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Woman Killed in Attack by 7 Dachshund-Mix Dogs

One of the dogs even went after first responders

(Newser) - They weighed no more than 40 pounds each and reached just up to one's knees, but all together, a pack of seven dachshunds proved a deadly force in Oklahoma. Carter County Sheriff Chris Bryant says 52-year-old Tracy Garcia was mauled and killed Thursday night by her neighbor's dogs... 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 »

A Volunteer Was Training a Dog. Then It 'Turned on Her'

Carol Harris fatally attacked by Akita in Phoenix

(Newser) - An animal rescue volunteer who helped rehabilitate Akita dogs was ultimately killed by one. Carol Harris, 69, who worked with rescue group Akita Advocates, was training a dog on the grounds of Phoenix's Canine Country Club and Feline Inn when she was fatally attacked Wednesday, the group says in... 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 »

Dogs Maul Their Owner to Death

Bethany Lynn Stephens was killed by two pitbulls she'd raised from puppies

(Newser) - Two pit bulls turned on their owner in Virginia last week in what the local sheriff has called "an absolutely grisly mauling." Authorities says 22-year-old Bethany Lynn Stephens had been missing for a day when her father found her body in a wooded area where she often walked... More »

Dog That Killed Owner Likely High on Crack

Cocaine was detected in his urine, says toxicologist

(Newser) - It looks like a dog that fatally attacked its owner in London was high on crack cocaine. During a coroner's inquest, a veterinary toxicologist testified that high levels of the drug and of morphine were found in the urine of the Staffordshire bull terrier named Major following the March... More »

Further Tragedy for Family of Boy Brutally Mauled by Dogs

Tracy Dowdy Fain suffered stroke, aneurysm while at hospital with son

(Newser) - "It's just unreal," Sandra Moore tells Fox 5 . "I just don't know how much more we can take." Moore's grandson, 7-year-old Ethan Fain, was mauled by two dogs who pulled him out of a tree and attacked him last Christmas Eve in Georgia.... More »

Dog Kills Owner in Front of BBC Crew

Cameras were not rolling at the time

(Newser) - A British man was fatally attacked by his own dog while a BBC documentary crew looked on. The incident occurred on March 20 as the crew was interviewing 41-year-old Mario Perivoitos at his London flat, reports the BBC . However, cameras were not rolling as the man's staffordshire bull terrier... More »

911 Calls for Baby Mauled by Dog Went Unanswered

San Diego parents called for help twice, but no one picked up on the other end

(Newser) - Police in San Diego say a couple whose 3-day-old baby was mauled to death by the family dog made two unsuccessful 911 calls before getting frustrated and driving the boy to the hospital themselves, the AP reports. Police Lt. Scott Wahl told KNSD-TV Saturday that the parents waited 28 seconds... 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 »

Woman's Dogs Kill Beagle, She Sues Beagle's Owners

Emerald White says she was injured when she tried to break up dogfight

(Newser) - Last month, Emerald White's four pit bulls got into a neighbor's yard and killed that Texas family's 10-year-old beagle. "Everyone was telling me to sue her, but I decided not to because it won't bring Bailey back," says Steve Baker, the beagle's owner.... More »

Dog Attacks, Kills Baby at Grandma's Home

Step-grandma was watching 7-month-old victim

(Newser) - Ohio police say a dog has attacked and killed a 7-month-old boy. in Dayton The baby's step-grandmother was watching the infant for the day when her dog attacked and killed him yesterday afternoon, reports the Dayton Daily News . A Montgomery County coroner's investigator says the baby, whose name... More »

Thousands Campaign to Save Dog That Mauled Child

Lawyer calls pit bull 'a poor, innocent dog'

(Newser) - A dog that mauled a 4-year-old Phoenix boy has received thousands of pleas for mercy through a Facebook campaign ahead of a court hearing to decide his fate. A municipal court judge could rule at a March 25 hearing on whether Mickey, a pit bull that bit Kevin Vicente in... More »

Young Girl Suffers 100 Bites in Dog Mauling

Japanese girl survives but will need repeated surgeries

(Newser) - New Zealand doctors said today that a 7-year-old Japanese girl was bitten about 100 times during a dog mauling that has horrified many in the South Pacific nation. Zac Moaveni, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Auckland's Middlemore Hospital, told reporters that the girl, Sakurako Uehara, would likely need... More »

Neighbors Feared Dog That Killed Teen, Injured Friend

It's not clear what led to Friday's horrific attack

(Newser) - Two 13-year-old boys were walking home from school Friday past a house in middle-class Paterson, NJ, when a 115-pound bull mastiff named Trigger escaped his fenced yard and attacked, killing one boy and hurting the other—and now neighbors tell the Star-Ledger they'd feared Trigger for more than a... More »

Couple Tries to Break Up Dog Fight, Husband Killed

Couple's pets turned on them: reports

(Newser) - The husband of a former Arizona mayor was killed and she was injured after they tried to break up a fight between their pet dogs Saturday night and the animals turned on them. Tom and Diane Vick attempted to intervene when their 40-pound boxer attacked a smaller dog, a cocker... More »

Boy's Mauling Death Is Mom's Fault: Zoo

Pittsburgh Zoo doesn't think Derkosh family should be allowed to sue

(Newser) - The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium says the mother of a 2-year-old boy fatally mauled in a wild African dogs exhibit is to blame in her son's death and shouldn't be allowed to sue. The claim filed Monday in Allegheny County is in response to a lawsuit brought... More »

California Jogger Killed by Pit Bulls

Suspected dogs in custody

(Newser) - A woman was jogging in southern California when she was attacked and killed by a group of dogs. Four animals—pit bulls and mixed breeds—have been taken from a home in Littlerock, California, NBC Los Angeles reports. The dogs' seizure follows a ground and helicopter search. "We had... More »

Family Dog Kills Boy, 4

Jayelin Graham killer described as 'big Scooby-Doo' by owner

(Newser) - A huge mastiff attack dog, described as a "big Scooby-Doo" by its owner, suddenly turned on a 4-year-old boy in a Brooklyn home, killing him. Police are investigating the attack, which occurred shortly after the mom returned home with the boy and his three siblings. The dog, a Cane... More »

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