Deadly Dog Attacks


2014 Deadly Dog Attacks in the USA

Fast Stats for 2014

Number of people killed: 43

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2014 Dog Bite Related Fatalities

  1. 01/05/14 Christina Bell, 43, of Houston TX died from 2 Pit bulls. Refs: 1 2 3 4 5 6
    Incident: Killed by loose dogs in an attack in which two other people were also injured, one seriously. Animal Control caught one of the dogs, while the owner fled with the second dog, a pit bull mix. Later the owner surrendered the second dog plus a third dog not believed to be part of the killing. The owners of the dogs were cited for keeping the animals in deplorable conditions, not licensing or vaccinating them, and allowing them to run at large. Timothy Dewayne Coleman, 33, and Tiara Deshawn Thomas, 26, who owned at least one of the attacking pit bulls, are being charged under the state felony dog attack law.

  2. 01/06/14 Betty Clark, 74, of New Braunfels TX died from 2 Pit bulls. Refs: 1 2 3 4 5 6
    Incident: Elderly widow was walking alone when the neighbor's dogs badly mauled her. She was saved by another neighbor and her boyfriend, who used a gun to scare off the dogs, but not before receiving wounds that caused her death in the hospital 16 days later. After the attack, the dogs were euthanized and their owners were arrested for allowing a dog attack that resulted in a death. The attack was first reported in the news media 4 months after the incident in an article about an unrelated attack. The dog's owners were indicted and arrested in 2014 for "Attack by dog resulting in death". Five years later, their cases are still ongoing with a jury trial scheduled May 6, 2019. (State of Texas vs. Rachelle Kay Lucas CR2014-315 and State of Texas vs. Peter Scott Lucas CR2014-316)

  3. 01/17/14 Kara Hartrich, 4, of Bloomington IL died from 3 Pit bulls. Refs: 1 2 3 4 5 6
    Incident: Died from blood loss following injuries sustained to head and neck after being attacked by the dogs while her grandmother was babysitting Kara and her 2-year-old sister. When the grandmother attempted to intervene, the dogs turned on her and she then focused on protecting the 2-year-old child and was unable to stop the attack on Kara. Emergency personnel were called and Kara was taken to a hospital but died from her injuries. The dogs were surrendered to McLean County Animal Control where they were euthanized after a 10-day observation period. No charges were filed against the owners.

  4. 01/26/14 Annabell Martin, 89, of Corona CA died from 3 Rottweilers. Refs: 1 2 3
    Incident: The dogs belonged to the woman's grandson. He told police they had no history of aggressive behavior. Arriving police officers shot one rottweiler to death after the dogs lunged at them; the other two dogs were confiscated and euthanized.

  5. 02/07/14 Klonda Richey, 57, of Dayton OH died from 2 Cane Corsos. Refs: 1 2 3 4 5 6
    Incident: The woman was attacked in the driveway of her home in the early morning hours by two mastiffs that belonged to a neighbor. The dogs were shot and killed when they attacked police officers who responded to the call. The couple who owned the dogs were each found guilty of two misdemeanor counts of failure to control dogs. Andrew Nason, 30, was sentenced to 150 days in jail, 500 hours of community service, a $500 fine and court costs. Julie Custer, 27, was sentenced to 90 days in jail, 480 hours of community service, a $200 fine and court costs. A wrongful death suit was filed against the county dog warden and his agency. The victim had made 36 calls to authorities about the dogs over the prior two years before her death (in addition to 20 other anonymous calls), built a fence and installed security cameras. Richey's death sparked several attempts (still ongoing) to change the vicious dog laws in Ohio.

  6. 02/17/14 Je'vaeh Mayes, 2, of Temple TX died from 1 Pit bull. Refs: 1 2 3 4 5 6
    Incident: The girl's family was watching a friend's female dog and its two puppies. They were being kept in the back yard. The 2-year-old girl went out into the yard alone without her parent's knowledge and was attacked by the mother of the two puppies. The dog was chained in the backyard at the time, was later euthanized, and no criminal charges were to be filed.

