2015 Deadly Dog Attacks in the USA

Fast Stats for 2015

Number of people killed: 36

Fatalities by age category:

  • Chronological: Baby 5, Child 9, Adult 4, Middle age 4, Elderly 14

  • Ranked: Elderly 14, Child 9, Baby 5, Adult 4, Middle age 4

Fatalities by breed (number of dogs involved):

  • Alphabetical: Am Bulldog 2, Boxer 4, Husky 1, Pit bull 50, Rhodesian 1, Rottweiler 4, Shepherd 1, Retriever 1, Unknown 12+

  • Ranked: Pit bull 50, Unknown 12+, Boxer 4, Rottweiler 4, Am Bulldog 2, Husky 1, Rhodesian 1, Shepherd 1, Retriever 1

Fatalities by state:

  • Alphabetical: AL 1, AR 2, CA 2, FL 3, GA 1, IA 1, IL 1, MD 1, MI 2, MO 1, NC 2, NV 1, NY 3, OH 1, OK 3, PA 1, SC 1, SD 1, TN 1, TX 5, WV 2

  • Ranked: TX 5, FL 3, NY 3, OK 3, AR 2, CA 2, MI 2, NC 2, WV 2, AL 1, GA 1, IA 1, IL 1, MD 1, MO 1, NV 1, OH 1, PA 1, SC 1, SD 1, TN 1

2015 Dog Bite Related Fatalities

  1. 01/07/15 Eugene Smith, 87, of Frederick MD died from 1 Pit bull.

    Incident: Victim was attacked by the family pit bull while taking down his Christmas tree. The dog was still viciously attacking him when law enforcement and animal control arrived. Victim was transported to hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

    Sources: 1 2 3 4 5 6

  2. 01/19/15 Declan Moss, 1.5, of Brooksville FL died from 2 Pit bulls.

    Incident: The victim was playing on his family's porch when the family's two dogs attacked. The grandfather tried, but was unable to pull the dogs off the boy, or each other. Victim was dead by the time the ambulance arrived.

    Sources: 1 2 3 4 5 6

  3. 01/22/15 Malaki Mildward, 7, of College Springs IA died from 2 Pit bull mixes.

    Incident: The boy was attacked in his own yard by two of the family's young dogs he'd known since they were born. His stepfather was inside the house, unawares, and his mother and others were away. When the mother and others returned, they discovered the attack.

    Sources: 1 2 3 4 5 6

  4. 02/04/15 Fredrick Crutchfield, 63, of Coal Hill AR died from 3 Undisclosed.

    Incident: Found dead by a family member in the woods near his home. Died of exsanguination from dog bites. The victim knew the dogs. The police did not release the number of dogs, their breed, or the owner's name.

    Sources: 1 2 3 4

  5. 02/22/15 TayLynn DeVaughn, 2, of West Mifflin PA died from 1 Pit bull mix.

    Incident: At her aunt's house, victim was attacked and killed by a family dog. She died from injuries to the head and neck. The father said "I came out of the kitchen and the dog dropped the baby. His name was Jake and my baby was gone."

    Sources: 1 2 3 4

  6. 03/08/15 Roy Higgenbotham Jr., 63, of Ohio County WV died from 1 Pit bull.

    Incident: Victim was killed while trying to revive his roommate, the dog's owner, from a heart attack by slapping his face. Police arrived during the attack and a woman who witnessed the attack was found hiding from the dog on the roof. The dog was not registered with the city, despite ordinance requiring all pit bulls in the city be registered. Both men were pronounced dead at a local hospital. Victim died from a severed radial artery.

    Sources: 1 2 3 4 5 6

  7. 03/12/15 Betty Wood, 78, of Sulphur Springs TX died from 1 Rottweiler.

    Incident: Found dead in her home where she lived alone, by her daughter, investigators concluded she had been killed by her dog.

    Sources: 1 2 3 4

  8. 03/14/15 Julia Charging Whirlwind, 49, of Rosebud Indian Reservation SD died from 3 reservation dogs.

    Incident: The woman was attacked early in the morning near her property while she was out walking. The sheriff arrived and found two people trying to fight off the dog. The victim had 5 children and had spoken with her friend before about the problem dogs.
    Further: Tribal council members rounded up a few dozen dogs and put them down (including the third attacking dog). There had been a serious aggressive dog problem in the area. They also discussed short and long term strategies to improve animal control on the reservation.

    Sources: 1 2 3 4 5 6

  9. 03/21/15 De'Trick Johnson, 38, of Jefferson County AR died from 8 Pit bulls.

    Incident: Victim arrived at an auto shop for a car repair appointment. When he exited his vehicle, seven dogs escaped under the shop gate and attacked him. He ran and got on the roof of his car, but the dogs also got onto the car.

