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Every year, dozens of people die from being attacked by dogs. Thousands are horribly disfigured or disabled, and millions are bitten.

Numbers of people killed by dogs each year in the USA

2019: 20 (as of 5/9/2019)
2018: 36
2017: 40
2016: 31
2015: 36
2014: 43
2013: 32
2012: 39
2011: 31
2010: 34
2009: 32
2008: 23
2007: 35
2006: 30
2005: 29
2004: 17
2003: 17
2002: 6
2001: 14
2000: 7

Non-USA fatalities

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2019 Deadly Dog Attacks in the USA

Fast Stats for 2019

Number of people killed: 20

Fatalities by age category:

  • Chronological: Baby 6, Child 2, Adult 2, Middle age 3, Elderly 7
  • Ranked: Elderly 7, Baby 6, Middle age 3, Child 2, Adult 2

Fatalities by breed (number of dogs involved):

  • Alphabetical: Belgian Malinois 1, Boxer 2, Doberman 1, Dutch Shepherd 3, Labrador 8, Mastiff 3, Pit bull 23, Shepherd 8, Rottweiler 3, Unknown 1+
  • Ranked: Pit bull 24, Labrador 8, Shepherd 8, Dutch Shepherd 3, Mastiff 3, Rottweiler 3, Boxer 2, Belgian Malinois 1, Doberman 1, Unknown 1+

Fatalities by state:

  • Alphabetical: AZ 1, CA 3, FL 2, KY 2, MA 1, MS 1, NC 2, NV 1, SC 1, TN 1, TX 5
  • Ranked: TX 5, CA 3, FL 2, KY 2, NC 2, AZ 1, MA 1, MS 1, NV 1, SC 1, TN 1

2019 Dog Bite Related Fatalities

  1. 01/09/19 Dianne Reves, 70, of Grenada MS died from 7 Labrador mixes. Refs: 1 2 3
    Incident: Victim was found dead in her backyard, attacked by dogs from a neighbor two houses away.
    Dog(s): Seven mixed-breed dogs, weighing about 80 pounds each, were seized through a warrant from Grenada County Justice Court and taken into custody. They were tested by a veterinarian and later euthanized.
    Owner(s): The dogs belonged to a neighbor living two houses down.

  2. 01/16/19 Lana Bergman, 70, of Joshua Tree CA died from 4 Pit bulls. Refs: 1 2 3 4 5 6
    Incident: Victim attacked in her yard by 4 pit bulls owned by visitors who wouldn't leave her property with their converted school bus, 4 children and 4 pit bulls.
    Dog(s): All 4 dogs were impounded.
    Owner(s): Stephanie Johnston and her husband Daniel Nelson.

  3. 01/21/19 Edward Stanley, 85, of Amarillo TX died from 2 dogs (1 Pit bull mix + 1 Shepherd mix). Refs: 1 2 3
    Incident: Victim attacked in his driveway by two loose dogs. Aided by neighbor, he died two weeks later.
    Dog(s): Dogs were seized. Shelter officials are reviewing the case for a dangerous dog declaration.
    Owner(s):

  4. 01/24/19 Patricia Henson, 8 months, of Tucson AZ died from 1 German Shepherd. Refs: 1 2 3 4
    Incident: Victim found dead next to drunk/passed-out mother.
    Dog(s): Confiscated. Stomach contents examined.
    Owner(s): The mother, Breanna Henson, 30, was arrested at the scene and charged with one count of child abuse.

  5. 02/08/19 Elaine Richman, 66, of Houston TX died from 2 Doberman Pinchers. Refs: 1 2 3
    Incident: Victim found dead in her backyard with multiple dog bite wounds, and her two trained show dogs were inside the house.
    Dog(s): The two dogs were confiscated and are being held at BARC.
    Owner(s): Victim.

  6. 02/08/19 Ashton McGhee, 1, of Guthrie KY died from 1 Pit bull mix. Refs: 1 2 3
    Incident: Victim was playing with ball on floor when dog entered house and attacked boy.
    Dog(s): Dog was impounded and euthanized.
    Owner(s): Victim's grandmother.

  7. 02/09/19 Angela Johnson, 54, of Anza CA died from 3 Pit bulls. Refs: 1 2 3 4
    Incident: Victim was hanging laundry in her backyard, and was attacked by 3 of her neighbor's dogs on December 15, 2018. She died two months later, never having regained consciousness.
    Dog(s): Dogs were confiscated, and euthanized on January 7, 2019.
    Owner(s): Neighbor Jesse Leon Miranda, 61, was arrested on an outstanding felony warrant.

  8. 02/18/19 Brenda Hamilton, 77, of Beaufort Co NC died from ? Unknown. Refs: 1 2
    Incident: Victim attacked while out walking in her neighborhood.
    Dog(s): Waiting on DNA testing to identify animals that killed victim.
    Owner(s): Unknown.

  9. 02/21/19 Nancy Cherryl Burgess-Dismuke, 52, of Greenville SC died from 2 Boxer mixes. Refs: 1 2
    Incident: Victim was playing rough with her dogs when they stopped "playing" and attacked instead. The dogs ripped off one of her arms and almost through the second. The witnesses said the victim called her dogs pit bulls and escaped by throwing herself over a fence.
    Dog(s): Dogs seized. Neice says one of the dogs was aggressive and bit her aunt 5 times in the past, but victim would not get rid of the dog.
    Owner(s): Victim.

