Deadly Dog Attacks


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: 29 (as of 8/10/2019)
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

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2019 Deadly Dog Attacks in the USA

Fast-stats: 2019 USA

  • Number of people killed: 29
    • (As of 8/10/2019) At this rate, we're on track for 48 fatalities in the year 2019!
  • Fatalities by age category:
    • Chronological: Baby 7, Child 4, Adult 5, Middle age 6, Elderly 7
    • Ranked: Baby 7, Elderly 7, Middle age 6, Adult 5, Child 4
  • Fatalities by breed:
    • (Counting number of dogs involved, not number of people killed. Mixes are counted once for each known breed.)
    • Alphabetical: Belgian Malinois 4, Boxer 4, Doberman 1, Dutch Shepherd 1, German Shepherd 1, Labrador 8, Mastiff 4, Pit bull 39, Rottweiler 3, Siberian Husky 1, Unknown 8
    • Ranked: Pit bull 39, Labrador 8, Unknown 8, Boxer 4, Mastiff 4, Belgian Malinois 4, Rottweiler 3, German Shepherd 1, Dutch Shepherd 1, Doberman 1, Siberian Husky 1
  • Fatalities by state:
    • Alphabetical: AZ 1, CA 5, FL 3, GA 1, IA 1, KY 3, MA 1, MS 1, NC 2, NV 1, PA 1, SC 1, TN 2, TX 6
    • Ranked: TX 6, CA 5, FL 3, KY 3, NC 2, TN 2, AZ 1, GA 1, IA 1, MA 1, MS 1, NV 1, PA 1, SC 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.

  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 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.

  6. 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.

  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 3 4
    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.

  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.

  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): 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

  20. 05/09/19 Ryan Hazel, 14, of Dighton MA died from 5 dogs (1 Dutch Shepherd + 4 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): 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.

  21. 05/31/19 Robert Joseph "Joey" Quick Jr. , 33, of Fort Madison IA died from 1 Boxer. Refs: 1 2 3 4
    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.

  22. 06/16/19 Crystal Lynn Pearigen, 36, of Bakersfield CA died from 3 dogs (2 pit bulls, 1 mongrel). Refs: 1 2 3 4 5
    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.

  23. 06/27/19 Name undisclosed, 2, of Newman CA died from 1 Pit bull-Mastiff mix. Refs: 1 2 3 4 5 6
    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.

  24. 06/29/19 Brian S Butler, 46, of Benton KY died from 2 Pit bull. Refs: 1 2 3
    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.

  25. 07/04/19 Melvin Olds Jr., 45, of Highlands County FL died from 6 Pit bull mixes. Refs: 1 2 3 4 5
    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.

  26. 07/09/19 Ruth Flores, 22 days, of Gainesville GA died from 1 Siberian Husky. Refs: 1 2 3 4
    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.

  27. 07/11/19 Homer Utterback, 52, of Uniontown PA died from 1 Pit bull. Refs: 1 2
    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.

  28. 07/18/19 Mario Moore, 40, of Memphis TN died from 7 Undisclosed. Refs: 1 2 3 4 5
    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.

  29. 08/10/19 Nelson Cabrera , 16, of Irving TX died from 3 Pit bulls. Refs: 1 2
    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

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