2022 dog bite fatalities ::

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2022 dog bite fatality victims

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, 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

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)

Unconfirmed deaths2

  • 01/21/22: Jane "Kat" Doe, Adult (California)
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.