Girl, 2, Killed in Dog Attack in Miami-Dade
A South Florida family is coping with a terrible tragedy after a young girl was the victim of a dog attack just days before her second birthday.
Nyjah Espinosa, who would have celebrated her birthday on Christmas, was visiting at her father’s Miami-Dade home when his dog attacked her on Sunday.
Espinosa’s family was too distraught to speak with NBC 6 Tuesday afternoon.
NBC 6 exclusively obtained a photo of the dog authorities indicated was involved in the attack. Animal Services described the dog as a male American Bulldog mix that is 5 years old and weighs 95 pounds.
Nyjah Espinosa’s Funeral Services
On Sunday, December 20th, 2015, my granddaughter, Nyjah “Nyny” Espinosa, just 5 days shy of her 2nd birthday, was attacked by a pitbull. Doctors at Miami Children’s Hospital tried to keep her with us, but were unable to do so. Our little girl was no longer with us.
Please help our family give our little girl a final farewell with dignity. We are seeking to raise $5,000 to cover wake and funeral services including casket.
Please, help us. No donation is too small.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts,
Girl is killed by her father’s dog just five days shy of her second birthday
- Police say that Nyjah Espinosa was visiting her father at his Miami-Dade home when his dog attacked her on Sunday
- Animal Services described the dog as a male American Bulldog mix that weighs 95 pounds and is five years old
- The dog remains in Animal Services while police investigate the incident
A family is heartbroken after a girl was attacked by her father’s dog just five days shy of her second birthday which she would have celebrated on Christmas.
Animal Services described the dog as a male American Bulldog mix that weighs 95 pounds and is five years old.
The little girl was playing in the hallway when the dog attacked her. Police are investigating the incident. The girl’s father has not been identified at this time, reports NBC.
Nyjah’s grandmother Diley Gonzalez started a Go Fund Me page to pay for the girl’s funeral expenses. So far they have raised $9,147 when they only set a $5,000 goal.
‘On Sunday, December 20th, 2015, my granddaughter, Nyjah “Nyny” Espinosa, just 5 days shy of her 2nd birthday, was attacked by a pitbull.
Gonzalez described the dog as being a pit bull but Animal Services say it was an American Bulldog mix. The dog remains at Animal Services during the pending investigation.
Neighbors were shocked and troubled by the incident.
‘Yeah, I seen the little girl outside playing sometimes, you know,’ Artis Townsend said.
‘Everybody is outside with her. They just have family a lot outside.’
Neighbor Jerra Groce said: ‘I think it’s sad and you know, have to be careful where your kids are.’
Christmas baby killed by pit bulls because Miami-Dade law is not enforced
Second child killed by an “American bulldog” in 18 months
But even if the call had been made, “American bulldogs, which are sometimes confused with pit bulls, are allowed,” Miller summarized of statements by Miami-Dade Animal Services chief of shelter operations and enforcement Kathleen Labrada, under whom Miami-Dade Animal Services had investigated at least four previous disfiguring attacks by “American bulldogs” in 2014 alone.
Miami-Dade County Ordinance #89-22, § 3, 4-4-89,Section 5-17.1 stipulates that “The term ‘pit bull dog’ as used within this article shall refer to any dog which exhibits those distinguishing characteristics which: (1) Substantially conform to the standards established by the American Kennel Club for American Staffordshire Terriers or Staffordshire Bull Terriers; or (2) Substantially conform to the standards established by the United Kennel Club for American Pit Bull Terriers.”
The Miami-Dade County ordinance adds the qualifications that “Technical deficiencies in the dog’s conformance to the standards shall not be construed to indicate that the subject dog is not a ‘pit bull dog’ under this article.”
The Miami-Dade ordinance exemplifies the simplest and oldest of three different approaches to breed-specific legislation meant to curb pit bull proliferation and the problems associated with pit bulls, including attacks on humans and other animals; dogfighting; the frequent use of pit bulls as accessories to other crimes including selling drugs, extortion, domestic violence, and pimping; and the strain on animal shelters of having to often house dangerous dogs who cannot be safely kept with
other dogs and will usually be killed, after a holding period of several days, due to lack of safe adoption prospects.
