2022 dog bite fatalities ::

It often takes several weeks to identify fatal dog attack parameters.1 This is why recent dog bite fatalities may not appear on this page. In the interim, please visit the DogsBite.org blog.

2022 dog bite fatality victims

2022 dog bite fatality, fatal mastiff attack, Charlotte Hollman

Charlotte Hollman

3-months old | Gulf Breeze, Florida

Charlotte Hollman, 3-months old, was killed by a family dog. Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to the 2700 block of Sanibel Place at about 11:48 am in response to a dog bite to an infant. Upon arrival, deputies observed EMS preparing to transport the baby to Baptist Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The autopsy report listed cause of death as "multiple bite force traumatic injuries of the head." The manner of death was an accident. During an interview conducted with the infant's mother, she said the dog, a female French mastiff-mix named "Roxy," had not been aggressive with anyone. Prior to the attack, the mother was lying in bed with her baby, who was sleeping. She got up to use the bathroom and left Charlotte on the bed. About a minute later, she heard a noise coming from the bedroom. She exited the bathroom and saw Charlotte's head in the dog's mouth. The mother swatted at the dog, causing it to drop her baby. She then called 911. The outcome of Roxy is unknown. [source citations]

Date of death: January 25, 2022 Chained: No
Breed of dog: French mastiff-mix Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Female Owner of dog: Grandfather
Spay/Neuter: Unreleased Multiple dogs: No
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No
2022 dog bite fatality, fatal German shepherd attack, Saad Al-Anazi

Saad Al-Anazi

56-years old | Las Cruces, New Mexico

Saad Al-Anazi, 56-years old, died after being attacked by two large dogs outside of his home in the 5200 block of Freese Lane. Al-Anazi had "several deep wounds to his legs" and his pants were covered in blood, according to a Doña Ana County Sheriff's Office report. Neighbor Rudy Clark was able to get the dogs off him by hitting one on the head with his cane. "They destroyed him," Clark said. Al-Anazi was rushed to a local hospital, where he later died. The sheriff said the bites were not significant enough to cause the man's death; he had pre-existing health conditions that contributed to his death. The owner of the dogs, Maria Kelley, who was at work during the attack, said her dogs had been chained in a fenced area on her property when she believes one of the dogs jumped over the fence and was left hanging on the other side, choking. The other dog also escaped. Kelley speculated that Al-Anazi may have seen the dog hanging on the fence and tried to free him, only to have both dogs attack him. [source citations]

Date of death: January 28, 2022 Chained: Yes
Breed of dog: German shepherd (2) Relationship to dog: Non-family
Sex of dog: Male Owner of dog: Neighbor
Spay/Neuter: No Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: Off Criminal charges: No
2022 dog bite fatality, fatal pit bull attack, Olivia Grace

Olivia Floyd

7-years old | Waynesboro, Virginiaicon

Olivia Floyd, 7-years old, was brutally killed by a rottweiler while visiting her step-grandfather's home. Waynesboro police officers responded to a home in the 200 block of Parker Heights Road for a reported "domestic dog attack." The injured child was taken to Augusta Health in Fishersville, where she died of the injuries sustained in the attack. An adult female also suffered injuries in the attack. She was treated at a hospital and released. One day after the deadly attack, police charged Stephen Christopher Kachmar, 60, of Waynesboro, with harboring a dangerous dog. His male, neutered rottweiler, named "Ranger," was 4-years old. On May 13, 2022, police charged Kachmar and Penny Lee Bashlor, 64, of Waynesboro, who is the child's paternal grandmother, with five felony offenses each, including, non-capital murder and involuntary manslaughter. The child's parents, Brooks Anthony Floyd, 39, and Alicia Rene Floyd, 37, both of Augusta County, were charged with one count each of felony child cruelty. [source citations]

Date of death: January 29, 2022 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Rottweiler Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Male Owner of dog: Step-grandfather
Spay/Neuter: Yes Multiple dogs: No
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: Yes
2022 dog bite fatality, fatal pit bull attack, Lola Jayde Farr

Lola Farr

1-year old | Columbia, Mississippiicon

Lola Farr, 1-year old, died after being mauled by her aunt's pit bull. Details about the attack and the child's injuries came from updates by her mother that were publicly shared by family members and friends on Facebook. The attack occurred when Lola was visiting her aunt's home in Columbia. A redacted summary report provided by the Marion County Sheriff's Office verified that a dog attack occurred at a home on Singley Road in Columbia on February 1. "She got attacked by my sister's pit bull. I'm on the way to the hospital," her mother Wendi Oxner wrote on February 1. "They are about to fly her to Jackson," she said. "She has coded twice and has stopped breathing." Oxner asked everyone to pray for Lola. "The dog got her on the back of the neck and head and on her face," Oxner stated in an update. On February 6, Oxner stated, "our precious baby girl went to be with Jesus." Lola was 22-months old, according to her obituary. "She had the brightest smile and the biggest heart that you could find anywhere." [source citations]

