Dog Owner Speaks Out Following Attack

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WASHINGTON COUNTY (KFSM) – The owner of a dog that attacked a cyclist is speaking out.

Ashtyon Slavens, owner of “Bebe” the pitbull mix, said she was home when the attack happened.

However, contrary to previous reports, she claimed her dog was provoked prior to the attack.

“I am very sorry for what happened to [Richard Holt,]” Slavens said. “My dog had to have been provoked. Because, my dogs are not known for violence. My dogs do not attack anybody unless there is a reason.”

Holt told 5NEWS he felt the dog attacked him without cause.

Friday (Feb. 19) night, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office took Slavens dogs from her. Sheriff Tim Helder said the deputies felt the dog was vicious.

The dog, Bebe, was taken to the pound. Two other dogs, Gracie and Diesel, were also taken by deputies.

Slavens said Diesel and Gracie were not directly involved in the attack.

Slavens said the dogs are not vicious, and have never had any issues before.

“I have had random officers knock on my door, and [the dogs] did nothing to them,” Slavens said.

Slavens planned to pay the necessary fines for the attack, as she took responsibility for Holt’s injuries.

“I feel so sorry for him. But, my dogs will not be put down. My dogs will not be hurt because of one mistake,” Slavens said. “I am perfectly fine with paying a lot of money, if that is what it takes for my dog to live. Because, they are like my kids.”


  • Kathryn Dunigan

    Another low knowledge, low skill pit owner blaming the victim and making excuses for their walking meat grinder. One thing the authorities cannot do is return known vicious dogs back to irresponsible, delusional owners until someone is DEAD. These dogs should be put down and the owner banned from getting more.

  • Susan Brodie

    Dog owners need to understand that dogs are territorial animals, & if they think you are a threat to their territory, they will attack. I have had numerous instances of dogs barking at me fiercely in my neighborhood, & some even rush at me, & I have been very fortunate to not have been attacked. Just because a dog is gentle with family members & friends does NOT mean the dog will not attack someone they see as a threat. All dog owners should fence & leash their animals. When I am walking in my neighborhood & see someone with a dog, I cross to the other side of the street to try to avoid a confrontation. I have had a cocker spaniel rush at me barking insanely from across the street, thinking I was a threat & I was only walking to get to my car. My advice to walkers is if you are faced with a dog coming at you to attack, if there is something you can climb to get away, do so. The best thing is probably pepper spray, preferably the kind for bears. What has worked for me with smaller dogs, & some larger ones, I stomp my feet & bark back at the dog as fiercely as I can & they back off. I need bear spray though in case of a pit or rot, that might be the only thing that saves me.

  • Dennis Baker

    2015 Dog Bite Related Fatalities in the U.S.
    Updated after each fatality following fact finding research

    36 Dog Bite Related Fatality
    by Breed.
    28 by Pit Bull/Pit Bull Mix
    2 by Rottweiler
    1 by Golden/mixed breed
    1 by American bulldog, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Labrador mix
    4 Unknown/Pending

    By Age :
    14 Children
    22 Adult

    By State :

    NM – 1 death
    MD – 1 death
    FL – 3 death
    IA – 1 death
    AR – 1 death
    PA – 1 death
    W. VA – 2 death
    TX – 5 death
    SD – 1 death
    AR – 1 death
    GA – 1 death
    NV – 1 death
    IL – 1 death
    OK – 3 death
    NC – 2 death
    OH – 1 death
    SC – 1 death
    AL – 1 death
    CA – 3 death
    NY – 2 death
    TN – 1 death
    MI – 2 death

    Names and ages of the deceased:

    Unidentified Native American – about 40 y,o. – Gallup, NM – Pack of Feral Dogs [1.2.15]

    Eugene W. Smith – 87- Frederick, MD – 1 Pit Bull [1.7.15]

    Declin Moss – 18 months – Brooksville, FL – 2 Pit Bulls [1.19.15]

    Malaki Mildward – 7yrs old – College Springs, IA – 2 Pit Bull/Bull Dog Mix [1.22.15]

    Fredrick Crutchfield – 63 yrs old – Johnson county, AR – Pit Bull [ 2.4.15]

    TayLynn DeVaughn – 2 yrs old – Pittsburgh, PA – Pit Bull [2.22.15]

    Roy Higgenbotham – 62 yrs old – WHEELING, W.Va. – Pit Bull [3.8.15]

    Betty Wood – 78 yrs old – SULPHUR SPRINGS, TX – Rottweiler [3.12.15]

    Julia Charging Whirlwind – 49 yrs old – WHITE RIVER, SD – Pending [3.14.15]

    Detrick Johnson – 36 yrs old – JEFFERSON COUNTY, AR – 7 Pit Bulls [3.21.15]

    Neta Lee Adams – 81 yrs old – WASHINGTON, GA – Pending [3.31.15]

    Kenneth Ford – 79 yrs old – NYE COUNTY, NV – Pit Bulls [4.14.15]

    Brayden Wilson – 2 months old – Dallas, TX – Pit Bull [4.19.15]

    Gaege Anthony Ramirez – 7 yrs old – NEW BRAUNFELS, TX – Pending [5.2.15]

    James W. Nevils III – 5 yrs old – Chicago, IL – Pit Bull – [5.25.15]

    Jordon Tyson Collins – 3 yrs old – Lawton, OK – Pit Bull – [6.28.15]

    Norberto Legarda – 83 yrs old – Pecos, TX – Pit Bulls – [7.2.15]

    Joshua Phillip Strother – 6 yrs old – Hendersonville, NC – Pit Bull – [7.7.15]

