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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 his mother was trying to rehome. 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 at about 2:00 pm. 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 deadly 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, stating, "I was an advocate, supporter for pit bulls. What happened, happened so fast that there was nothing that anybody could do." Cameron was in kindergarten at Fennell Elementary School. 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: No 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
2021 dog bite fatality, fatal pack attack, Deann Stephenson

Deann Stephenson

59-years old | Porter, Texas

Deann Stephenson, 59-years old, was killed by a pack of vicious dogs as she walked to a corner store about a mile away from her home. Neighbors found Stephenson "lying in a roadside ditch with severe injuries." It appeared the dogs were "chewing" on her, according to media reports. The attack occurred in the 24800 block of Cunningham Drive. Arriving deputies discovered the victim had sustained multiple severe injuries after being attacked by a pack of mixed-breed dogs. She was transported to Kingwood Medical Center in critical condition with bites to her face, legs, arms, back, and neck. She died that same day at the hospital. Montgomery County Animal Control took possession of four dogs, which were described as a mixture of hound, shepherd and black mouth cur breeds. The dogs' owner was issued several citations. Montgomery County Sheriff's Office and the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office are investigating to determine if any criminal charges will be filed against the owner of the animals. [source citations]

Date of death: February 15, 2021 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Mixed-breed (4) Relationship to dog: Non-family
Sex of dog: Unreleased Owner of dog: Neighbor
Spay/Neuter: Unreleased Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: Off Criminal charges: Pending
2021 dog bite fatality, fatal pit bull attack, Aziz Ahmed

Aziz Ahmed

3-years old | Carteret, New Jersey

Aziz Ahmed, 3-years old, was killed and his mother critically injured when a pair of pit bulls breached a fence-line and attacked them. Authorities responded to a home in the 100 block of East Laurel Street about 4:30 pm. The boy suffered "total evisceration" injuries. He was airlifted to a trauma center, where he later died. The mother was taken to a hospital in critical condition. Arriving police officers shot and killed both dogs. The dogs had escaped their home on Birch Street, one street over. Relatives said the dogs "dug their way" into the backyard of the Ahmed home. The same pit bulls were picked up by police for running at large on October 23, 2020. The "Found Animals of Carteret" Facebook page described the dogs as "2 loveable guys." Police returned the unregistered dogs to their owner. Neighbors said the pair of pit bulls routinely ran loose. Relatives said the boy's mother had informed the dogs' owner twice about her concerns, but the owner "laughed it off." No criminal charges were filed. [source citations]

Date of death: March 16, 2021 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull (2) Relationship to dog: Non-family
Sex of dog: Male Owner of dog: Neighbor
Spay/Neuter: Unreleased Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: Off Criminal charges: No
2021 dog bite fatality, fatal pit bull attack, A'Myrikal Hull

A'Myrikal Hull

1-year old | Springfield, Illinoisicon

A'Myrikal Hull, 1-year old, was fatally bitten on the head by a pocket bully, a designer pit bull hybrid breed. The attack occurred at a home in the 800 block of Indiana Avenue. EMS transported the baby to HSHS St. John's Hospital Emergency Room, where she was later pronounced dead, according to a news release by the Sangamon County Coroner's Office. The baby lived with her grandmother, Bobbie Jo Stengel, who is also her guardian. Stengel is engaged to a man who is affiliated with a local pocket bully breeder. Cory Painter, a close friend of the family, told media outlets that when the baby got too close to the dog's food bowl, the dog latched onto her head. The baby's two teenage uncles had to pry the dog off of her. Painter said the dog's actions were out of character that day. The dog had never been violent with people or other animals before. The family owned the female dog for at least four years. Sangamon County Animal Control took custody of the dog. No criminal charges are anticipated. [source citations]

Date of death: March 18, 2021 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull-mix Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Female Owner of dog: Grandmother
Spay/Neuter: Unreleased Multiple dogs: No
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No
2021 dog bite fatality, fatal pit bull attack, Jayden Henderson