Date of death: February 6, 2022 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull Relationship to dog: Non-family
Sex of dog: Male Owner of dog: Aunt
Spay/Neuter: Unreleased Multiple dogs: No
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No
2022 dog bite fatality, fatal American bully attack, Pam Robb

Pam Robb

71-years old | Oakland Park, Florida

Pam Robb, 71-years old, was killed by a mastiff-type dog while working with the canine at a rescue facility. The attack occurred at 100+ Abandoned Dogs of Everglades Florida, located in the 300 block of Commercial Boulevard. Oakland Park Fire Rescue crews and Broward Sheriff's Office (BSO) deputies responded to the scene. "The two adult females are workers. One of them was working with the dog when apparently the dog suddenly snapped. The second adult female tried to aid the worker, but in the process, she herself got injured," said BSO spokesperson Claudinne Caro. Robb was transported to Broward Health Medical Center, where she died of her injuries. The other female was treated and released from a hospital. The group had rescued the large female dog, "Gladys of the Glades," after it was abandoned in the Everglades on January 18. In the days leading up to the fatal attack, a staffer admitted in a Gladys fundraising video that the dog's behavior was "out of our hands, a little over our heads." [source citations]

Date of death: February 17, 2022 Chained: No
Breed of dog: American bully-mix (XL) Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Female Owner of dog: Rescue
Spay/Neuter: Unreleased Multiple dogs: No
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No
2022 dog bite fatality, fatal pit bull attack, Drue Parker

Drué Parker

4-years old | Baytown, Texasicon

Drué Parker, 4-years old, was killed by a pack of pet pit bulls while visiting his aunt's home. First responders were dispatched to a home in the 2700 block of Massey Tompkins Road at about 7:40 am. Arriving officers found a 4-year old boy severely injured by the dogs. Life-saving measures were administrated on scene, before the child was transported to Baytown Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. A resident of the home was also injured in the attack and received medical treatment. Parker had spent the night at his aunt's home and was supposed to return home the next day. But after waking up that morning, he encountered the pit bulls as his aunt was feeding them inside a room. That is where the attack began, before moving outside. Surveillance cameras from a neighbor captured the horrific mauling. "One jumped on him. Another one, and another one," his mother, Daijah McClay, said. Animal control seized the dogs -- two adult pit bulls and two puppies -- after the attack. All four dogs were euthanized. [source citations]

Date of death: February 23, 2022 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull (4) Relationship to dog: Non-family
Sex of dog: Mixed Owner of dog: Uncle
Spay/Neuter: Unreleased Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: Pending
2022 dog bite fatality, fatal American bulldog attack, Serenity Garnett

Serenity Garnett

7-months old | Martinez, Georgia

Serenity Garnett, 7-months old, was killed by a large dog while under the care of her great-grandmother. The attack occurred at 3701 Columbia Drive. The child sustained serious wounds and was not breathing when deputies arrived. Her great-grandmother, Migdelia Guadalupe, also suffered injuries. Both were transported to a hospital, where Serenity was declared dead. Guadalupe was renting the property, and she was the only renter living there at the time. The dog, "Blade," belongs to Donna Mills, who co-owns the home with her brother. Mills is currently incarcerated. A woman who used to rent a room at Mills' home said the same dog killed her dog and injured her three years ago. "It killed my dog, and it maimed my hands," she said. Neighbor Stephen Fox described the dog as having "muscles coming out the wazoo." The dog was initially identified by police as a pit bull then re-identified as an American bulldog-mix. Guadalupe, 56, was later charged with second-degree murder and possession of methamphetamine. [source citations]

Date of death: March 22, 2022 Chained: No
Breed of dog: American bulldog-mix Relationship to dog: Non-family
Sex of dog: Male Owner of dog: Homeowner
Spay/Neuter: Unreleased Multiple dogs: No
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: Yes
2022 dog bite fatality, Francis Cavanaugh

Francis Cavanaugh

6-years old | Spirit Lake Reservation, North Dakotaicon

Francis Cavanaugh, 6-years old, was killed by at least one dog. The attack occurred in the Walking Eagle Circle housing development in Fort Totten. Fallon Greywater, who is the sister of the boy's biological mother, and Keith Greywater have been the boy's parents since birth. According to Fallon, Francis was outside, where his older brother was swinging, no more than 100 feet away from him. When she called him back inside 15 minutes later, he did not respond. Her older sons found Francis with the dog laying nearby. Fallon said Francis had played with that same dog before. The dog was taken into custody. No breed information was released. The FBI is investigating, but declined to release any details. Like many reservations, Spirit Lake has long been plagued with roaming dogs. It encompasses 500 square miles, but only has one animal control officer. Tribal Chairman Douglas Yankton said last year they took in over 700 dogs found roaming the reservation, and that didn't even "dent" the problem. [source citations]

Date of death: March 27, 2022 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Unreleased (1) Relationship to dog: Non-family
Sex of dog: Unreleased Owner of dog: Unreleased
Spay/Neuter: Unreleased Multiple dogs: No
On/Off property: Off Criminal charges: Pending
2022 dog bite fatality, Chaille Morgan

