Victim Stories

See also: Pit bull attack database

Victims of pit bulls frequently have their stories dismissed and their credibility attacked.

At NPBVA, we have launched this project to capture our stories, to give voice to our truths and shared trauma. These shared stories merge together to give us power to stop being victims and to take the fight back to the politicians who want to pretend that the public health crisis being caused by pit bulls doesn’t exist, and to the animal welfare organizations who want the victims of their pro-pit bull policies and lobbying to be silent and invisible.

To them we say: we are victims because of your shared indifference. We are the inconvenient truth that convicts you. We are not going away and we are not going to be quiet. We are getting organized. We are getting loud. And we are taking the fight to you. These are our stories. Tell us yours.

Rescue pit bull attacked without warning
Image of pit bull
Name: Dianne Keith
Victim: Adult
Location: Pennsylvania
Year 2021
About the attack
Last year, my son's girlfriend adopted a rescue pit bull mix. She just loved and spoiled this dog and had even taken him for ice cream the day before the attack. Suddenly, the pit bull jumped off the couch and went into a full on attack on my son. When his girlfriend ran in to get the pit bull off him, it turned on her. They are traumatized and she has PTSD over it. My son received 38 stitches in both forearms and she received 43 in both upper arms and hands and back. They are both currently unable to work.
Trespassing person's pit bull mauls teacup Pomeranian and injures its owner
Pomeranian
Name: NS
Victim: Pet
Location: Illinois
Year 2020
About the attack
The pit bull yanked his owner so hard he slid forward nearly three feet, almost throwing him down, and in that instant the pit bull knocked over my dog and bit him and began to shake him violently. I began to fight with it, where it finally released and the man and pit bull ran away. I lost my only companion that was attached to my side from 2016 until his death in 2020. He was the most important life force from waking up to falling asleep everyday. I am totally traumatized at both his loss and the playback of the violent last moment we saw each other.
Pit Bull Attacked My Dog
Australian shepherd
Name: Laurie
Victim: Pet
Location: Arkansas
Year 2021
About the attack
My daughter's friend asked her to dogsit her pit bull puppy which she claimed was very sweet and got along great with other dogs. Suddenly I heard my dog, an Aussie Collie, yelping and my daughter screaming. The 1.5 year old pit bull had run up behind my dog, utterly unprovoked, and had him by the neck, refusing to let go. After trying to pull the pit bull off by his harness and hitting him repeatedly on the nose with a heavy object, I applied pressure on both sides of his jaw and he released.
Pit bull puppy attack in Hope, Michigan on Wixom Lake
screen door
Name: Wanda F.
Victim: Adult
Location: Michigan
Year 2018
About the attack
Frieda, in her early 70s, went to the house of her friends. She knocked on their door to talk to them and their pit bull puppy viciously attacked her through the screen door and began mauling her. She had to have stitches and spend the night in the hospital. This pit bull was a puppy, it had been around Frieda several times and was familiar with her as its owner and Frieda were friends.
Livestock Nightmare
Goats
Name: Last small town farmer
Victim: Other
Location: Texas
Year 2021
About the attack
3 pit bulls came on my property and within minutes, ripped the fencing off the barn, ripped 3 mother goats apart, and killed all 5 of their babies. The moms all died within 2 days from the horrific injuries. This has been devastating and a mental nightmare. I can't sleep. There were no consequences for the owner of the 3 pit bulls.
Leah's Story
light brown pit bull
Name: Olwin Ortiz
Victim: Pet
Location: Florida
Year 2021
About the attack
On the night of March 17th, 2021, I was taking my dog Leah for our nightly walk. A big light brown pit bull viciously attacked. I tried my best to defend my dog, by punching, kicking even hitting the pit bull with its own collar, but it did not release my dog until a man came out. Now I can't sleep, all I see is that demon pit bull attacking my Leah. Owners are hiding the pit bull.
