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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]