Jayden Henderson

7-years old | Garner, North Carolinaicon

Jayden Henderson, 7-years old, was killed by her neighbor's two pit bulls her family had been caring for while their owners were out of town. The attack occurred just after 6:00 pm in the backyard of the owners' home on Roan Drive. Jayden and her mother suffered severe injuries in the attack; both were transported to WakeMed Health for emergency care. Jayden did not survive her injuries. WRAL-TV, who reported the attack, said that her mother, Heather Trevaskis, had been working at the news station for eight years as the master control operator. At WRAL, Jayden was known for playing hide-and-seek among the desks in the newsroom. Prior to the multi-victim attack, the owners of the pit bulls had created Instagram pages for their dogs, Athena and Blizten. Athena was adopted from the Wake County Animal Center (WCAC) in December 2019, according to Instagram posts. WCAC now joins 14 other tax-funded shelters in the United States that have adopted out dogs that subsequently killed a person. [source citations]

Date of death: April 27, 2021 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull-mix (2) Relationship to dog: Non-family
Sex of dog: Mixed Owner of dog: Neighbor
Spay/Neuter: Yes Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No
2021 dog bite fatality, fatal pit bull attack, Elayah Brown

Elayah Brown

4-years old | Fort Worth, Texasicon

Elayah Brown, 4-years old, was mauled to death by a family dog. Police officers were dispatched to a home in the 1400 block of Oak Grove Road just after 5:00 pm, where the attack had been reported in a backyard. Officers found the 4-year old girl unresponsive and seriously injured by the dog. She was transported to Cook Children’s Medical Center in critical condition. She died just after 9:00 pm. Fort Worth animal care and control took custody of the dog, an unneutered male pit bull-mix. The family owned another pit bull that was not involved in the attack. Authorities left that pit bull at the home. "The sole dog responsible for this incident has been identified and is in the custody of Fort Worth animal care and control," police stated in a news release. Police Chief Neil Noakes called the deadly attack "a tragic incident" in a statement, adding that, "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and all first responders that responded to this call." The attacking dog was quickly euthanized. No charges were filed. [source citations]

Date of death: April 30, 2021 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull-mix Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Male Owner of dog: Family
Spay/Neuter: No Multiple dogs: No
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No
2021 dog bite fatality, fatal rottweiler attack, Elliot Sherwin

Elliot Sherwin

4-years old | Whitehall, Montanaicon

Elliot Sherwin, 4-years old, was killed by his grandparents two rottweilers. The attack occurred inside his grandparent's home on Cedar Hill Road, shortly before 6:00 pm on May 9. “There was an ambulance called there from Jefferson Valley EMS, Life Flight was called and the victim was pronounced deceased at the scene,” Jefferson County Sheriff Craig Doolittle said. The boy left his grandparents outside to go inside the home. After 45 minutes, the grandparents went to check on him. They found him badly injured and began CPR. "The cause of death is numerous puncture wounds and lacerations to his arms, legs, torso area," Doolittle said. The manner of death was rule accidental. The grandparent's had gained custody of the boy and had recently moved to the area from Washington state. The boy had grown up with the dogs since they were puppies. There were no indications or reports the dogs had been vicious in the past. Both dogs were euthanized by a veterinarian. No charges are expected to be filed. [source citations]

Date of death: May 9, 2021 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Rottweiler (2) Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Unreleased Owner of dog: Grandparents
Spay/Neuter: Unreleased Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No
2020 dog bite fatality, fatal pit bull attack, Carter Settles

