Backyard bloodbath: California pit bull breeder savagely mauled to death by his own dogs

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A California pit bull breeder was brutally mauled to death by the very dogs he cared for in his own backyard.

The slain man's girlfriend made a gruesome discovery on Friday morning when she found her boyfriend's mutilated body lying in a kennel area. The Compton Fire Department, along with the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, responded to the backyard bloodbath around 8 a.m. after the woman called 911.

Aerial footage shows a woman carefully scaling a fence in an attempt to exit the backyard of the Compton home teeming with pit bulls.

Investigators say a surveillance camera caught the fatal mauling on video, which occurred between 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Thursday.

“He was feeding the dogs, at which point maybe there was an altercation between some of the dogs, and [they] ultimately attacked and mauled the victim," said Michael Gomez with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Homicide Bureau.

The Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control said authorities were cautious when rounding up the 13 pit bulls – five adult dogs and eight puppies.

Animal control officials will determine if any of the deadly pit bulls need to be euthanized.

"Preliminary information suggests that the deceased individual was involved in breeding and selling pit bulls,” animal control officials said in a statement.

The father of the deceased dog owner is "cooperating and has consented to signing over the dogs" to the Department of Animal Care and Control.

Department of Animal Care and Control director Marcia Mayeda said, "Our deepest sympathies are extended to the family and friends of the victim. We are committed to conducting a thorough investigation to determine the facts and ensure the safety and well-being of both the community and the animals involved."

Damian Wesley with the Compton Animal Rescue told KTLA, "It sucks that it brings awareness from a death. I hope that awareness is spread… that people need to take great care of their dogs. People need to understand that these dogs can kill somebody and hurt people."

The identity of the 35-year-old victim has yet to be released by authorities.

The investigation is still ongoing, according to authorities.

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4-year-old playing in backyard was mauled to death by dog; family says the boy was 'full of life'

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A 4-year-old boy was mauled to death by at least one dog when he was playing in the backyard of his grandmother's house in Detroit, Michigan.

The vicious dog attack happened in the city's west side just before 3 p.m. on Wednesday, according to police.

Detroit Police Department Cpl. Dan Donakowski said, "The dogs mauled the boy while he was in the backyard. He succumbed to his injuries. We're not sure if it's one or two dogs, but Animal Control has two dogs in custody."

The boy was pronounced dead at the site of the dog attack.

An adult was at home when the boy was killed in the deadly dog attack, according to police.

"The event was so horrific that people across the street could hear," attorney Peter O’Toole said. "They're the ones who contacted authorities right away."

The family believes the dogs jumped over the fence to maul the boy.

According to WXYZ-TV, "Police say the dog even dragged the child back to the other side through a gap in the fence. Neighbors a block away also heard his grandmother call for help."

Donakowski said it is believed that the dogs that mauled the little boy to death belong to a neighbor who lives behind the house of the grandmother.

The dogs were believed to be pit bulls or pit bull mixes, police said.

WILX reported, "As DPD and Detroit Animal Control investigated the scene, police chaplains held the family’s hand in prayer as they mourned the sudden and tragic death of the young child."

The boy has been identified as 4-year-old Lovell Anderson.

"Just full of life," Lovell’s aunt Monique Grant said of the slain boy. "We just ask for everybody's prayers right now."

Lovell's aunt Maple Blackshear remembered, "Just such a gentleman, so helpful. Just sweet."

Police Cmdr. Arnold Williams told reporters at the scene, "We’re trying to do everything that we can just to help everybody through this. The loss of a child who hasn’t really started their life is just something huge that nobody can really even fathom."

Williams added, "This reminds everybody, if you do have a dog to secure your dog to make sure your dog can’t get out. That’s the most important thing."

At the time of publication, the owner of the dogs has not been identified or charged.

Pit bulls taken into custody after 4-year-old killed in dog mauling in Detroit

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Indiana sheriff's deputy mauled to death in dog attack while protecting 8-year-old son from 'pit bull-type' dog she was dog-sitting

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An Indiana sheriff’s deputy was killed in a brutal dog attack while she was trying to protect her 8-year-old son, according to police.

Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy Tamieka White was mauled to death by a "pit bull-type" dog at her home in Indianapolis around 7:45 p.m. on Tuesday, police said. White was attempting to protect her son from the dog attack. However, the dog bit White's 8-year-old son.

Indianapolis police officers responded to the dog attack and found White dead at her home. A police officer reportedly shot and killed the dog after the animal charged at responding officers.

The boy suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

A neighbor told WTHR about the boy, "He was in shock. He kept repeating several things over and over concerning his mom. He wanted people to look at his injury, he kept saying that. It was underneath the clothing, so the paramedics and everybody took care of that."

Indianapolis Animal Care Services said that it took away the dead dog, three additional dogs, and a cat from White's house. The animal agency said it could not confirm the breed of the attacking dog without a DNA test, but said the dog was a "pit bull-type."

Indianapolis Animal Care Services noted that an animal control officer responded to a call about two aggressive dogs that were loose in the area on Saturday. The officer found two dogs that had gotten out of the backyard through a broken fence and a third dog was in the backyard.

The 46-year-old deputy had worked in the Judicial Enforcement Division of the Marion County Sheriff's Office since 2007.

A spokesperson with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department told the Indianapolis Star that the killer dog was not owned by White, but police have identified the owner. White was reportedly dog-sitting the animal at her home.

Marion County Sheriff Kerry Forestal said in a statement, "Deputy White was a bright light to all that knew her. We are immensely grateful for her nearly 17 years of service to our agency."

Brittany Seligman, White's commander at the Marion County Sheriff's Office, said, "She died last night protecting the most important person in her life."

The Marion County Sheriff's Office released a statement about the death of White:

It is with great sadness that the Marion County Sheriff’s Office shares the unexpected and tragic passing of one of our own, Deputy Tamieka White. Deputy White was a courageous and dedicated public servant, having worked with our agency since 2007. Most recently, she served in our Judicial Enforcement Division. She was a bright light to everyone, and will missed by all who knew her. We will work tirelessly to uphold her memory. Deputy White is survived by her son, who will always be a part of the MCSO family. Please keep her family, friends, and colleagues in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

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3-year-old Louisiana girl may never smile again after being mauled by foster dog that ate toddler's face: 'She was being thrown all over the place'

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A 3-year-old Louisiana girl may never smile again after being mauled in a vicious dog attack. The foster dog ate the little girl's face during the attack.

On March 16, Emily Roark was attacked by a foster dog that her family had brought into their home in less than 24 hours before the horrific attack. The girl's mother said the dog and the girl were "very sweet together," according to the Daily Mail. The dog, named Tater Tot, even let Emily give it kisses on the snout.

Rebekka Bolline, Emily's mother, said, "They had a good relationship. The dog let her kiss her face, on the snout, let her pet her and everything."

"The little bit of time that they were around each other, they were very sweet with each other," Bolline said. "Emily came downstairs and she was petting the dog from the back of the neck to his back, very, very softly."

Bolline recalled, "In a matter of seconds, it barked and latched on her face and then started shaking her side to side, while I'm screaming, 'Get off my baby! Get off my baby!'"

"When the dog bit and latched onto her, she didn't make a sound," the mother explained. "Her body went limp and she was being thrown all over the place."

"At that moment, I just thought that she wasn't going to make it and that she was going to die," Bolline said. "I didn't know how to help her. I couldn't get the dog off her. I kept screaming. I don't remember how I got the dog off – I blocked it out."

The mother reportedly said the dog eventually released Emily from its jaws, but not before the animal had "ingested" some of the toddler's flesh from her face.

"Her cheek was chewed up very badly," Bolline added. "The dog ingested some of her face."

Emily was rushed from her house in Slidell to a local hospital and then transferred to the Children's International Pediatrics Hospital in New Orleans.

