2019 Deadly Dog Attacks in the USA

Fast-stats: 2019 USA

Number of people killed: 44

  • (As of 11/21/2019) At this rate, we're on track for a record 50 fatalities in the year 2019!

Fatalities by age category:

  • Chronological: Baby 8, Child 8, Adult 8, Middle age 11, Elderly 9

  • Ranked: Middle age 11, Elderly 9, Baby 8, Child 8, Adult 8

Fatalities by breed*:

  • Alphabetical: Belgian Malinois 4, Boxer 4, Coonhound 2, Doberman 1, Dutch Shepherd 1, German Shepherd 1, Labrador 9, Mastiff 7, Pit bull 61, Pointer 1, Rottweiler 6, Great Dane 2, Siberian Husky 1, Unknown 9

  • Ranked: Pit bull 61, Labrador 9, Unknown 9, Mastiff 7, Rottweiler 6, Boxer 4, Belgian Malinois 4, Coonhound 2, Great Dane 2, German Shepherd 1, Dutch Shepherd 1, Doberman 1, Pointer 1, Siberian Husky 1

    * Note: The count represents number of dogs involved, not number of human deaths. Mixed-breed dogs are counted once for each named breed. Non-specific mongrels are counted as 'Unknown'.

Fatalities by state:

  • Alphabetical: AZ 1, CA 9, CT 1, FL 3, GA 2, IA 1, KY 4, MA 1, MI 3, MS 1, NC 2, NV 1, NY 1, OH 1, OK 1, PA 1, SC 1, TN 3, TX 6, VA 1

  • Ranked: CA 9, TX 6, KY 4, FL 3, MI 3, TN 3, GA 2, NC 2, AZ 1, CT 1, IA 1, MA 1, MS 1, NV 1, NY 1, OH 1, OK 1, PA 1, SC 1, VA 1

2019 Dog Bite Related Fatalities

  1. 01/09/2019 Dianne Reves, 70, of Grenada MS USA died from 7 Labrador mixes.
    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.

    Sources: D 1 2

  2. 01/16/2019 Lana Bergman, 70, of Joshua Tree CA USA died from 4 Pit bulls.
    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.

    Sources: D 1 2 3 4 5

  3. 01/21/2019 Edward Stanley, 85, of Amarillo TX USA died from 2 dogs (1 Pit bull mix + 1 Shepherd mix).
    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.

    Sources: D 1 2

  4. 01/24/2019 Patricia Henson, 8 months, of Tucson AZ USA died from 1 German Shepherd.
    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.

    Sources: D 1 2 3

  5. 02/08/2019 Ashton McGhee, 1, of Guthrie KY USA died from 1 Pit bull mix.
    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.

    Sources: D 1 2

  6. 02/08/2019 Elaine Richman, 66, of Houston TX USA died from 2 Doberman Pinchers.
    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.

    Sources: D 1 2

  7. 02/09/2019 Angela Johnson, 54, of Anza CA USA died from 3 Pit bulls.
    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.

    Sources: D 1 2 3

  8. 02/18/2019 Brenda Hamilton, 77, of Beaufort Co NC USA died from ? Unknown.
    Incident: Victim attacked while out walking in her neighborhood. Found in a ditch up to her shoulders in water. Victim died three days later.
    Dog(s): Two dogs were found on scene with trace amounts of blood on their paws and mouth, however investigators were determined to include or rule out participation by coyotes and/or wolves. Subsequent DNA tests on samples taken from the victim proved the animals were at least part dog. (The style of testing only provides for information from the mother of the animal.) Further DNA testing is in progress.
    Owner(s): Unknown.

    Sources: D 1 2 3

  9. 02/21/2019 Nancy Cherryl Burgess-Dismuke, 52, of Greenville SC USA died from 2 Boxer mixes.
    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.

    Sources: D 1

  10. 02/26/2019 Bessie Jill Peterson, 88, of Pall Mall TN USA died from 6 Mixed breed.
    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.

    Sources: D 1 2 3 4

  11. 02/27/2019 Johnnie Mae Garner, 88, of Lubbock TX USA died from 6 Pit bull mixes.
    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'.

    Sources: D 1 2

  12. 03/05/2019 Jacari Long, 6 months, of Salisbury NC USA died from 1 Boxer-Pit bull mix.
    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.

    Sources: D 1

  13. 03/08/2019 Tanner Jayce Kinnamon, 2, of High Springs FL USA died from 2 dogs (1 Pit bull + 1 lab-mix).
    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.