Carter Settles

1-month old | Norwich, Connecticuticon

Carter Settles, 1-month old, was mauled to death by a family dog. Officers were dispatched to 36 McKinley Avenue about 8:40 pm for a report of a dog attack. Arriving officers found the infant with traumatic injuries. The baby was being held by a family member when "the dog jumped up on the adult family member and began biting Carter," Norwich police Lt. John Perry said. "The infant sustained multiple traumatic injuries" and was pronounced dead at the scene. Police described the dog as a male pit bull-mix. Hours later, the baby's father, Timothy Settles, became a "person of interest" in an arson investigation. New London firefighters were dispatched to a 2-alarm fire on Rosemary Street about 4:00 am. Settles was the last person seen outside of the home before the fire. At the time of the dog attack, Settles no longer lived at the McKinley Avenue residence. Fire crews boarded up the damaged home and placed "condemned" signs along the exterior. As of May 12, Settles remains at large following the fire. [source citations]

Date of death: May 10, 2021 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull-mix Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Male Owner of dog: Mother
Spay/Neuter: Unreleased Multiple dogs: No
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No
2021 dog bite fatality, fatal pit bull attack, Dustin Vincent

Dustin Vincent

27-years old | Sulphur, Louisiana icon

Dustin Vincent, 27-years old, died five days after being attacked by up to four pit bulls. Sulphur police officer were dispatched to a home in the 900 block of Platt Street around 10:30 am on May 6, 2021. They arrived to find a man on the ground inside a fence-in yard being actively attacked by three pit bulls. Officers Tased one of the dogs, causing the dogs to stop their attack. The victim was airlifted from the scene to Lafayette hospital in critical condition. At the time of the attack, the man had gone to the residence to see a family member, but that relative was not home. The victim suffered severe facial and skull damage, along with severe wounds to his legs, police said. Animal control impounded four pit bulls at the home. A television crew interviewed the owner of the dogs, Brandi Cormier, after the attack. "Everybody says pray for his family. But what about me?" Cormier asked. Family members began sharing on Facebook on May 11 that "Dustin gained his wings." A vigil in his memory was held on that evening. [source citations]

Date of death: May 11, 2021 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull (3) 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: Pending
2020 dog bite fatality, fatal pit bull attack, John Henry

John Henry

46-years old | Big Spring, Texasicon

John Henry, 46-years old, died after being viciously attacked by a pit bull. Big Spring police officers responded to the 1100 block of East 13th Street about 6:00 am due to an unknown disturbance. Arriving officers observed a dog attacking a man outside and two other individuals trying to intervene to stop the attack, one of whom was also bitten by the dog. Officers fired in the direction of the dog, scaring it away. Henry was transported to Scenic Mountain Medical Center, where he died. The preliminary autopsy results showed the cause of death was a heart attack that was brought about by the dog attack. Traci Myrick, who witnessed the attack, called 911. "They had sticks, they had a tire even, all throwing it at the dog," Myrick said. "The dog would stop a little bit and then go back to the man." Myrick is a former dispatch worker and owns multiple large dogs; she identified the attacking dog as a pit bull. Police had been called to the home four times in the last three weeks, according to Myrick. [source citations]

Date of death: May 11, 2021 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull Relationship to dog: Non-family
Sex of dog: Unreleased Owner of dog: Renter/squatter
Spay/Neuter: Unreleased Multiple dogs: No
On/Off property: Off Criminal charges: Pending
2021 dog bite fatality, fatal pack, Lyssa Rose Upshaw

Lyssa Rose Upshaw

13-years old | Fort Defiance, Navajo Nation, New Mexicoicon

Lyssa Rose Upshaw, 13-years old, was discovered dead on the Navajo Nation near a pack of vicious dogs. Her mother, Marissa Jones, had grown concerned after Lyssa had not returned from a walk by dinnertime. Jones sent her son to look for her. When Jones received a call from her son saying, "Mom, you need to get over here," she knew something was wrong. As Jones and family members approached the location of her body, the dogs began snapping at their legs and arms. They found Lyssa curled up in a fetal position, "her clothes and pieces of flesh scattered around," reported the Navajo Times. When police arrived at the scene, the dogs charged them too. By the time animal control arrived, the owners had hidden the dogs. Eventually, 12 dogs were found in a locked building on the property and were taken into custody by animal control for evidence. Her body was sent to Flagstaff for an autopsy. On May 27, 2021, the Navajo Nation Council confirmed that Lyssa was killed by a pack of dogs. [source citations]

