One Person Dead After Attack By Three Pit Bulls In Escambia County, ESCO Says

February 26, 2023

One person died after being attacked by three pit bulls Friday night in Escambia County

It happened about 10:15 p.m. in the 400 block of Norris Avenue, off Massachusetts Avenue.

“A witness observed a male being attacked by three pit bulls. The witness managed to scare the dogs away and immediately called 911,” the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. “Unfortunately, due to the victim’s injuries sustained in the attack, he later died.”

Escambia County Animal Control was unable to locate the dogs Friday night. They returned with deputies at 8 a.m. Saturday.

“One pit bull was observed and attempted to avoid capture. The animal was still very aggressive and was shot by a deputy. The animal was captured and is receiving medical treatment,” ECSO said Saturday.

A second pit bull was later located and captured. At last report, the third dog had not been located.

The name of the victim was not released.


32 Responses to “One Person Dead After Attack By Three Pit Bulls In Escambia County, ESCO Says”

  1. David Huie Green on March 2nd, 2023 12:18 pm

    Top 10 Most Fatal Dog Breeds Table
    Breed. Deaths % of Total
    Pit bull 284 65.6%
    Rottweiler 45 10.4%
    German shepherd 20 4.6%
    Mixed-breed 17 3.9%

    And I cut off the other six. If it is lined up, good. If not, typo.
    Information from my buddy, Google, may or may not be correct.

  2. David Huie Green on March 2nd, 2023 12:08 pm

    “@David…. Ever heard of a “Typo” ???”

    Yes, I have. “an error (as of spelling) in typed or typeset material.

    This was more of a misstatement, presumably accidental.
    Wrong should be made right when possible.
    Go ahead and feel free to attack/correct mine. They are fairly common.

    David for better dogs and speleng

  3. Jordan on March 2nd, 2023 1:45 am

    @David…. Ever heard of a “Typo” ??? I haven’t myself gone to search but I’ll bet you top dollar the Op meant 66% of all deaths caused by dogs are from pitbulls while they are a small minority of overall dog population…

    Jordan for allowing and understanding that people will make grammatical typing errors…

  4. David Huie Green on March 1st, 2023 7:54 pm

    “Pit bulls account for 66% of the deaths of humans in America!”

    There is no way that is accurate.

    Heart disease: 695,547
    Cancer: 605,213
    COVID-19: 416,893
    Accidents (unintentional injuries): 224,935
    Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 162,890
    Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 142,342
    Alzheimer’s disease: 119,399
    Diabetes: 103,294
    Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis : 56,585
    Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 54,358

    And the list still hasn’t mentioned dogs.

  5. Bill on March 1st, 2023 8:37 am

    Research shows that breed specific legislation does not work. There are sweet pit bulls and there are highly aggressive pit bulls. Even though a trait of all terrier breeds is high agility and prey aggression,The problem lies with people.

    It would also help if the animal shelter would stop refusing to take in animals under the guise of ‘being full’. Our shelter has always been full. The only difference is that in the past, they were not afraid to euthanize to make space. Now that they refuse to address the problem and want animals left on the street. That is the exact reason why the frequency of dog bites is insanely high. Until the citizens demand the shelter take in animals, this problem will continue.

  6. LHM on February 28th, 2023 12:28 pm

    My Sincere Condolences to the Family. Such a tragedy for all. My wish, may you soon find Peace when hear this loved ones name and Laughter within the stories you will share. My hope, finding the people accountable to contributing to this and hold them to the fullest extent of the law.

    I am not taking stance on Ban or Not Ban because a Pack Mentality changes all the dynamics(for any mammal). The term “pit bull” usually doesn’t refer to a single dog breed. Pit bull is generally used as a broad description for a type of dog. Many dog breeds may be classified as pit bulls, including: American Staffordshire Terriers, American Bull Terriers, American Pit Bull Terriers, American Bulldogs. So when you hear “Pit Bull” and pit bull bans, pit bull bite statistics, and pit bull abandonment rates, they all refer to a much larger group of dogs than you’d imagine. Grouping so many dogs together under one label can skew statistics and lead to harmful stereotypes and consequences on all, which is a Real Thing.

    Daily “Life” has all of us interacting with mammals that can (and do) kill instantly. I acknowledge and respect that daily. I am talking about the mammals that drive the car beside me with their nose in the phone, the mammals that I saddle up and ride as a hobby, the mammals that drive by me as I walk through a grocery store parking lot, the mammals that wait behind you in line anywhere, etc.

