Growing list of toddlers killed by pit bulls

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MT has added a Pit Bull category because there are just too many pit bull related deaths amongst small children. It’s an epidemic.

A family pet has killed a 2-year-old San Bernardino boy whose parents briefly left him alone as he rode his tricycle in their enclosed side yard.

Nathan Aguirre died Friday at Loma Linda University Medical Center from severe head and neck injuries after one of the family’s two pit bulls attacked him the night before, said Sgt. Gary Robertson.

Nathan was the second toddler to die in the last four months in San Bernardino County from a pit bull attack. In January, 3-year-old Omar Martinez died from injuries from being mauled by his family’s pit bull at his Apple Valley home, about 40 miles north of San Bernardino.


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  • In CANADA since 1961 there has been 48 dog related deaths. MOST of these deaths have occurred in Northern Regions. Twenty One have been from Huskies/Sled Dogs. Yes mostly unsocialized working dogs. Next comes the group of German Shepards, Rottie and Dobes at 11 deaths. Out of the 3 Banned Breeds under what is labelled the “pit bull group” is ONE. This group and ALL the “Substantually Similiar” mutts ARE TIED with the Golden Retriever! There have probably been HUNDREDS of THOUSANDS of “these” dogs in Canada (if not a million or more)in the last 50 years. Attached is the LINK to the truth!

    In closing there are 3/4 dogs commonly LABELLED as “pit bulls” and another 28 other registered breeds commomly MISTAKEN as them never mind the MIXES of the OTHER 28.


  • Danielle McCleary

    Is it me or is it the irresponsible parents who should be at fault in most of these cases when the child is left unsupervised with the family pet. As a mom to a 6 and 10 yr old and an owner of apbt(american pit bull terrier) who is papered and shown in weight pull.That it is the irresponsible dog owners who are seriously at fault. A dog is a dog is a dog. They will go by instinct. Children need to learn how to deal with these dogs while the parent is present and learn how not to get bit. Young children do stupid things to dogs. Plus being at eye level is usually a challenge to any dog. Staring them in the face. When I was young and so small my grandpa always said never look a strange dog in the eyes. I’m sorry but most of these parents are at fault not the dogs. Punish the deed, not the breed.

  • Luke Thomas

    I thought you had an actual list. One isolated case isn’t going to make much of a debate. Just about a month or so ago in Florida a seven day old infant was literally EATEN by the family pet-a pit bull.

    By killing a pit bull, you save a child. Simple as that. They are used by thugs and gangs for dog fighting and to guard their dope crack and crank houses.

    I seen a lot of hispanics with pit bulls because it’s “macho” to keep one.

  • Luke Thomas

    Point is most people are NOT responsible pet owners and it’s impossible to legislate. That’s why we need to BAN the breed. Entirely.

  • Amanda

    Hello readers,
    American Pit Bull Terriers are not monsters. They’re dogs. And it’s very difficult for the average person (yes, that includes police officers, animal control officers, parents, teachers, etc. etc.) to correctly identify a pit bull. There are around 30 breeds commonly mistaken for pit bulls. Irresponsible, biased reporting has led to the demonization of what is actually a wonderful breed. That being said, dogs and children, especially toddlers, unsupervised…is a horrid idea. Pet owners and parents need to be more responsible. That being said, it’s terrible that any children have been injured or lost their lives. It didn’t have to happen. With a little owner accountability, it wouldn’t have. The list of dog breeds (although underrespresented by the media…as “pit bull” draws more of a reaction from the public…and it’s all about ratings…not reporting) that have been involved in attacks includes many different breeds. Pit bulls are not at the top of it. Again, the media sensationalism attached to the word “pit bull” has done a tremendous amount of damage, in that people, obviously such as the commenter above, believe everything that’s printed…and believe that if it doesn’t HIT the press…it didn’t happen. Banning one breed will not help children stay safe around dogs. It’s an ignorant thing to say…although not particularly surprising considering the racial dig thrown in at the end of his comment. For information about the true nature of the American Pit bull terrier, please follow my advice and check these links. I’m a public school teacher. Hopefully readers of this blog…which I’m assuming is frequented by parents who respect truth, facts, and dislike hatred, bias, stereotyping, and discrimination…will follow my advice instead of someone who makes blanket statements based on nothing.


  • Fran C.