Date of death: May 16, 2021 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Unreleased Relationship to dog: Non-family
Sex of dog: Mixed Owner of dog: Neighbor
Spay/Neuter: Unreleased Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: Off Criminal charges: Pending

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The May 27 press release issued by the 24th Navajo Nation Council also stated that three other people were fatally attacked by dogs on the Nation over the past year. One recent case involved a 5-year old boy killed by a dog in Tiis Tsoh Sikaad, New Mexico. If media reports do not uncover more about these deaths, our nonprofit will send a FOIA to obtain the ages of victims, attack locations and dates, and any narrative information that is publicly available.

2020 dog bite fatality, fatal pit bull attack, Jose Ortega

Jose Ortega

53-years old | Veguita, New Mexico

Jose Ortega, 53-years old, was killed by four dogs belonging to Dominic Ribera. A Socorro County deputy and an animal control officer were called to a home on Lorrella Court. When they arrived, they discovered a man dead with torn clothing and bite marks throughout his body. Ribera had discovered the victim at 11:00 am, but waited nearly three hours before contacting law enforcement, according to the criminal complaint. One of the dogs taken into custody had recently bitten a neighbor. Another of Ribera's dogs had to be killed by a neighbor after it attacked his animals. It is believed the dogs were escaping through a hole in Ribera's fence. Officers seized four adult pit bull-mixes from Ribera's property, including one that a deputy shot and killed after arriving at the scene. Six pit bull-mix puppies were also seized. Ribera was charged with felony possession of a dangerous dog and the death of a person, felony tampering with evidence at the scene, and a misdemeanor for failure to report a violent death. [source citations]

Date of death: May 24, 2021 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull-mix (4) 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
2021 dog bite fatality, fatal rottweiler attack, Malia Winberry

Malia Winberry

10-months old | Willow Spring, North Carolinaicon

Malia Winberry, 10-months old, was killed by a pair of family rottweilers. Johnston County deputies responded to a home on Riparian Court about 8:00 pm. When deputies arrived, the baby's father was rendering aid to her. She was pronounced dead at the scene. An investigation determined the father had briefly left the baby unattended in the home to go outside and move a sprinkler in the yard and to speak to a neighbor. He heard a commotion and when he went back inside, the girl had been attacked by the dogs, Sheriff Steve Bizzell said. The father is a law enforcement officer in Wake County and the baby's mother works for Johnston County’s EMS, Bizzell said. Investigators declared the child's death "a tragic accident." Johnston County Animal Services took custody of the two rottweilers, a male and female. Both were fixed, according to a Facebook post by the child's mother. Both dogs were declared dangerous by the county. Authorities said they were not aware of any prior issues with the dogs. [source citations]

Date of death: May 25, 2021 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Rottweiler (2) Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Mixed Owner of dog: Parents
Spay/Neuter: Yes Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No
2020 dog bite fatality, fatal pit bull attack, John Doe Child

Child John Doe

3-years old | Elizabeth, New Jersey

Child John Doe, 3-years old, fell out of a rear second-story window of his home and was attacked by dogs in the backyard, resulting in his death, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay Ruotolo said. Elizabeth police officers were dispatched to a multi-family home in the 400 block of South 5th Street shortly after 5:25 pm. When officers and EMS arrived at the scene, they found a severely injured 3-year old lying on the ground bleeding heavily. The child was transported to Trinitas Regional Medical Center, where he died shortly thereafter. An investigation revealed the dogs, two pit bulls, belonged to the boy's family and were in the family's fenced-in backyard at the time of the attack. Residents told media outlets the dogs were always aggressive, and the cluttered yard where the vicious attack happened is full of feces, motorcycles, powertools and debris. Both dogs were taken into custody by a local animal control organization. As of June 23, 2021, no criminal charges in connection to the boy's death have been filed. [source citations]