Chaille Morgan

27-years old | Meskwaki Nation Settlement, Iowaicon

Chaille Morgan, 27-years old, was killed by a pack of vicious dogs on the Meskwaki Nation Settlement. The settlement is an unincorporated community in Tama County, which includes more than 8,000 acres. The attack occurred in the area of Springs Road, close to the Meskwaki Tribal Center. Meskwaki police officers identified and "terminated" the pack of dogs involved. "More than five" dogs were involved in the attack, Chief of the Meskwaki Nation Police Department, Jacob Molitor, said. "It's horrific. Everybody at the police department knew this woman," he said. In a later interview, Molitor provided additional information, including that no pit bulls were among the pack of mixed-breed dogs that attacked Morgan. According to her obituary, Morgan attended South Tama Schools. She enjoyed "dancing at pow-wows, doing community fun run/walks, and socializing with everyone." Her death came one day after a 6-year old boy was mauled to death by a dog on the Spirit Lake Reservation in North Dakota. [source citations]

Date of death: March 28, 2022 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Mixed-breed (5+) Relationship to dog: Non-family
Sex of dog: Mixed Owner of dog: Unreleased
Spay/Neuter: Unreleased Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: Off Criminal charges: No
2022 dog bite fatality, fatal dog attack, Jane Doe Adult

Adult Jane Doe

Adult | Loudon County, Tennessee

Jane Doe, an adult, was attacked and killed by her own "highly trained" dog. Multiple deputies responded to a home in Tellico Village, an unincorporated community, at about 6:50 pm after a 911 caller reported a dog attacking a person. When deputies arrived, "they found a large black dog standing over a body," according to a statement by the Loudon County Sheriff's Office. "Deputies were unable to approach the victim due to the potential attack from the dog and a LCSO Deputy was forced to shoot and kill the animal." She was pronounced dead at the scene. Her body was transported to the Knox County Regional Forensics Center for an autopsy. The sheriff's office did not release the victim's identity or age, but did release a statement to The Independent, a British online newspaper, confirming that the dog involved was a Dutch shepherd and "was reportedly a very highly trained personal protection dog that was owned by the victim and her husband, who is a long-time and very accomplished K9 trainer." [source citations]

Date of death: March 30, 2022 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Dutch shepherd Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Unreleased Owner of dog: Victim/Husband
Spay/Neuter: Unreleased Multiple dogs: No
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No
2022 dog bite fatality, fatal dog attack, Shawna Jo Bell

Shawna Jo Bell

42-years old | Wind River Indian Reservation, Wyomingicon

Shawna Jo Bell, 42-years old, was killed by two dogs on the Wind River Indian Reservation. On April 11, 2022, the Fremont County Sheriff's Office issued a media release stating that the county coroner's office responded to an "animal bites" call on April 10 after a woman was found dead in the Ethete area. Vikki Migoya, the Public Affairs Officer for the FBI Denver Field Office, confirmed her death, but no other details. The coroner did tell Bell's mother, "She was alive when the dog [was] chewing on her." Darrel Lonebear, a security supervisor of Northern Arapaho Housing, said that when he drove by the scene the morning after the fatality, he saw a pit bull with a rope around its neck that appeared immobile or dead. In July, the Fremont County Coroner's office released Bell's official cause of death, "Bites, Lacerations, Contusions, Avulsions due to Dog Attack." Migoya stated that Bell was "attacked by two domesticated dogs located at a residence. At least one of the dogs was involved in a previous attack." [source citations]

Date of death: April 10, 2022 Chained: Unreleased
Breed of dog: Unreleased (2) Relationship to dog: Unreleased
Sex of dog: Unreleased Owner of dog: Unreleased
Spay/Neuter: Unreleased Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: Unreleased Criminal charges: No
2022 dog bite fatality, fatal dog attack, Melitta Hain

Melitta Hain

84-years old | Billings, Montana

Melitta Hain, 84-years old, died after being mauled by three dogs belonging to her neighbor in Billings Heights. The attack occurred on April 8 in the 1100 block of Sandstone Trial at about 6:30 pm. Police were initially dispatched to the area on a report of a disturbance. While en route, police learned the disturbance was a dog attack. When officers arrived at the scene, they found an elderly woman who had sustained injuries from a dog attack. Yellowstone County Deputy Coroner Rich Hoffman confirmed that Hain died on April 16 from complications of multiple dog bites. The manner of death was ruled an accident. The attack occurred on "private property" and involved three large mixed-breed dogs, according to Lieutenant Matt Lennick of the Billings Police Department. All three dogs are being held at the Yellowstone County Animal Shelter. Hain's family hired Billings-based Heenan and Cook law firm to represent them. As of April 28, 2022, no charges have been filed and no other information has been released. [source citations]

Date of death: April 16, 2022 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Mixed-breed (3) Relationship to dog: Non-family
Sex of dog: Unreleased Owner of dog: Neighbor
Spay/Neuter: Unreleased Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: Unreleased Criminal charges: Pending
2022 dog bite fatality, fatal dog attack, Cyrus Talkington