    WOW the BSL Lobby group is on this like stink once again spreading their fear mongroling. Sadly many deaths, especially of children, can be prevented by education, knowledge, responsible and intelligent dog ownership. Instead of the fear mongroling I REALLY wish the media and sites like THIS would EDUCATE. Looks have nothing to do with a dogs dispostion, socialization and training. Look at the TASK FORCE done by the American Veterinary Medical Association called “A Community Approach to Dog Bite Prevention”. The PROS spent a FORTUNE putting it together and THAT will eliminate allot more terrible incidents than killing every short haired medium sized mutt. Italy was UP to 98 banned and/or restricted dogs. What do we KILL them ALL because of owner ignorance or irresponsibilty? As for the stereotyping? Haven’t we HAD enought of THAT throughout history also?

  • Luke Thomas

    American pit bulls ARE monsters – they can snap. Why do you think Home owners’ insurance companies BAN pit bulls or you must put out a HUGE policy – it’s because in most cases PIT BULLS cause a lot of damage to flesh and the home owner’s insurance companies get SUED. As far as I’m concerned people attracted to this breed of dog HAS SERIOUSLY GOT A SCREW LOOSE IN THEIR HEADS AND NEED TO SEE A PSYCHIATRIST. BADLY.

    For pete’s sake these are freaking DOGS – why should DOGS have more rights than the safety of children. PIT BULL ZEALOTS ARE SCREW BALLS!

  • Luke Thomas

    anybody who keeps a PIT BULLS with kids needs to seriously get their kids removed by Child Welfare because parents are so willing to expose their kids to these devil dogs.

  • Luke Thomas

    Pit bulls are EVIL looking mongrel dogs. Their ears are pinned back like they are about to attack and they have squinting evil eyes like the devil. They are by far the UGLIEST evilest wickest dogs on this face of the earth! I also notice a lot of people who own these devil dogs like them to have SPIKES on their collars to frighten people. People own these dogs to terrorize others. that’s the truth. Gangs own them to attack cops, use them as weapons against citizens when they rob them, and they also use them to guard their crack and cocaine houses. GET RID OF THESE DEVIL DOGS!!! THEY ARE EVIL!!!

  • Amanda

    Spewing hate causes loss of credibility. Your previous statement about Hispanics keeping the dogs to look tough reeks of prejudice, and your ignorant stereotyping habits regarding humans obviously carry over into the dog world.

    Children can be kept safe by enforcement of breed neutral dangerous dog laws, community education, and responsible parenting.

    Of course some insurance companies would jump on anything that could force people to pay higher premiums. There are also some insurance companies that refuse to participate in breed discrimination, as they realize DISCRIMINATION is wrong.

    Furthermore, you just said in your comments above that PEOPLE who intend to do harm to others are the problem. That’s the only thing I can actually agree with. It’s unfortunate that these wonderful dogs are often kept by PEOPLE who are MONSTERS. I don’t think those people should be allowed to have any dog. If pit bulls are banned, Luke, since you have all the answers, what will you do about the next breed of dog malicious PEOPLE keep for the wrong reasons? Do you propose that we continue to ban breed after breed while the real problem (irresponsible/criminal ownership) goes unpunished?

    Please do visit the following, linked sites to educate yourself. If you’re going to respond, please do not give us an opinion based rant about why you think the dogs look “evil”, and do not call me a zealot simply because I do not support unnecessary breed bans. If safety of children is your primary goal, then the criminals you’re referencing in your comments must be addressed. All dogs have teeth. All dogs can bite. The real problem is HUMAN responsibility or lack thereof.

    Perpetuating breed myths and stereotypes is also irresponsible and does nothing to protect children. It is ridiculously ignorant to assume that dog bite prevention is as simple as a breed ban. That’s like saying car crash prevention is as simple as banning, let’s say, Honda Civics…since they are very popular cars in this country and therefore probably involved in many more reported crashes than say Dodge Caliburs, which are less popular but JUST AS LIKELY TO CRASH IF OPERATED IRRESPONSIBLY.

