Homicide and Felony Charges After This Weeks’ Two Pit Bull Attacks

On July 20, 2010, two pit bulls killed 71-year-old Wiliam Parker of Memphis, Tennessee, and injured 4 other people. Sherry Wooten, 23, has been charged with negligent homicide and four counts of felony reckless endangerment for the four others injured by the dogs. (Read the story by The Commercial Appeal.)

On July 22, 2010, Jacob Bisbee, a two-year-old boy, was killed by his step-grandfather’s pit bulls in Concord, California. The dog owner has been arrested on suspicion of child endangerment and owning a mischievous animal that caused great bodily injury or death, both felonies. (Video of this story by NBC.)

These are the 18th and 19th fatal dog attacks in the USA during 2010. Pit bulls have been responsible for most of the deaths. These arrests underscore the fact that pit bull owners are at risk for criminal prosecution when their dogs injure or kill other people.