USA Records Its 17th Canine Homicide in 2007

On July 29, 2007, a 6-month-old pit bull in Bath, New York, killed 6-year-old Sabin Jones-Abbott of Steuben County, New York. The boy had been feeding the dog minutes before the attack.

In 2007, the USA has seen 17 canine homicides to date. 10 have been in “one bite states,” where the courts actually protect dog owners from their own negligence, even if it results in the death of another person. There are only 18 “one-bite states.” 

In states where every dog gets one free bite, less vigilance is required of dog owners, which probably results in more deaths. Two more deaths were in states having dog bite statutes which substantially confirm the one-bite rule (i.e., Tennessee and New York). The states that lead the 2007 death toll are Texas (6) and Georgia (3). 

For details about killings prior to this month, see Dangerous and Vicious Dogs. To learn about the deadly “one bite rule,” click here.