    There are issues that need to be addressed, and breed bans do not address them at all. I’m glad that although Luke here disagrees with me, the following list of organizations is on my side regarding the ineffectiveness of breed bans. I’m a professional educator, and I am sure as parents and readers of this site you’d tend to agree with veterinarians, dog behaviorists/trainers, and scientists with the CDC moreso than hate comments on the internet. Here is a partial list of groups/organizations that oppose breed bans:

    American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
    Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
    American Animal Hospital Association
    American Dog Owner’s Association (ADOA)
    American Humane Society
    American Kennel Club (AKC)
    American Temperament Test Society
    Animal Welfare Federation of New Jersey
    Association of Pet Dog Trainers
    California Veterinary Medical Association
    Canadian Kennel Club
    Chicago Veterinary Medical Association
    Colorado Veterinary Medical Association
    Humane Associations of Georgia, Wisconsin, Ottawa, Idaho
    Humane Society of the United States
    International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants
    Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association
    Maryland Veterinary Medical Association
    National Animal Control Association
    National Animal Interest Alliance
    National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors
    New York State Veterinary Medical Association
    Texas Veterinary Medical Association

    …and COUNTLESS other SCIENCE and FACT based organizations of credible, educated professionals.

  • Pam

    I just have one comment.. LUKE THOMAS YOUR A F*** IDIOT!

  • Pam

    Hey, Luke Thomas.. did you happen to look under the “babie” section on this site??? Guess you didnt notice the 2 acticles about a poodle mix attacking a baby or the boxer that attacked a child huh??? better yet.. go look under the ‘child abuse” section.. I think men & women have hurt children awhole lot more than any pit bull has… hey, lets ban men, women, poodles and boxer.. :))

  • Pam

    We have cock fighting and bull fighting.. hey.. guess we should ban them too,. because they have it in them to fight!

  • Jo

    I love when I see the term “Pit Bull Zealots”, because it tells exactly WHO is doing the talking.

    I wonder “Luke” if you’d like to match fact to fact in a debate? Here and now?

    Your inability to back up scientific study and research, instead of your ‘devil dog’ dribble is pathetic.

    Whats even more pathetic is that ‘admin’ of this site would profess to provide ‘service’ to parents by starting a category of “Pit Bull Attacks” instead of ‘Bite Prevention Education’, including links such as the first national program Dogs and Storks ( that provides advice and direction for expecting parents that own dogs on preparing for the homecoming of their new baby…or sites that provide information on the dangers of chained dogs (since 9 of the 33 dog-bite-related-deaths in 2009 involved chained dogs), such as Dogs Deserve Better ( or Unchain Your dog (…or even bothered to actually research ‘dog attacks’ (


    Luke, put your wooden stakes and holy water away, they’re JUST DOGS, no different than any of the other 15 breeds of dogs that were involved in fatal dog-bite-related-deaths last year!

  • xaniv

    I work as an lvt, today a coworker was bit by a beagle when she went to say “hello”, the same dog lunged at me and bit his owner in the process. This dog, was fearful yes, however would come up to you WAGGING his tail and sniffing you in such a way that one would believe he was friendly. I also had a GOLDEN RETREIVER come in today,owned by a coworker that everyone was warning me about that this dog is beyond difficult to handle and has also attacked her kids. A couple of weeks ago a min pin/boston terrier mix came in the office from the town to have a rabies vaccination – we werent able to give it because it was so intent on biting us we weren’t able to muzzle it. Later that day, the owners of the lost dog were found and they brought the dog in – they were able to muzzle it and hold it for the vet to vaccinate. Last week we neutered/spayed two pitbulls who are living in the town shelter….never even received a growl out of them only tail thumps and licks. If you took an average of the dogs we had to muzzle in my veterinary experience, the number of actually “dangerous” pitbulls I have encountered could be counted by two fingers. Those two dogs also came from very very very questionable circumstances. The number of “dangerous” labs, goldens, or other breeds? I HAVE LOST COUNT. That is in SIX YEARS of service. If anyone is interested…i have video of pitbulls with wounds beyond words inflicted upon them, that I never ever ever ever needed to muzzle in order to treat. In fact they were sooo happy to be handled.

  • Children killed by pit bulls (partial list)