Cyrus Talkington

38-years old | Wichita, Kansas

Cyrus Talkington, 38-years old, died after sustaining multiple dog bites. The biting incident occurred on April 20 just after 8:00 pm in the 400 block of East 37th Street South. Talkington was bitten by the dog, a canine that was familiar to him, while on the property, according to the Wichita Police Department. Talkington became unresponsive and died at the hospital, police said. Talkington had been outside talking with his friend and "their dogs" when one of the dogs attacked Talkington, biting him on the arm and leg, after his friend had gone back inside the home. A few witnesses saw the attack and rushed out to get the dog away from him. Talkington was not conscious or breathing when officers arrived, police said. He was transported to a local hospital, where he died. Investigators believe the cause of death could be a medical condition brought on by the stress from multiple dog bites. The breed of dog was not released by police. Animal control took possession of the one dog involved, police said. [source citations]

Date of death: April 20, 2022 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Unreleased Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Unreleased Owner of dog: Friend
Spay/Neuter: Unreleased Multiple dogs: No
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No
2022 dog bite fatality, fatal pit bull attack, Maria Racheal Perez

Maria Perez

59-years old | Mission, Texasicon

Maria Perez, 59-years old, was found unresponsive with bite wounds. Police were dispatched to the 800 block of Leal Street after receiving a 911 call at about 3:41 pm from the victim's 10-year old granddaughter. When they arrived at the scene, they found the woman covered in blood with "several bite marks on her left side of her body and face," according to Mission police spokesman Investigator Art Flores. Maria Rachel Perez was pronounced dead at 4:18 pm. Two pit bulls that belonged to relatives were taken into custody by animal control. "A young lady, a juvenile showed up at home to a residence and observed that her grandmother was laying on the floor with blood," Flores explained. "We did see some evidence of dog bites on the female's left side portion, upper portion of the body, left arm," Flores said. When police arrived, the "two pit bulls were isolated in another room," Flores said. An autopsy for Perez was ordered to determine the cause of death. As of May 2, 2022, no other information has been released. [source citations]

Date of death: April 21, 2022 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull (2) Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Unreleased Owner of dog: Relatives
Spay/Neuter: Unreleased Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No
2022 dog bite fatality, fatal pit bull attack, Erin Beach

Erin Beach

45-years old | Newberry, South Carolinaicon

Erin Beach, 45-years old, was discovered dead inside her home after being attacked by her own dog, according to Newberry County Coroner Laura Kneece. Newberry County Sheriff's deputies and EMS responded to a call on Apple Orchard Lane at about 12:53 pm on April 21. Both agencies said the dog was aggressive toward them; the animal was dispatched at the scene. "When sheriff deputies and EMS officials arrived, the dog showed very aggressive behavior towards them, resulting in the death of the dog," Kneece said. The dog involved belonged to the victim, Kneece said. Newberry County Animal Control took the dog to the Department of Health and Environmental Control where a necropsy will be performed, Kneece said. The breed of dog was not released by authorities. Beach's Facebook profile photograph, posted on September 5, 2021, showed two dogs: presumably a Dogo argentino (referred to in comments as a "doggo") and a pit bull. One of the dogs had recently died. [source citations]

Date of death: April 21, 2022 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Unreleased/Pit bull Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Unreleased Owner of dog: Victim
Spay/Neuter: Unreleased Multiple dogs: No
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No
2022 dog bite fatality, fatal dog attack, Anita Mears

Anita Mears

61-years old | Newalla, Oklahoma

Anita Mears, 61-years old, was attacked and killed by multiple dogs in her front yard. Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to the 4300 block of South Catfish Drive at approximately 12:23 pm on a report that a woman was dead. When deputies arrived at the scene, they discovered Mears' body. Deputies initially believed she had sustained stabbing wounds and began a homicide investigation. After a closer examination, the Oklahoma County medical examiner's office determined she had been "attacked by multiple dogs." The victim's dog was also injured in the attack and was "standing guard" over her body when deputies arrived, according to a statement released by the sheriff's office. Authorities did not release the breed of dog that Mears owned. "As for the dogs that attacked Ms. Mears, we don't know whether they are wild dogs or neighborhood dogs, and because there were no witnesses, we may never know," the statement acknowledged. None of the dogs involved were captured. [source citations]

Date of death: April 24, 2022 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Unknown (2) Relationship to dog: Non-family
Sex of dog: Unknown Owner of dog: Unknown
Spay/Neuter: Unknown Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: Off Criminal charges: No
2022 dog bite fatality, fatal pit bull attack, Juan Ruiz