    Annie L. Williams – 71 yrs old – Shaker Heights, OH – Pit Bull – [7.12.15]

    Carolyn Lamp – 67 yrs old – COWETA, Ok – 3 Pit Bull/1 Rottweiler – [7.24.15]

    Porsche Nicole Cartee – 25 yrs old – SPARTANBURG, SC – Pit Bull – [8.22.15]

    Cathy Wheatcraft – 48 yrs old – DAVIE COUNTY, N.C. – Pit Bull – [8.24.15]

    Barbara McCormick – 65 yrs old – Autauga County , AL – Golden/Mix – [8.2.15]

    Emilio Rios Sr – 65 yrs old – Riverside County, CA. Pit Bulls – [8.8.15]

    Carmen Reigada – 91 yrs old – Miami, FL. – American bulldog,Rhodesian Ridgeback, Labrador mix – [9.22.15]

    Lamarkus Hakeem Hicks – 2 yrs old – Martinsburg, WV – Pit Bull – [9.28.15]

    Edgar Brown – 60 yrs old – OKLAHOMA CITY, OK. – Pit Bulls – [10.16.15]

    Tanner Smith – 5 yrs old – Vidor, TX – Pit Bulls – [10.19.15]

    Amiyah Dunston – 9 yrs old – Elmont, NY – Pit Bull – [11.8.15]

    Anthony Riggs – 57 yrs old – Madison County ,TN – Rottweiler – [11.12.15]

    Carter Hartle – 11 months old – MARSHALL, NY – Pit Bull – [11.15.15]

    Xavier Strickland – 4 yrs old – Detroit, MI – Pit Bulls – [12.2.15]

    Rebecca Lillian-Kay Hardy – 22 yrs old – Port Huron, MI – Pit Bull, Husky-mix[12.3.15]

    Maria Torres – 57 yrs old – Gridley, CA – Pit Bulls – [12.16.15]

    Joan Ashman – 83 yrs old – CHULA VISTA, Calif. – Pit Bull – [12.18.15]

    Nyjah Espinosa – 2 yrs old – Miami-Dade, Fl – Pit Bull – [12.20.15]

    On average in 2015 someone was killed by a pit bull every 13 days. Some of these pit bull attacks were from the family dog that was well trained and had never shown signs of aggression before. The only common in these severe and often fatal attacks is not abuse or lack of training, it is breed. Choose the breed of dog you trust the lives of your loved ones with wisely.

  • Jeremy Phillips

    Ever notice it is “My dog must have been provoked”? How bout you keep a fucking eye on your piece of trash dog and you wont have to speculate? Not once have I ever seen cold hard evidence of a pit being provoked.

  • Lisa Padgett

    This horrible family is all over Facebook trashing this nice man (victim) and saying how amazing the mauler was. Apparently they believe a bad dog is bad 24/7 and if it doesn’t act bad 100% of every minute – it’s a great dog. These people are horrible.
    Hope that dog is put down. These are HIGHLY irresponsible people with a track record.

  • Olivia Wyatt

    THE owner of these dogs is behaving in a very disrespectful, uncompassionate manner. The victim was seriously hurt and he will suffer mental torture the rest of his life. She is placing these dogs at a higher level than they deserve. Someday she will deeply regret that.

  • Thomas McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    Pit bulls killed 24,000 other dogs & 13,000 cats in 2015

    The approximately 3.5 million pit bulls in the U.S. appear to have killed more than 24,000 other dogs in 2015, up from about 15,500 each in 2013 and 2014; nearly 13,000 cats; perhaps 9,000 hooved animals; and between 30,000 and 45,000 small mammals and poultry.


    The numbers of pit bull victims, totaling 76,000 to 91,000, are approximate, projected from media reports.

    The numbers for 2015 include the presumption that a verifiable steep increase in pit bull attacks on dogs and cats was mirrored in violence toward other species, though attacks on other species appear to have been under-reported even more than attacks on dogs and cats, which are themselves reported only a fraction as often as they occur.

    What isn’t reported

    First, people tend not to report attacks by their own dogs on other animals belonging to their own households.

    Second, people also tend not to report attacks by other people’s dogs on animals whose cost of replacement with a similar animal would be less than the deductible on a typical homeowner’s insurance policy.

    For each dog attack on another animal that meets the usual criteria for reportage, there is probably at least one in each category that would usually not be reported by the owners of the victim animals.

    This means that the number of reported attacks probably can be safely multiplied by at least three, independent of all factors involving media criteria for newsworthiness.

    Police shooting dogs

    Perhaps the best way to estimate under-reporting due to attacks failing to media criteria for reportage on any given day is to compare the numbers of cases in which dogs have been shot by police, according to public records, with the numbers of dog shootings by police which have received media coverage.

    In communities of fewer than 10,000 people, served by news media covering only those communities, almost every dog shooting by police is mentioned.

    In communities of more than a million people, however, only 2.5% to 3.4% of the dog shootings listed in police department annual reports have received media coverage, as discussed in greater detail in the ANIMALS 24-7 summaries of the 2013 and 2014 data pertaining to dog attacks on animals.

    Pits kill more than one dog per community

    The most consistent number from year to year has been that 93% of the reported dog attacks on other animals in 2013 were by pit bulls; 82% in 2014; and 88% in 2015.

    Cumulatively, pit bulls have since 2013 accounted for 87% of the reported dog attacks on other animals, including 96% of the fatal attacks on other dogs.

    Of note is that 2015 appears to have been the first year when the number of fatal pit bull attacks on other dogs exceeded the number of cities and towns in the U.S.: 24,000 attacks vs. 19,354 incorporated communities.