Like the highly successful Denver ordinance, which is nonetheless equally unpopular with many animal advocates, the Miami-Dade ordinance was passed in 1989, and outright prohibits possession of pit bulls.
Despite the frequent howling of pit bull advocates that breed-specific legislation “doesn’t work,” and despite a tendency among both Denver and Miami-Dade animal control officials to interpret the definition of “pit bull” in a manner that allows possession of many pit bull variants, Denver and Miami-Dade before Javon Dade Jr.’s death were among the most populated U.S. jurisdictions that had no pit bull fatalities since their ordinances took effect.
The remainder of Colorado has had at least one pit bull fatality since 1989 and many close calls; 19 people have been killed by pit bulls elsewhere in Florida.
Pit bull advocates often allege that outright prohibitions, like those in effect in Denver and Miami-Dade, condemn pit bulls to death just for existing. In truth, all U.S. and Canadian pit bull bans to date, including those in Denver and Miami-Dade, have either allowed reasonable time for people found in possession of pit bulls to relocate them, or have contained “grandfather clauses” allowing pit bulls already within the jurisdiction when the ban was passed to remain, providing that they are sterilized, vaccinated, insured against liability, licensed, and safely confined.
Far from resulting in pit bulls being killed, the Miami-Dade and Denver ordinances have resulted in Miami-Dade ranking second only to Denver among major U.S. cities in fewest pit bulls impounded and killed per 1,000 human residents.
New York City and San Francisco rank third and fourth. New York City excludes pit bulls from public housing; San Francisco requires that pit bulls be sterilized.
2015 Dog Bite Fatality: Visiting Child Killed by Father’s Pit Bull-Type Dog in Miami-Dade County
Interchangeable Breed Labels in Miami-Dade
UPDATE 12/30/15: After a serious or fatal attack, there is rarely a “pit bull-mix” designation in Miami-Dade County, which has banned pit bulls since 1989. The labeling is either a purebred pit bull, where the ordinance must apply, or a mix that excludes pit bulls, such as the following assigned by Miami-Dade Animal Services after 3 recent fatal attacks: American bulldog-lab mix,American bulldog-mix (unspecified), lab-mix (unspecified) and terrier-mix (woefully unspecified).
Three people have been killed by variances of Miami-Dade’s “breed labeling game,” primarily American bulldog-mixes, since August 2014.
In a jurisdiction that bans pit bulls and pit bull-mixes, Miami-Dade Animal Services (MDAS) assigns these suspicious labels to a dizzying number of dogs available for adoption, many which should be in violation of the county ban ordinance. Also noted are the unrealistic weights of the three adult male alleged American bulldog-mixes, which show a weight common of an adult male pit bull, not an adult male American bulldog, which typically falls between 70 and 130 pounds.
The term Bulldog is most commonly referring to the English Bulldog, although there are variations in the breed, such as the American Bulldog, Olde English Bulldogge, and the French Bulldog. The original Bulldog was used in the blood sport of bull and bear baiting, until those were outlawed in 1835. In New York in the mid 17th century, the Governor brought in Bulldogs to round up wild bulls. The English and French Bulldogs (but not the other variants) were eventually crossed with a pug, and no longer have the attributes of bull baiters. The Olde English Bulldogge is a recreation of the original bull-baiting, pit-fighting bulldog of Elizabethan days and is considered one of the Pit Bull breeds. The American Bulldog is a mix of these original fighting bulldogs and a mastiff type, and is also considered a Pit Bull breed. See Section Two for information about these two Bulldog types.
Unlike the English and the French Bulldogs, the Olde English Bulldogge and the American Bulldog were not mixed with Pug or other purely companion breeds. The Olde English Bulldogge is a recreation of the original bear-baiting, horse-baiting, pit-fighting bulldog of Elizabethan England. The American Bulldog is a mix of these original bulldogs with a mastiff type1,2.
All three of these Bulldogs are considered Pit Bull breeds. For more detailed information, please see our American Pit Bull Terrier page.The Boston Bulldog is smaller than these two, but it is also considered a fighting breed, created by mixing Pit Bull with the Boston Terrier (the Boston Terrier is a slender terrier type that functions mostly as a companion breed)1,2. The Boston Bulldog is no longer very popular as a fighting dog because of its small size, but it retains the characteristics it was originally bred for.