Emily suffered muscle damage that may prevent her from ever smiling again. She also has wounds on her cheeks, lips, and inside her mouth. Emily will require multiple reconstruction surgeries.

Tater Tot was euthanized by animal control after the dog attack.

Bolline said the whole reason that they started fostering Tater Tot was because Emily desperately wanted a puppy.

The mother said Emily now has a "fear of animals."

Bolline said, "Every once in a while, she's in a lot of pain she'll point to herself and say, 'Mommy I die, mommy I die. Puppy was hungry,' which is heartbreaking."

A GoFundMe was launched to raise money to pay for medical treatment for the young girl.

"March 16th my 3-year-old daughter got attacked by a pitbull. We were fostering a dog and that morning as Emily was softly petting the dog it attacked her," the profile on the crowdfunding website reads. "The doctors say she will not be able to smile or eat on one side of her face and her tear duct may have been damaged as well. We were discharged yesterday but will need multiple reconstruction surgery. Anything helps, God bless."

Bolline said, "I will never trust a dog ever again. It snapped for no reason."

In February, a 6-year-old girl was mauled during a dog attack, The brutal assault in Maine forced the little girl to undergo a 12-hour emergency surgery and require more than 1,000 stitches.

A family friend said of the girl, "Her salivary glands aren’t working … and doctors said she won't be able to smile again. Muscles are too damaged."

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7-year-old Louisiana girl 'viciously' mauled to death by neighbor's pit bull, dog's owner arrested

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A 7-year-old Louisiana girl was mauled to death by a neighbor's pit bull. After the deadly attack, the dog's owner was arrested.

Around 6:35 p.m. on Friday, a pit bull "viciously" attacked Sadie Davila while the first-grader was playing outside a family member's house, according to arrest documents. The dog belonged to a neighbor about 150 yards from where Sadie was playing. The yard did not have fences to contain the pit bull, according to the police report.

A family member attempted to stop the pit bull attack by beating the animal with a cane, but the dog continued to maul the young girl.

Sadie was taken to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Medical staff at the hospital told investigators that the 7-year-old girl suffered "numerous dog bites to her face and substantial damage to her skull."

"My baby. She is only 7 years old. My mini me. The light in my heart. Words don’t exist for what this feeling is. My family is shattered. Please pray for us. Pray they press charges on the dog’s owners & hold them responsible," Sadie’s mother, Haley Anselmo, wrote on Facebook.

The Advocate reported that the girl's father, Mikey Davila, posted an Instagram story that said, "RIP my sweet Sadie Elizabeth, 7-years-old & taken from us in the most violent way. The world is a cruel place. You were the light in my heart."

Woodlawn Elementary remembered Sadie as a young girl "blossoming in the dawn of her life."

East Baton Rouge schools Superintendent Sito Narcisse said, "Young Sadie was blossoming in the dawn of her life and education with so much promise awaiting her. It is difficult to comprehend the enormous pain and remorse her family and friends are experiencing in the wake of this tragedy."

Sadie's first-grade teacher Grace Feucht said in a statement, "Sadie was fierce and spunky, but she was also tender hearted and kind. She brought energy and joy into my class every single time she stepped in the door. She was fearless and would sing her heart out in front of her classmates."

East Baton Rouge Animal Control officers found and captured the dog later that night. The pit bull had blood around its face and mouth, according to the affidavit. A "substantial" amount of blood was found in the yard where Sadie had been playing.

East Baton Rouge Animal Control director Daniel Piatkiewicz said the dog was euthanized on the night of Sadie's death.

The dog's owner, Erick Lopez, was arrested and booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on Saturday, according to East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks. He was charged with negligent homicide, according to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office.

Lopez told police that he wasn't home during the time of the dog attack and that he regularly allows the pit bull to roam around the neighborhood.

Investigators determined that Lopez "failed to confine or restrain his dog, which unlawfully entered a neighboring property and attacked a 7-year-old female victim, causing her death."