    Sources: D 1 2 3

  14. 03/13/2019 Jimmy Lee Grigg, 53, of Santa Fe TX USA died from 3 Pit bull-mastiff mixes.
    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.

    Sources: D 1 2 3 4

  15. 03/22/2019 Jaysiah Chavez, 1, of Fresno CA USA died from 2 Rottweilers.
    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.

    Sources: D 1 2 3

  16. 03/23/2019 Johana Villafane, 33, of Irving TX USA died from 2 Pit bulls.
    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.

    Sources: D 1 2 3

  17. 04/27/2019 Kyna Marie Pamela DeShane, 15 months, of Henderson NV USA died from 1 Rottweiler.
    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.

    Sources: D 1 2 3

  18. 05/02/2019 Isaiah Geiling, 2, of Louisville KY USA died from 1 Pit bull.
    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): The dog's owners, Jack Charping, Jr., 50, and Sharon Charping, 53, were indicted on second-degree manslaughter charges. Victim's mother, 25-year-old Jennifer Geiling, was charged with reckless homicide.

    Sources: D 1 2 3 4 5

  19. 05/09/2019 Christine Liquori, 52, of Fort Pierce FL USA died from 1 Pit bull mix.
    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): Amos, was found as a stray a month prior and was up for adoption at the shelter. The dog was euthanized.
    Owner(s): Humane Society of St. Lucie County

    Sources: D 1 2 3 4 5

  20. 05/09/2019 Ryan Hazel, 14, of Dighton MA USA died from 5 dogs (1 Dutch Shepherd + 4 Belgian Malinois).
    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): Police seized every dog on the property. Five dogs were euthanized. The rest were returned to the owner.
    Owner(s): Scott Dunmore, 49, was out of town at the time.

    Sources: D 1 2 3 4 5

  21. 05/31/2019 Robert Joseph "Joey" Quick Jr. , 33, of Fort Madison IA USA died from 1 Boxer.
    Incident: Quick died after trying to save his 5 year old daughter from the attacking dog. Quick had bites to his juglar vein and other facial bites as well as suffering a heart attack at the scene. He could not be revived. The second adult male victim and Quick's daughter were both injured, but survived.
    Dog(s): When responders arrived on scene, the dog was attacking a third victim, an adult male. The dog was shot and killed to stop that attack.
    Owner(s): Unknown.

    Sources: D 1 2 3

  22. 06/16/2019 Crystal Lynn Pearigen, 36, of Bakersfield CA USA died from 3 dogs (2 pit bulls, 1 mongrel).
    Incident: A woman was found dead in a Costco parking lot. Area surveillance footage shows she was attacked by three dogs.
    Dog(s): Two dogs were surrendered by a nearby business and a third, a stray, was captured. All three dogs are slated to be euthanized.
    Owner(s): Undisclosed.

    Sources: D 1 2 3 4

  23. 06/27/2019 Name undisclosed, 2, of Newman CA USA died from 1 Pit bull-Mastiff mix.
    Incident: Victim was attacked by the family dog in his backyard.
    Dog(s): The dog was impounded; slated to be euthanized.
    Owner(s): Parents of victim.

    Sources: D 1 2 3 4 5

  24. 06/28/2019 Maria Crawford, 54, of Ventura CA USA died from 2 Pit bull mixes.
    Incident: Victim died of "dog bite wounds of the head, neck and leg". The death was not covered by normal news media outlets but was discovered through Facebook, obituaries, and FOIA disclosures. Three months later one news report was published.
    Dog(s): Two pit bull mixes were "family dogs" and one had bitten victim two other times in the previous six months; one incident on March 19, 2019 severed victim's ear. The larger dog was euthanized; the smaller dog returned.
    Owner(s): Victim's daughter.

    Sources: D 1 2

  25. 06/29/2019 Brian S Butler, 46, of Benton KY USA died from 2 Pit bull.
    Incident: Victim was found in a driveway by a passerby.
    Dog(s): Three dogs were impounded.
    Owner(s): Daniel Kai Alexander, 29, was arrested for tampering with evidence, duty of a person, and finding or possessing a dead body. According to KSP, Alexander had knowledge of Butler's body being on McCoy Lane but never contacted police. Investigators believe he tampered with physical evidence at the scene of Butler's death.

