The pit bull attack deaths of Jonathan Mendenhall, 34, in Springfield, Illinois, and Sandra Miller, 63, in Taylorsville, Utah, on November 6 and November 7, 2023, ran the year's total of pit bull attack fatalities in the U.S. and Canada to 47, and in the U.S. alone to 46.
Both numbers are new single-year records, with eight weeks left in the year.
Altogether, 57 Americans and Canadians have died in dog attacks thus far in 2023, only five behind the 2022 record total of 62.
Springfield pit bull attacked passers-by who tried to give victim CPR
Mendenhall, reported the Sangamon County Coroner's Office, was found "outside of a residence and unresponsive. While resuscitative efforts were underway, he was bitten several times."
Summarized WICS Newschannel 20, an ABC affiliate, "According to the Springfield Police Department, officers arrived on the scene and found a pit bull attacking a man lying on the ground.
"We're told the officer shot and killed the dog.
"We're told two people found Mendenhall unresponsive and tried to give him cardiopulmonary resuscitation before officials arrived.
"The pit bull then became aggravated and attacked all three of them. The two people trying to help Mendenhall sustained minor injuries.