Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Pit Bull Aggregator

Revised: November 3, 2015; 21:21 GMT

National Pit Bull Awareness Month began with a half-hour "feeding frenzy" attack on two young cousins, Isabella George and Rebekah Forgey, on a country road near their homes in rural Indiana.

Cousins Isabella George, 19, and Rebekah Forgey, 20
Attacked by four pit bulls on October 1, 2015

The month celebrating pit bulls ended 30 days later, after forty or fifty known attacks on humans, two of which were fatal, and dozens of attacks on our More Vulnerable Animal Companions. A few of the more notable attacks are listed below.

This astonishing 31-day sampling of pit bull attacks is a tip-of-the-iceberg indicator of the many attacks that actually occurred. It is difficult to know with certainty the true number of pit bull attacks. Dog Attack Statistics, the authoritative, cumulative report, is a log of the most serious attacks.1  The new victims' advocacy web page has compiled a compendium of statistics from 45 states.2

The list below is a one-month sample of what should be undertaken, on a comprehensive scale, for an entire year, by an impartial public safety or victims' organization: a database which logs every pit bull attack requiring a visit to a doctor, gleaned from public health offices, state veterinarians, and other uncensored sources.

City councils and legislatures have been intimidated by advocates of fighting breeds. The sheer weight of evidence such a database provides would compel even the most timid politicians to pass public safety legislation.

The list below includes only a few of the more notable pit bull attacks during October 2015, National Pit Bull Awareness Month. The list begins with the most recent attack, listing the attacks in reverse order.

Mom told son to lie about pit bull attack to save dog, complaint says
   October 30, 2015; Journal Sentinel (Milwaukee WI)
   A woman whose 3-month-old son was mauled by her pit bull when she left him alone with his 8-year-old brother told the brother to lie about what happened in order to protect the dog, which had previously bitten the older boy in the face, according to a criminal complaint.

Infant in critical condition after being mauled by family dog
   October 30, 2015; WISN 12 Milwaukee WI

Woman bitten trying to quell dog fight in her car
   (October 30, 2015; Greenwich CT)

Man shot pit bull after it attacked his dog
   October 30, 2015; Times News

Fall River man hospitalized after pit bull attack
   October 30, 2015; Herald News

Officer suffers bites to face, hand trying to save woman from dog attack
   October 29, 2015; WBTV (Davidson, NC)

Animal control officer severely injured in pit bull attack
   October 29, 2015; WSB TV 2 (Columbus GA)

Man hospitalized after pit hull attack
   October 29, 2015; KGWN Cheyenne WY

Pitbull euthanized after attacking Clearfield boy
   October 28, 2015; Salt Lake Tribune
. . . the boy sustained broken ribs, a facial bite that nearly removed an ear, and multiple slashing wounds on his stomach so severe that paramedics found him with his intestines on the point of spilling out.

Pit bull attacked police dog as it chased a suspected car thief
   October 28, 2015; KOMO News (Centralia WA)

Pit Bulls Attack Alpaca in East Windsor
   October 28, 2015; NBC Connecticut

Florence dog attack investigated (WI)
   October 27, 2015; The Daily News

Girl attacked by pit bull in Pocatello
   October 27, 2015; Idaho State Journal

Deputy shoots, kills pit bull after dog attacks him, HCSO says
   Pit bull was 1 of 3 dogs that bit women, 2 men
   October 26, 2015; Click2Houston

Three People Attacked by Dogs in North Houston
   October 26, 2015; ABC 13

Child bitten by family dog in central Brevard
   October 26, 2015; Florida Today

Cumberland mother could face charges after dog bites boy
   October 25, 2015; WRAL (Fayetteville NC)

Boy, 6, bit by dog in Cocoa (FL)
   October 25, 2015; Fox 35

Pit bull day coincides with day for attack victims
   October 24, 2015; WVTM 13

Dog Killed By Police After Attacking Owner In Baltimore Park
   October 23, 2015; CBS Baltimore

Dog killed, woman hurt after pit bull attack in Glendale
   October 23, 2015; WSAU 550 AM (WI)

El Paso sheriff's deputy bitten by stray animal
   October 22, 2015; KFOX 14

Pit bull attack sends Montreal woman to hospital for three days
   October 23, 2015; CBC News

Dog seriously injured in dog attack in Bow
   October 22, 2015; WNUR 9 ABC

Women recovering from pitbull attack
   October 22, 2015; Great Bend Tribune (KS)

OKC Man Dies After Being Mauled By Five Dogs
   October 21, 2015; News 9 Oklahoma

Jogger attacked by pack of pit bulls
   October 21, 2015; My Panhandle (FL)

Pit bulls, owner sought in Fort Myers Beach attack on girl, dog
   October 21, 2015; News Press (FL)