    Sources: D 1 2

  26. 07/04/2019 Melvin Olds Jr., 45, of Highlands County FL USA died from 6 Pit bull mixes.
    Incident: Victim had taken a shortcut through a wooded area. His body was found later that day with more than 100 dog bites.
    Dog(s): Six dogs, all pit bull mixes, were caught in traps or picked up by law enforcement. The bite wounds matched the size of dog. DNA tests are being done to identify if the dogs they've caught were involved.
    Owner(s): Unknown.

    Sources: D 1 2 3 4

  27. 07/09/2019 Ruth Flores, 22 days, of Gainesville GA USA died from 1 Siberian Husky.
    Incident: Family dog attacked baby on the head when she was sleeping.
    Dog(s): The 2 year old dog was seized.
    Owner(s): Victim's parents.

    Sources: D 1 2 3

  28. 07/11/2019 Homer Utterback, 52, of Uniontown PA USA died from 1 Pit bull.
    Incident: Victim had an epileptic seizure and his dog of 10 years attacked him.
    Dog(s): The dog was seized and slated for euthanasia.
    Owner(s): Victim.

    Sources: D 1

  29. 07/18/2019 Mario Moore, 40, of Memphis TN USA died from 7 Undisclosed.
    Incident: Victim was attacked in the street and died a short time later in hospital.
    Dog(s): 12 dogs were picked up or trapped; 4 determined not involved. They will euthanize any which they feel were involved in this death.
    Owner(s): Unknown.

    Sources: D 1 2 3 4

  30. 08/10/2019 Nelson Cabrera , 16, of Irving TX USA died from 3 Pit bulls.
    Incident: Victim had jumped a fence into a yard and was attacked by the resident dogs. Responding police also jumped the fence, got between the dogs and victim, and shot at the dogs. One police officer was bitten.
    Dog(s): All three dogs were seized. One dog had been shot and was later euthanized.
    Owner(s): Guillermo Lorenzo

    Sources: D 1

  31. 08/19/2019 Emma Hernandez, 9, of Detroit MI USA died from 3 Pit bulls.
    Incident: Victim was attacked by three loose dogs while riding her bike in an alley behind her home. Neighbors attempted to stop the attack with bricks and gunfire. The victim was rushed to hospital, but was pronounced dead.
    Dog(s): One dog was shot and killed by a bystander. The other two dogs were seized by animal control.
    Owner(s): Pierre Cleveland, 33, was charged with second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and possessing dangerous animals causing a person's death. The victim's father said he had an argument with the dogs' owner the prior week about his flimsy fence being unable to contain the dogs. The magistrate ordered a $2 million bond with no 10 percent, exceeding the prosecution's request, because the defendant knew his dogs were dangerous, had previously attacked others, and gotten out of their fence.

    Sources: D 1 2 3 4 5

  32. 08/30/2019 Adrieanna O'Shea , 19, of Knox County TN USA died from 5 Mastiff-, Rottweiler- and Pit Bull-mixes.
    Incident: Victim had gone over to her friend's house to pick up her purse she had left behind the night before, when the dogs attacked her. Witnesses say the dogs were tossing the victim into the air and tearing her apart. The victim jumped a small fence trying to get away from the dogs.
    Dog(s): Responding officers shot and killed one of the dogs when it turned on them. The other four dogs were seized and euthanized. The owner said they were: a male mastiff named "Boscoe," a male rottweiler-mix named "Buddy," another mastiff-mix named "Camo," an unaltered female pit bull named "Nila" and a male, neutered mastiff-Labrador mix named "Duke." The dogs were confined only by an electric fence that was not buried, which the deputies explained was not allowed.
    Owner(s): Rodnee Herald, owner of the dogs and victim's landlord, told officers the dogs were just "doing their job", that they had "killed his dog", and "the dogs were family dogs".

    Sources: D 1 2 3 4 5

  33. 09/07/2019 Arlene Renna, 67, of Pleasant Valley NY USA died from 2 Coonhounds.
    Incident: Victim found by her husband when he returned home.
    Dog(s): Two coonhounds were seized by animal control.
    Owner(s): Victim and her husband.

    Sources: D 1 2

  34. 09/20/2019 Baby John Doe, 13 months, of Granite Bay CA USA died from 1 Pit bull.
    Incident: Victim was attacked in the living room of their home by the family's 9 year old pit bull.

