruled accidental. Kyna was a resident of Ely, Nevada. [source citations]

Date of death: April 27, 2019 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Rottweiler Relationship to dog: Non-family
Sex of dog: Unknown Owner of dog: Family friend
Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: No
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No
2019 dog bite fatality, fatal pit bull attack, Isaiah Geiling

Isaiah Geiling

2-years old | Louisville, Kentucky

Isaiah Geiling, 2-years old, was attacked and killed by a family pit bull. Police responded to a home in the 3800 block of Grand Avenue about reports of a child in the mouth of a pit bull, according to dispatch records. Officers performed CPR on the boy before the ambulance arrived. Audio dispatch logs from Louisville Fire stated the boy was "bitten by a pit bull in the head. Heavy bleeding." He was transported to Norton Children's Hospital, where he died. The Jefferson Country coroner listed the cause of death as blunt force injuries. The boy's maternal grandmother, Cynthia Coy, said the pit bull had bitten Isaiah three weeks earlier. She provided a photograph of his dog bite injury too. In July, the dog's owners, Jack Charpring Jr., 50, and Sharon Charpring, 53, were charged with second-degree manslaughter in connection to his death. The boy's mother, Jennifer Geiling, 25, was charged with reckless homicide. Prosecutors said the Charprings and Geilings were not related, but lived together at the same home. [source citations]

Date of death: May 2, 2019 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Male Owner of dog: Roommate
Spay/Neuter: No Multiple dogs: No
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: Yes
2019 dog bite fatality, fatal pit bull attack, Christine Liquori

Christine Liquori

52-years old | Fort Pierce, Florida

Christine Liquori , 52-years old, was savagely killed by a pit bull-mix while volunteering at the Humane Society of St. Lucie County. Police responded to the facility about 2:15 pm for a report of a dog bite. They found Liquori dead in an outdoor fenced play yard next to the facility. The medical examiner's office said the cause of death was severe blood loss due to dog bites. After police concluded their investigation, they released more details. Liquori was fatally mauled by a pit bull-mix, named Amos. Liquori had arrived at the shelter at about noon. She was found dead by a volunteer about 2:00 pm after he noticed that Amos was not in his kennel. Liquori had "several lacerations and puncture marks to her right arm" and severe injuries to her face -- it was covered in blood, according to the police report. The 911 caller told the dispatcher Liquori suffered traumatic injuries. "She's mutilated," the caller said. "And she's dead." Amos was available for adoption when it killed Liquori. The dog was quickly euthanized. [source citations]

Date of death: May 9, 2019 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull-mix Relationship to dog: Non-family
Sex of dog: Male Owner of dog: Humane society
Spay/Neuter: No Multiple dogs: No
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No
2019 dog bite fatality, fatal dog attack, Ryan Hazel

Ryan Hazel

14-years old | Dighton, Massachusetts

Ryan Hazel, 14-years old, was killed by a pack of dogs at a home on Maple Swamp Road while their owner was away. There were 11 adult dogs on the property and 9 puppies. Five dogs -- four Belgian malinois and one Dutch shepherd -- were loose during the attack. The property and attacking dogs belong to Scott Dunmore, 49, who is a professional dog trainer and highly regarded in "Schutzhund," a competitive sport for protection dogs. Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn III said that Ryan regularly cared for the dogs when Dunmore was away. On the day of the attack, Ryan's grandmother drove him to the property and waited in the car while he completed his tasks. When he did not return in 45 minutes, she called his parents. His parents quickly contacted a neighbor to check on Ryan who found him suffering from "traumatic injuries." He was pronounced dead at the scene. Ryan was a student at Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical High School where he played football and ran track. [source citations]

Date of death: May 9, 2019 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Belgian malinois (4)
Dutch shepherd (1)
Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Unknown Owner of dog: Dog trainer
Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No
2019 dog bite fatality, fatal dog attack, Robert Joseph Quick

