One Bite Too Many
Levi was my son. I wanted him very much. I was almost 40 years old before I could conceive him. He was my baby. He was all I had. His dad, (not DNA dad) Johnny worked 3 jobs to support us and he did that well. He’s a track hoe operator for Prairie County Road Department. He also worked for the city of DeValls Bluff.
Levi grew up around farming and John Deere Tractors in Des Arc, Arkansas. The farmers would give him rides on them awesome tractors.
But most of all Levi wanted to be a police officer. It was his dream. His daddy’s best friends were the chief of police and Prairie county deputies Mark Spain and Ronnie Joshlin. He looked up to those guys. He would’ve been the best damn cop there ever was.
Levi touched many lives and losing him destroyed me, my home life, everything. I had to move away. I still have what I call the Vietnam flash backs. There was so much blood and I was the one who had to put my fingers in his jugular veins to try and plug the holes where he just bled to death in my arms.
It was only one bite. (By the family pit bull) One bite too many. A very loving mother Deborah Gail Sizemore. We were visiting. I was not the dog owner.
American Pit Bull Terrier
*The American Pit Bull Terrier is, like all the ‘bully’ breeds, one of this group of descendants of the British ‘bull and terrier’ type fighting bulldogs. Once imported into the United States, it was bred up to be bigger again, and again used in baiting animals and in dogfighting. The American Kennel Club (founded 1884) was unwilling to register these fighting dogs, so in 1898 the United Kennel Club was founded specifically to register working pit-fighting dogs and to promote dogfighting. In order to be registered, a dog had to first win three pit fights7,8,9. The American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT) became a ‘breed’. As dogfighting declined in popularity in the 1930s and 1940s, Colby (the most famous and prolific breeder of these dogs) began to search for a new market and began promoting the APBT as family pets10,11. This despite the fact that his breeding lines included child killers12
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