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Pit Bull Euthanized While Giving Birth

The shelter director called it an 'unfortunate' but necessary decision

(Newser) - A pit bull in Texas and her puppies were euthanized as the dog gave birth to the puppies, sparking a social media conversation about the ethics of such a situation. Dacia Anderson, a former volunteer at the Amarillo-Panhandle Humane Society , which rents space from the Animal Management and Welfare shelter,... More »

Autopsy Confirms Mauling Some Still Can't Believe

Sheriff says Bethany Stephens' own dogs killed her

(Newser) - The revelation that two pit bulls were spotted eating the rib cage of a 22-year-old woman found dead in Virginia late last year wasn't enough to convince some that the victim's own dogs had killed her. But Goochland County Sheriff James Agnew hopes an autopsy will. The report... More »

Sheriff Shares 'Most Important Detail' in Woman's Dog Mauling

Trying to put to rest speculation that the dogs didn't kill Bethany Lynn Stephens

(Newser) - News that a 22-year-old woman was mauled to death by her two pit bulls in Virginia Thursday night was met with sadness—and plenty of doubt . Amid a sea of cries that the dogs would not have harmed Bethany Lynn Stephens, and perhaps were indeed trying to protect her from... More »

Guggenheim Exhibit Under Fire—and It's Not Open Yet

Pit bulls made to charge toward each other without ever touching in video at Guggenheim

(Newser) - In just two weeks, NYC's Guggenheim Museum is set to open an ambitious three-month exhibit on experimental works from Chinese artists, many of which the New York Times deems "deliberately shocking." None more so, though, than a piece by a pair known as "the bad couple... More »

Owner Dies, Pit Bull Ends Up With His Favorite UPS Driver

Katie Newhouser took Leo temporarily at first, then forever

(Newser) - California UPS driver Katie Newhouser befriended a woman on her route when she saw her out walking her dog. "Leo took a liking to me," Newhouser says of the pit bull. "He would even hop in my truck and look around the back." Then, in October,... More »

LA County Cops Fire at Pit Bull, Kill Teenager

17-year-old had been trying to restrain animal

(Newser) - A 17-year-old in Palmdale, Calif., was shot dead early Thursday after he tried to stop somebody else's pit bull from attacking police officers. Los Angeles County officials say Armando Garcia-Muro was hit by a "skip round" that ricocheted off the ground when deputies fired at the charging animal,... More »

Veteran Allegedly Executes Her Own Service Dog

Marinna Rollins, boyfriend Jarren Heng charged with animal cruelty, conspiracy

(Newser) - When volunteers appealed for someone to adopt a 2-year-old pit bull that had arrived at a North Carolina animal shelter, it was with the hope that the dog would find "a real loving forever home." Instead, the dog met a gruesome end last week when he was shot... More »

After Dog Attack Kills Woman, Montreal Bans Pit Bulls

Even though officials aren't sure the dog was a pit bull

(Newser) - Starting Monday, residents of Montreal will no longer be allowed to own pit bulls "or pit bull-type dogs," the CBC reports. The controversial ban was put in place Tuesday by the city council, three months after a 55-year-old Montreal woman was killed by a neighbor's dog that... More »

City Demands Man Banish Newly Adopted Dog

Cops say Diggy is an illegal pit bull; shelter (and others) say he's a bulldog

(Newser) - Dan Tillery was so excited to adopt his pup, Diggy (nee Sir Wiggleton), who had spent 100 days in a Detroit shelter, that they made a music video and took a beaming photo together that went viral on social media. "We know this photo is going to break the... More »

Puppy Saved in Fire May Help Sniff Out Arsons

He suffered burns over 75% of his body in June

(Newser) - Black smoke was filling a burning shed in Charleston, SC, last June when firefighter William Lindler spotted a badly burned puppy within. Less than a year later, that puppy is now an honorary firefighter and the official mascot of the Hanahan Fire Department. After the 3-week-old pit bull, Jake, was... More »

Puppy Found Frozen to Death, Owner Arrested

'It appeared that it had been outside for quite some time'

(Newser) - A Michigan woman was arrested this week after authorities found her six-month-old puppy frozen to death in sub-zero temperatures, WWMT reports. Several neighbors called 911 about the pit bull puppy, which was tied up outside. “It appeared that it had been outside for quite some time, and they were... More »

Boy Left Home Alone Killed by Sister's Pit Bulls

Foster child was visiting half-sister over the weekend

(Newser) - Tyler Trammell-Huston was living with a foster family in California, but his only Christmas wish "was to have a mom. I so badly wanted to be that person for him," says his half-sister, Alexandria Griffin-Heady. Then tragedy struck: While the 9-year-old was visiting Griffin-Heady in Yuba County over... More »

Woman's Death Ruled Suicide by Pit Bull

But details of Rebecca Hardy's death are still murky

(Newser) - Rebecca Hardy jumped a fence and entered a backyard on Thursday in Port Huron, Mich., where she was mauled by two dogs and later died. It's been a mystery why the 22-year-old entered the yard, but the Oakland County Medical Examiner's office has now ruled her death a... More »

Postal Worker Saves UPS Guy From Dog Attack

Witnesses say rival probably saved Chicago man's life

(Newser) - The US Postal Service-UPS rivalry vanished yesterday in the face of a common enemy: an attacking and possibly rabid pit bull. Officials say that when a UPS driver in Chicago was attacked by the dog, a passing postal worker pulled it off him and held it down for more than... More »

Child Accidentally Calls 911, Family Dog Ends Up Dead

Zoey was an 11-year-old pit bull

(Newser) - It started with a child playing with a phone and ended with a dead 11-year-old dog. KGO reports on the unfortunate chain of events last night in San Francisco. A child apparently called 911, and officers were sent to the family's Bayview home. The family says their pit bull... More »

In US First, Dog Infects People With the Plague

The dog didn't make it, but all 4 humans recovered

(Newser) - It may have ended the lives of 25 million people in a single year in the sixth century, but the plague—caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis—is exceedingly rare in the US, infecting about seven people a year, per the CDC . But in what officials tell ABC News is... More »

Why Teens Tied Dog to Tracks: She Was 'Too Sweet'

4 face charges as Cabela continues recovery

(Newser) - Police say they've found the individuals who shot a pit bull and tied the dog to railroad tracks in Sulphur Springs, Fla. Teenagers Natwan Callaway and Bobby Hollinger, both 17, decided to "get rid of" female dog Cabela after she was purchased to fight other dogs, but was... More »

Owners of Dead Beagle Fight Suit Against Them

Emerald White agrees to drop her $1M suit

(Newser) - In late October, Emerald White's four pit bulls got into a neighbor's yard and killed the Baker family's 10-year-old beagle . And then White sued the Texas family. Court documents released yesterday paint a fuller picture, the Houston Chronicle reports: White alleged she was trying to collect her... More »

Family: Town Plans to Take, Kill Our Pit Bull

Moreauville family says Zeus is therapeutic, but he risks being put down

(Newser) - One family in Moreauville, La., says its beloved dog has never bitten or attacked anyone. In fact, the family with six children calls Zeus something of a therapy dog for daughter O'Hara Owens, who is in a wheelchair and suffers from severe neck problems that also have her in... More »

America Is Warming Up to the Pit Bull

Municipalities overturning bans, but some still say the dogs are dangerous

(Newser) - Once the scourge of the dog population, pit bulls are being slowly welcomed back, with communities across the country loosening their leashes and overturning bans on what USA Today says was once "America's most vilified pet." Since June alone, nine Midwest communities have struck down mixed-breed restrictions... More »

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