The Victims of Pit Bulls Speak Out and Tell Their 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.

Pit bull mauls builder, household insurance exclusion on pit bulls denies medical expenses for victim
Wooden gate outside house
Name: Rodney Hughes
Victim: Adult
Location: Georgia
Year 2022
About the attack
"I was building a fence and gate at a client's home. She assured me her pit bull would not be a problem. When she left, it attacked. Her homeowner's insurance excluded coverage for pit bull attacks, so I received no compensation for all my medical bills."
Pit bulls break into house, slaughter dogs in their own home
Princess, one of the dogs who was killed by pit bulls
Name: Sara S.
Victim: Pet
Location: Indiana
Year 2020
About the attack
Pit bulls that had been terrorizing the neighborhood invaded my mother's home while she was out. She came home to find blood everywhere. Two of her dogs were so torn up and suffering so badly that the vets could not save their lives.
Pit bulls eviscerate elderly, blind dog
Old Jack Russell dog
Name: NC
Location: Florida
Year 2022
About the attack
2 pit bulls dashed from a just opened gate, killing my elderly, blind dog and sending me to the hospital. I now live with PTSD and a severed nerve in my left Achilles. Animal control left the vicious pit bulls with their owner in the community.
A repeat-offender pit bull ripped my mini Aussie pup's leg off at the shoulder
Mini Aussie
Name: VL
Location: Arkansas
Year 2022
About the attack
The pit bull tore my mini Aussi pup's leg off at the shoulder and dragged us down the side of the mountain. It had attacked other dogs previously and was supposed to be muzzled. The female pit bull owner is blaming all the attacks on the other dogs.
Repeated attacks by pit bulls over the years
Farmyard gate
Name: Pam
Victim: Other
Location: Georgia
Year 2014
About the attack
I've had years of pit bull attacks on me, my pets and my livestock since 1984. After most of the attacks, the pit owners did nothing and the police did nothing. Pit bull owners do not and will not care for your pets, livestock or your family's safety.
I was severely mauled by two pit bulls just while out for a daily exercise walk
City street
Name: Angelo D.
Victim: Adult
Location: Nebraska
Year 2020
About the attack
I was severely mauled by 2 pit bulls about 2 blocks from home during my evening exercise walk. They chewed on my head, arms and legs. The attack lasted 15 minutes. I lost my job because I was physically unable to do the work anymore.
A pit bull took my sweet pup from me
Maltese shih tzu pup
Name: Shannon Squire
Victim: Pet
Location: Florida
Year 2022
About the attack
We were just entering my apartment's dog park when a pit bull charged in, grabbed my pup, and shook it to death. The pit bull owner washed her hands of any responsibility. The building management and police say they can't do anything to help me.
Trauma-room nurse speaks: life flight required after 2-year-old boy severely mauled by family pit bull
Nurse sitting on floor
Name: RRT
Victim: Child
Location: North Carolina
Year 2022
About the attack
I work in a hospital emergency room. I see trauma cases but seeing the cheek tissue of a little boy hanging off his face after his family pit bull attacked was very hard to witness. Pit bulls should not be allowed around small children.
Two pit bulls broke through my fence and mauled my dog to death
Hole in wire border fence
Name: Jordan
Location: Oregon
Year 2022
About the attack
Pit bulls broke through my fence to kill my dog in her own yard. Pit bulls are not misunderstood. They were bred for fighting, mauling and killing. The only people that seem to "misunderstand" that are pit bull owners.
Pit bull attack in airport restroom
Public restroom sinks
Name: Susan Baker
Location: Nevada
Year 2022
About the attack
A pit bull attacked me and my Yorkie in the airport restroom. My head was injured so badly I had to cancel upcoming cancer surgery. My dog lived but was severely injured. The pit bull owner walked away scot-free with no repercussions and leaving us with all the medical bills.
Loving family pit bull snaps and brutally mauls miniature horse
Miniature horse
Name: Brittany Brazelton
Victim: Pet
Location: Washington
Year 2000
About the attack
The pit bull approached the mini horse, then suddenly out of the blue began mauling it. This pit bull was raised in a loving home and had displayed NO signs of aggression prior to this, he merely — snapped. Just snapped, with no warning, or provocation.
Pit bulls killed my little buddy
Apple Head Chihuahua
Name: Jim
Victim: Pet
Location: Texas
Year 2022
About the attack
My wife and I recently lost everything because of my health. But we had Pete, our dog, to keep our spirits up. When the elevator door opened, there were 2 massive pit bulls waiting. They tore his body open. He died there in my arms.
Dog groomer says vicious reputation of pit bulls is true — and deserved
Dog groomer
Name: J.M. Pringle
Victim: Pet
Location: Ontario
Year 2019
About the attack
In my work with pit bull type dogs, numerous close calls have left me fully aware that all the stories about their viciousness are 100% true. And trying to call them by other names and saying they are not "true pits" is a ridiculous story convincing no one.