  • Thomas McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    Over 1000 years ago The Invading Roman Legions of the English Islands brought with them the Roman Alaunt war dogs which they then mixed with the English Mastiff, the outcome of this careful breeding process of the two dog types was the Ol English Bulldogge.

    The Ol English Bulldogge.was Breed to kill Bears, Bulls & Large draft horses in the pit and then later each other in dog fights after it was crossed with the Terrier to create the Pit Bull Terrier, they are what they do, Kill, Maul, Maim, Disfigure, Dismember, cause Life Flights or trips to the Intensive Care Unit.

    Any dog type that has the pit bull terrier genetic precursor genetics from the Ol English Bulldogge & Roman Alaunt war dog is a Pit Bull Type Dog with the same genetics and outcome and danger.

    The American Bulldog is a mix of this original Ol English Bulldogge with a mastiff type and can also be classified within this group; the two breeds share a common gene pool and are close cousins. The breed standard for the American bulldog, Scott-type, was developed by crossing early Johnson lines with the American pit bull terrier.

    In Effect it is a Pit Bull Mix with the same genetics and threat to public safety that is the case in the American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire bull terriers, American pit bull terriers.

    This is what an American Bull dog is, in effect a pit bull type dog, 6 of one half a dozen of another, same difference same outcome:

    Progressive pit bull legislation includes the American bulldog in its definition of a pit bull.

    The term Pit bull type dog refers to many variants with the same mutated genetic truth and reality and outcome.

    They include the American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire bull terriers, American pit bull terriers, and their glorified Pit Bull Mixes such as :

    the American Bulldog, Bull mastiffs, dogo argentinos, fila brasieros, presa canarios, Japanese Tosa, cane corsos, Bandog, Boerboel, Rhodesian Ridgeback, & Catahoula Bulldog and their mixes.!

  • Thomas McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    Record 32 fatal pit bull attacks & 459 disfigurements in 2015.

    Fatal and disfiguring pit bull attacks are up 830% since 2007, when the Humane Society of the U.S., Best Friends Animal Society, and American SPCA ramped up pit bull advocacy after the arrest of football player Michael Vick on dogfighting charges for which he was eventually convicted.

    Jihadists, or Islamicist extremists, by one commonly cited reckoning, killed 48 people in the U.S. and Canada during 2015. Far right extremists killed 47 people.

    Jihadists and far-right terrorists have each injured about 260 people in the U.S. per year, on average, over the past decade.

    Record numbers of deaths
    A record 39 people were killed by dog attacks in the U.S. and Canada during 2015, including an also-record 33 people killed by pit bulls, one more than the previous record of 32, reached in 2012.

    Dogs committed 614 fatal or disfiguring attacks in the U.S. and Canada during 2015, more than Jihadists and far-right terrorists combined.

    Record disfigurements too
    Pit bulls alone disfigured 459 people––five more than ever before.

    Among the 648 total human victims of pit bull attacks in which at least one person was killed or disfigured were at least 209 children and 354 adults.

    The number of known child victims in 2015 declined from the 2014 record of 266, and from the previous record of 214, reached in 2013, apparently because word is getting out that allowing children to be around pit bulls is potentially deadly, but the 209 child victims in 2015 would have been a record in any earlier year.

    The 354 adult pit bull victims in 2015 was 73 above the previous record. 2015 was the eighth consecutive year that the number of adult pit bull victims increased.

    The 1945 fatal pit bull attack on Doretta Zinke of Miami shared top headline space with World War II.

    2015 deaths were triple the toll 1930-1960
    The dog attack death toll in 2015 alone was triple the U.S. toll for the entire 30 years 1930-1960, during which time almost all dogs ran free and under 1% were sterilized in any manner.
    But pit bulls accounted for “only” 60% of the fatalities between 1930 and 1960, compared to 73% in 2015.

    Retrospective data collection has established that pit bulls have accounted for half or more of all fatal dog attacks in every 10-year time frame since 1844, while making up less than 1% of the U.S. dog population for most of that time, and less than 6% now.

    Even before 2007 the frequency of fatal and disfiguring pit bull attacks had risen explosively for 25 years.

    Explosive rise
    In the entire decade from 1982 to 1992, 104 pit bulls attacked 44 children and 60 adults, killing 18 of the victims, disfiguring 36. Fifty victims escaped without fatal or disfiguring injuries in attacks in which others were killed or disfigured.

    Most of those totals were exceeded in 2002 alone, and in almost every year since. 2011 was the last year with fewer than 30 pit bull attack fatalities; 2008 the last year with fewer than 20.

    Agencies squelch breed info

    The pit bull contribution to total deaths and disfigurements in recent years might be much higher, except that under pressure from pit bull advocates many animal control agencies and humane societies, and even some news media, have begun withholding breed-specific information about attacks.

    From 1982 through 2013, only 45 documented fatal or disfiguring attacks were by dogs of unidentified breed, but in 2014 alone, 36 fatal or disfiguring attacks were attributed to dogs of unidentified breed.

    In 2015 the number of fatal or disfiguring attacks by dogs of allegedly “unidentified” breed more than doubled to 78––even though in most instances the dogs were impounded by law enforcement.

    49 attacks by shelter dogs
    Forty-nine fatal or disfiguring attacks in 2015, or about one in 7.5, were by dogs who had been rehomed by animal shelters, among them 39 pit bulls.
    No other breed type was involved in more than two attacks by shelter dogs.

    ANIMALS 24-7 is still tabulating and evaluating the 2015 data on dog attacks against other animals.
    Pit bulls in recent years have accounted for more than 95% of all dog attacks in which other pets and/or livestock were killed, resulting in upward of 50,000 animal fatalities per year.