Robert "Joe" Quick

33-years old | Fort Madison, Iowa

Robert Quick, 33-years old, died after being attacked by a dog. When Fort Madison Police Department responded to a dog attack at 102 Avenue C, they found a large dog attacking a man in the front yard. Officers fired on the dog, killing it, to stop the attack. Then they encountered Joe, lying in the doorway of the home suffering from bite injuries. Joe told officers to first help his 5-year old daughter, who had been attacked in the face by the dog. All told, the dog -- described as a male, brown boxer-mix -- attacked two adult men and a child. All three victims were transported to Fort Madison Community Hospital, where Quick was pronounced dead. The dog did not belong to any of the victims, but was being watched by occupants of the home on Avenue C for a family member. Joe's mother, Deb Newman, said that he died of a heart attack, but he also suffered traumatic injuries in the dog attack, including jugular vein bites in the left-hand side of his neck. As of June 18, 2019, the coroner has not issued cause of death. [source citations]

Date of death: May 31, 2019 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Boxer-American bulldog mix Relationship to dog: Non-family
Sex of dog: Male Owner of dog: Relative of occupant
Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: No
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: Pending
2019 dog bite fatality, fatal pit bull attack, Crystal Pearigen

Crystal Pearigen

36-years old | Bakersfield, California

Crystal Pearigen, 36-years old, was found dead in a Costco parking lot off of Rosedale Highway after being killed by three dogs. A passerby discovered her body with "obvious" signs of trauma. Two of the dogs, a pit bull and mixed-breed, belonged to a nearby business owner. The third dog, also a pit bull, was a stray, police confirmed. The attack began in a commercial area adjacent to the Costco lot shared by several businesses. As it continued, Pearigen fled into the Costco lot, where she died. When officials located the dogs, investigators said that bloodstains and aggressiveness were indicators they were involved. The coroner ruled the cause of death to be "multiple injuries." Pearigen led a tragic life, according to Jennie Greene, who raised Pearigen's only child. Her mother was murdered when she was a teenager. Afterward, she interacted with CPS, foster care and was later diagnosed with schizophrenia. Greene told a media outlet that the coroner "recommended absolutely no viewing of any kind." [source citations]

Date of death: June 16, 2019 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull (2)
Mixed-breed (1)
Relationship to dog: Non-family
Sex of dog: Mixed Owner of dog: Business owner
Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: Off Criminal charges: No
2019 dog bite fatality, fatal dog attack, Nicholas Farris

Nicholas Farris

2-years old | Newman, California

Nicholas Farris, 2-years old, was fatally mauled by a family dog. The Newman Police Department and Emergency Medical Services were dispatched just after 2:00 pm to a home in the 1900 block of Pine Street for a report of a dog attack. Arriving responders found a 2-year old boy who had been attacked by a family dog in the backyard. He was transported to Emmanuel Medical Center in Turlock, where he was pronounced dead. The dog involved was a pit bull-mastiff cross, according to a Stanislaus County Sheriff's news release. Newman Animal Services took the animal into custody and is holding it in quarantine. Neighbors of the little boy told media outlets the dog was aggressive and even broke through a post on their shared fence a few weeks earlier. Alejandra Hernandez had to put up a reinforcement board to repair the fence. Hernandez said the dog nearly bit his grandmother, Julie Hernandez, and that she was fearful of the large dog. As of July 5, 2019, no other information has been released. [source citations]

Date of death: June 27, 2019 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull-mastiff Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Male Owner of dog: Mother
Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: No
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No

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Autopsy results for a 54-year old woman in Ventura County, California are pending after she was found dead in her home on June 28, 2109 -- two family dogs had mutilated her body.

