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A Toddler is Killed by a Bull Mastiff in Killeen, Texas

Monday, March 3rd, 2014
Português do Brasil: Bull-mastiff brasileiro

Português do Brasil: Bull-mastiff brasileiro (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Another dog attack in Texas has resulted in a death.  In Killeen on Saturday, a 2-year-old boy died as a result of injuries sustained in a vicious dog attack.

According to the Killeen Police, at about 4:57 p.m. they responded to a call about gunshots being fired in the 4100 block of Pennington Drive.  They also learned, en route, that several children had been attacked by a dog.  When they arrived at the scene, the police discovered that an 8-year-old girl had non-life-threatening dog bite injuries and that a toddler was in critical condition.  The children were both quickly transported to Carl R Darnall Army Medical Center.  The 2-year-old did not survive his injuries; he was pronounced dead at 5:30 p.m.  The 8-year-old was reported to be in stable condition.

According to witnesses, the two children were with an 18-year-old man; and they had been at a playground.  As they were walking home, a Bull Mastiff ran out of a garage and attacked them.  The dog first attacked the 8-year-old.  When neighbors managed to pull the dog off of her, the Bull Mastiff went after the toddler.  The dog dragged the boy down the sidewalk, and then a neighbor fired several gunshots in order to scare the dog away.

A nearby neighbor, a nurse, went to the aid of the toddler; but the damage was too severe.

The dog is currently in quarantine at Killeen Animal Control.  Neighbors said they had never seen the dog behave aggressively before.  The dog’s owner was out of town when this tragic incident occurred; his mother was caring for the Bull Mastiff.

The Killeen Police Department said that within the last couple of weeks, there have been a couple of dog bite incidents; though dog attacks had been rare up to this time.  The children in the previous incidents survived their bites.  In at least one of those cases, the owner was charged with the Class C misdemeanor, dog at large.

By Killeen city ordinance, dogs are required to be on a leash whenever they are outside of a fenced yard.

If it is determined that a dog is registered as dangerous and causes a serious injury again, the owner can be charged with a Class C misdemeanor.  If a dangerous dog causes a person’s death, it’s a Class A misdemeanor; and the owner can be charged with a $10,000 penalty.

–Guest Contributor

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