An Alabama 4-year-old girl, who was playing in her partially fenced-in yard, was mauled to death by multiple dogs Wednesday afternoon. The girl’s grandfather spotted one large dog standing over her lifeless body, but it is believed that multiple dogs were involved in the attack; among them, a Labrador retriever mix and large German shepherd mix.
Currently two dogs believed to have been involved in the gruesome attack have been taken into custody and are being held, according to police, by a local veterinarian’s office. The name and details of the owner of the dogs have not been revealed but the canines have been quarantined to see if forensic evidence can be gathered to link the dogs to the attack. Law enforcement is seeking court orders to have both of these dogs, who are owned by people in the neighborhood, destroyed if there is a match.
The little girl was being supervised by her grandfather at the time the attack took place. Her grandfather went outside to check on the 4-year-old when he saw a white German Shepherd mix standing over her. The dog, who was attempting to drag her lifeless body away, belonged to a neighbor, according to the grandfather.
The attack happened on Lower Tuskegee Road which is about 33 miles east of Montgomery, on the south side of Tallassee, according to Jimmy Rodgers, Tallassee Police Chief. Once the grandfather saw his granddaughter being dragged by the neighbor’s German Shepherd mix he immediately yelled out at the dog and the canine ran off. The man picked up his granddaughter and carried her limp body into the house to call 911, but it was too late. The child, with grievous bites and claw wounds, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The owner of the shepherd mix has been identified and police are investigating to see if any criminal charges can be filed against the owner.
Janet Kahn, a neighbor, stated she considers the German Shepherd mix to be dangerous. Kahn said this same canine had early attacked her son’s chicken coop and killed every one of his chickens. She also said that she feels sorry for the owners of the dog because it must be painful knowing that your dog took a child’s life.
Police Chief Rodgers said this case hit officers and investigators very hard. Rodgers said in the 17 years that he has been with the Tallassee police department this is the first time they have had a child killed by a dog mauling.
Steve Bridgman, a Tallassee resident, said he graduated from a local high school with the grandfather of the little girl. He said when he heard the news he felt terrible to learn that a little child had been killed by a dog. Bridgman said it really hit home when he found out whose house and granddaughter it was. Bridgman said he has known this man all of his life. He went by to see his old classmate but there was no answer at the home; all he saw were children’s toys and bicycles scattered in the yard.
The local police department had not received any complaints about the canine before this tragedy, according to Rodgers. Tallassee City has a law which forbids owners from allowing their dogs to run at large, but the attack took place in Tallapoosa County where no such law exists. Police have reportedly urged everyone in the area to keep their dogs fenced in and leashed.
In Alabama a 4-year-old girl was mauled to death by multiple dogs. The child was playing in her yard when the attack took place. It is believed that multiple dogs were involved in the attack; among them, a Labrador retriever mix and large shepherd mix. Two dogs have been taken into custody to see if forensic evidence can be gathered to link the dogs to the attack.
By: Cherese Jackson (Virginia)
Wausau Daily Herald
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