  • Thomas McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    My Legislation Proposal to be enacted by all states,
    cities and counties in the US & Canada.

    All Pit Bull Type Dogs must be Banned:
    Including pit bulls (American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire bull terriers, American pit bull terriers, and their glorified Pit Bull Mixes such as the American Bulldog, Bull mastiffs, dogo argentinos, fila brasieros, presa canarios, Japanese Tosa, cane corsos, Bandog, Boerboel, Rhodesian Ridgeback, & Catahoula Bulldog and their mixes and any dog generally recognized as a pit bull or pit bull terrier and includes a dog of mixed breed with predominant pit bull or pit bull terrier characteristics)

    As well the following should be labeled as Dangerous dogs after single bite incident: rottweilers, chow chows, Doberman pinschers, German shepherds, they as well as all Grandfathered Pit Bull Type Dogs must be:

    * Licensed

    * Micro-chipped with any bite history in database for reference.

    * Insured: All dogs must be covered by mandatory liability insurance of $100,000 min. generic and $500,000 after a skin breaking bite with insurance companies based on actuarial statistic’s determining said rate.

    * All Dogs Spayed/neutered (except for limited approved show dog breeders)

    * All breeds involved in any bite incident and Grandfathered Pit Bull Type Dogs must be kenneled in a locked five-sided enclosure with concrete bottom.

    For all other dog owners language can be written that enclosure such as fences must be capable of containing your dog period, such generic language puts the onus on the owner, have the fines be so onerous that said owner will ensure this they make this so.

    1,000 the first time, double the second time and permanent confiscation the third time with a ban on said person from owning any dog within city limits, this will create an effective outcome directly or indirectly.

    * All dogs must be on leashes outside of home enclosure

    * All Grandfathered Pit Bull Type Dogs must also be muzzled outside of home enclosure

    * No transport of declared dangerous dogs for the purpose of re-homing. (Dangerous dogs must be dealt with where their history is known.)

    * All of the rules listed above also apply to rescues: rescued dogs must be licensed and subject to inspection.

    $1,000 fine for noncompliance

    Elimination of the one-bite rule in all of the 50 U.S. states
    Manslaughter charges for owner of dog that kills a human
    Felony charge for owner of dog that mauls human, dog, or other domestic animal.

  • Thomas McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    Council Bluffs, Iowa.

    Pit bulls are not only problematic in large cities; they threaten mid-sized cities and small towns as well. Located in the heartland, Council Bluffs, Iowa has about 60,000 citizens.

    After a series of devastating attacks, beginning in 2003, Council Bluffs joined over 600 U.S. cities and began regulating pit bulls.

    The results of the Council Bluffs pit bull ban, which began January 1, 2005, show the positive effects such legislation can have on public safety in just a few years time:1

    Council Bluffs: Pit Bull Bite Statistics.

    Year Pit Bull Bites % of All Bites.

    2004 29 23%.

    2005 12 10% (year ban enacted).

    2006 6 4%.

    2007 2 2%.

    2008 0 0%.

    2009 0 0%.

    2010 1 1%.

    2011 0 0%.
    Ottumwa, Iowa
    Population 24,998

    In July 2010, Police Chief Jim Clark said there had been no recorded pit bull attacks since the city’s 2003 pit bull ban. Between 1989 and 2003, the city had a pit bull ordinance, but still allowed pit bulls as “guard” dogs.
    “Police Chief Jim Clark says since the ban, there have been no recorded attacks by the animals.

    “We haven’t had any attacks since then for one thing because it is illegal,” said Clark. “Most people are keeping their dogs inside their house or inside their basement and not letting them out loose so therefore they’re not around other people to attack them.”

    “In the two-and-a-half years before the 2003 ban, Ottumwa police recorded 18 pit bull attacks, including the death of 21-month-old Charlee Shepherd in August 2002. There were at least three other attacks on children during this time.”
    Little Rock, Arkansas
    Population 189,515

    When the City of Indianapolis was discussing a pit bull sterilization law in April 2009, Little Rock Animal Services Director Tracy Roark spoke about Little Rock’s successful 2008 pit bull ordinance:

    “There was a day when you could walk down any street in center city Little Rock, you could see several pit bulls chained up. You don’t see that anymore,” said Tracy Roark with Little Rock Animal Services.

    Roark told Eyewitness News over the phone that pit bull attacks have been cut in half and credits their new law with getting them there.
    “This is the most abused dog in the city,” said Roark.

    The Little Rock law passed last year and requires pit bulls to be sterilized, registered and microchipped. Also dogs – regardless of the breed – are also not allowed to be chained up outside.”
    Fort Lupton, Colorado
    Population 6,787
    When the City of Fort Collins was mulling a pit bull law in March 2009, Fort Lupton’s Police Chief spoke about Fort Lupton’s successful 2003 pit bull ban, including zero pit bull biting incidents since the law’s adoption:

    “Fort Lupton Police Chief Ron Grannis said the city hasn’t had a pit bull bite since the ban was enacted, but it still has the occasional pit bull that is picked up and taken away.

    Although he said the ban has not been well-received by every resident, he thinks it was the right decision for the city.

    “I believe it makes the community safer,” he said. “That’s my personal opinion. Pit bulls are not the kind of dogs most people should have. They are too unpredictable. … These dogs have been bred for thousands of years to be fighters.