    Roddy Phillip Dumas Jr
    7-years old/Charlotte, NC
    April 14, 2004

    Anton Brown
    8-years old/Tampa, FL
    October 1, 2004

    Kamryn Billingsley
    1-month old/Shoreline Park, MS
    December 12, 2004

    Tyler Babcock
    6-years old | Clovis, CA
    January 2, 2005

    Lydia E. Chaplin
    14-years old/Erie, IL
    January 27, 2005

    Cassidy Jeter
    6-years old | Hamtramck, MI
    April 4, 2005

    Arianna Fleeman
    2-years old | Huntington, WV
    May 5, 2005

    Nicholas Faibish
    12-years old | San Francisco, CA
    June 3, 2005

    Dazavious K. Williams
    5-weeks old | Griffin, GA
    July 7, 2005

    Jonathan Martin
    2-years old | Suffolk, VA
    October 3, 2005

    Kylee Johnson
    14-months old | Louisville, KY
    November 6, 2005

    Cody Adair
    4-years old | Bartlesville, OK
    December 30, 2005

    Javelin Anderson
    15-months old | Conehatta, MS
    June 17th 2005

    Mireya Puga Davila
    3-years old | Hargill, TX
    July 25, 2006

    Allen L. Young
    22-months old | Bamberg, SC
    October 4, 2006

    Pedro Rios
    4-years old | Pasadenao, TX
    November 21, 2006

    Amber Jones
    10-years old | San Antonio, TX
    January 12, 2007

    Robynn Bradley
    2-years old | Lithonia, GA
    February 16, 2007

    Carolina Sotello
    2-years old | Combine, TX
    March 23, 2007

    Brian Palmer
    1-years old | Charleston, SC
    April 27, 2007

    Dandre Fisher
    3-years old | Hunter Army Airfield, GA
    May 26, 2007

    Sabin Jones-Abbott
    6-years old | Bath, NY
    June 27, 2007

    Zachary King Jr.
    7-years old | Minneapolis, MN
    August 16, 2007

    Scott Warren
    6-years old | Dallas, TX
    August 31, 2007

    Seth Lovitt
    11-years old | Killeen, TX
    November 7, 2007

    Holden Jernigan
    2-years old | Summerville, SC
    December 13, 2007

    Julian Slack
    3-years old | Camp Lejeune, NC
    May 14, 2008

    Tanner Joshua Monk
    7-years old | Breckenridge, TX
    May 18, 2008

    Pablo Lopez (Hernandez)
    5-years old | Weslaco, TX
    June 18, 2008

    Tony Evans Jr.
    3-years old | Jackson, MS
    June 22, 2008

    Isis Krieger
    6-years old | Anchorage, AK
    August 14, 2008

    Cenedi Kia Carey
    4-months old | North Las Vegas, NV
    September 12, 2008

    Katya Todesco
    5-years old | Simi Valley, CA
    September 26, 2008

    Iopeka Liptak
    2-months old | Waianae, HI
    October 5, 2008

    Alexander Adams
    2-years old | Las Vegas, NV
    November 26, 2008

    Cheyenne Peppers
    5-years old | Thomasville, GA
    January 6, 2009

    Tyson Miller
    18-months old | Luling, TX
    March 26, 2009

    Izaiah Gregory Cox
    7-months old | San Antonio, TX
    March 31, 2009

    Leonard Lovejoy Jr.
    11-months old | Eastpointe, MI
    April 22, 2009

    Justin Clinton
    10-years old | Leverett’s Chapel, TX
    June 15, 2009

    Gabrial Mandrell-Sauerhage
    3-years old | Johnson City, IL
    June 27, 2009

    John Doe
    3-days old | Rio, WV
    August 15, 2009

    Jasmine Deane
    23-months old | Orange County, VA
    September 27, 2009

    Colten Smith
    19-months old | Delhi, CA
    October 23, 2009

    Matthew Clayton Hurt
    2-years old | Prescott, AR
    October 28, 2009

    Destiny Marie Knox
    16-months old | Union County, MS
    November 5, 2009

    Omar Martinez
    3-years old | Apple Valley, CA
    January 9, 2010

    Anataisa Bingham
    5-years old | Terry, MS
    February 12, 2010

    Jane Doe
    5-days old | Conyers, GA
    February 23, 2010

    Thomas James Carter Jr.
    7-days old/ Port Richey, FL
    April 14, 2010

    Nathan Aguire
    2 Years old ] San Bernadino, CA
    May 28, 2010

    Savannah Gregg
    9 years old/Kokomo, IN
    June 3, 2010

  • Tracy

    I want to see some lists of all the children who DIDN’T get killed or bitten by “pits”. I would also like to see a list of children who have been bitten/killed by other breeds.