    Sources: 1 2 3 4 5 6

  10. 03/31/15 Neta Lee Adams, 81, of Washington GA died from Unknown Unknown.

    Incident: The woman's body was found in a ditch and autopsy determined she had died from a dog attack. According to the sheriff, there was evidence of a struggle on the ground, with broken yard furniture and scratches, blood, and clothing on the ground."
    Further: After this mauling death, the sheriff's department and local authorities aggressively responded to all dog calls, hoping to locate the attackers.

    Sources: 1 2 3 4 5 6

  11. 04/14/15 Kenneth Ford, 79, of Pahrump NV died from 3 Pit bulls.

    Incident: The victim went to his neighbor's two-home property to feed his cats when a tenant's three dogs jumped the six foot fence and attacked him. Two men ran to help the screaming victim and the dogs attacked them. The men were able to drag the victim next door and close the gate, but the pit bulls found a hole in the fence and resumed the attack. The dogs had chewed off the victim's left hand and his face, leaving an eye hanging out. One of the men got a gun and shot two of the three pit bulls, but the dogs continued attacking, undeterred, until police and EMS arrived, at which point the dogs fled. Authorities arrested the dogs' owner immediately. The victim was airlifted to a hospital in critical condition and died a month later. Both assisting men were seriously injured; one spent 23 days in hospital.

    Sources: 1 2 3 4 5 6

  12. 04/19/15 Brayden Lamar Wilson, 10 weeks, of Dallas TX died from 1 Pit bull.

    Incident: Victim was killed by his family's dog. The child was sitting in a bouncing seat while the father stepped outside to turn on the sprinklers. When he returned, the dog was attacking in the infant. As the father tried to get the dog off the child, the mother walked in on the scene and was bitten as she tried to intervene. The father dragged the dog outside and shot the dog twice, killing it.

    Sources: 1 2 3 4 5 6

  13. 05/02/15 Gaege Anthony Ramirez, 7, of Canyon Lake TX died from 5 Unspecified.

    Incident: The victim and his mother had just arrived at a home to visit friends, when victim went into the backyard. A short time later, his mother found him with severe lacerations. Victim was airlifted to hospital where he died of his injuries.

    Sources: 1 2 3

  14. 05/24/15 Anthony Wind, 26, of Rochester NY died from 1 Rottweiler.

    Incident: Victim was mauled to death by his girlfriend's dog which allegedly assisted the victim when he had epileptic seizures. The dog, however, had previously attacked the victim four times, injuring both ears. Three of those incidents were reported.

    Sources: 1 2 3 4

  15. 05/25/15 James Nevils III, 5, of Chicago IL died from 1 Pit bull.

    Incident: Victim was killed by a dog during a visit to his cousin's home. The cousin was not at home at the time of the attack. The dog latched onto the victim's throat and the victim's mother dragged the dog and child outside to get help. Several witnesses intervened and beat the dog with sticks and bricks and also stabbed it, trying to get the dog to let go of the boy. Once the dog let go, they beat the dog to death.

    Sources: 1 2 3 4 5 6

  16. 06/28/15 Jordan Collins-Tyson, 3, of Lawton OK died from 1 Pit bull.

    Incident: Victim was at his great-grandmother's house and was playing in the back yard where there were two dogs. The babysitter was watching him through the window. One moment he was fine, the next he was on the ground. The dog had fatally bitten the little boy's throat. The child had been around the dog before without any problems.

    Sources: 1 2 3 4 5 6

  17. 07/02/15 Norberto Legarda, 83, of Pecos TX died from 3 Pit bulls.

    Incident: Victim was killed by three dogs belonging to his daughter's next door neighbor while feeding his daughter's Labrador Retriever. The neighbor's dogs somehow entered into the backyard and began attacking victim and the labrador. When police arrived, the dogs were still attacking the labrador and a man was lying in the backyard. Police pepper sprayed and tasered the pit bulls to reach the injured man. Victim was pronounced dead.

    Sources: 1 2 3 4 5

  18. 07/07/15 Joshua Strother, 6, of Hendersonville NC died from 1 Pit bull.

    Incident: Victim was attacked when he climbed the fence to enter his neighbor's yard. He had been climbing over the fence to visit the dog since its arrival, as well to play with his neighbor's young daughter. At the time of the attack, Joshua was home with his mother who was 8-months pregnant. "I went to the bathroom and my boy is dead," she told 911 dispatchers.
    Further: After the boy's death, Buncombe County officials ordered a moratorium on pit bull "transfers" from the county to AHS and all adoption agencies while they reviewed AHS's temperament test procedures and transfer process. The moratorium was lifted a week later citing that AHS was doing the "industry standard, best practice model for an open admission shelter."

    Sources: 1 2 3 4 5 6

  19. 07/12/15 Annie Williams, 71, of Shaker Heights OH died from 1 Pit bull.