    You can’t take it out of them. A lion cub may be friendly for a while, but one day it can take your head off.”
    Reading, Pennsylvania
    Population 80,560

    After an 8-year legal battle, pit bull advocates dismantled a pit bull law adopted by Reading in 1998. It was reported in the same news article, in February 2008, that the law had significantly reduced biting incidents:

    “Reading’s 1998 law required that aggressive or dangerous dogs, when outside the home, be muzzled and kept on a leash shorter than three feet long with a minimum tensile strength of 300 pounds.

    The law also punished violators with fines of up to $1,000 or 30 days in jail.
    The law is credited with helping to reduce dog bites from 130 in 1999 to 33 in 2006. As a result, the law – or at least elements of it – were not being actively enforced, the Reading Eagle reported last year.

  • Thomas McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    104 of the 122 human beings killed by dogs in the US since Jan. 2013 were killed by Pit Bull Type Dogs.

    6 Dead by Dog attack in the USA and Canada so far in 2016
    5 killed by known pit bull type dogs / pit bull mixes.

    Stars (**) indicate that the killer was someone’s beloved ‘family pet’ pit bull that was never abused or neglected. The double dagger (‡) indicates that the ‘family pet’ pit bull belonged to the deceased person, their family or a relative.

    Child fatalities by pit bull type dog (3):
    Tyler Trammell-Huston, 9 y.o. old, Marysville,CA ** ‡ Jan.4th. Sisters pit bulls
    Payton Lyrik Sawyers 15 mos. old Girl , Grayson County, VA ** Jan.6th, Mothers friends pit bull Mix.
    Talen Nathan West, 7 y.o. old, Lumberton, N.C. ** Jan.24th. Neighbors Pit Bull Killed the child.

    Adult fatalities by pit bull type dog (2):
    Kathleen Green, 78 y.o old, Tk’emlups First Nation near Kamloops,B.C. ** ‡ Jan.30th by family Pit Bull Type Dog.
    Suzanne Story, 36 y.o. old, Perquimans County, N.C. ** Feb.10, Pit Bull mix.

    By unknown Breed:
    Aiden Johnathon Grim-Morelli, 3-days old, Youngstown, OH ** ‡ Feb.8th by mixed breed dog.

    Foreign deaths by pit bull type dog that we know of (4):
    Liam Hewitson – 22 y.o. – ‘Fishwick’, Preston, Lancashire, England ** [January 1 – girlfriend’s pit bull]
    Marli Ribeiro Siqueiro – 65 y.o. – Gordo Well, North Fluminense, Brazil ** ‡ [January 10 – her own pit bull mix]
    Unnamed girl – 7 yrs. old – Chitrpur Village, Kundarski Tehsil, India [roaming owned pit bulls]
    Chantal Pillay – 29 y.o. – Phoenix, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa ** [February 6 — six roaming, owned pit bulls]
    38 Killed by dog attack in the USA and Canada in 2015.
    32 killed by known pit bull type dogs / pit bull mixes. 6 killed by the number two canine killers – namely Rottweilers and ‘breed unknown’ (which usually means pit bull or pit bull mix).

    Stars (**) indicate that the killer was someone’s beloved ‘family pet’ pit bull that was never abused or neglected. The double dagger (‡) indicates that the ‘family pet’ pit bull belonged to the deceased person, their family or a relative.

    Child fatalities by pit bull type dog (13):
    Declan Dean Moss – 18 mos. Old – Brooksville, FL ** ‡ [January 19, mother’s pit bulls]
    Malaki Midward – 7 y.o. – College Springs, IA – ** ‡ [January 22, two six m.o. pit mixes]
    Taylynn DaVaugn – 2 y.o. – West Mifflin, PA — ** ‡ [February 21]
    Brayden Wilson – 2 mos. Old – Dallas, TX — ** ‡ [April 19 – an 8 y.o. pit bull that had been ‘peaceful’ until it killed the child]
    James W. Nevils III – 5 y.o. – Chicago, IL — ** ‡ [May 25 – owned by his adult cousin; pit bull didn’t let go despite being stabbed multiple times]
    Jordan Tyson ‘Jo Jo’ Collins – 3 y.o. – Lawton, OK – ** ‡ [June 28 – owned by his grandparents]
    Joshua Phillip Strother – 6 y.o. – Henderson, NC – [July 7 – neighbor’s adopted, one-year-old shelter pit bull; the child had played with this pit bull before]
    Lamarkus Hicks – 2 y.o. – Baker Heights, WVA — ** [September 28 – neighbor’s pit bull]
    Tanner Smith – 5 y.o. – Vidor, TX — ** [October 18 – pit bulls owned by friend of mother]
    Amiyah Dunstan — 9 y.o. – Elmont, Long Island, NY — ** [November 8 – while visiting friend]
    Carter Evan Hartle – 11 mo. Old – Marshall, Oneida County, NY — ** ‡ [November 17 – his own mother’s ‘beloved’ pit bull that the family had raised from pup]
    Xavier Strickland – 4 y.o. – Detroit, MI ** [December 2 – snatched from his mother on the sidewalk, disembowled]
    Nyjah Espinosa – almost 2 y.o. – Miami-Dade, FL ** ‡ [December 20 – killed by her father’s pit bull – AmBull mix]

