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A Toddler in Oklahoma and a Woman in Louisiana are Killed by Pit Bulls in early January 2018

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

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In 2017, a total of 29 people in the U.S. died as a result of pit bull attacks. Sadly, the horrific trend continues. The first two pit bull fatalities in 2018 occurred before mid-January. The victims of the fatal pit bull attacks were 53-year-old Laura Ray of West Monroe, Louisiana, and 3-year-old Rylee Dodge of Duncan, Oklahoma.

Ray was working at a pet boarding facility when a pit bull mauled her to death on January 9. At approximately 11 p.m., deputies with the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office were called to the pet boarding establishment on Smith Street in West Monroe. Scotty Robinson, Ouachita Parish Police Jury President, said the awful scene was horrific. The deputies who responded to the call found that Ray had been critically injured, and she did not survive the savage pit bull attack. The previous owner of the pit bull had signed a document saying the dog did not have a history of aggression. Ouachita Parish Animal Control took custody of the pit bull, and the dog was euthanized. Ray was the mother of five children.

Rylee’s father had acquired the pit bull that killed her just five days before the deadly attack on January 14. The dog was kept in the fenced yard. The 3-year-old’s father left her with her grandmother and got a call approximately 20 minutes later. The man quickly returned home and discovered his mother laying on the pit bull and his daughter lifeless. The grandmother said Rylee had opened the front door to play with the pit bull. The dog attacked Rylee as soon as she opened the door. According to the Medical Examiner’s Office, the child’s cause of death was multiple blunt force and sharp injuries to her neck and head. Although the manner of death was ruled an accident, sources say criminal charges are pending.

Tragically, year after year, pit bulls are responsible for more fatal dog attacks than all other breeds put together and little to nothing is done, as far as new legislation to provide protection from this clear threat.

–Guest Contributor

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