Date of death: June 9, 2021 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull (2) Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Unreleased Owner of dog: Parents
Spay/Neuter: Unreleased Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: Pending
2021 dog bite fatality, fatal dog attack, Shamar Jackson

Shamar Jackson

7-years old | Marion County, South Carolina

Shamar Jackson, 7-years old, was killed by up to five dogs. The fatal attack occurred near the intersection of Wilbur and Cleo Roads just after 10:00 pm. The child's father, Carnell Jackson, had prayed that his son would live. "I was just like, 'Lord just let him live, breathe into his lungs, but he had lost a lot of blood," Carnell said. Shamar and his two older brothers had gone outside to search for their pet chihuahua when five dogs confronted them. One of his brothers escaped by jumping a fence. Shamar climbed the fence too, but fell backward. One of the dogs "just dragged him back. And ripped all of his clothes off of his body. You know, mauled him," Carnell said. The next day, the Marion County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant at a home on Cleo Road and confiscated five adult dogs and one puppy of mixed breeds. On June 28, authorities arrested and charged Lorenzo Cardenas, 41, with involuntary manslaughter and owning a dangerous animal that injures a human in connection to Shamar's death. [source citations]

Date of death: June 13, 2021 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Mixed-breed (5) Relationship to dog: Non-family
Sex of dog: Mixed Owner of dog: Neighbor
Spay/Neuter: Unreleased Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: Off Criminal charges: Yes
2021 dog bite fatality, fatal pit bull attack, Rebecca McCurdy

Rebecca McCurdy

28-years old | Osage County, Oklahomaicon

Rebecca McCurdy, 28-years old, was mauled to death by two pit bulls while she was house sitting for the dogs' owner. Osage County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to an address west of Skiatook. They were carrying out a welfare check on an individual identified as Rebecca McCurdy, 28. When deputies arrived at the scene, they found McCurdy deceased in the garage. Evidence observed at the scene "indicates Rebecca was the victim of a dog attack," the Osage County Sheriff's Office stated in a news release. "The homeowner claimed he raised pit bull dogs for hobby/sale," the sheriff's office said. "There were several pit bull dogs caged in the garage. One of the dog cages was toppled over and there were many signs of a dog attack visible." Deputies said the evidence suggests two pit bulls attacked and killed her. The Oklahoma State Medical Examiner's Office later confirmed her death was due to a dog attack. The owner signed the dogs over to be destroyed. No criminal charges are expected. [source citations]

Date of death: June 19, 2021 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull (2) Relationship to dog: Non-family
Sex of dog: Unreleased Owner of dog: Unreleased
Spay/Neuter: Unreleased Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No
2020 dog bite fatality, fatal pit bull attack, John Doe Adult

Adult John Doe

39-years old | New York, New Yorkicon

Adult John Doe, 39-years old, was found dead with bite injuries all over his body in his trailer home on Dumont Avenue in The Hole, a low-lying neighborhood on the border of Brooklyn and Queens. The bite injuries were inflicted by at least two family pit bulls, according to police. Both of his ears had been "ripped off" and he suffered laceration and puncture wounds. Police tranquilized the pit bulls and transferred them to Animal Care and Control, according to neighbor Stephen Newell. The victim had been living in the trailer for four years with a couple, Cindy and Angel, who took care of him, Newell said. The trio had three pit bulls under the age of 5 -- Max, Ezra and America. Ezra was locked away in a backroom at the time and did not appear to be involved, Newell said. Angel and Cindy were outside for a brief time when the man was mauled. When Cindy went back inside, "it was already over with," Newell said. As of July 20, 2021, the city's medical examiner's office has not released the cause of death. [source citations]

Date of death: June 22, 2021 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull (2) Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Male/Unreleased Owner of dog: Roommate
Spay/Neuter: Unreleased Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No
2021 dog bite fatality, dog pit bull attack, George Martin