    Adult fatalities by pit bull type dog (19):
    Eugene Smith – 87 y.o. – Frederick MD ** ‡ [January 7; ‘rescue’ pit bull, kept as indoor family pet]
    Frederick Crutchfield – 63 – Coal Hill, AK ** ‡ [February 4, found dead in woods with ‘multiple canine injuries’ inflicted by his son’s pit bulls]
    Roy Higgenbotham Jr. – 62 y.o. – Wheeling, WV — ** ‡ [March 8, killed by his pit bull while trying to do CPR on David Wallace; the two men owned the pit bull jointly, had raised it from pup]
    Julia Charging Whirlwind – 49 y.o. – Rosebud Reservation, White river, SD [March 14]
    De’Trick Johnson – 36 y.o. – Pine Bluff, AR – [March 21]
    Kenneth Lawrence Ford – 79 y.o. – Pahrump, NV ** [attacked March 13, died April 14; two of the three pit bulls kept attacking even after being shot]
    Nolberto Legarda – 83 y.o. – Pecos, TX ** [July 2]
    Matthew Brigmantas – 38 y.o. – Hamilton, Ontario ** [July 8 – killed by pit bull mix he was walking]
    Annie Williams – 71 y.o. – Shaker Heights, OH ‡ [July 12 – killed by her son-in-law’s pit bull]
    Carolyn Sue Lamp – 67 y.o. – Redbird, OK ** [July 24 ]
    Porsche Nicole Cartee – 25 y.o. – Spartanburg, SC ** ‡ [August 22 – DOA, her own 10 y.o. pit bull]
    Cathy Wheatcraft – 48 y.o. – Cooleemee, Davie County, NC ** [August 24 – DOA, neighbor’s pit bull]
    Barbara McCormick – 65 y.o. – Billingsley, AL — ** ‡ [September 4 – pit bull mix]
    Emilios Rios Sr – 65 y.o. – North Shore, Riverside Co., CA [September 8]
    Carmen Reigada – 91 y.o. – Miami-Dade, FL ** ‡ [September 22 – live-in grandson’s pit types]
    Edgar Brown – 60 y.o. – Oklahoma City, OK ** [Attacked October 6, died October 16]
    Rebecca Hardy – 22 y.o. – Port Huron, MI ** [Attacked December 3, died December 4]
    Werner Vogt – 85 y.o. – Christian County, MO [Attacked November 12, died December 4]
    Maria Torres – 57 y.o. – Gridley, CA ** ‡ [December 16 – her own ‘beloved pet’ pit bulls]

    • Thomas McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

      Rottweiler killings (2):
      Betty Wood – 78 y,o, — Sulpher Srings, TX – ** ‡ [March 12]
      Anthony Riggs – 57 / 67 y.o. – Madison County, TN – [November 12 – killed just hours after adopting the Rottweiler from the Madison County shelter]

      Fatalities by ‘breed unknown’ (2)
      Unidentified Native American – about 40 y,o. – Gallup, NM [January 2, found dead at the roadside after altercation with ‘feral dogs’]
      Neta Lee Adams – 81 y.o. – Washington County, GA – [found dead in a ditch due to dog attack on March 31]

      Fatalities by ‘breed being hidden from the public’ (2):
      Gaege Ramirez – 7 y.o. – Canyon Lake, TX — ** ‡ [May 2]
      Joan Ashman – 83 y.o. – Chula Vista, CA – ** [December 18, heart attack triggered by a ‘boxer’ attacking her and her poodle in her own yard; photos of this ‘boxer’ suppressed]

      Foreign deaths by pit bull type dog that we know of (13):
      Maxi Millian Guscott – 2 y.o. – St. Ann, Jamaica ** ‡ [January 2 – bullmastiff, which is a pit bull – mastiff mix]
      Emilia Mitroi – 53 y.o. – Drobeta Turnu Severin, Romania [March 9 – attacked while feeding her son’s pit bull]
      Itamir Fogaca da Silva – 45 y.o. – Sao Paolo, Brazil ** ‡ [March 12 – killed by his mother’s six pit bull mixes when he went to check on her]
      Rhona Greve – 64 y.o. – Ely, Cardiff, Wales, UK ** ‡ [March 20]
      Michael Dany Kassouah – 7 y.o. – Zahle, al-Kark region, Lebanon [April 7]
      Sheikh Kousar – 6 y.o. – Kakumanu Village, Andhra Pradesh, India [April 15 – roaming pit bulls]
      Unidentified man – age not reported – Lauro de Freitas, Brazil ** ‡ [April 22 – killed in his home by his own pit bull]
      Fred Savage – 13 y.o. – Otjomuise, Namibia ** [June 27 – the pit bulls continued to maul the boy even after being shot]
      Matias Reynoso – 21 mo.old – Leon, Mexico ** ‡ [July 18 – in his own home by his parents’ own pit bulls]
      Mamun – 7 y.o. – Delhi, Inida ** [mauled to death by ‘stray’ owned pit bulls]
      Unidentified boy – 20 mo. Old – Hyderabad, India [September 18 – roaming owned pit bulls]
      Unidentified boy – 2 y.o. – Stavropol, Russia ** [week of October 19 – neighbor’s’ pit bulls]
      James Sinkins – 8 y.o. – Pietermaritzburg, ZA ** [December 11 – attacked while playing in his own yard]

      Foreign killings by other dogs that we know of:
      Elizabeth Claire Wright – 55 – Watamu, Kenya ** ‡ [Brit woman killed by husband’s ROTTWEILERS]

  • Thomas McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    ALEXANDRA SEMYONOVA, animal behaviorist

    You will also not prevent the dog from being what he is genetically predisposed to be. Because the inbred postures and behaviors feel good, fitting the body and brain the dog has been bred with, they are internally motivated and internally rewarded.

    This means that the behavior is practically impossible to extinguish by manipulating external environmental stimuli.

    The reward is not in the environment, but in the dog itself! As Coppinger and Coppinger (2001, p. 202) put it, “The dog gets such pleasure out of performing its motor pattern that it keeps looking for places to display it.” Some dogs get stuck in their particular inbred motor pattern.