2019 dog bite fatality, fatal pit bull attack, Brian Butler

Brian Butler

46-years old | Gilbertsville, Kentucky

Brian Butler, 46-years old, was discovered dead on the side of McCoy Lane, near Gilbertsville Highway. Marshall County Animal Control impounded two pit bulls located in the area of Butler's body. An autopsy conducted at the Western Kentucky Regional Medical Examiners Office determined the cause of death to be "sharp force trauma from a dog attack." Butler's sister, Cheryl Roberts, said that he was homeless and down on his luck; he would sleep on couches in the neighborhood. Butler was also familiar with these pit bulls. "He slept with them dogs," Roberts explained. Two days after the attack, animal control seized a third pit bull from the area. On July 3, Kentucky State Police arrested Daniel Kai Alexander, 29, of Gilbertsville on a felony arrest warrant in connection to Butler's death. The investigation showed that Alexander, who owns the three pit bulls, tampered with evidence at the scene. Alexander also had knowledge of Butler's body on McCoy Lane and did not contact the proper authorities. [source citations]

Date of death: June 29, 2019 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull (3) Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Male (3) Owner of dog: Neighbor
Spay/Neuter: No Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: Off Criminal charges: Yes
2019 dog bite fatality, fatal pit bull attack, Melvin Olds Jr

Melvin Olds Jr.

45-years old | Lake Placid, Florida

Melvin Olds, Jr., 45-years old, was discovered dead on the Fourth of July with injuries indicative of a dog attack. The attack occurred after Olds took a shortcut in a wooded area in his Highway Park neighborhood. He was never seen alive again. The Highlands County Sheriff's Office, the District 10 Medical Examiner and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission determined the preliminary cause of death were injuries suffered in an animal attack. No wounds other than those caused by dogs were found on Olds' body -- a July 5 autopsy confirmed this. Over 100 dog bites were found on his body. Highlands County Animal Services officers set traps and began patrolling the area, looking for loose dogs. Six dogs were captured and their bite size matched the wounds on Olds body. WFLA-TV reported that all six dogs are pit bull-mixes. DNA from the dogs will be compared to DNA collected from the wounds to make a final determination of the dogs involved. The owner of the attacking dogs is unknown. [source citations]

Date of death: July 4, 2019 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull-mixes (6) Relationship to dog: Non-family
Sex of dog: Mixed Owner of dog: Unknown
Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: Off Criminal charges: No
2019 dog bite fatality, fatal husky attack, Ruth Flores

Ruth Flores

3-weeks old | Gainesville, Georgia

Ruth Flores, 3-weeks old, was bitten on the head and killed by a family dog. Just before 2:00 pm, Hall County sheriff's deputies responded to a home in the 2900 block of Gillsville Highway for a report of a dog bite to a 22-day old baby girl. "The incident occurred inside the home, in a bedroom where the infant was resting," states a release from the Hall County Sheriff's Office. She was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center with serious injuries, where she died. Hall County Animal Control took custody of the dog, which belonged to the family at the residence. The infant's mother was home when the family's 2-year old husky attacked the sleeping baby in a bedroom, Lt. Chris Dale, said. "Other dogs in crates" were also at the family's home at the time. No other children were in the home at the time of the attack, Dale said. The next day, news footage captured three dogs in the front window of the family's home -- two huskies and a white dog with wavy hair. Hall County sheriff's officials declined to file charges. [source citations]

Date of death: July 9, 2019 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Husky Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Unknown Owner of dog: Grandmother
Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: No
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No
2019 dog bite fatality, fatal pit bull attack, Homer Utterback

Homer Utterback

52-years old | Uniontown, Pennsylvania

Homer Utterback, 52-years old, was brutally killed by his own pit bull of 10 years. Police and EMS were called to a home in the 100 block of Park Avenue about 1:00 am. Utterback's girlfriend told police she heard something fall. She got up to see what the noise was and found Utterback on the floor with the dog biting his neck. Utterback was already dead by the time EMS arrived, police said. Archives of the Fayette County Fire and EMS audio feed captured their response. "Patient had a seizure," dispatch states. "As he was doing so, a pit bull attacked him. He has a hole in his head and his neck." Investigators said Utterback suffered from seizures. They believe he had an episode and fell out of bed then the dog fatally attacked him. Utterback's girlfriend told officers the male pit bull, Petey, was their pet for a decade and was Utterback's "best friend." The Utterback household also had at least four more pit bulls -- all offspring of Petey. It's unknown if family members will keep the remaining "pack" of younger pit bulls. [source citations]