East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said, "This is an awful, heart-breaking tragedy. My heart goes out to this family, and they will remain in my prayers."

Sheriff: 7-year-old girl dies after pit bull attack in Baton Rouge

In October, two small children in Tennessee were mauled to death by the family's two pit bulls. The mother of the children was also attacked by the pit bulls. She survived the dog attack, but needed medical attention at a local hospital.

There are over 4.5 million people bitten by dogs in the U.S. each year, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Almost 1 in 5 people who are bitten by a dog require medical attention, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Between 2005 and 2020, there were 568 Americans killed by dogs, according to – a national dog bite victim's advocacy group. Of those fatalities by dogs, pit bulls were reportedly responsible for 67% of those deaths.

There were reportedly 26 fatal dog attacks in 2022.

Time magazine reported in 2014, "Pit bulls make up only 6% of the dog population, but they’re responsible for 68% of dog attacks and 52% of dog-related deaths since 1982, according to research compiled by Merritt Clifton, editor of Animals 24-7, an animal-news organization that focuses on humane work and animal-cruelty prevention."

Shocking video shows Philly men siccing dogs on family cat, cheering during the brutal mauling

A disturbing video out of Philadelphia shows two men siccing their dogs on a family cat.

The pair were walking their dogs in the Frankford neighborhood on Tuesday morning, the Philly Voice reported. They noticed a cat on the front porch of a home and decided to sic their dogs on the cat, named "Buddy."

The men released the leashes and encouraged the dogs to attack the cat by repeatedly yelling, "Get him!"

The dogs brutally ripped the helpless cat to shreds, as seen in video captured by a surveillance camera outside a family's home. As the cat is being thrashed, one of the dog owners gleefully screams, "Good boy!"

The mauling only ended when a man exited the house to prevent the cat from being killed.

Buddy suffered life-threatening injuries and was rushed to a nearby animal hospital. The cat is still undergoing treatment.

The Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals posted the video of the heinous attack on social media in order to try to identify the men who ordered the dogs to attack the cat. The attack is blurred out in the video clip because it is so graphic.

The two men face felony charges of animal fighting and animal cruelty – both of which are felonies that could result in up to seven years in jail, according to the SPCA.

"This act of cruelty is especially heinous for its apparent intentional nature," said Pennsylvania SPCA CEO Julie Klim. "An innocent animal simply sitting on a porch may lose its life for absolutely no reason. Animals are beloved members of our family, and should be treated as such."

Philadelphia police have launched an investigation into the grisly attack.

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WARNING - THIS CONTENT IS DISTURBING \n\nThe Pennsylvania SPCA is asking for the public\u2019s help identifying two individuals who appear to be responsible for an intentional dog attack on a family\u2019s cat in the city\u2019s Frankford neighborhood this
— Pennsylvania SPCA (@Pennsylvania SPCA) 1647972780

On Wednesday, the Pennsylvania SPCA provided an update on the status of Buddy the cat: "Last night, Buddy was sent to an ER vet to be closely monitored. He made it through the night. He continues to be in extremely critical condition. We are (very) cautiously optimistic."

The animal welfare organization said on Thursday that the "fierce" cat remains in critical condition, adding, "The outpouring of support has been nothing short of amazing."

BUDDY UPDATE: Last night, Buddy was sent to an ER vet to be closely monitored. He made it through the night. He continues to be in extremely critical condition. \n\nWe are (very) cautiously optimistic.\n\nTo donate toward his medical care:\u00a0 or venmo
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"Though he be but little, he is fierce."\n\nBuddy remains in critical condition, but we are cautiously optimistic.\n\nThe outpouring of support has been nothing short of amazing.\n\nThank you to our friends at @ACCTPhilly who got him to us, and to everyone who has shown up for
— Pennsylvania SPCA (@Pennsylvania SPCA) 1648136104

Anyone with information that could help investigators identify the two animal abusers is asked to call SPCA's cruelty hotline at (866) 601-7722 or send an email to Tips may be submitted anonymously.