  10. 02/26/19 Bessie Jill Peterson, 88, of Pall Mall TN died from 6 Mixed breed. Refs: 1 2 3 4 5
    Incident: Victim attacked by neighbor's dogs, ripped naked, and scalped. Her sister witnessed the attack but was powerless to intervene.
    Dog(s): Over the years, prior incidents by these dogs had been reported to authorities.
    Owner(s): Neighbor. District Attorney Bryant Dunaway said the dog's owner could face homicide charges.

  11. 02/27/19 Johnnie Mae Garner, 88, of Lubbock TX died from 6 Pit bull mixes. Refs: 1 2 3
    Incident: Victim attacked in her backyard by neighbor's dogs.
    Dog(s): Euthanized and sent for rabies testing. Dogs's owner, White, had tried to surrender the dogs to the county shelter because he could no longer keep them secure, but was told the earliest appointment was March 1st. The dogs had previously attacked another man and killed his dog.
    Owner(s): Courtney White, 47, was owner of the 6 pit bulls. March 8, he was charged with a second-degree felony count of 'attack by dog'.

  12. 03/05/19 Jacari Long, 6 months, of Salisbury NC died from 1 Boxer-Pit bull mix. Refs: 1 2
    Incident: Babysitter put baby down in living room to go arrange her car for transport. Mother screams, sitter goes back inside, dog mauling baby.
    Dog(s): Being held by Rowan County Animal Control. Shelter officials confirmed the dog has shown aggression toward people while being at the facility. The male dog is 4-years old. Euthanized.
    Owner(s):

  13. 03/08/19 Tanner Jayce Kinnamon, 2, of High Springs FL died from 2 dogs (1 Pit bull + 1 lab-mix). Refs: 1 2 3 4
    Incident: Grandmother and child went to another family house to let out the dogs. Child wandered outside while two of the dogs were out. Grandmother found dogs attacking. Tried to beat dogs with shovel.
    Dog(s): The two attacking dogs (out of 6 pit bulls in the house under 'crate and rotate' schedules) were surrendered and will be euthanized.
    Owner(s): Relative of victim.

  14. 03/13/19 Jimmy Lee Grigg, 53, of Santa Fe TX died from 3 Pit bull-mastiff mixes. Refs: 1 2 3 4 5
    Incident: Mauled by his relative's dogs right outside his own home. Victim's brother called 911.
    Dog(s): Seized. A neighbor said she reported what sounded like dog fights multiple times in the past.
    Owner(s): Relative of victim.

  15. 03/22/19 Jaysiah Chavez, 1, of Fresno CA died from 2 Rottweilers. Refs: 1 2 3 4
    Incident: Baby wandered outside and loose dogs got him. Victim's grandfather stopped the attack.
    Dog(s): Surrendered for euthanasia. The dogs had escaped by digging under their fence. Another neighbor said she reported the dogs multiple times for digging their way out.
    Owner(s): Neighbor.

  16. 03/23/19 Johana Villafane, 33, of Irving TX died from 2 Pit bulls. Refs: 1 2 3 4
    Incident: Was walking her own dogs behind vet office during their quarantine for a previous bite incident.
    Dog(s): Dogs were both shot and killed by police. The dogs had previously bitten someone and were in quarantine at a vets office because the county quarantine was full.
    Owner(s): Victim.

  17. 04/27/19 Kyna Marie Pamela DeShane, 15 months, of Henderson NV died from 1 Rottweiler. Refs: 1 2 3 4
    Incident: The victim was attacked by a dog belonging to a family friend and later died at the hospital.
    Dog(s): 4 year old Rottweiler was euthanized at the owner's request.
    Owner(s): Friend of the victim's family.

  18. 05/02/19 Isaiah Geiling, 2, of Louisville KY died from 1 Pit bull. Refs: 1 2 3 4 5 6
    Incident: Victim was attacked by the family dog inside the home. An adult ran out to get help and two neighbors responded. They scared the dog away with sticks and blocked it in the hallway.
    Dog(s): The dog, named King, was seized and quarantined. The victim's grandmother said it had bitten the victim a few weeks previously, ripping his ear but the owner said it had never bitten anyone before. Neighbors say the dog had gotten loose several times before, showed aggression, and was difficult for its owner to capture and get under control. The shelter said the dog is undergoing behavioral tests.
    Owner(s): Roommate of the victim's stepfather.

  19. 05/09/19 Christine Liquori, 52, of Fort Pierce FL died from 1 Pit bull mix. Refs: 1 2 3 4 5 6
    Incident: Volunteer at the shelter was found dead in the exercise yard with a dog. She died of blood loss from a dog mauling.
    Dog(s): The dog is scheduled to be euthanized 5/10/2019.
    Owner(s): Humane Society of St. Lucie County

  20. 05/09/19 Ryan Hazel, 14, of Dighton MA died from 4 dogs (3 Dutch Shepherds + 1 Belgian Malinois). Refs: 1 2 3 4 5 6
    Incident: The boy was at the property of dog trainer Scott Dunmore to take care of his dogs while he was out of town.The boy didn't return home within a reasonable time, so his grandmother called a neighbor, who found the boy mortally wounded and four dogs loose in the area.
    Dog(s): All four dogs were seized, along with seven other dogs (which were caged at the time).
    Owner(s): Scott Dunmore, 49, was out of town at the time.

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