George Martin

41-years old | Anderson, Missouri

George Martin, 41-years old, was found dead in a ditch after being attacked by a dog, according to police. On June 25, a person contacted police after discovering his body. Police Chief David Abbott said the body was located about 20 feet inside city limits in front of 100 Lindsay Lane. Multiple bite wounds were found on his body and pieces of his clothing were found outside of city limits, indicating that he ran towards the city after being attacked, police said. McDonald County Coroner William B.J. Goodwin said the bite injuries were deep, but were not fatal. Goodman said the size of the bite marks indicate it was a large dog. The exact cause of death is still being investigated. Results from a toxicology report are not expected for weeks. The victim's brother, Joseph Martin, said that he's not convinced the dog did not kill him. "The coroner's report said it was clearly a dog attack that ultimately caused his death," he said. As of early-July, investigators have no conclusive evidence about what dog inflicted the attack. [source citations]

Date of death: June 25, 2021 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Unreleased Relationship to dog: Non-family
Sex of dog: Unreleased Owner of dog: Unreleased
Spay/Neuter: Unreleased Multiple dogs: Unreleased
On/Off property: Off Criminal charges: Pending
2021 dog bite fatality, fatal pit bull attack, Maria Ruiz

Maria Ruiz

77-years old | Phoenix, Arizonaicon

Maria Ruiz, 77-years old, was killed by a pack of at large dogs while she was sitting on her front porch. Police were dispatched to the area of 6th Street and Broadway Road just after 7:00 am for reports of a woman being attacked by dogs. When police arrived, they found Ruiz suffering from multiple critical injuries. She was transported to a hospital where she was pronounced dead. Maricopa Animal Care and Control (MCACC) seized four pit bull-mixes belonging to 33-year old Alejandro Hernandez. MCACC had been called out to his home on two previous occasions, once in 2020 and 2021, both times involving Hernandez' dogs being at large. MCACC had instructed Hernandez at least once to repair a gate to keep his dogs secure. Hernandez also admitted to detectives during an interview that his dogs had escaped multiple times in the past and had bitten neighbors. Hernandez was arrested and booked into jail on one count of negligent homicide, a Class 4 felony. All four dogs were euthanized. [source citations]

Date of death: July 6, 2021 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull-mix (4) Relationship to dog: Non-family
Sex of dog: Unreleased Owner of dog: Neighbor
Spay/Neuter: Unreleased Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: Off Criminal charges: Yes
2020 dog bite fatality, fatal pit bull attack, Jane Doe Adult

Adult Jane Doe

59-years old | El Paso, Texasicon

Adult Jane Doe, 59-years old, was killed by a pair of family pit bulls at her Westside El Paso home, according to police. Patrol officers responded to a call of a death of a woman at about 6:00 pm at a home in the 7200 block of Royal Arms Drive, a police spokesman said. "A woman having just arrived home discovered the body of her mother being mauled by the family dogs," police wrote in an incident report released after her death. "The investigation is ongoing, but all indications are that the two pit bull dogs killed the woman," police stated. The death is under investigation by detectives with the Crimes Against Persons Unit. It is unknown what might have provoked the attack. According to detectives, the dogs appeared to have been well cared for and had plenty of food and water in their bowls. There were no signs of neglect. Animal Control officers impounded both pit bulls. Police did not immediately release the identity of the victim. As of July 20, 2021, no other information has been released by police. [source citations]

Date of death: July 18, 2021 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull (2) Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Unreleased Owner of dog: Family
Spay/Neuter: Unreleased Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No
2021 dog bite fatality, fatal pit bull attack, Emily Kahl