    Hold Those Accountable for their wrong doing/actions(or lack of) and I truly believe we would see a change.

  7. John Bone Jones on February 27th, 2023 4:04 pm

    @Mike… hey, don’t mess with my Boston Terrier, she’ll leave a mark!

    But seriously, these dogs are very strong and probably shouldn’t be owned by irresponsible people. I’ve known many people with pit bulls, though. Nice people who had pits I never had issues with. But it’s sad to see people who treat them badly and only own them because it’s the cool and tough thing, now.

  8. Mike on February 27th, 2023 12:13 pm

    Pit bulls only comprise around 6.5% of the dog population in the U.S. but are responsible for 65.6% of the fatal dog attacks. Rottweilers are the second dangerous breed; they are responsible for 10.4% of fatal dog attacks. You can blame the owners for these attacks, but the numbers show very clearly that pit bulls ARE dangerous. Have you ever heard of Jack Russels or Boston Terriers killing people?

  9. Ignoranceisblisstowho? on February 27th, 2023 12:10 pm

    @James Leigh
    Account for 66% of the human deaths in America…
    Seriously? Did you just make that up or did you watch a tictoc that told you that? Either way you are a moron.
    Humans kill humans because there are those certain individuals just born defective. Lucky for us they didnt “ban the breed.” Dont you think?

  10. BAN EVERYTHING on February 27th, 2023 12:03 pm



  11. TEM on February 27th, 2023 11:23 am

    Family in the Neighborhood have some Rotweilers that have gotten out and attacked a man . Sad Situation but somehow they still have the dogs ?

  12. James Leigh on February 27th, 2023 9:46 am

    Pit bulls account for 66% of the deaths of humans in America! People who blame the owners of these animals and the training must have pit bulls themselves. This breed and other breeds that are mixed with pit bulls have caused the most problems. It is time pit bulls were banned in America. At least ban them if Florida!!!

  13. Brad on February 27th, 2023 12:39 am

    Can you even comprehend losing your loved one’s life to … a DOG? If that were a family member of mine, I would not have the self-control to let that owner enjoy even 1 more day on Earth. Ban pit bulls.. what in God’s name are we doing? There are so many other breeds out there

  14. Jordan on February 26th, 2023 9:42 pm

    @Jim…. Cute story… A simple internet or YouTube search of “PIT BULL attacks” is all that’s needed to set the record straight concerning these breeds… They have the muscle mass of a bear and the bite of an alligator, yeah nothing to see here… Majority of these pit owners are just out for clout… Look at me I have a ferocious animal am I cool now… Past time to end this trendy facade…

  15. RA on February 26th, 2023 8:00 pm

    I enjoy walking for exercise but am tired of some pet owners not being responsible and keeping their dogs under their control. The leash law in this county is ignored by many. Numerous times I have had to fend off a dog that shouldn’t have been running loose. This person suffered greatly and the owner(s) should be made responsible if found.

  16. Jim on February 26th, 2023 7:57 pm

    I have had many dogs in my lifetime – Beagles, Labs, Shepards, Aussies, and mixed breeds. Our American Staffordshire Bull Terrier is by far the most intelligent, loving, and companionate dog I’ve ever had. Everyone who lives around us knows him and loves him.
    I will never have any other breed. Those people who immediately yell “ban ‘em, outlaw ‘ em, burn ‘em” fail to recognize that the issue is owners who intentionally train the dogs to be aggressive. You can do that with any dog.
    There are a lot of folks on here claiming authority, but it all sounds like the same anti-breed paranoia, the same old arguments.
    (BTW, There is no specific breed called a pit bull; pit bulls are either American bullys, American pit bull terriers, American Staffordshire terriers, Staffordshire bull terriers, American bulldogs, or a mix of these breeds.)

  17. Charlie Mike on February 26th, 2023 7:42 pm

    This is why I walk with a miniature bat/tire checker when I am walking my dog. We’ve been approached by several dogs but never attacked. The dog owners should be located an sued for everything they have.

  18. Bill on February 26th, 2023 6:58 pm

    Even with the deaths around the country and now locally certain people refuse to face the truth about these very dangerous dogs. If people being a mauled and a local man dying doesn’t convince you there’s no point trying to argue. Fortunately, despite the dishonest propaganda campaigns the tide is turning against pit bulls. People are scared of them, they don’t like them, and happily that’s bad news for the breed and their owners.

