Dog Bite News & Info

Elderly Virginia Beach Woman Fatally Attacked by Pit Bull

An woman in her 90s has died after being attacked by a pit bull in Virginia Beach. Police say they arrived on scene around 7:30 PM the night of May 30, 2017. The woman had fallen and was attacked on the floor by a 1-year-old American pit bull terrier. She was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.News outlets reported that the woman suffered severe bites and lacerations in the attack. Tragically, the woman succumbed to her injuries this morning.

The woman’s family report that the dog was a family pet, weighing about 50 pounds. The dog has been quarantined at the Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center. No further details have been released about the incident, because it is still under investigation.

We send our condolences to the family of the victim. We’ll be sharing updates to the story as more information is released.

While pit bull advocates and critics have argued for years about the danger of the breed, there’s no denying the simple fact that all animals are unpredictable. Regardless of how well a family pet might be trained, they can act viciously when it is least expected. When that vicious behavior happens around young children or the elderly, potential for serious injury increases. It is likely that the victim simply wasn’t strong enough to fight off the dog.

All pet owners must be aware of the risks of housing these animals – and of the potential for serious attacks to occur. No pet owner is immune.

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