Victim Stories

See also: Pit bull attack database

Rescue pit bull attacked without warning
Name: Dianne Keith
Victim: Adult
Location: Pennsylvania
Year 2021
About the attack
My sons girlfriend adopted a Pittbull mix from Centre County PAWS May of last year. She just loved and spoiled this dog and had even took him for icecream the day before the attack. It was a normal morning on April 11th the dog was sitting on the living room couch when my son went to start to make breakfast in the kitchen. Suddenly, the dog jumped off the couch and went into a full on attack of my son. When his girlfriend ran in to get the dog off of him he turned on her. The attack continued, she got away outside and the dog got out of the door and continued to attack her again outside and my son ran out after her, he turned on him again. He managed to drag the dog still latched to him into his garage where he had to beat him off of him to let him go. The dog has been euthanized.

Trespassing person's pit bull mauls teacup Pomeranian and injures its owner
Name: NS
Victim: Pet
Location: Illinois
Year 2020
About the attack
I had just come in from a walk with my teacup Pomeranian Chai, as I put him down and unclipped his harness in the lobby of my business I reached for my phone on the desk and as soon as I turned around to pick him up again Chai began alerting and dashed into the front yard. I went running after him and saw him start approaching the illegal alien walking on our lawn with his pitbull. The illegal stood there as my dog was alerting and instead of walking on, he let his dog continue provoking mine. The pitbull yanked his owner so hard he slid forward nearly three feet, almost throwing him down, and in that instant the pitbull 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 illegal and pitbull ran away.

Pit Bull Attacked My Dog
Name: Laurie
Victim: Pet
Location: Arkansas
Year 2021
About the attack
Daughters friend asked her to dogsit for her puppy which she claimed was very sweet and got along great with other dogs. I was in the other room and unaware- until I heard my dog yelping and daughter screaming. The 1.5 year old dog had run up behind my Aussie Collie, utterly unprovoked, and had him by the neck, refusing to let go. After trying to pull him off by his harness and hitting him repeatedly on nose with a heavy object, I applied pressure on both sides of his jaw and he released. We don’t have owner’s exact address to report it. I have posted on social media and have been somewhat assaulted by lies about how great pit bulls are and how misinformed I am. I used to be misinformed and have now read much more. I only wish I had known the truth before.

Pit bull puppy attack in Hope, Michigan on Wixom Lake
Name: Wanda F.
Victim: Adult
Location: Michigan
Year 2018
About the attack
Wanda F. went to Harry and Melissa's house on my street Ostlund. She knocked on the door to talk to Melissa and this viscous pitbull puppy attacked her through the screen door. All my neighbor Wanda did was knock on the door and she was mauled, had to have stitches and spend the night in the hospital. This woman is about 70 maybe 75 years old. And, those 2 worthless neighbors Harry and Melissa refuse to get rid of this killer dog. Wanda didn't sue since her husband was dying, but Harry and Melissa bought her some bandaids and took her to the Outback for dinner. Also, why wasn't that dog put down? Why won't Harry and Melissa get rid of that dog before it bites me or my little boys? I want to know how to make it illegal to own a pitbull in Hope Michigan

Livestock Nightmare
Name: Last small town farmer
Victim: Other
Location: Texas
Year 2021
About the attack
3 Pitbulls came on my property on Feb. 17th and within minutes, ripped the fencing off the barn, killeed all the babies and quite literally ripped all the moms apart. The moms all died with 2 days from the horrific injuries. This has been devastating and a mental nightmare. Something I wish no one would ever have to see.

Leah's Story
Name: Olwin Ortiz
Victim: Pet
Location: Florida
Year 2021
About the attack
On the night of 3/17/2021, I was taking my dog Leah for our nightly walk. At the corner of Cascade st and Belltower St. A big light brown pitbull attacked viciously my dog. I try my best to defend my dog, by punching, kicking even hitting the dog with its own collar chasing and he did not release my dog until a man came out and the pitbull release and he run the dog away. At that moment I did not realize where the dog went, but another man came out and help me with a towel and told me the dog came out from the house next to him on Cascade St and that man was the owner, after he told me he did not know where they came from. My neighbor also showed up in a bike and later I found out that pitbull belongs to his mother.

My life-changing ordeal with a pit bull in Georgia
Name: Melanie Kemp
Victim: Adult
Location: Georgia
Year 2018
About the attack
I was walking down the street with overcast weather and it was a little wet. I saw the Pitbull but did not think in a million years that she would attack me. I was so shocked when she started running towards me and it immediately grabbed onto my leg with her mouth going all the way around my right leg. She proceeded to bite me and would not let go. I worked with animals for a long time and I never have been attacked or anything violent happened to me in any of my Animal Hospital jobs. She starts biting me on my left leg and moves from my upper thigh to my arms. She was trying to get up to my neck and I'm screaming at the top of my lungs for somebody to help me. I was fortunate enough to catch one of my friends attention down the street and he saved me.

3 pit bulls maul 64-year-old woman and her 7-month-old Corgi, Arizona
Name: V.G.
Location: Arizona
Year 2018
About the attack
A neighbor's 3 pitbulls 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 dog violently shook it. They bit my neck and the jugular vein was exposed. I had many bites over my entire body. At the same time, my 7-month old Corgi pup was being mauled. I was taken to a Level 1 trauma center and underwent a 4-hour surgery. At the same time, my Corgi was in surgery to repair his neck, shoulder and belly. After surgery, I faced intense physical therapy. Additional surgery was required to restructure the ear canal. I'm left with permanent physical handicaps of my right arm and hearing

Small terrier attacked by pit bull, Pennsylvania
Name: Phil
Victim: Pet
Location: Pennsylvania
Year 2020
About the attack
I was walking my dog at approximately 9pm in a grassy area across the street from my house. All of a sudden I saw a loose pit bull running across the street. The dog was laser focused on my small dog and grabbed it's abdomen and started shaking and biting it as if it was prey. The (I learned) foster pers ran over and helped remove the dog. My dog barely survived after emergency surgery. I found out the pit bull was known to be dog aggressive, but was still placed in a foster home in a dense, urban area without fenced back yards and 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 dog. I asked that the pit bull be put down, but was rebuffed by the shelter and vet as if I was crazy.

Pit bull viciously attacked our Scottie terrier
Name: Griff
Victim: Pet
Location: Indiana
Year 2021
About the attack
Last week, March 2, at approximately between 1600 & 1630 our Scottie Terrier "Willie" was viciously attacked by an unleashed pit bull when a white male 30-40 yrs of age with long dark brown beard & shoulder length hair dressed only in boxer shorts opened the front door of the residence he & 2 other men rent from its owner. The Pit Bull was not on a leash & it immediately attacked our dog first grabbing his neck. We wrestled the Pit Bull let go then viciously bit Willies back causing 2 severe bites. We finally got our dog free. By the grace of God neither my wife & I were bitten. The man did not try to help us instead he monologued "its not my dog"..."I don't know who it belongs to". We rushed Willie to immediately to our Vet. He suffered deep puncture wounds & ripped tissue. Vet bill $650.