    As pointed out above, this kind of aggression has appeared in some other breeds as an unexpected and undesired anomaly – the golden retriever, the Berner Senne hund, the cocker spaniel have all had this problem.

    The lovers of aggressive breeds try to use these breeding accidents to prove that their aggressive breeds are just like any other dog, “see, they’re no different from the cuddly breeds.” But a cuddly breed sometimes ending up stuck with a genetic disaster does not prove that the behavior is normal canine behavior. All it proves is that the behavior is genetically determined.

    “These dogs aren’t killers because they have the wrong owners, rather they attract the wrong owners because they are killers.” The 100 Silliest Things People say about dogs.

    JOHN FAUL, animal behaviorist

    Faul said they were dangerous and a threat to life. He said the pitbull was bred to be absolutely fearless and had a “hair-trigger” attack response.

    “The cardinal rule is that these dogs are not pets,” he said.

    “The only way to keep them is in a working environment.”

    He said the only relationship one could have with the pitbull was one of “dominance, sub-dominance”, in which the dog was reminded daily of its position.

    ANDREW ROWAN, PhD, Tufts Center for Animals

    “A pit bull is trained to inflict the maximum amount of damage in the shortest amount of time. Other dogs bite and hold. A Doberman or a German shepherd won’t tear if you stand still.

    A pit bull is more likely to remove a piece of tissue. Dogs fight as a last resort under most circumstances. But a pit bull will attack without warning. If a dog shows a submissive characteristic, such as rolling over most dogs wills top their attack. A pit bull will disembowel its victim.”

    “A study by Dr Randall Lockwood of the US Humane Society found that pit bulls are more likely to break restraints to attack someone and that pit bulls are more likely to attack their owners, possibly as a result of owners trying to separate their dogs from victims.”

    Jørn Våge, Tina B Bønsdorff, Ellen Arnet, Aage Tverdal and Frode Lingaas, Differential gene expression in brain tissues of aggressive and non-aggressive dogs

    The domestic dog (Canis familiaris), with its more than 400 recognised breeds [1], displays great variation in behaviour phenotypes.

    Favourable behaviour is important for well-being and negative traits such as aggression may ruin the owner-dog relationship and lead to relinquishment to shelters or even euthanasia of otherwise healthy dogs [2,3].

    Behavioural traits result from an interaction of both genetic and environmental factors. Breed specific behavioural traits such as hunting, herding and calmness/aggression are, however, evidence of a large genetic component and specific behaviours show high heritabilities [4-8].


    However, Alan Beck, director of the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine Center of the Human-Animal Bond, favors letting the breed go into extinction.

    “This breed alone is a risk of serious public health factors,” Beck said. “We are keeping them alive against their own best interests.”

    Beck said while he does not advocate taking dogs from current and caring owners, he does feel that it has become more of a social and political issue for people than a health one.

    “If these dogs were carrying an actual disease, people would advocate euthanizing them,” Beck said. “This breed itself is not natural.”

    “It has this sort of mystique that attracts a population of people. Of course, most of these dogs are never going to bite, as champions of the breed will tell you. But most people who smoke don’t get cancer, but we know regulations help reduce a significant risk.”

    “I know you’re going to get beat up for this. But they just aren’t good dogs to own. That’s why so many of them are relinquished to shelters. There are too many other breeds out there to take a chance on these guys.”

    MERRITT CLIFTON, journalist, Animals24-7 editor

    There are very few people, if any, who have written more on behalf of dogs over the past 40-odd years than I have, or spent more time down the back alleys of the developing world observing dogs in the habitats in which normal dogs came to co-evolve with humans.

    But appreciation of the ecological roles of street dogs & coyotes, exposing dog-eating and puppy mills, opposition to indiscriminate lethal animal control, introduction of high-volume low-cost spay/neuter and anti-rabies vaccination, introduction of online adoption promotion, encouraging the formation of thousands of new humane societies worldwide, etc., are not to be confused with pit bull advocacy.

    Pit bull advocacy is not defending dogs; it is defending the serial killers of the dog world, who kill, injure, and give bad reputations to all the rest. Indeed, pit bull advocacy, because it erodes public trust in dogs and people who care about dogs, stands a good chance of superseding rabies as the single greatest threat to the health, well-being, and human appreciation of all dogs worldwide.


    “A dog’s breed tells us a lot about that dog’s genetic heritage and makeup. Genetics is a strong determinant of personality. In the absence of any other information, we can make a reasonable prediction about how the dog will behave based upon its breed.” p 84

    “When we crossbreed, we lose some of that predictability, since which genes will be passed on by each parent and how they will combine is a matter of chance. Fortunately, there is some data to suggest that we can still make predispositions without knowing much about its parentage.

    John Paul Scott and John L Fuller carried out a series of selective breeding experiments at the Jackson Laboratories in Bar Harbor, Maine. By happy chance, their results revealed a simple rule that seems to work. Their general conclusion was that a mixed breed dog is most likely to act like the breed that it most looks like.”

  • Thomas McCartney (@TomMcCartney71)

    In North America, from 1982-2014, Pit Bull breeds and mixes have seriously attacked 3,595 humans that resulted in 2,233 maimings and 307 deaths

    The Bullmastiff is a Pit bull type dog with the same genetic makeup and danger of a pit bull.

    The Bullmastiff was a cross of 40% Old English Bulldog or pit bull type dog and 60% English Mastiff.
    In North America, from 1982-2014, Bullmastiffs have been responsible for 111 serious attacks on humans, resulting in 63 maimings and 18 deaths.