Date of death: July 11, 2019 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull 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
2019 dog bite fatality, fatal pit bull attack, Mario Moore

Mario Moore

40-years old | Memphis, Tennessee

Mario Moore, 40-years old, died after being attacked by a pack of dogs. Police responded to a call about a dog at 2:03 am at the intersection of East Belle Haven and Meadowbrook. When officers arrived, they observed his body covered in lacerations. Multiple aggressive dogs were located across the street. Moore was transported in critical condition to Regional One Medical Center, where he later died. Memphis Animal Services (MAS) eventually took custody of eight dogs. After his death, two women said that loose dogs in that neighborhood had attacked them too. Sherry Pruitt said she was attacked by the same dogs on May 7. She warned the city about the dogs three weeks before they killed Moore in an email. MAS replied to her via email 15 minutes later requesting more information, but Pruitt did not respond. MAS released photographs of two dogs, a mixed-breed and a pit bull-mix, that were involved in both Moore's and Pruitt's attack. No other information has been released. [source citations]

Date of death: July 18, 2019 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Mixed breed (1)
Pit bull-mix (1)
Unreleased (6)
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
2019 dog bite fatality, fatal pit bull attack, Nelson Cabrera

Nelson Cabrera

16-years old | Irving, Texas

Nelson Cabrera, 16-years old, was attacked by three pit bulls secured in their owner's backyard. Irving police received reports of the attack about 4:45 am in the 800 block of East Third Street. Arriving officers jumped the fence and tried to stop the attack by placing themselves between the teenager and the dogs, firing on the pit bulls in the process. Cabrera was transported to Parkland Memorial Hospital, where he later died. Guillermo Lorenzo, who owned the pit bulls, told media outlets, "He has no right to be in [my] yard." Lorenzo claimed his dogs were "doing their job" by protecting him. Four pit bull puppies were also seen at Lorenzo's home. Univision, a Spanish speaking news outlet, reported that Cabrera had been staying at Lorenzo's home for a few days. "The young man had stayed a few days in his house due to a favor he wanted to do to the minor. However, the owner of the house had canceled access to the property due to alleged problems that dragged the child," states the Google translation. [source citations]

Date of death: August 10, 2019 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull (3) Relationship to dog: Non-family
Sex of dog: Mixed Owner of dog: Tenant
Spay/Neuter: No Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No
2019 dog bite fatality, fatal pit bull attack, Emma Hernandez

Emma Hernandez

9-years old | Detroit, Michigan

Emma Hernandez, 9-years old, was killed by three pit bulls while riding her bike in an alley behind her home. The attack occurred about 4:00 pm near the intersection of Central Avenue and Smart Street. Neighbors rushed to help, including Edward Cruz, who threw a brick at the dogs causing them to flee. Another bystander started firing on the dogs, striking one pit bull. Detroit Deputy Fire Commissioner Dave Fornell said, "We were performing EMS under gunfire," at the scene. She was rushed to Children's Hospital of Michigan, where she was pronounced dead. The girl's father, Armando Hernandez, said that he recently warned the owner of the dogs that his fence was too flimsy to hold the dogs. "We had an argument about it just last week," Hernandez said. "He could have prevented this," Hernandez said. On August 22, Wayne County prosecutors charged Pierre Cleveland, 33, with second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and possessing dangerous animals causing a person's death. [source citations]

Date of death: August 19, 2019 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull (3) Relationship to dog: Non-family
Sex of dog: Mixed Owner of dog: Neighbor
Spay/Neuter: No Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: Off Criminal charges: Yes

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.

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