Pit Bull mixes are sadly front and center in the news as a pack of the dogs snuck through a hole in a neighbor’s fence and mauled a 2-year-old girl on the same day that another of the breed killed a 6-month-old baby.
The aunt of a two-year-old toddler pulled her niece to safety after the child was mauled by at least two XL “American Bully” dogs who entered her back yard from their owner’s property.
Ella McKevitt was playing in her 57-year-old aunt’s garden in Liverpool, England with some friends when she was “savaged” by one or more of the “huge” dogs. The aunt, who was looking after three young children, fought off the attack and ran to the front of the house carrying the child, screaming “The dog’s got the baby”.
Ella was bitten extensively on the face, neck and body by the animals who were kept in an adjacent garden but got through a hole in the fence, according to one of the victim’s relatives. She was taken by air ambulance to a nearby hospital where she had surgery and remains in serious but stable condition. The aunt suffered minor injuries in her effort to save the toddler.
Police confirmed that the dogs were XXL “American Bully” dogs, a breed developed as a “natural extension” of the American Pit Bull Terrier, with an “infusion of several other breeds” including the American Bulldog and the English Bulldog
The dogs’ owner, Andrew McGowan, 35, was charged on suspicion of having dangerous dogs out of control. Police have confirmed that there were 11 of the animals in the three-bedroom property next door. He reportedly bred the animals.
Two of the five adult dogs seized have been euthanized.
On the same day, a pit-bull mix attacked and killed a 6 month old baby north of Las Vegas, Nevada. The child had been playing in a baby walker near the pet about 1 p.m. when the dog suddenly began biting the child, reports Daily Mail.
“The baby’s mother was able to stop the attack, but the baby had already suffered significant injuries,” a spokesman for the Metropolitan Police Department stated.
The mother was the only adult in the house at the time. She called 911 and rode with the child in an ambulance to Centennial Hills Hospital Medical Center, where the baby was later pronounced dead.
“It’s an absolute, true tragedy,” Metro spokesman Larry Hadfield said at the scene Monday. Yellow crime-scene tape blocked off the small neighborhood street where the family lives.
— Stephanie Zepelin (@StephanieKTNV) May 8, 2017
H/T: Daily Mail