  7. 02/24/14 Braelynn Rayne Coulter, 3, of High Point NC died from 1 Pit bull. Refs: 1 2 3 4 5 6
    Incident: Was playing in her yard when her family's dog suddenly attacked. Her mother tried to stop it, but the dog attacked her as well. The family said the dog had never been aggressive, but neighbors said it had escaped and attacked a dog. Both mother and daughter were taken to the hospital, where Braelynn died. The dog was taken by authorities and scheduled to be euthanized after police finished their investigation.

  8. 02/26/14 Summer Sears, 4, of Tallassee AL died from 1 Shepherd mix. Refs: 1 2 3 4 5 6
    Incident: Killed by a loose dog belonging to a neighbor while playing behind the trailer her grandfather rented. The dog was seized.

  9. 02/28/14 Kenneth Santilla, 13, of Paterson NY died from 1 Bullmastiff. Refs: 1 2 3 4 5 6
    Incident: A 115-pound bull mastiff escaped from a neighboring property and attacked two 13-year-old boys in the street, killing one and severely injuring the other. The owner stabbed the dog several times, getting bitten in the mele, and the dog was put down by animal control. Later, the dog owner "lawyered up" and refused to talk to investigating police.

  10. 03/01/14 Raymane Robinson Jr., 2, of Killeen TX died from 1 Bullmastiff. Refs: 1 2 3 4 5 6
    Incident: Walking home from the playground with an 8-year-old girl, when the dog escaped from his owner's garage and attacked the girl. A teenage boy saved the girl, but then the dog immediately attacked Raymane and dragged him off. Someone shot at the dog, frightening it into dropping the boy and running back into the garage. Police and EMTs arrived and took them both to the hospital, where doctors saved the girl but the boy died of penetrating and blunt injuries. The parents hope their son's death encourages officials to change state law regarding vicious dog attacks and have launched a dog violence prevention website at

  11. 03/14/14 Nancy Newberry, 77, of Phoenix AZ died from 1 Pit bull. Refs: 1 2 3 4
    Incident: Victim was feeding 4-year old Titan, one of the family's three dogs, when he bit her in the abdomen. The dog had a history of aggression and biting people, and was euthanized per family request.

  12. 03/25/14 Mia DeRouen, 4, of Houma LA died from 1 Pit bull. Refs: 1 2 3 4 5 6
    Incident: Family's pet pit bull attacked while she was watching television with her mother. The mother, also injured, had to barricade herself and the injured child in a bedroom and had the child to EMTs through the window. Responding officers shot the pit bull three times through a window and then again when they entered the apartment. The dog, Niko, was of an unusually large size, weighing in at 130 lbs. The victim's family, including the mother and her boyfriend (who owned the dog) has refused cooperation with authorities into further investigation. Another dog, a 6-month-old female, was removed from the scene.

  13. 03/31/14 Christopher Malone, 3, of Thornton MS died from 2 Pit bulls. Refs: 1 2 3 4 5 6
    Incident: Christopher Malone's mother found the boy's body behind the family's home. The dogs, owned by family members, had escaped their chain link pen. Sheriff March voiced his support for a countywide ban on pit bulls after the boy's death which heated up after a 4 year old child was mauled by family pit bulls just ten days later.

  14. 04/01/14 Dorothy Hamilton, 85, of Kaufman TX died from 2 Pit bulls. Refs: 1 2 3 4 5 6
    Incident: A woman was found dead at her home by her son. When police arrived, there were two large very aggressive pit bulls loose which should have been locked inside a bedroom. It looked as though they broke down the door in order to attack the woman. Authorities seized the two offending pit bulls and another 6 pit bulls that were being kept in substandard pens outside. All were considered aggressive and they were slated for euthanasia.

  15. 04/06/14 John Harvard, 5, of Riverside AL died from 1 Pit bull. Refs: 1 2 3 4 5 6
    Incident: Playing outside his home when the 80-100# neighbor's dog attacked. His 9-year-old brother saw the attack and jumped in with his bicycle, but couldn't get the dog off him, so he ran in the house and got his father, who shot at the animal several times, breaking off the attack and fleeing. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. The dog was seized and euthanized. A grand jury indicted the owner of a pit bull, Johnny Ray Kay Sr., 57, on a misdemeanor charge of criminally negligent homicide.