    Incident: Victim was attacked and killed by a dog as she exited her parked car to pick up her great granddaughters. The dog was sitting on the front stoop of its home. One neighbor who ran to her aid shot the dog causing it to flee into the backyard. Another neighbor, who witnessed the attack from her window, said the horrific onslaught lasted 10-minutes. The victim was rushed to hospital where she died from bite wounds and crushing injuries to her neck, throat and body.
    Further: Family members hope to make legislative changes in pit bull ownership. "We're all going to be very proactive in making sure that what happened to our grandmother does not continue to happen to other people," Tequila said. "What does it take for legislation, for representatives, for the law to see that this is an animal that no matter how kind you are to it, it cannot be controlled?" Williams was the 5th person killed by a pit bull in Ohio in the three years since the state dropped its pit bull law in 2012.

    Sources: 1 2 3 4 5 6

  20. 07/24/15 Carolyn Lamp, 67, of Redbird OK died from 4 dogs (3 Pit bulls + 1 Rottweiler).

    Incident: The victim was killed by up to four dogs. Witnesses said she was walking down South Main Street in the small town of Redbird when the animals attacked. One man chased the dogs away, but it was too late. The dogs attacked the woman's face and ripped off all of her clothing. Witnesses said she was left unrecognizable. She died on scene.

    Sources: 1 2 3 4 5 6

  21. 08/22/15 Porsche Cartee, 25, of Spartanburg SC died from 1 Pit bull.

    Incident: Victim was killed by her own dog when she tried to rescue her mother who was first attacked. The dog also attacked victim's sister. The mother was hospitalized with serious injuries; the sister was treated on scene. Animal control director desribed the scene as horrific.

    Sources: 1 2 3 4 5 6

  22. 08/24/15 Cathy H. Wheatcraft, 48, of Davie County, NC died from 1 Pit bull.

    Incident: Victim was killed by her neighbor's pit bull when she went to her mailbox. A neighbor (who also owns three pit bulls) came to her aid, but the dog attacked her, too. The neighbor tried to jump into a car for protection, but the dog latched onto her arm and began dragging her out. When police arrived, the dog was actively attacking the neighbor, and the victim was dead. An officer dispatched the pit bull by firing three bullets into it.

    Sources: 1 2 3 4 5 6

  23. 09/04/15 Barbara McCormick, 65, of Autauga County AL died from 3 dogs (1 Pit bull mix + 1 Shepherd mix + 1 Retriever mix).

    Incident: Victim was mauled to death by her pet dogs. When she was found, two dogs were off of their leashes, and one was tied up. It was speculated that the dogs may have gotten into a fight during feeding, and she may have tried to break up the fight. Autopsy confirmed victim died due to the dog attack.

    Sources: 1 2 3 4 5 6

  24. 09/08/15 Emilio Rios, 65, of North Shore CA died from 2 Pit bulls.

    Incident: Victim was outside watering plants when he was attacked by the dogs. The dogs also attacked a woman trying to aid him, leaving her in hospital with major injuries. The dogs fled when police drove directly towards the woman with lights and sirens on, and were later captured at a nearby residence.

    Sources: 1 2 3 4 5 6

  25. 09/22/15 Carmen Reigada, 91, of Miami-Dade County FL died from 3 dogs (1 American Bulldog mix + 1 Rhodesian Ridgeback mix + 1 Lab-Shepherd mix).

    Incident: The woman was found in her home in a pool of blood, missing the skin off of her scalp and most of her face, with bites on her head, neck, arms and legs. A forensic dentist matched the mouths of all three of the household dogs to the bite marks. The autopsy report said victim died of dog bites to the head, neck and extremities; that the victim had a defleshed face and scalp; and that the victim suffered multiple rib fractures, lacerations to her liver and lungs, and contusions to her liver, lungs and heart.

    Sources: 1 2 3 4 5 6

  26. 09/28/15 Lamarkus Hicks, 2, of Baker Heights WV died from 1 Pit bull mix.

    Incident: Victim was attacked and killed by a chained dog after wandering into his neighbor's unfenced backyard. He had been playing with several other children inside and outside a cluster of nearby homes when the 2-year old slipped away. He was discovered badly injured by the dog's owner.Victim was attacked and killed by a chained dog after wandering into his neighbor's unfenced backyard. He had been playing with several other children inside and outside a cluster of nearby homes when the 2-year old slipped away. He was discovered badly injured by the dog's owner.

    Sources: 1 2 3 4 5 6

  27. 10/18/15 Edgar Brown, 60, of Oklahoma City OK died from 5 Pit bulls.