Juan Ruiz

66-years old | Kewanee, Illinoisicon

Juan Ruiz, 66-years old, died from injuries sustained while breaking up a dog fight. Half past midnight on April 25, Kewanee police and fire responded to a home in the 800 block of North Vine Street for a report of an unresponsive male. The victim was not breathing and bleeding from multiple wounds. Ruiz was pronounced dead at the scene. Hours earlier, at about 6:00 pm, Ruiz had tried to break up a fight between two dogs inside the home. One of the dogs attacked Ruiz, causing severe injuries. He reported the attack to his family, who was out of town and advised him to seek medical attention. Ruiz did not seek treatment. When family members returned around 12:30 am, they found him dead. County Coroner Melissa Watkins said that no autopsy was performed, as it was clear Ruiz died from injuries sustained in the attack. Both dogs were impounded by animal control. The attacking dog, identified as a pit bull, was euthanized. The second dog, which was also injured by the pit bull, was treated for its injuries. [source citations]

Date of death: April 25, 2022 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Unreleased Owner of dog: Relatives
Spay/Neuter: Unreleased Multiple dogs: No
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No
2022 dog bite fatality, fatal pit bull attack, Jacqueline Summer Beard

Jacqueline Summer Beard

58-years old | Franklin County, Alabamaicon

Jacqueline Beard, 58-years old, was killed by seven dogs while performing duties as an Alabama Public Health employee. Summer, as she was known, was following up on a violent dog attack at a home that occurred a day earlier when she was killed by these same dogs. Deputies received a call at about 6:00 pm from someone at the home about a "suspicious vehicle" in their yard. When deputies investigated the car, they discovered Summer's body, which had been lying dead on the dog owner's property for hours. After the first attack, which did not result in the dogs being seized, the victim was airlifted to a hospital in Mississippi with traumatic injuries. After the second attack, neighbors killed the dogs. The dogs' owner, Brandy Dowdy, 39, was arrested and charged with manslaughter and offenses under the state's dangerous dog law. Neighbors said Dowdy was a "dog advocate" who "owned about 27 dogs." Dowdy's Facebook page, however, primarily depicted her as a pit bull owner and a "pit bull advocate." [source citations]

Date of death: April 29, 2022 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Unreleased/Pit bull (7) Relationship to dog: Non-family
Sex of dog: Mixed Owner of dog: Homeowner's daughter
Spay/Neuter: Unreleased Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: Yes
2022 dog bite fatality, fatal pit bull attack, Scottie Brigman

Scottie Brigman

36-years old | Ruby, South Carolinaicon

Scottie Brigman, 36-years old, was discovered dead in the middle of a road covered in bite marks and his clothes shredded. Chesterfield County deputies responded to a dirt road off of Bailey Saw Mill Road in the Ruby area due to a man lying in the road. As deputies traveled down the road, they observed several dogs "waiting around the body." Four dogs, all pit bulls, were taken into custody, and dental impressions were ordered, states a release by the Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office. Three of the dogs belonged to a nearby family and the other was a stray. Traci Smith, a horse owner, believes the same dogs attacked her a few weeks earlier when she road her horse down the same dirt road. "They were biting my horse from the front, from the back, all directions," she said. In mid-July, deputies charged Shantell Ross with one count of involuntary manslaughter and three counts of vicious unleashed animals in connection to Brigman's death. Deputies say Ross' three pit bulls contributed to his death. [source citations]

Date of death: May 14, 2022 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull (4) Relationship to dog: Non-family
Sex of dog: Unreleased Owner of dog: Property owner
Spay/Neuter: Unreleased Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: Off Criminal charges: Yes
2022 dog bite fatality, fatal dog attack, Ronda Persall

Ronda Persall

57-years old | Cullman County, Alabama

Ronda Persall, 57-years old, was killed by multiple familiar dogs belonging to her neighbor. The attack occurred at about 2:30 am on County Road 1030 in Jones Chapel, officials said. The dogs' owner, and longtime friend of Persall, told media outlets that his dog pack was behind a metal fence and it is a "mystery" how they got out. The man, who refused to be identified, said a commotion woke him up at 2:30 am. "The dogs had surrounded her and they were biting her," he said. When he picked her up from the dogs, the animals began biting him too, he said. After calling 911, he drove Persall to meet an en route ambulance. She was pronounced dead at about 3:00 am. The dogs' owner said he shot and killed his dog pack of about 12 dogs afterward, which he described as "yard dogs." Cullman County's Animal Control Director said two Labrador-mix dogs were pulled off Persall and underwent testing. County officials did not confirm if the man killed his dog pack, or if more than two dogs were involved in the attack. [source citations]

Date of death: May 22, 2022 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Labrador-mix (2)
Unreleased (10)
Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Unreleased Owner of dog: Neighbor
Spay/Neuter: Unreleased Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No
2022 dog bite fatality, fatal rottweiler attack, Deborah Ann Boyd

Debbie Boyd

70-years old | Sevier County, Tennesseeicon

Debbie Boyd, 70-years old, was mauled to death by one or both family rottweilers. Deputies were dispatched to a home in the 400 block of Olympic View Court in Seymour, where they found Boyd deceased, suffering from multiple dog bite injuries, states a release from the Sevier County Sheriff's Office. Two large rottweilers had been secured in a fenced-in yard by family members prior to the arrival of first responders. An investigation determined that Boyd had been inside the home with the dogs at the time of the attack, as was a small child, who was not injured, states the release. Both dogs were confiscated by animal control division officers and taken to an animal housing facility. Boyd's body was transported to the Knox County Regional Forensic Center in Knoxville for an autopsy, states the release. Boyd's Facebook profile photograph depicts a rottweiler lying down inside a home. It's unknown how long the family had owned the dogs. As of June 13, 2022, no other information has been released. [source citations]

