Reports from out of Leesburg, VA are confirming that a 20 year old man, Carter Ridge Delaney died after being attacked by two dogs in his home.
The dogs, described, as 'pit bull type', belonged to Delaney's brother. According to reports, the dogs were usually outside dogs, however, were found inside the home.
The circumstances surrounding the attack are unknown at this point, however, it is believed that the dogs may have attacked Delaney's mother's dog, a Pug mix, that was found dead inside the home, and it is believed that Delaney may have been trying to protect the smaller dog and gotten in the middle of the dog fight and was fatally mauled.
Of course the Washington Post is running a poll currently asking if people think pit bull type dogs (whatever that is) should be banned. I've never seen that poll when any other breed of dog is involved in an attack.
As rare as it is for dogs to kill humans, it is even more rare for them to kill an adult. So far this year, five of the six fatal attacks (including this one) involved multiple dogs...and this is the first of the six to involve a 'pit bull-type' dog. In 2008, every incident of a fatal attack on an adult (7 total) involved multiple dogs.
Of these 13 total attacks, there have been nine different breeds of dogs involved. So while there are a few people out there continue to try to make this a breed issue (ie, the Post's poll), it is far from it. We must change the conversations away from "breeds" and onto dog behaviors.
I'll post more details here as they emerge.
This story was reported in 54 different media outlets.