    Sources: D 1 2 3 4 5

  35. 09/30/2019 Allen Bruce, 56, of Bennington OK USA died from 3 2 pit bulls & 1 pit bull mix.
    Incident: Victim was mauled by three dogs in his neighborhood. He was transported to hospital and died two days later.
    Dog(s): One dog was shot by responding police when the dog charged them. The other two dogs fled but were later found and seized. The same three dogs had attacked children on two separate occasions in the prior month.
    Owner(s): Neighbor

    Sources: D 1 2

  36. 09/30/2019 Morgan Crayton, 31, of Hampton VA USA died from 1 Pit bull.
    Incident: Victim was out back with several dogs when one attacked. A 68 yr old woman tried to intervene and was also attacked, though not seriously. Victim was transported to hospital; she died the following day.
    Dog(s): The 92# dog, a pit bull named Chopper, was seized and will be euthanized after a 10-day quarantine. The police had been called to the home the day before for another dog bite, a different dog, but it wasn't serious and the dog remains at the residence.
    Owner(s): The victim.

    Sources: D 1 2 3 4 5

  37. 10/01/2019 Steven Thornton III, 3, of Louisville KY USA died from 2 Rottweilers.
    Incident: Victim fell out a window into the backyard where he was mauled by the family's dogs.
    Dog(s): The dogs were seized.
    Owner(s): The victim's family.

    Sources: D 1 2 3 4 5

  38. 10/08/2019 Dustin Bryan, 21, of Modesto CA USA died from 2 Pit bulls.
    Incident: Victim, a member of the family, was found dead in the morning where he had been sleeping on the couch.
    Dog(s): Two pit bulls in the house have been seized, 13-year-old Beze and 5-year-old Saxon.
    Owner(s): Family members of the victim.

    Sources: D 1 2 3

  39. 10/30/2019 Benjamin Cobb, 4, of Hazel Park MI USA died from 1 Pit bull.
    Incident: Victim was attacked by a dog in the house. The mother attempted to stop the dog with scsissors and then a knife. Police arrived and Tasered the dog and it ran off. The victim died with a perforated neck artery and blunt force trauma to his body and neck.
    Dog(s): The dog was recaptured after it fled the scene and was euthanized (primarily because of its injuries).
    Owner(s): A friend of the family. The family was housing the dog for a friend who could no longer keep it, and it was in the house for less than one day prior to the attack.

    Sources: D 1 2 3 4 5

  40. 11/01/2019 Brandy Joy O'Dell, 41, of Bay City MI USA died from 2 Pit bulls.
    Incident: Victim was found dead in her home. Autopsy revealed she was bitten to death by one or both of her two pet dogs.
    Dog(s): Both dogs were seized.
    Owner(s): Owner herself.

    Sources: D 1 2 3 4

  41. 11/01/2019 Mary Matthews, 49, of Clearcreek Township OH USA died from 2 Great Danes.
    Incident: Victim was found by her husband on the bathroom floor, blood everywhere in the house, the dogs outside. An autopsy showed the victim died from the dog attack.
    Dog(s): The dogs have been euthanized.
    Owner(s): Victim.

    Sources: D 1 2

  42. 11/06/2019 Janet D'Aleo, 95, of Suffield CT USA died from 1 Pit bull-Pointer mix.
    Incident: Victim was visiting her friend when the dog attacked her. Another adult in the house tried to stop the attack including hitting it with a metal stool, but was unable to stop the attack. Victim was transported to hospital where she passed away.
    Dog(s): The dog was seized.
    Owner(s): Annie Hornish, animal rights activist and owner of the home victim was visiting, former state rep for her state, and Connecticut Senior State Director of the Humane Society of the United States.

    Sources: D 1 2 3 4 5

  43. 11/11/2019 Lasaro Macedo, 38, of Madera CA USA died from 2 Pit bulls.
    Incident: Victim was a homeless man who went to visit his friend (the dog's owner) at a homeless encampment. She wasn't there but her dogs attacked him.
    Dog(s): One dog was shot and killed when it charged responders. The other dog was impounded.
    Owner(s): Heather Anglin, a homeless woman, was breeding pit bulls and has been the responsible party for several prior dog bites and attacks.

    Sources: D 1 2 3

  44. 11/21/2019 Lorena Gonzalez-Carrillo, 45, of Dacula GA USA died from 3 Pit bulls.
    Incident: Victim in her mid-40's was attacked in her own yard by the neighbors dogs that were not fenced. A week prior, the victim's family had asked the owners to contain their dogs.
    Dog(s): The dogs were surrendered and euthanized.
    Owner(s): Neighbor of victim.

    Sources: D 1 2

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