Date of death: June 3, 2022 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Rottweiler (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
2022 dog bite fatality, fatal pit bull attack, Andrew Woods

Andrew Woods

57-years old | Anton, Texasicon

Andrew Woods, 57-years old, was found dead after being attacked by three dogs. Hockley County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a location in the 800 block of Tarver Street just after 7:00 am about a possible deceased male in the driveway of a home, the Hockley County Sheriff's Office said in a news release. "Deputies were advised there were three dogs around the male at the time he was discovered, and he had possibly suffered bites from the dogs," states the release. The man, identified as Andrew Woods, 57, was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy determined the cause of death was multiple blunt and penetrating injuries due to a dog attack. The manner of death was ruled an accident. The attacking dogs, described as "American bullie" breeds, were taken into custody. After a hearing before Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Judge Larry Wood, the dogs were ordered to be seized "due to causing a death of a person." The owner(s) of the dogs involved were not identified by county officials. [source citations]

Date of death: June 10, 2022 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull-American bully
American bully-pit bull
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
2022 dog bite fatality, fatal dog attack, Hopi Indian Reservation

Unidentified Person

Unidentified Age | Hopi Indian Reservation, Arizonaicon

An unidentified person of an unknown gender and age was killed by pack of dogs on the Hopi Indian Reservation in the Village of Hotevilla, states a media release issued by Ronald Honyumptewa, Director of the Department of Public Safety and Emergency Services for the Hopi Tribe. "This latest attack is one of several over the past few months that include dog bites, amputations, and in this case, injuries so severe they lead to the victim's death," states the release. Honyumptewa said that the "Hopi Tribal Ordinance #61, Sub Section 8.00 Animal Bites" addresses the threat created by animals who are not restrained, and Sub Section 14.00 Disposition of Vicious Animals" allows for the "euthanizing of unwanted dogs that roam the Hopi communities." The ordinance has been criticized, however, for allowing "registered dogs or cats" to "lawfully roam free on the reservation," which allows dog packs to form. "At this time there are no plans to release the identity of the victim in this case," states the release. [source citations]

Date of death: June 11-12, 2022 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Unreleased Relationship to dog: Unreleased
Sex of dog: Unreleased Owner of dog: Unreleased
Spay/Neuter: Unreleased Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: Unreleased Criminal charges: Pending
2022 dog bite fatality, fatal pit bull attack, Nicolas Vasquez

Nicolas Vasquez

51-years old | Harris County, Texasicon

Nicolas Vasquez, 51-years old, died after suffering catastrophic injuries due to a dog attack. On June 9, Harris County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a location in the 1400 block of Harvard Road after 9:00 pm. A neighbor had discovered Vasquez moaning and lying in a ditch with life-threatening injuries. The victim was transported to Kingswood Hospital, where doctors had to amputate both of his legs below the knees. One week later, his right arm had to be amputated above the elbow. Vasquez died of his injuries on June 19, 2022. Neighbors told deputies the three dogs, all pit bull-mixes, were routinely at large threatening people and pets. While investigating, deputies found a hole in the owner's fence that had "woodsticks and a branch trying to cover it from being used by the dogs," state court documents. The items "were clearly insufficient to prevent animals from entering or exiting the fence." On June 27, 2022, Matthew Leroy Satchell, 32, was charged with felony dog attack in connection to his death. [source citations]

Date of death: June 19, 2022 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull-mix (3) Relationship to dog: Non-family
Sex of dog: Mixed Owner of dog: Neighbor
Spay/Neuter: No/Unknown Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: Off Criminal charges: Yes
2022 dog bite fatality, fatal pit bull attack, Trena Peed

Trena Peed

46-years old | Greensboro, North Carolinaicon

Trena Peed, 46-years old, was killed by two pit bulls she was dog sitting. The attack occurred at a home in the 1100 block of Vance Street. Just after she let the dogs into the backyard around 2:00 am, neighbors heard her crying out loudly for help. In a 911 call, a neighbor said, "It's dark. All I hear is her yelling and her dogs over there attacking her." Peed's son was asleep inside the home. He awoke to learn his mother was dead. Hours later, her daughter, Waynesha Peed, started a GoFundMe to help pay for funeral costs. She also shared about recent tragedies her mother suffered. "She has endured and overcame so much, most recently losing two of her sons two years apart, both by tragic car accidents," Waynesha wrote. Greensboro Police and Guilford County Animal Control responded to the scene. Police shot and killed one of the vicious pit bulls to stop the attack. "Shots fired," could be heard on traffic radio, followed by: "I got one dog down, it's another one out here." The other dog was taken into custody. [source citations]

