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A 2-year-old Girl is Killed by Dogs in the Family’s Yard

Monday, September 26th, 2016
English: A female brindle American Pit Bull Te...

English: A female brindle American Pit Bull Terrier resting in tall grass at Carolina North Forest in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A toddler was reported missing in Topeka, Kansas, at about 8 pm Saturday night, September 24, 2016. According to Lt. Bryan Wheeles of the Topeka Police Department, police officers visited the residence on SW Carnahan Avenue. A search was initiated, and the 2-year-old girl was discovered dead in the family’s fenced-in yard. Investigators determined that a dog attack was the cause of death. Two dogs were at the scene, and they were seized by animal control. The breed of the dogs has not been revealed as yet. Police have not released information about the owners of the dogs, either.

Another horrible tragedy is that fatal dog attacks are far too common in the U.S. Before this fatality occurred over the weekend, 24 people had already died this year alone as a result of dog attacks. Of those 24, 19 are known to involve at least one pit bull or pit bull mix. Generous estimates are that pit bulls make up 7% of the canine population in this country, and yet the breed always commits more than half of all fatal dog attacks. In 2015, 82% or 28 total deaths caused by dogs involved pit bulls.

Although little is known about Saturday’s deadly dog attack, there are many things about fatal attacks that can be learned from past incidents. DogsBite.org is a website that compiles the information about this ongoing threat to society. Although dogs are beloved pets, and mostly for good reason, pit bulls that kill go after their owners or members of the family approximately half the time. These news stories, through horrific, should be reported on a more widespread basis, as a general warning to the public that dogs often cause death or serious injury.

–Guest Contributor

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