  16. 04/11/14 Petra Aguirre, 83, of San Antonio TX died from 3 Pit bull mixes. Refs: 1 2 3 4 5 6
    Incident: Victim was feeding cats in her own backyard when the neighbor's dogs crawled under a fence and attacked her. She died two weeks later. One dog, Skirtgles, who had previously bitten a child, was euthanized and the other two dogs returned. The dog's owner, Perla Rojas-Ibarra, 34, was sentenced to five years in prison.

  17. 04/28/14 Jessica Norman, 33, of Sebring FL died from 3 Pit bulls. Refs: 1 2 3 4 5 6
    Incident: Victim was found dead of methamphetamine intoxication and canine bites. Investigators concluded that three pit bulls, owned by Lisa Hodge and her recently deceased husband Floyd Gene Hodge, were responsible. The dogs were highly aggressive and neighbors had reported that the dogs were vicious including jumping into their yards and lunging into windows at people inside their houses. The dogs were euthanized.

  18. 05/03/14 Katie Morrison, 20, of Smiths Station AL died from 3 Pit bull mixes. Refs: 1 2 3 4 5 6
    Incident: Victim had gone to her friends yard in preparation for dog-sitting. They'd been with the dogs for about three hours and were playing fetch when the victim bent down to pick up a ball and was attacked. She suffered extensive bite wounds over her body and a severe head injury (she was entirely scalped) and died about a week later. The dogs were quarantined, and later Steve Klemetti and his wife Victoria Klemetti surrendered the dogs, which were euthanized.

  19. 05/04/14 Nyhiem Wilfong, 18 months, of Caldwell County NC died from 1 Rottweiler. Refs: 1 2 3 4 5
    Incident: Victim was killed by a chained dog his grandfather had acquired just three weeks prior. Ervin Patterson, the boy's grandfather, was sleeping when he heard his 5-year old grandson screaming. He ran outside and found the dog laying on the body of the child.

  20. 05/07/14 Kasii Haith, 4, of Felton DE died from 3 Pit bulls. Refs: 1 2 3 4 5 6
    Incident: The child had gone with his pregnant mother to visit one of the mother's friends and was playing in front of the home with the dogs, with which he had reportedly played with in the past. The mother went inside to go to the bathroom and when she returned the three pit bulls were attacking the child. The mother sustained injuries trying to save her son. Nearby HVAC workers attempted to beat the dogs back with PVC pipes and were unsuccessful. The child was pronounced dead on scene by paramedics, the mother was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries and monitoring of the unborn child. The dogs, a female pit bull and her two one-year-old offspring, had not been vaccinated against rabies and were euthanised.

  21. 05/25/14 Rita Pepe, 93, of Branford CT died from 1 Pit bull mix. Refs: 1 2 3 4 5 6
    Incident: Victim was out walking on April 13 when the dog bolted out of its owner's back door and went straight for the elderly woman. The owner had to beat the dog on the head with a rock and a baseball bat to get it to let go of the victim's leg. The victim died in hospital a month later. The dog had been adopted from the local animal shelter 7 months previously as a 16 month old 60# dog.

  22. 06/09/14 Holden Garrison, 10 weeks, of Davisburg MI died from 1 Catahoula leopard dog. Refs: 1 2 3 4 5
    Incident: When the dog tried to get on the sofa where the baby was on his uncle's lap, the uncle pushed it off. The dog then attacked, biting the baby on the face and neck. Father was injured prying him out of its jaws. EMTs tried to revive the baby and airlifted him to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Prior to the attack, the dog had lived with the family for over two years. It had bitten a person once, but had drawn no blood. The dog was euthanized.