Date of death: July 7, 2022 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull (2) Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Unreleased Owner of dog: Friend
Spay/Neuter: Unreleased Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No
2022 dog bite fatality, fatal pit bull attack, Lea Freeman

Lea Freeman

4-years old | Dallas, Texasicon

Lea Freeman, 4-years old, was killed by up to three pit bulls while living with the dogs' owner. Officers were dispatched to the 5600 block of Bluffman Drive just before 8:00 am about an animal attack. Police said the child sustained multiple bite injuries. She was taken to a hospital, where she died. Michael Pennington, who lives across the street, said in the months leading up to the deadly attack, the three dogs in the home, described as pit bulls, had escaped multiple times by jumping through a broken window. Dallas Animal Services confirmed they had been called to the home twice before. Texas Department of Family and Protective Services confirmed the child's family had been in "involved" with CPS in the past. The child's mother, Tiara Freeman, said she left Lea and her 1-year old sibling in the home with a housemate to go to the store. When she returned, at least one of the pit bulls, "Rambo," had attacked Lea. No adults were inside the home when the attack started, Tiara said. All three dogs were put down. [source citations]

Date of death: July 9, 2022 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull (3) Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Mixed Owner of dog: Housemate
Spay/Neuter: Unreleased Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: Pending
2022 dog bite fatality, fatal pit bull attack, Dennis Moore

Dennis Moore

62-years old | St. Louis, Missouri

Dennis Moore, 62-years old, was killed by three pit bulls that also attacked two other men. The multi-victim attack occurred in the 4800 block of San Francisco Avenue, located in the Penrose neighborhood. Arriving police officers found Moore suffering from "significant bodily wounds" in an alleyway, and a 92-year old man with multiple bite injuries. Moore died at the scene. The other man was transported to a hospital. St. Louis Animal Control officers took custody of three dogs, described by police as pit bulls, matching the description of "several dog bites in the area." Moore's wife, Melvina Moore, found out something was wrong when she called his phone and police answered. "The dogs ate him up to the point where his body was decayed," she said. "They can't show me his body." The dogs attacked a third victim, 23-year old Kevin Davis, prior to being captured by animal control. "They were ripping up my arms, pulling all up on me. One of those vicious dogs ripped off one my fingernails," Davis said. [source citations]

Date of death: July 10, 2022 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull (3) 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
2022 dog bite fatality, fatal pit bull mix attack, Apollo Duplantis

Apollo Duplantis

13-months old | New Orleans, Louisianaicon

Apollo Duplantis, 13-months old, died after sustaining serious injuries from a family dog. The attack was reported at 6:46 pm at a home in the 5500 block of Seminary Place in the Pontchartrain Park neighborhood of Gentilly. The victim was transported by private vehicle to a hospital, where he later died. Police did not release the breed of dog involved. The child was identified as Apollo Duplantis by the parish coroner. After the attack, Louisiana SPCA personnel entered the backyard of the home to seize the dog. The dog viciously attacked the officer, who began "screaming for help," at which point a police officer shot the dog, killing it. "NOPD officers on the scene entered the yard and saw the dog attacking the LASPCA officer. The officer discharged a service weapon, striking the dog and killing it," police said. The LASPCA called the canine a "mixed-breed family dog." The mother's social media posts, however, showed that the only dog in the home since the child's birth was a bull breed-mix, named Bear. [source citations]

Date of death: July 11, 2022 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull-American bully mix Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Male Owner of dog: Parents
Spay/Neuter: Unreleased Multiple dogs: No
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No
2022 dog bite fatality, fatal pit bull attack, Michele Sheeks

Michele Sheeks

44-years old | Franklin County, Alabamaicon

Michele Sheeks, 44-years old, was violently attacked by a pack of dogs while walking along County Highway 11 on April 28, 2022. She sustained critical injuries and was transported to a hospital in Mississippi. The next day, the same dogs killed Summer Beard, an Alabama Public Health employee, who had gone to the dog owner's home to investigate the attack on Sheeks. The dogs' owner, Brandy Dowdy, was subsequently charged with manslaughter and offenses under Emily's Law, the state's dangerous dog law, for the attack on Sheeks. After undergoing multiple surgeries -- including multiple skin grafts, and bacterial and fungal infections setting in -- Sheeks died of complications from her dog attack injuries on July 12, while still hospitalized at the trauma center. "Unfortunately she never got the chance to leave that hospital," her husband Wesley told reporters. After Sheeks died, the DA's office said they would seek an additional count of manslaughter against Dowdy in connection to Sheeks' death. [source citations]

Date of death: July 12, 2022 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Unreleased/Pit bull (7) Relationship to dog: Non-family
Sex of dog: Mixed Owner of dog: Homeowner's daughter
Spay/Neuter: Unreleased Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: Off Criminal charges: Yes
2022 dog bite fatality, fatal pit bull attack, Freddy Garcia

