A three-day-old baby was mauled to death in California by two male dogs which are said to be a mix of pit bull and shar-pei. Reportedly, the infant had been left on the couch just a few seconds when the dogs came through the back door and attacked the little girl. Unfortunately, the child’s mother left the back door open due to the heat. The 33-year-old woman thought her brother’s dogs were tied up in the yard and the child would be out of harm’s way. The little girl died on Monday, shortly after the attack at a local hospital.
At this time, no one has been charged, however, the investigation is ongoing. The owner of the two pit bull mixes surrendered the animals to the Central California Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) where the dogs are expected to be euthanized. It is not clear whether the dogs have attacked previously, but due to their actions on Monday, a mom has lost her daughter.
After learning of the horrible tragedy, people criticized the pit bull breed. This breed of dogs has maintained a bad rap for decades for different maulings that have taken place over the years. Pit Bull owners believe that the animal’s behavior is a result of the training the dog has received and when raised properly these can be some of the friendliest and most loving pets. Lovers of this breed have blamed the mother for being irresponsible while others say the dogs were unprovoked and are dangerous canines.
The newborn is the second person to die from a pit bull attack on Monday. A New Haven woman named Jocelyn Winfrey died after both eyes were bitten out, and several limbs mutilated, when a friend’s pit bulls (also identified as American bulldogs) mauled her. The 53-year-old woman was given a 50/50 chance of survival after the attack before she succumbed to her injuries on Monday. Winfrey was with the dogs’ owner, Dr. Hamilton Hicks when she was violently attacked, and reportedly, the pit bulls then turned on their owner. According to New Haven Alderman Brian Wingate:
My next-door neighbor started yelling, saying ‘the dog is attacking a female across the street.’ Neighbors ran over to help. We were jumping over, throwing rocks at the pit bulls as they were just basically eating her up.
Although many people have been victims of the pit bull breed, the majority are not infants. However, in February 2011, a baby was killed by a pet pit bull in Kalamazoo. Darius Tillman was 15-days old at the time of his death. The infant was mauled to death by the family’s one-year-old dog named Buster. According to the boy’s mother, Mallory Wildig, she found her son “mauled and partially consumed by Buster.”
Later, on Sept. 5, 2011, a two-week old baby boy was mauled to death by a family pit bull-mix. Brayden McCollen was in his baby carrier on the floor when the pit bull mix pushed through a pair of French doors to reach the baby. Reportedly, the canine sniffed him just seconds before he mauled the infant to death. Just one day prior, another infant boy was mauled to death in his Cypress, TX home. The 13-day-old baby was attacked while rocking in a baby swing in the living room.
Despite the many claims that pit bulls are loyal family pets, many stories can be found where people as young as a few days upward to well-aged adults have been mauled to death by these canines. On Monday, another baby was mauled to death by a mix of the breed.
The owner of Conyers K-9 Academy, Danny Lowery, told reporters “a dog will tell you before it bites.” However, the argument which supports that pit bulls frequently fail to communicate intention prior to an attack has been well documented by several humane groups. The breed may not bark, growl or stare before it attacks its victim. Due to selective breeding for the purposes of dogfighting, pit bulls also have been known to ignore traditional signs of submission and appeasement among other dogs.
By Cherese Jackson (Virginia)
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