    Come on! This issue can be beaten like a dead horse and still there will be those ignorant people out there like this ‘luke’ charactor because people are more likely to believe whatever the tv tells them to. There are also people out here whose primary goal is to incite. Incite ignorance, anger, violence, lies and gossip. Luke, I suggest you go to a shelter and visit the homeless, abused, neglected, unloved, unwanted and sometimes condemned to death dogs that are there. Go see them all. Pet them and talk to them. Hopefully they will rub off on you some of the forgiveness that they give us after we treat them so badly. Rub off on you the unconditional love that they feel toward us when we can hate them so easily. Perhaps their goodness will rub off on you and you will be able to be a kinder, more understanding person with a little bit of honor or pride. With a desire to help someone instead of hurt them. A desire to understand the poor dog whom is being viliafied by the very people to create them to begin with. To want to be e-d-u-c-a-t-e-d about the breed instead of ignorantly throwing around judgements about a dog whom he has so obviously NEVER EVEN SEEN UP CLOSE, MUCH LESS TOUCHED, OR KNOWN.


  • Loving animals has nothing to do with it. Owning something capable of killing me or my family by simply escaping out of a fence or off a chain is what it’s all about. Responsibility for your fellow human being. Sure you dog loves you and would never hurt you. Your dog would never bite the hand that feeds him. But, he wouldn’t think twice about biting me or mine.

  • john

    It’s the parents. You see the dogs tied to plywood dog houses with 40lb chains supposedly kept as family pets and the children die when the parents are too busy to notice the kids are sticking their heads in the dog house.

    It’s a shame we’re having this debate when the countries that have banned them have already proven that BSL doesn’t work.

    I’d love to see effective laws in effect that would push dog owners to treat their animals like animals instead of corn stalks.

    In most cases when behavioral laws are implemented they go the wrong direction by focuses on contain bad behavior instead of preventing it.

  • Porky

    Actually, several pittys have killed the hand that feeds them.

    True, many kids or adults have never been harmed, but one child death by pitbull is one too many. One case a baby was ripped from his aunts arms, and slayed.

    Heres the facts.

  • Tom

    Owners of pits/staffies etc etc are blinded by their love for their pet. Pits are the luck of the draw. It can be a perfect owner and perfect breeder and still attack. Last I checked bobcats, lynx, cougars etc were part of the cat family and they are now welcomed as pets. Pitbulls are too string and unpredictable for the general public. Put them to work on the military or catching imported boars under the supervision of dog handlers. Keep them out of the neighborhoods. Its not racism as it is not the color of the fur. It is the physical attribues of the pit and lack of any valid arguement presented by emotionally attached owners which makes BSL an obvious choice.

  • Olivia

    As an expecting mother (in two months) who is always looking for good sources of parent information, I stumbled upon this site and assumed that judging by the title, the Imperfect Parent, that the content would be about being a responsible parent. Instead, I stumble upon this ignorant and fear mongering article about a breed of dog. I would assume that, again, given the website name that you might want to touch on the negligent dog owners (of any breed) who allow their children to be left unattended with their dogs, and/or give tips of dog/child safety, and how to avoid an attack by a strange dog since I have met far too many parents who will allow their children to rush up to my own pit bulls. Yes, I am a pit bull owner but my position is based on my overwhelming knowledge of canine behavior and ALL breeds are capable of exhibiting dangerous behavior. Instead, you perpetuate ridiculous stories based on hearsay and news reports which are more often inaccurate or fail to give you the whole story. Your energies would be far more productive in helping to educate parents on dog/child safety, and teaching parents how to read the canine body language expressed by their dogs. You might also want to do some research since you might learn that many breeds have been known to have killed infants/toddlers. Getting rid of pit bulls will NOT prevent children (of often ignorant owners) by being harmed by dogs. Hopefully, people who read this blog are not led to believe that any dog except pit bulls are safe with their children, or I at least hope that you will take partial responsibility for perpetuating their false sense of security when their children are injured by their labs, goldens, or any other breed of dog also capable of harm.

  • Sandy

    No parent or babysitter should leave a child alone with any dog no matter what the breed, but I think the biggest problem with pit bulls is irresponsible breeding. Nobody can deny that most bill pulls are bred to be aggressive in back alleys and poor conditions. Responsible breeders would euthanize a line of dogs that showed aggression instead of encouraging it as dog fighters do. One way to stop the child deaths and mutilations would be for shelters and adoption centers to stop adopting out pit bulls. These dogs come in of unknown heritage and unknown circumstances, and they are adopted out to an unsuspecting public. This practice must stop. If pit bulls were restricted to licensed and traceable dogs, then most of this problem would come under control. Parents and dog owners should be held criminally liable for these dog attacks.