My life-changing ordeal with a pit bull in Georgia
Blighted street
Name: Melanie Kemp
Victim: Adult
Location: Georgia
Year 2018
About the attack
I saw the pit bull but did not think in a million years that she would attack me. It started biting me on my left leg and moved from my upper thigh to my arms. It was trying to get up to my neck and I'm screaming at the top of my lungs for somebody to help me.
3 pit bulls maul 64-year-old woman and her 7-month-old Corgi, Arizona
64 year old woman attacked by neighbor's pit bulls
Name: V.G.
Location: Arizona
Year 2018
About the attack
A neighbor's three pit bulls dug under several fences and came in my yard. They knocked me down, severely mauling me. Muscle in my right arm was destroyed and tendons severed. My left ear was torn away and I had several bites on my head and face. While biting my head, one pit bull violently shook it. They bit my neck and the jugular vein was exposed. I had many bites over my entire body. They also mauled my 7-month-old Corgi pup.
Small terrier attacked by pit bull, Pennsylvania
Small terrier attacked by pit bull, 2020.
Name: Phil
Victim: Pet
Location: Pennsylvania
Year 2020
About the attack
All of a sudden I saw a loose pit bull running across the street. The pit bull was laser focused on my small dog and grabbed its abdomen and started shaking and biting it as if it was prey. The (I later learned) foster person ran over and helped remove the pit bull. My dog barely survived after emergency surgery. I found out the pit bull was known to be dog aggressive, but despite that was still placed in a foster home in a dense, urban area without fenced back yards and with many dogs the pit bull would need to be walked around. The shelter called us once they got our number and wanted me to convince the foster to still adopt the pit bull.
Pit bull viciously attacked our Scottie terrier
Scottie dog
Name: Griff
Victim: Pet
Location: Indiana
Year 2021
About the attack
Last week, our Scottie Terrier "Willie" was viciously mauled in an unprovoked attack by a pit bull terrier. We are no longer tolerant of pit bulls or their owners or the fairy tales spread about the breed being "sweet" or "harmless".
29 year old woman and golden retriever mauled by loose pit bull
Name: Emily E
Location: South Carolina
Year 2019
About the attack
Name: Emily E Victim: Adult, Pet Location: Residential neighborhood, South Carolina Year of attack: 2019 Tell us about the attack In the presence of police officers, a pit bull who escaped through an open fence attacked a woman walking her golden retriever on the sidewalk in a residential area. The woman and dog each sustained […]
Pitbulls attack livestock
Name: Last small town farmer
Victim: Pet
Location: Texas
Year 2020
About the attack
Name: Last small town farmer Victim: Pet Location: On my farm, Texas Year of attack: 2021 Tell us about the attack We in Texas are going through this terrible freeze. I have managed to keep 3 mom exotic goats and their five 6 week old kids alive in the barn with a heat lamp for […]
Attack by pitbull mix in dog park
Name: AB
Victim: Adult, Pet
Location: Massachusetts
Year 2020
About the attack
Name: AB Victim: Adult, Pet Location: Dog park, Massachusetts Year of attack: 2020 Tell us about the attack I brought a 9 month old 10 pound Pomeranian puppy to a dog park where a pitbull/lab mix descended on him and latched onto him. His owners were unable to pry him off and despite multiple people […]
Tale of Two Attacks
Name: Layne Huskins
Victim: Adult, Pet
Location: Florida
Year 2020
About the attack
Name: Layne Huskins Victim: Adult, Pet Location: In our driveway, Florida Year of attack: 2020 Tell us about the attack First attack was mid October, 2020: Our two small morkies and my husband were in the garage (door was open). “Gage”, one of two of our neighbor’s newly adopted pitbulls ran from his home across […]
Justice for Paddington
Name: Ellie Mac
Victim: Pet
Location: Georgia
Year 2020
About the attack
