2021 dog bite fatalities ::

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2021 dog bite fatality victims

2021 dog bite fatality, fatal pit bull attack, Cameron Jayce Hatfield

Cameron Hatfield

6-years old | Brunson, South Carolinaicon

Cameron Hatfield, 6-years old, was killed by a recently abandoned pit bull that his mother was trying to rehome. About 2:00 pm, Hampton County Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to a home on Mullins Ford Road in response to a juvenile being attacked by a dog. Upon arrival, deputies discovered the 6-year old child, who was deceased. Hampton County Animal Control officers also responded to the scene. The pit bull was apprehended by officers and later euthanized. The case was turned over to South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED). Five days before the fatal attack, his mother posted a photo of the pit bull, stating, the dog is "great with other dogs, big and small, children, big and small, and my cat." After her son's death, she live streamed a video on Facebook, admitting, "I was an advocate, supporter for pit bulls." Cameron was in kindergarten at Fennell Elementary School in Yemassee. Police do not anticipate filing charges. [source citations]

Date of death: January 20, 2021 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull Relationship to dog: Non-family
Sex of dog: Male Keeper of dog: Mother
Spay/Neuter: Unreleased Multiple dogs: No
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No
2020 dog bite fatality, fatal American bulldog attack, Jane Doe

Infant Jane Doe

4-weeks old | Kearney, Nebraska

Infant Jane Doe, 4-weeks old, was attacked and killed by a family dog in the middle of the night. A Good Samaritan ambulance was dispatched to a home in the 500 block of West 14th Street for an infant not breathing at about 3:00 am, police said. Kearney Police officers were first to arrive on scene and discovered the newborn dead. A preliminary autopsy performed on February 11 confirmed the infant died as a result of "blunt force and cranial trauma caused by an American bulldog that resided with the family," according to a press release by Buffalo County Attorney Shawn Eatherton. A subsequent investigation into the history of the dog revealed no prior known aggressive behavior, states the release. The cause of death was ruled accidental. The dog was euthanized later the same day. Officials did not release the name of the baby or her family. A GoFundMe organized for funeral costs, said the baby was born on January 10, 2021 and died on February 10, 2021. Her parents have six other children. [source citations]

Date of death: February 10, 2021 Chained: No
Breed of dog: American bulldog Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Unreleased Owner of dog: Family
Spay/Neuter: Unreleased 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.

Police K9 fatalities

  • 01/31/21: Chad Songer, 41-years old (Spencer, Tennessee)
Citations
  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 25 other factors. Our Fatality Citations section documents sources used in our dog bite fatality research. Learn more about our data collection method, which includes collecting breed identification photographs, police and coroner reports in certain cases, legal filings, court filings, legislative materials and more.