Emily Kahl

31-years old | Toledo, Ohioicon

Emily Kahl, 31-years old, was fatally bitten in the neck by a pit bull inside her home. The attack occurred in the 600 block of Hamilton Street. A spokesman for the Toledo Fire and Rescue Department confirmed a medical crew was dispatched to the home after a call at 7:45 pm for an unconscious person. The victim was declared dead at the scene. She was identified by the Lucas County Coroner's Office several days later. "The cause of the death of Emily Kahl, 31-years old, is bite trauma to the neck, caused by a dog," the office stated. The manner of death was an accident. The owner the pit bull, Thomas Holloway, who also lives at the Hamilton Street home, surrendered his pit bull named "Romeo" to be euthanized. Holloway was not home when the attack occurred. He claimed that someone else was in the home with Holloway and the dogs were only "trying to save her." The circumstances leading up to the attack are unknown. There were no records of previous aggression by Romeo at the county shelter. [source citations]

Date of death: July 18, 2021 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Male Owner of dog: Roommate
Spay/Neuter: Unreleased Multiple dogs: No
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No
2021 dog bite fatality, fatal cane corso attack, Amber Miller

Amber Miller

29-years old | Cocke County, Tennessee

Amber Miller, 29 years old, was severely mauled by dogs on July 12 near 522 Carnation Way. Several witnesses found her injured with three large dogs nearby. Medical staff described her injuries as severe, noting that her calf was "ripped off" and her arms were "barely attached to her body." Miller died on July 18. Three months earlier, Tony Ahrens, 52, was found dead in the same area in what the Cocke County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) stated was a "previous attack of similar nature." Ahrens' body had been partially devoured by an animal. On July 20, CCSO issued a warning to "use caution" while traveling in the area of the attacks. Charles Owensby, the man who reported the first attack and who resides at 522 Carnation Way, has a history of assault charges, including ordering one of his dogs to attack a man. Owensby is also a convicted felon. On July 26, CCSO stated they had executed a search warrant and had identified a "person of interest," but no dogs have been confiscated for either fatal attack. [source citations]

Date of death: July 18, 2021 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Unreleased (3) Relationship to dog: Non-family
Sex of dog: Unreleased Owner of dog: Homeowner
Spay/Neuter: Unreleased Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: Off Criminal charges: Pending
2020 dog bite fatality, fatal pit bull attack, John Doe Adult

Adult John Doe

66-years old | New Orleans, Louisianaicon

Adult John Doe, 66-years old, was apparently attacked and killed by a pit bull after he climbed through a window to enter a home, according to police. The attacked occurred at a home in the 8700 block of South Claiborne Avenue on Sunday, July 18 around 6:40 pm. Police suspect the man was attacked by a dog inside the home, a pit bull, which appeared to have blood on its body. Residents of the home discovered the man's body. He was pronounced dead at the scene by a coroner. New Orleans Police Department spokesman Juan Barnes said the man had wounds on both arms. Police said the man was a relative of the people who lived in the home and was authorized to be there. The Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals confiscated the pit bull. As of July 22, 2021, the man's cause of death remains under investigation. This man's death marks the fourth fatal dog mauling in the United States on July 18, 2021. The other fatal dog maulings on this day occurred in Texas, Ohio and Tennessee. [source citations]

Date of death: July 18, 2021 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Unreleased Owner of dog: Relative
Spay/Neuter: Unreleased Multiple dogs: No
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No

Excluded victims

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 deaths due to untreated severe dog bites (sepsis) may be added to our data at a future time.

  • 03/25/21: Rhonda Lobuono, 58-years old (Cranston, RI)
  • 05/14/21: Leon Peysen, 70-years old (Hewitt, TX)

Police K9 fatalities

  • 01/31/21: Chad Songer, 41-years old (Spencer, TN)

Unconfirmed deaths2

  • Feb/21: Infant John Doe, < 1-year old (Epsom, NH)
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.
  2. Unconfirmed deaths indicate a high probability of a fatal dog mauling given the information we have received, but a low to zero probability of our obtaining confirmation due to state privacy laws. Unconfirmed deaths may be added to our data at a future time if we can obtain this information.