Pack of Bulldogs Kills 2 In Separate Attacks – USA Death Tolls Grows to 23

Edward Gierlach, 91, of Iosco Township, Michigan, and Cheryl Harper, 56, of Fowlerville, Michigan, were killed in separate attacks by a group of bulldogs on September 13, 2007. Ten bulldogs were seized by Livingston County Animal Control officers after the deadly attacks. The dogs belonged to a neighboring farm, according to police.

There have been 23 canine homicides in the USA in 2007 so far. Of these, only 5 have been in states that have substantially repealed the ancient one-bite rule. Three of the 5 deaths have been in Illinois, one of the 27 statutory liability states; only 2 have been in the other 26 statutory liability states.