    In North America from 1982-2014, Rottweilers were responsible for 535 attacks on humans, resulting in 85 deaths.
    Rottweiler mixes were responsible for 30 attacks on humans, resulting in 4 deaths.
    The following is a list of the top 10 dog breeds involved in dog attacks in the U.S. and Canada involving humans from September 1982 to December 31, 2013, based on a larger table compiled by Merritt Clifton who is the editor of Animals 24-7.

    A Bullmastiff is considered a pit bull type dog and a pit bull mix between a pit bull and a mastiff and is 40% pit bull.

    Breed ****** Attacks doing bodily harm ****** Maimed ****** Deaths
    1. Pit bull **********2792 ***********************677 **********263
    2. Rottweiler *******514 ************************294 **********81
    3. Bull Mastiff ******105 ************************61 ***********15
    4. German Shepherd 102 **********************63 ***********15
    5. Wolf Hybrid ******85 *************************49 ***********19
    6. Akita **************68 ************************50 ************8
    7. Boxer *************62 ************************29 ************7
    8. Chow *************58 ************************39 ************7
    9. Pit bull/Rottweiler mix 50 ********************15 ************15
    10.Labrador ********50 *************************39 ************3

    The report states that the numbers are compiled from press accounts dating to 1982. It only includes attacks by dogs of clearly identified breed type or ancestry, as designated by animal control officers or others with evident expertise, which have been kept as pets.

    All accounts are cross-checked by date, location and identity of the victim, according to the report.
    Attacks by police dogs, guard dogs and dogs trained specifically to fight are not included in the report.
    About 31,400 dogs attacked about 61,500 other animals in the U.S. in 2013, killing 43,500 and seriously injuring 18,100.

    The animals killed included about 12,000 dogs, 8,000 cats, 6,000 hooved animals, and 17,000 other small domestic animals, primarily poultry.
    The seriously injured included about 12,400 dogs, 4,000 cats, and 1,700 hooved animals. Few small mammals and poultry survived reported dog attacks.

    Pit bulls inflicted 99% of the total fatal attacks on other animals (43,000); 96% of the fatal attacks on other dogs (11,520); 95% of the fatal attacks on livestock (5,700) and on small mammals and poultry (16,150); and 94% of the fatal attacks on cats (11,280).

    About 30,000 pit bulls were involved in attacks on other animals, many of them killing multiple other animals.
    There are about 3.2 million pit bulls in the U.S. at any given time, according to the annual Animal24-7 surveys of dogs offered for sale or adoption via online classified ads.

    Thus in 2013 about one pit bull in 107 killed or seriously injured another animal, compared with about one dog in 50,000 of other breeds.
    Nationally, fatal and disfiguring attacks by dogs from shelters and rescues have exploded from zero in the first 90 years of the 20th century to 80 since 2010, including 58 by pit bulls, along with 22 fatal & disfiguring attacks by other shelter dogs, mostly Rottweilers & bull mastiffs.

    Altogether, 33 U.S. shelter dogs have participated in killing people since 2010, including 24 pit bulls, seven bull mastiffs, and two Rottweilers.
    The only dogs rehomed from U.S. shelters to kill anyone before 2000 were two wolf hybrids, rehomed in 1988 and 1989, respectively.
    296 Pit Bull Type Dog attack deaths in the U.S. & Canada since 2000 to Oct., 2015.
    2,317 Pit Bull Type Dog attack Disfigurements in the U.S. & Canada since 2000 to Oct., 2015.
    Dog Attack Deaths and Maimings, U.S. & Canada, September 1982 to May.25, 2013.
    By compiling U.S. and Canadian press accounts between 1982 and 2013, Merritt Clifton, editor of Animals 24-7, shows the breeds most responsible for serious injury and death.

    Study highlights
    Pit bull type dogs make up only 6% of all dogs in the USA.
    The combination of Pit Bulls, rottweilers, their close mixes and wolf hybrids and other Pit Bull Type Dogs:

    84% of attacks that induce bodily harm.

    75% of attacks to children.

    87% of attack to adults.

    72% of attacks that result in fatalities.

    80% that result in maiming
    Merritt Clifton Editor Of Animals24-7:

    I have logged fatal & disfiguring dog attacks in the U.S. and Canada since September 1982.

    Of the 5,672 dogs involved in fatal and disfiguring attacks on humans occurring in the U.S. & Canada since September 1982, when I began logging the data, 3,960 (70%) were pit bulls; 4,810 (86%) were of related molosser breeds, including pit bulls, Rottweilers, mastiffs, bull mastiffs, boxers, and their mixes.

    Of the 600 human fatalities, 323 were killed by pit bulls; 91 were killed by Rottweilers; 455 (75%) were killed by molosser breeds.

    Of the 3,960 people who were disfigured, 2,511 (73%) were disfigured by pit bulls; 2,999 (87%) were disfigured by molosser breeds.

    Pit bulls–exclusive of their use in dogfighting–also inflict more than 70 times as many fatal and disfiguring injuries on other pets and livestock as on humans, a pattern unique to the pit bull class.

    Fatal and disfiguring attacks by dogs from shelters and rescues have exploded from zero in the first 90 years of the 20th century to 80 in the past four years, including 58 by pit bulls, along with 22 fatal & disfiguring attacks by other shelter dogs, mostly Rottweilers & bull mastiffs.

    The only dogs rehomed from U.S. shelters to kill anyone, ever, before 2000 were two wolf hybrids in 1988 and 1989. 33 U.S. shelter dogs & one U.K. shelter dog have participated in killing people since 2010, including 24 pit bulls, seven bull mastiffs, and two Rottweilers.

    Surveys of dogs offered for sale or adoption indicate that pit bulls and pit mixes are together less than 7% of the U.S. dog population; molosser breeds, all combined, are 9%.

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