Name: Ellie Mac Victim: Pet Location: Our back yard less than 3 ft. from our back door, Georgia Year of attack: 2020 Tell us about the attack My dog was attacked in our backyard, merely feet from our back door,by our neighbor’s pit bull. She was supposed to be watching her new beau’s dog, Sinister, […]
Jogging
Name: alex
Victim: Adult
Location: Texas
Year 2020
About the attack
Name: alex Victim: Adult Location: jogging, Texas Year of attack: 2020 Tell us about the attack i have been attacked 2 times in my life both when . i survived both attacks i am so tired of seeing pitbulls maul people to death just read a heartbreaking story of a mans wife being mauled to […]
Even young pits can be vicious
Name: DB
Victim: Pet
Location: Colorado
Year 2020
About the attack
Name: DB Victim: Pet Location: Walking dog around county road by my home., Colorado Year of attack: 2020 Tell us about the attack I take my 10 yr old Boston terrier and maltipoo puppy for daily walks. Anytime I see a dog unleashed or not contained by a fence I go the opposite direction and […]
landlords renting to person owning ban breeds and dangourus dogs
Name: bema
Victim: Child
Location: Ontario
Year 2020
About the attack
Name: Bema Victim: Child Location: Apartment building, Ontario Year of attack: 2020 Tell us about the attack My daughter was walking with her two year old child. When she approached the door of the apartment building, a large dog lunged toward my grandbabe face.
Child attacked at random
Name: Bob
Victim: Child
Location: Minnesota
Year 2020
About the attack
Name: Bob Victim: Child Location: Apartment parking lot, Minnesota Year of attack: 2020 Tell us about the attack Little boy just wanted to pet him and he was viciously knocked over. The dog standing over him snarling and snapping while the kid cried and screamed. How has your life changed as a result of the […]
Little Stevie
Name: Toby
Victim: Pet
Location: Florida
Year 2020
About the attack
Name: Toby Victim: Pet Location: Apartment Complex in Winter Park, Florida Year of attack: 2020 Tell us about the attack Our little Cockapoo “Stevie” was mauled to death by an unleashed pit bull as we left the elevator. We attempted to fight off the dog but Stevie died in my arms moments later. How has […]
Pea the Mighty Toy Poodle
Name: Penny S.
Victim: Pet
Location: Ohio
Year 2015
About the attack
Name: Penny S. Victim: Pet Location: My front yard, Ohio Year of attack: 2015 Tell us about the attack All of my animals are rescues, a motley bunch. I adopted Pea when he was 9, a senior toy poodle. He came in and took over. He was the smallest and oldest, but that didn’t matter, […]
Sammie
Name: Eileen
Location: North Carolina
Year Choose one
About the attack
Name: Eileen Victim: Adult, Pet Location: My neighborhood, North Carolina Tell us about the attack I have walked my Sammie girl every day In our neighborhood for 4 years. One beautiful fall morning, a Pitbull escaped a neighbors yard, chased us down the street and attacked my Sammie. It latched on to her chest wall […]
Strong and wild
Name: Dee T.
Location: Texas
Year 2017
About the attack
Name: Dee T. Victim: Adult, Pet Location: Walk, Texas Year of attack: 2017 Tell us about the attack My father was walking his dog near a canal which was lined with small homes and condos. A pitbull broke loose form his patio area and headed at him and his small dog. It went for the […]
Pitbull attack
Name: NT
Victim: Adult
Location: Texas
Year 2020
About the attack
Name: NT Victim: Adult Location: Near my apartment building by a neighboring hotel, Texas Year of attack: 2020 Tell us about the attack I walked out of my apt bldg this morning about 6:00 a.m. When I neared the open area, I saw a dark-colored dog that appeared to be alone. I froze. It stared […]
Pitbull attacks and kills small family pet
Name: Karysma Sanchez
Location: Texas
Year 2020
About the attack
Name: Karysma Sanchez Victim: Adult, Child, Pet Location: A walk down a back alley, Texas Year of attack: 2020 Tell us about the attack I was walking my dog and my baby sister was in a stroller. We turned to walk down a back alley to get home when suddenly 2 vicious pit bulls slipped […]