  23. 07/04/14 Derrick Sanders, 45, of Benton County MS died from 3-6 Pit bulls. Refs: 1 2 3 4 5 6
    Incident: Found dead, naked, throat split, and in a horrible state, police originally thought victim was murdered - until two months later when the victim's cousin David Glass was found barely alive, mauled by pit bulls. Eric Hodges, the owner of these same dogs who also killed David Glass two months later, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for two counts of manslaughter. The dogs were let out to roam at night; both were euthanized.

  24. 07/20/14 Logan Sheppard, 4, of Tampa FL died from 2 Pit bulls. Refs: 1 2 3 4 5 6
    Incident: Mauled to death by his uncle's guard dogs after being left unsupervised while his parents left to consume cannabis. The boy's grandmother said that the family knew the dogs were vicious. Neighbors also said that the dogs were known to be vicious. Although early speculations stated that the child may have let the dogs out of their cages to play with, family members later stated that the uncle, Billy Fredericks Sr., had left the dogs free to roam the yard to protect his property.

  25. 07/20/14 Johnathan Quarles Jr., 7 months, of Dayton OH died from 1 Pit bull. Refs: 1 2 3 4 5 6
    Incident: The boy's stepgrandmother picked the boy up from a car seat and then the dog jumped and bit the boy and the woman. The woman tried punching the dog and grabbing its collar but then the dog bit the boy's head. The dog had prior behavioral issues. The dog was seized and euthanized. The stepgrandmother, Kimiko Hardy, 37, was sentenced to three years in prison in June 2016.

  26. 07/23/14 Craig Sytsma, 46, of Metamora Township MI died from 2 Cane Corsos. Refs: 1 2 3 4 5 6
    Incident: The victim was out jogging. A neighbor who witnessed the attack successfully drove off the two 100# dogs after wounding one with a gun. Dogs at the same address had attacked and bitten two other people (in 2012 and 2013) who were walking or jogging in the neighborhood. Sebastiano Quagliata, 46, and his wife, Valbona Lucaj, 45, were sentenced to 57 months to 15 years in prison after pleading no contest to "owning a dangerous animal, causing death", and received prison sentences for a minimum of 57 months to a maximum of 15 years. The couple may also face deportation, as they were under investigation for falsifying citizenship documents at the time of the mauling. At the time of the attack, the couple owned 3 Cane Corso adults and 8 puppies.

  27. 08/04/14 Cindy Whisman, 59, of Madison Township OH died from 1 Pit bull. Refs: 1 2 3 4 5 6
    Incident: Victim was mauled to death by her daughter's pit bull. Was playing with her 2-year-old grandson in the yard when the dog attacked. A neighbor beat the dog off with a walking stick, but she was already dead with multiple wounds to the head, neck, and body. The dog had not shown previous aggression; the child used to climb and put weight on the dog. The dog, Polo, was euthanized. No charges were filed against the owner, Julie Whisman.

  28. 08/07/14 Joel Chirieleison, 6, of Fanning Springs FL died from 2 Pit bulls. Refs: 1 2 3 4 5 6
    Incident: Babysitting aunt, Heather Claar, let the child and the two dogs outside her house and sat to watch TV. She checked on him 10-15 minutes later and saw his body in the driveway. After the attack, the dogs were seized by animal control and euthanized. Four other dogs on the property were also seized - a pit bull, 2 catahoula leopards and a plott hound. The attacking dogs and the boy were familiar with each other.

  29. 08/11/14 Deriah Solem, 22 months, of St. Charles County MO died from 1 Pit bull. Refs: 1 2 3 4 5 6
    Incident: Grandmother had set down the child after feeding her when the 80# 10-year-old family dog attacked. The victim sustained wounds to the head, back, and stomach. Grandmother, who lost several tips of her fingers trying to save the child, ordered the girl's brothers, 5 and 8 years old, to run for their lives. They ran to the next door neighbor who came and stabbed the dog repeatedly to get it to release. The child was pronounced dead at the hospital. Martel the dog had previously shown aggressive behavior and was euthanized. Derek Martin Solem, 32, and Sharon D. Williams, 29, were charged with two felonies each, endangering the welfare of a child and owning a dog that bites a person resulting in death.

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