    Incident: Victim was attacked by five dogs when he went to a friend's rental home to take out the trash. The pit bulls jumped their fence and charged him. He tried to hold a gate closed, blocking the dogs, but the dogs found a hole in the fence and resumed their attack. While hospitalized, victim's condition deteriorated. In addition to suffering a heart attack, doctors were forced to amputate both of his legs and part of one arm due to infection. He died twelve days after the attack.
    Further: The victim's estate won a $15M civil case against the dogs' owner.

    Sources: 1 2 3 4 5

  28. 10/18/15 Amiyah Dunston, 9, of Elmont NY died from 1 Pit bull.

    Incident: Victim was attacked while playing with two other girls in the backyard of her biological father's home. When police arrived, the pit bull was still engaged in its assault - the dog latched onto her neck and head, and fiercely shook her. Victim died at hospital with bite wounds all over her body.

    Sources: 1 2 3 4 5 6

  29. 10/18/15 Tanner Smith, 5, of Vidor TX died from 2 Pit bulls.

    Incident: Victim and his mother were visiting a friend's home. Tanner was jumping on a trampoline in the fenced-in yard when one of the pit bulls ran into the home covered in blood. Victim's mother rushed outside and found her son critically injured. The dogs attacked his face and neck, severing his carotid artery. Ashley believed the dogs' owner was with her son while playing outside, but he was not present during the attack.

    Sources: 1 2 3 4 5 6

  30. 11/12/15 Anthony Riggs, 57, of Madison County TN died from 1 Rottweiler.

    Incident: Victim was attacked and killed by a dog he had adopted just a few hours earlier from his local shelter. After leaving the shelter, he took the dog to show it to his son. About 3-hours later, His wife called him. With no answer, she arrived home with a co-worker and found her husband dead on the floor. The dog then attacked the wife and her co-worker, biting them both.

    Sources: 1 2 3 4 5 6

  31. 11/15/15 Carter Hartle, 11 months, of Oneida County NY died from 1 Pit bull-Sharpei mix.

    Incident: Victim was was killed by the family pit bull while he and his three sisters, ages 7, 10 and 12, were playing with the dog in the living room. The mother had turned her back momentarily then heard screams from her children. When she saw the dog attacking her baby, she tried to get it to release its jaws, then called 911. The baby was rushed to hospital where he died due to facial and neck injuries.

    Sources: 1 2 3 4 5 6

  32. 12/02/15 Xavier Strickland, 4, of Detroit MI died from 4 Pit bulls.

    Incident: Victim was killed by four pit bulls as he walked down a residential sidewalk with his mother when multiple pit bulls escaped under their owner's gate, snatched the boy from his mother's arms, dragged him across the street then yanked him back under the gate and disemboweled him. His mother witnessed his brutal murder and was also severely injured by one of the dogs while trying to save her son.
    Further: The boy's parents filed two lawsuits against the dogs' owner and the property owner. The newspapers published editorials asking the city to once again examine Detroit's enduring pit bull problem.

    Sources: 1 2 3 4 5 6

  33. 12/03/15 Rebecca Hardy, 22, of Port Huron MI died from 2 dogs (1 Pit bull + 1 Husky).

    Incident: The medical examiner ruled the death a suicide. A witness said he saw the victim put one leg over the decrepit fence of a neighbor's property, and while still on the fence the pit bull grabbed her leg, pulled her over, and began attacking her. Then a white husky in the yard also started attacking the victim. The owner came out and beat the pit bull with a 2-by-4, ending the attack. An investigation revealed that the victim knew the dogs were dangerous.

    Sources: 1 2 3 4 5 6

  34. 12/04/15 Werner Vogt, 85, of Rogersville MO died from 4 Boxers.

    Incident: Victim was out riding his bicycle and was later found critically injured and barely conscious on the side of the road. Authorities had thought he was attacked by a large wild animal. Hospitalized, and after emerging from unconsciousness after multiple surgeries, he told authorities he was attacked by a pack of dogs. He died several weeks later from his injuries.
    Further: In August 2017, the Brinks agreed to a $300,000 settlement after the victim's son filed a wrongful-death civil lawsuit.

    Sources: 1 2 3 4 5 6

  35. 12/16/15 Maria Torres, 57, of Gridley CA died from 2 Pit bulls.

    Incident: Deputies found victim's body when they arrived for a welfare check because she didn't report to work that day. She had been mauled by her two pet dogs, presumably while trying to break up a fight between them. Both dogs had injuries consistent with a recent dog fight

    Sources: 1 2 3 4 5 6

  36. 12/20/15 Nyjah Espinosa, 23 months, of Miami FL died from 1 American Bulldog mix.

    Incident: The girl was visiting her father at his home when his 95 pound dog attacked her in the hallway. The girl's grandmother called the dog a pit bull on social media, but Animal Services said it was an American Bulldog mix. Miami-Dade County prohibits pit bulls.

    Sources: 1 2 3 4

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