Dog attacks man at Richmond Hill car wash
   October 21, 2015; Savannah Morning News (Bryan Cty, GA)

Texas boy, 5, mauled to death by two pit bulls at home of family friend
   October 20, 2015; Daily News

Lorain dog owner cited after multiple dog attacks
   October 20, 2015; Lorain Morning Journal

2 pit bulls attack off-duty Lima Police Department officer
   October 20, 2015; LimaOhio

Proceedings delayed against man watching dogs when they attacked people
   October 20, 2015; WIBW Topeka

Police investigating pit bull attack on woman
   October 20, 2015; WHIO Dayton

Woman says pit bull charged her, killed her dog
    October 20, 2015; ABC 10 San Diego

Vidor child dies from injuries sustained in dog attack
   October 19, 2015; The Orange Leader (CA)

Woman and daughter attacked by 2 pit bulls in north St. Louis
   October 19, 2015; KMOV St Louis

Family Searches For Dog That Mauled Daughter In Long Island City
   October 19, 2015; CBS New York

Pit bull mix that killed puppy in Hollis had previous attack
   October 18, 2015; WCSH 6 (Hollis ME)

Pierce County pit bull owner charged after vicious mauling
   October 16, 2015; KOMO  News

Man shoots, kills dog during attack
   October 15, 2015; Post-Crescent

Local woman recovering after being mauled by pack of dogs at cemetery
   October 14, 2015; News-Bulletin (Valencia County, CA)

Pit bull mixes kill 2 dogs, bite 2 people, police say
   October 14, 2015; Lehigh Valley Live

Two pit bulls bite man walking past airport neighborhood home
   October 14, 2015; Modesto Bee

Dog attacks housekeeper in San Luis Obispo
   October 14, 2015; KSBY

Baby injured in Johnston County pit bull attack
   October 13, 2015; WRAL 5 (Kenley NC)

34 dogs impounded in sweep after fatal attack
   October 13, 2015; Desert Sun (CA)

Officers shoots, kills 2 pit bulls during attack
   October 12, 2013; MyFoxBoston, Wichendon NH

Bayonne police kill pit bull after it attacks 4 people, cops say
   October 9, 2015;  Jersey Journal

Police shoot, kill dog after it attacks young girl, others
   October 9, 2015; New Jersey Herald

Father of girl attacked by pit bull: 'I tried to protect my daughter'
   October 9, 2015; NJ.com

After pit bull attack, mom worries about how Clermont County identifies problem dogs (Batavia OH)
   October 9, 2015; WCPO 9 Cincinnati

Pit bull attack leaves man injured in Southeast DC
   October 6, 2015; WUSA 9

Appleton couple attacked by pit bull they had brought home
   October 5, 2015; Niagara Gazette

Man saves woman from pit bull attack
   October 5, 2015; 13 WMAZ

Police Shoot, Kill Pit Bulls in Corona After Dogs 'Terrorize' Neighborhood
   October 5, 2015; NBC 5 Los Angeles

(Previously unreported October 4th attack on 8-year old Zion, IL child noted in Oct 27 Chicago Tribune story)

Dog Allegedly Mauls Goats Leaving Ten Dead
   October 2, 2015; KWTX

Pit bull attack still haunts North Shore victim
1   Dog Attack Deaths and Maimings, compiled by Merritt Clifton, logs only the most severe attacks in which the victim is killed or disfigured. See the following paragraph to view or download the report.
2   Bites,  Bans, and Deaths by State

Statistics quoted on SRUV are from the nation's authoritative source for current dog attack statistics, the 32+ year, continuously updated Dog attack deaths and maimings, U.S. & Canada.
View or download the current PDF

2014 Year-end report of dog attacks
   Animals 24-7; January 3, 2015
32 years of logging fatal & disfiguring dog attacks
   Animals 24-7; September 27, 2014
How many other animals did pit bulls kill in 2014?
   Animals 24-7; January 27, 2015

This page may also include information from Dogsbite & Fatal Pit Bull Attacks.
Google News: Today's pit bull attacks
2014 Dog Bite Related Fatalities on Daxton's Friends
Index of canine fatalities on Daxton's Friends

SRUV uses the definition of "pit bull" as found in the Omaha Municipal Code Section 6-163. As pit bulls are increasingly crossed with exotic mastiffs, Catahoula Leopard Dogs and other breeds, the vernacular definition of "pit bull" must be made even more inclusive.

Sources cited by news media sometimes refer to "Animal Advocates" or sometimes "Experts." In many cases these words are used to refer to single-purpose pit bull advocates who have never advocated for any other breeds or species of animals. Media would be more accurate to refer to these pit bull advocates as advocates of fighting breeds.

Similarly, in many cases pit bull advocates refer to themselves as "dog lovers" or "canine advocates" and media often accepts this usage. The majority of these pit bull advocates are single-purpose advocates of fighting breeds.