Klonda Richey, 57-years old, was brutally attacked, stripped naked and killed by her neighbors two dogs in front of her home. Her death was “very traumatic, and very painful,” according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office. Dayton Police shot and killed both dogs on scene and reported the dogs were pit bulls. Mark Kumpf, the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center (ARC) director, then declared the dogs “mastiff-mixes” to the local media and “cane corsos” to the coroner’s office. Despite 13 complaints made by Richey to ARC about these dogs leading up to the lethal attack, no one at ARC had even seen the dogs prior to police killing them. The victim had also called 911 over 16 times to report issues with her neighbor and his dogs, built a two-tiered security fence and installed surveillance cameras for her safety and filed a civil stalking protection order against her neighbor, which was denied. As of February 23, 2014, no criminal charges have been filed against the dogs’ owners.
–Cat-loving woman mauled to death by neighbors’ dogs: GOP activist, 57, found naked and bitten at home she shared with 20 cats
*Both the Roman and the English ancestors of the Cane Corso were bred for hunting large game, to battle in warfare, as a guard dog, and for arena blood ‘sports’. As a hunting dog they were selectively bred to attack game such as wild boar or cougars. One ancient writer described them thus: “not speedy but impetuous, a fighter of great courage and incredible strength, to be employed against bulls and wild boar, undaunted even when confronted with a lion.” They were called canis pugnaces because of their willingness to fight to the death and their function of attacking wild animals. As guard dogs, they were always chained and never had the run of the property, because they were too dangerous. In the arena, they were used in spectacles that involved three or four of these pugnaces / molosser types mauling a bear, a horse or a lion to death slowly, though until the fall of the Roman Empire the victim could also be human (a slave or prisoner)2,3
In North America, from 1982-2013, Cane Corsos have seriously attacked 18 humans that resulted in 11 maimings and 1 fatality. In addition, a Cane Corso/Pit Bull mix attacked 1 person that resulted in a fatality.
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