Why Do We Call Them ‘Pit Bull Type Dogs’?
We use the term ‘pit bull type dog’ because that is biologically the most accurate term. In order to understand this, you have to look at the biological history of the present day pit bull type dogs. Their history is twofold.
The bulldog: The bull-baiting, bear-baiting, horse-shredding ‘bulldog’ has existed at least since the reign of Richard III in England (1452 – 1485), when watching ‘bulldogs’ slowly torture bulls, bears, horses and other animals to death was considered normal public entertainment. These dogs were also used to hunt wild boar, not only tracking the boar but engaging directly in killing it, and in dogfighting matches where they were pitted against each other in fights to the death. There were no breed clubs to give these dogs fancy names — they were called simply ‘bulldogs’. The term ‘pit bull’ was an American variation on the same theme, referring to any of the pit fighting bulldog types.
Until the late 19th century, the only pedigree that mattered for any bulldog was its fighting pedigree – the list of kills it had committed on some other bulldog in the fighting pit. It wasn’t until early in the 20th century, as dogfighting declined, that the breeders of these dogs sought other ways to sell them. They turned to the new kennel clubs, which had been established to cater to the upper class hobby of breeding dogs for shows. After much lobbying, the 1930s saw the registration and re-branding of the pit fighting bulldogs by various kennel clubs, always with a name intended to hide the type’s bloody history (eg, changing this molosser’s name from bulldog to ‘Staffordshire terrier’). Since that first deception, many new breed clubs have arisen, dedicated to producing slight physical variation in the fighting bulldog so as to claim a new pit bull type ‘breed’ all their own (eg, American Bully, Pit Bull XXL, Olde English Bulldogge, American Bulldog).
All of these dogs in fact come from the same limited gene pool, all of them retaining both the physical and the behavioral traits that have always typified the fighting bulldog. Pasting a new ‘breed’ label on yet another slight variation of the pit fighting bulldog does not change this fact.
POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS DOG BREEDS
This is a list of dog breeds that have a history of being potentially dangerous to people, especially children. Daxton’s Friends for Canine Education and Awareness understands that any dog has the ability to bite or inflict serious harm to humans. This list consists of several dog breeds that have a higher than average number of recorded human fatalities. Please use extreme caution if you choose to bring one of these breeds into your home. Rental communities and homeowners insurance may restrict many of the dog breeds on this list due to the likelihood of a serious incident.
Pit Bulls, Mastiff, and Rottweiler lead in fatalities and are listed first. The rest of the breeds are listed in alphabetical order:
Pit Bull Terrier Family
- American Bulldog
- American Pit Bull Terrier
- American Staffordshire Terrier
- English/Standard Bull Terrier
- Miniature Bull Terrier
- Olde English Bulldog
- Staffordshire Bull Terrier
- Cane Corso/Italian Mastiff
- Dogo Argentino
- English Mastiff
- Fila Brasileiro
- Dogue de Bordeaux/French Mastiff
- Great Dane/German Mastiff
- Presa Canario
- St. Bernard/Alpine Mastiff
2015 Dog Bite Related Fatalities in the U.S.
Updated after each fatality following fact finding research on Protect Children From Pit Bulls & Other Dangerous Dogs on Facebook
35 Dog Bite Related Fatality
27 by Pit Bull/Pit Bull Mix
2 by Rottweiler
1 by Golden/mixed breed
1 by American bulldog, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Labrador mix
By Age :
By State :
NM – 1 death
MD – 1 death
FL – 3 death
IA – 1 death
AR – 1 death
PA – 1 death
W. VA – 1 death
TX – 5 death
SD – 1 death
AR – 1 death
GA – 1 death
NV – 1 death
IL – 1 death
OK – 3 death
NC – 2 death
OH – 1 death
SC – 1 death
AL – 1 death
CA – 3 death
WV – 1 death
NY – 2 death
TN – 1 death
MI – 2 death
Names and ages of the deceased:
Unidentified Native American – about 40 y,o. – Gallup, NM – Pack of Feral Dogs [1.2.15]
Eugene W. Smith – 87- Frederick, MD – 1 Pit Bull [1.7.15]
Declin Moss – 18 months – Brooksville, FL – 2 Pit Bulls [1.19.15]
Malaki Mildward – 7yrs old – College Springs, IA – 2 Pit Bull/Bull Dog Mix [1.22.15]
Fredrick Crutchfield – 63 yrs old – Johnson county, AR – Pit Bull [ 2.4.15]
TayLynn DeVaughn – 2 yrs old – Pittsburgh, PA – Pit Bull [2.22.15]
Roy Higgenbotham – 62 yrs old – WHEELING, W.Va. – Pit Bull [3.8.15]
Betty Wood – 78 yrs old – SULPHUR SPRINGS, TX – Rottweiler [3.12.15]
Julia Charging Whirlwind – 49 yrs old – WHITE RIVER, SD – Pending [3.14.15]
Detrick Johnson – 36 yrs old – JEFFERSON COUNTY, AR – 7 Pit Bulls [3.21.15]
Neta Lee Adams – 81 yrs old – WASHINGTON, GA – Pending [3.31.15]
Kenneth Ford – 79 yrs old – NYE COUNTY, NV – Pit Bulls [4.14.15]
Brayden Wilson – 2 months old – Dallas, TX – Pit Bull [4.19.15]
Gaege Anthony Ramirez – 7 yrs old – NEW BRAUNFELS, TX – Pending [5.2.15]
James W. Nevils III – 5 yrs old – Chicago, IL – Pit Bull – [5.25.15]
Jordon Tyson Collins – 3 yrs old – Lawton, OK – Pit Bull – [6.28.15]
Norberto Legarda – 83 yrs old – Pecos, TX – Pit Bulls – [7.2.15]
Joshua Phillip Strother – 6 yrs old – Hendersonville, NC – Pit Bull – [7.7.15]
Annie L. Williams – 71 yrs old – Shaker Heights, OH – Pit Bull – [7.12.15]
Carolyn Lamp – 67 yrs old – COWETA, Ok – 3 Pit Bull/1 Rottweiler – [7.24.15]
Porsche Nicole Cartee – 25 yrs old – SPARTANBURG, SC – Pit Bull – [8.22.15]
Cathy Wheatcraft – 48 yrs old – DAVIE COUNTY, N.C. – Pit Bull – [8.24.15]
Barbara McCormick – 65 yrs old – Autauga County , AL – Golden/Mix – [8.2.15]
Emilio Rios Sr – 65 yrs old – Riverside County, CA. Pit Bulls – [8.8.15]
Carmen Reigada – 91 yrs old – Miami, FL. – American bulldog,Rhodesian Ridgeback, Labrador mix – [9.22.15]
Lamarkus Hakeem Hicks – 2 yrs old – Martinsburg, WV – Pit Bull – [9.28.15]
Edgar Brown – 60 yrs old – OKLAHOMA CITY, OK. – Pit Bulls – [10.16.15]
Tanner Smith – 5 yrs old – Vidor, TX – Pit Bulls – [10.19.15]
Amiyah Dunston – 9 yrs old – Elmont, NY – Pit Bull – [11.8.15]
Anthony Riggs – 57 yrs old – Madison County ,TN – Rottweiler – [11.12.15]
Carter Hartle – 11 months old – MARSHALL, NY – Pit Bull – [11.15.15]
Xavier Strickland – 4 yrs old – Detroit, MI – Pit Bulls – [12.2.15]
Rebecca Lillian-Kay Hardy – 22 yrs old – Port Huron, MI – Pit Bull, Husky-mix – [12.3.15]
Maria Torres – 57 yrs old – Gridley, CA – Pit Bulls – [12.16.15]
Nyjah Espinosa – 2 yrs old – Miami-Dade, Fl – Pit Bull Type (American Bulldog) – [12.20.15]
On average in 2015 someone was killed by a pit bull every 13 days. Some of these pit bull attacks were from the family dog that was well trained and had never shown signs of aggression before. The only common factor in these severe and often fatal attacks is not abuse or lack of training, it is breed. Choose the breed of dog you trust the lives of your loved ones with wisely.