Freddy Garcia

71-years old | Fort Bend County, Texasicon

Freddy Garcia, 71-years old, was mauled to death by up to seven vicious dogs. Fort Bend County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the 4300 block of Mark Terrance Lane in the Fresno area. Garcia, who lives nearby, was walking to the store when he was attacked by the dogs, all described as pit bull-mixes. He was airlifted to Memorial Hermann hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The attack was captured on a security camera belonging to a neighbor. Deputies and Fort Bend County Animal Services initially captured four of the dogs. "He did nothing to provoke these animals. It was uncalled for. It was senseless," Fort Bend County Sheriff Eric Fagan said during a press conference. Fagan also said the same dogs may be tied to a July 15 dog attack in the area. Officials later captured the remaining three dogs in Samuel Cartwright's backyard, who claimed the dogs were "strays." Four days after the attack, Cartwright, 43, was charged with a second-degree felony in connection to Garcia's death. [source citations]

Date of death: July 18, 2022 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull-mix (7) 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
2022 dog bite fatality, fatal pit bull attack, Marina Verriest

Marina Verriest

70-years old | Albertson, New Yorkicon

Marina Verriest, 70-years old, was mutilated and killed by a family pit bull. A Nassau County police officer was dispatched to 10 Terrace Court at about 1:15 pm. The 911 call came from the victim's husband, who discovered his wife mutilated and dead, being dragged around the backyard by the canine. "When he got home, he walked into the backyard -- at that time the dog was still eating on the body," Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said. The first officer on the scene fired at the dog, killing it. That officer, a 15-year veteran, was so traumatized by what he witnessed, he was taken to a hospital for treatment. The 7-year old male pit bull, named Zeus, belonged to Verriest's 38-year old step-son, who died in a motorcycle crash 10 days earlier while riding his bike on the Wantagh Parkway. Police had not received domestic calls to the home before, nor calls regarding the dog. The step-son had been living at the home with the couple. Police believe the dog had been living with the family all its life. [source citations]

Date of death: July 27, 2022 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Pit bull Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Male Owner of dog: Step-son
Spay/Neuter: Unreleased Multiple dogs: No
On/Off property: On Criminal charges: No
2022 dog bite fatality, fatal English bulldog attack, Richard Hutch Barry

Richard "Hutch" Barry

59-years old | Selma, California

Richard Barry, 59-years old, was killed by a pack of English bulldogs while walking in a neighborhood. Police officers were dispatched to Goldridge and Balboa streets after they received reports of a man being attacked by dogs. When officers arrived, they found a woman trying to separate the dogs from the victim. Barry was rushed to a local hospital, but did not survive. His sister-in-law, who intervened, suffered minor injuries. The dogs had escaped from a nearby yard, where a "Beware of Dogs" sign hung on the fence, police said. With the help of an animal control officer, police captured the dogs. "Officers used bean bags and tasers to subdue the dogs, and they were taken to a local animal shelter," Selma police said. JRMedia559 was at the scene and captured the graphic footage of four English bulldogs -- two that appeared bloody and unconscious -- being dragged from the owner's home and loaded into an animal control truck. The dogs belonged to breeder Victor Carranza of Four Brothers Bulldog Kennel. [source citations]

Date of death: July 31, 2022 Chained: No
Breed of dog: English bulldogs (5) Relationship to dog: Non-family
Sex of dog: Mixed Owner of dog: Neighbor/breeder
Spay/Neuter: Unreleased Multiple dogs: Yes
On/Off property: Off Criminal charges: Pending
2022 dog bite fatality, fatal mastiff attack, Robert Stevens

Robert Stevens

62-years old | Castaic, California

Robert Stevens, 62-years old, was killed by a family dog at his home in Castaic, an unincorporated community in northwest Los Angeles County. Around 4:10 pm, first responders received reports of a dog attack in progress in the 31000 block of Gelding Road. "The family dog attacked a male in his house," Sgt. Clark, with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station said. "He did not survive from his wounds." Audio dispatch log files from the Los Angeles County Sheriff, Fire and Aircraft - Santa Clarita Valley channel on Broadcastify.com identified the attacking dog as a pit bull multiple times. Later, Don Belton, a spokesperson for Los Angeles Animal Care and Control, stated the dog was a "rottweiler mastiff." The dog was also described as a "rescued" cane corso. "There was a married couple and they actually rescued the dog five years ago," said Detective Scott Matlock, an investigator with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau. The attack was "unprovoked" and ruled an accidental death, Matlock said. [source citations]

Date of death: August 5, 2022 Chained: No
Breed of dog: Mastiff-mix Relationship to dog: Family
Sex of dog: Unreleased Owner of dog: Victim
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.

  • 02/10/22: Jay Sims, 67-years old (Gregg County, TX)
  • 07/19/22: Omar Ghawtah, 16-years old (Harris County, TX)
  • 07/23/22: Ronald Jones, 64-years old (East Alton, IL)

Unconfirmed deaths2

  • 01/21/22: Jane "Kat" Doe, Adult (California)
  • March/22: Jane Doe, 60s (Kanawha County, WV)
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.