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Toddler KILLED By Family Pit Bull!!

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Awful! This is just so terribly sad!

In south Fulton County near Union City, GA - 20 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta, a toddler was killed by the family's dog!!

The 2-year-old boy was attacked and killed by his family's pit bull when his mother was in the bathroom.

The dog had been in the family for eight years.

Neighbors noticed a commotion when they heard the mother screaming and saw her run out of the house and begin rolling around on the ground.

That's an absolutely heart breaking image.

We can't even begin to imagine what this woman was going through.

She was so distraught that she was brought to an area hospital for observation.

The authorities said the attack seems to be accidental and it's not clear if charges are going to be filed or if the dog will be euthanized.

That poor mother is in our thoughts and hearts.

[Image via Wikimedia Commons.]

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15 comments to “Toddler KILLED By Family Pit Bull!!”

  1. lizzie says – reply to this


    I really wish you didn't choose such violent images of pit bulls to go along with these stories. My heart goes out to this poor family, but a 2 year old should not be left alone with a large animal of any species. At the age of three I was attacked by a neighbors dog and had to have facial reconstruction surgery. As sad as the incident was, it was the fault of the adults who left me unattended with a dog near his food bowl, not the dog, who sadly was euthanized as a result. The majority of the violence that happens with dogs is the fault of the people around the dog, and I don't feel that the breed of the dog should be the issue. I feel like your site can fall in to the trap of perpetuating bully breed stereotypes which is a shame. I hope that as a fellow animal lover you will change the language and images you use in your stories.

  2. Ashley says – reply to this


    Perez, you are contributing to the TERRIBLE stereotypes pit bulls have. Putting a picture of an obviously vicious dog to portray the dog you speak of in this story, which I'm assuming is NOT the dog involved in this attack, is wrong and misleading. There are PLENTY of dog attacks on children that do not involve pit bulls, yet these go unheard of. It would be wonderful for somebody who has your type of following to EDUCATE YOURSELF on dog attacks and the history of pit bulls. Maybe you'd be reporting these stories in a different light, and maybe focusing more on the negligence of the parents in these types of situations.

  3. Justine says – reply to this


    I second lizzie and Ashley. Why was this image necessary? This site is obviously frequented by animal and dog lovers and I would assume most dog lovers understand how unfairly pit bulls are over-represented in the media in regards to violence and aggressive behavior. Using an image like this is kind of asking for backlash.

  4. Abbey says – reply to this


    Have you noticed how, in the news, if a dog attack is by a breed that is considered "dangerous" the breed is referred to by name (pitbull, doberman, rotweiler, etc). But if its any other type (golden retriever, lab, poodle, chihuahua, etc), it is referred to as a dog attack?

  5. Diane says – reply to this


    IDIOTS!!! You apparently don't know a thing about the breed.
    Get educated their DEADLY!!!!

  6. youREstupid says – reply to this


    Re: Diane – Apparently YOU don't know a thing about the breed. Also, as for the education bit, it's THEY'RE not THEIR, so your point is invalid. And things like this can happen with ANY breed. Small children should not be left alone with any animal. And Perez, SHAME ON YOU for posting this along with that horrible picture. As if the pit stereotype isn't bad enough already. It's not the breed, its the individual animal, how they are trained (or NOT trained, more specifically) and the ignorance of ANY BREED dog owner that leads to situations like this.

  7. SERIOUSLY? says – reply to this


    Re: youREstupid

    If it's all about how an animal is trained (or not trained) how do you explain this type of situation? This was the family's dog of 8 years. I'm sure they didn't train the family dog to attack the child and I doubt they thought the dog would attack their 2 year old, or else there is no way they would have left the dog near their child. I think one of the reasons you only see the breed listed as Pit Bull is that is most commonly the type of dog that attacks, and definitely the type of dog that most commonly causes serious injury or death when they do attack.

  8. susan says – reply to this


    Deaths by dog bites , as well as non fatal bites are are recorded and tracked. 12 people have died THIS year in dog attacks, 100 % of them were pit bulls. Not alleged pit bulls, or a dog that looked like a pit, but pits, every one. Get a clue. Nanny dogs are killing children, explain that, what does nanny mean? The graphic pic that is offending the nutters out there? Should it be a pic of a calm dogt?

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    Re: susan – I agree. Pit bulls have the combination of heavy muscles, strong jaws, and a natural territorial instinct. This makes them dangerous. Some breeds, like pit bulls and other territorial dogs, are very aware of the hierarchy in their families. Small children are not seen as alphas, and it is natural for these dogs to establish dominance over them - in this case with fatal consequences. We cannot pretend that there is no difference between breeds of dogs when clearly there is.

  10. J says – reply to this


    this poor dog has obviously been in dog fighting. look at his face. this is giving a terrible rep. to pitts. they are very loyal companions, owners must know the risks of owning a dog. do thorough background checks to see if it was raised in properly. and never hit your dog, teach your children how to interact w. dogs at a young age. i wouldnt suggest a pitt to someone w. a young child because the child may not know how to interact w. it, such as pulling its ears, hitting it, throwing things at it. i want a dog badly. but my daughter is not prepared yet, i am still introducing her to others peoples dogs, and teaching her how to take care of them, and give them commands only when needed.

  11. Glenn says – reply to this


    Re: Diane – I love how you say get educated and then spell "they're" wrong in the same sentence.

  12. cait says – reply to this


    Re: Diane – Perhaps you'd like to learn the English language? It figures someone who would make this comment would be a moron.

  13. Melly says – reply to this


    Re: Diane – Actually I know alot about this breed, I've had Pitbulls all my life. THEY'RE actually like any ordinary dog. Actually while I'm typing this my pitbull is snorning next to me and dreaming peacefully. She's the cutest ever. She has never bit me, she has play bitten me (which doesnt hurt at all) she's beautiful, Brindle red fur and brown/golden eyes. Any dog breed can be dangerous, even a lab or a golden retriever.

  14. Melly says – reply to this


    Re: susan – Nope, I doubt thats an actually fact but OKAY because a pit is like any other dog, maybe even sweeter.

  15. Melly says – reply to this


    Re: SERIOUSLY? – Any dog could do that.