Pit bull attacks with no warning or provocation and tears victim's lip off
Pit bull
Name: Otto Snow
Victim: Adult
Location: Maine
Year 2018
About the attack
The pit bull lunged from out of the blue and tore my lip off. It destroyed my life. I am losing everything. The owner of the pit bull said to me that his pit had "never done that before."
Pit bull attacks my boxer during a meet and greet
Boxer dog
Name: KK
Victim: Pet
Location: Oregon
Year 2022
About the attack
Do not ever allow your dog to meet and greet pit bulls. I used to try to be open-minded about pit bulls being just like any other dog. Now I know first hand that, unfortunately, they carry higher aggression and injury risk with their bite and hold tendency.
Pit bull attacks English pointer
English pointer
Name: KC
Victim: Pet
Location: Texas
Year 2022
About the attack
I dropped off my English Pointer with a friend for some dogsitting. I didn't know they had acquired a pit bull, which attacked my dog within a few hours of her arriving. Pit bulls can snap and attack any animal and any person at any time.
Pit bull attack physically and financially damages my life
Hand and arm in cast
Name: Christine
Victim: Adult
Location: Delaware
Year 2018
About the attack
The pit bull bit my right and left forearms and hands, partially amputating a finger. I lost my job, retirement savings, and incurred medical bills of +$300,000 dollars. The pit owner didn't even get a fine, not that that money comes to victims, anyway.
Golden retriever attacked by pit bull
Golden retriever in bed
Name: Jeff & Lauren Wratchford
Location: West Virginia
Year 2022
About the attack
The pit bull attacked our golden retriever with no provocation. My husband wrestled the pit to the ground as I pulled our dog away. Animal control is protecting the identify of the pit owner. I have 3 young sons that I'm now terrified to let outside.
Pit bull attacks on nature trail
Nature trail
Name: Dee
Location: North Carolina
Year 2022
About the attack
An aggressive pit bull appeared at a bend in the trail and suddenly charged us with no provocation, jaws snapping. When I sprayed it with pepper spray, it hesitated just enough for its owner to restrain it, who then said, "Don't worry, it's a big baby."
My neighbor's pit bull invaded my house and killed my dog
pit bull
Name: Nicole W,
Victim: Pet
Location: California
Year 2022
About the attack
My neighbor's pit bull invaded my house last month and tried to kill my poor, small dog Sammy with only 3 legs. Today, it invaded and attacked again. It shook Sammy by the throat till he died. I had to clean up his blood. The police did nothing.
Neighbor's pit bull attacks with no warning
Pit bull
Name: shru
Victim: Adult
Location: New Jersey
Year 2022
About the attack
The neighbor's pit bull saw my wife cleaning out front and immediately leapt with no warning, grabbing her private area in his mouth, seriously injuring her. We filed a police complaint, but there has been no action yet. My family is now in constant fear.
A pit bull attacked me and killed my Yorkie in our own yard
Yorkie dog on grass
Name: Lisa
Victim: Adult, Pet
Location: Kentucky
Year 2022
About the attack
I took my Yorkie, Paddlefoot, out to potty. Next thing, I know I'm on the ground and my baby is being ripped to pieces by a pit bull. I tried lying on top of my dog to use my own body as a shield but it was too late. I will never stop seeing it. Never.
Jack Russell victim of unprovoked pit bull attack
Jack Russell with teddy bear
Name: Cathy L.
Victim: Pet
Location: Oregon
Year 2020
About the attack
A pit bull launched an unprovoked attack on my Jack Russell. He was a bloody mess. The vet said he was lucky. The pit bull owner was fined but never paid the fine. I was stuck with the vet bills. I would like people to realize that pit bulls do not make good pets. No matter how “loving” the owner thinks they are, they can turn on the owner or anyone else.
Innocent happy walk on sunny day proves fatal to Yorkie because of a pit bull
Yorkshire terrier
Name: JAS
Victim: Pet
Location: Maryland
Year 2022
About the attack
My Yorkie was killed by an out-of-the blue, unprovoked random pit bull attack. People should not have to be afraid to walk their dogs. But thanks to pit bulls, we now live in a world where some dog owners are arming themselves.
Pit bull tears through backyard wooden fence trying to get at intended victims
Wooden backyard fence
Name: Marilyn
Victim: Pet
Location: Colorado
Year 2018
About the attack
Our neighbor’s pit bull tore up our wooden fence trying to get at me and my dog in my own backyard. Pit bull owners should be accountable and liable. They own a dangerous weapon, yet statistics show that the deaths caused by their pit bulls are usually ruled accidental. What part of those deaths is accidental?