  19. Soobee on February 26th, 2023 6:09 pm

    This breed is “fashionable” to have right now. This happened with Dobermans at one point, German Shepherds and Rottweilers at other times. How many of the pitties have you seen dragging their owners down the street? These dogs are STRONG!! Labs are too. THESE owners are the problem. The dogs haven’t been trained, handled and given a chance to be a decent pet. Understandably, not all will be. I agree that any dog can become a problem and I prefer to have animals of a size we can handle and keep safely contained. Just because it’s cool to own one of these larger breeds, it’s not always the best idea. GO TO THE SHELTER and look into the eyes of so many of these poor dogs who have used and abused then let go. Rescues are full, the shelter is full but the breeding continues. Many have never seen a vet until they landed at the shelter. Regardless of breed or size, pets should be contained and supervised.

  20. Kat on February 26th, 2023 4:32 pm

    It is not the dog or the breed.. it is the owners that train them like that.. I was raised around them and they were the best dogs with all of us kids..there is no reason to ban or outlaw them.. go after the owners for teaching them to be like that..

  21. Jj on February 26th, 2023 2:51 pm

    Bill and smh… let’s ban humans to they kill people… bulldog act like the people how raised them..

  22. Dick stevens on February 26th, 2023 2:42 pm

    To everyone saying ban the breed. They can be used as catch dogs for hog hunters. It’s not about the dog. It’s about the owners. We’ve used dogs to hunt since we figured out how. It’s definitely not the dogs fault.

  23. CW on February 26th, 2023 2:25 pm

    Pitbulls, like any other breed need to be socialized (with people and animals) from the time they are puppies. I’ve seen huge muscular pitbulls that were bossed around by dogs 1/4 their size.

    The issue is people teaching them to be mean, or putting them in the backyard on a logging chain where they never get any human interaction. I see it all the time, dogs like that don’t understand how to be pets because they were never taught any better. They get food thrown on the ground once a day and that’s it.

  24. AC on February 26th, 2023 2:17 pm

    I am an animal rights advocate and have worked rehabilitating dogs for many years. Sadly to say, I agree with all critical comments on the pit bull as a pet. If you love kids and are risk adversive, support the ban. All animals are dangerous, there is no need for people to keep dogs bred to take down bulls, period. Same advice in the event of an explosion of Mareemmano or Pyrenees populations. Let’s remember, Retrievers have the highest human bite count. Game dogs are bred to kill, if you don’t keep the game, don’t keep the dog.

  25. Dog lover on February 26th, 2023 1:47 pm

    I love dogs but we are responsible for letting them run all over the neighborhood. I agree with joy the owner should be held responsible for this man death. This makes me so sad.

  26. Hoosier Daddy on February 26th, 2023 1:45 pm

    I’ve noticed a large percentage of the “rescue” dogs offered for adoption from many of the pet societies appear to be older pit bulls. I personally do not want to have to dispose of any living creature, but I don’t want that type of dog around me.

  27. Charlotte Bates on February 26th, 2023 11:50 am

    So many people don’t seem to understand that its not how they are raised. That’’s a small percentage of it. It has a lot to do with prey drive. The higher the prey drive the more they want to kill. And when you get two or more dogs, not only pits, but dogs in general, it becomes a pack. A pack of dogs is dangerous. Praying for the family of the victim. So sad.

  28. mnon on February 26th, 2023 11:39 am

    Ban the breed, should be outlawed.. You guys must be Liberals and want the government running every aspect of your lives. The breed is fine, the owners are not.. ANY dog is made vicious by environment and conditioning.. It’s not the breed’s fault it is the owner’s fault and the fact that this breed is made vicious for dog fighting… I know Mass Ave. No shocker.

  29. Evelyn L Owen on February 26th, 2023 8:40 am

    I am so sorry for this loss. Praying for healing for this family. I hope they capture the third. Pits are good — until they are not! Find the owners of all three dogs and make them pay for this man’s funeral.

  30. joy on February 26th, 2023 7:04 am

    I LOVE dogs but this year people are letting their dogs run around-I do not want strange large dogs running thru my yard—I do not want to be surprised by one —-THIS man died a horrible death and the owners should be charged with his death—I feel so very sorry for this man and is family due to STUPID dog owners

  31. SMH… on February 26th, 2023 6:23 am

    This is so sad. Pit bulls should be outlawed. These dogs are vicious killers and I don’t understand why people try to treat them like they are regular pets. They will even turn on their owners and attack them. There are way too many news stories about them attacking people, especially children.

  32. Bill on February 26th, 2023 1:45 am

    Ban the breed.