Toddler Mauled By 7 Dogs: Pit Bulls Kill Georgia Girl In Family Yard

By iScienceTimes Staff on March 28, 2013 11:19 AM EDT

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A toddler mauled by 7 dogs, all pit bulls or pit bull mixes, in Georgia passed away Wednesday night. Pit bulls are responsible for the most deadly dog attacks in the U.S. (Photo: Creative Commons)

A toddler mauled by 7 dogs passed away on Wednesday. The 21-month-old, whose name has not been released, was attacked by 7 pit bulls in the backyard of her parents' home in Bryan County. The seven dogs, all pit bulls and pit bull mixes, were euthanized by Bryan Country Animal Control following the attack.

The attack took place around dusk on Wednesday. The International Business Times reports that the grandmother of the toddler mauled by 7 dogs was asleep in the house when she was woken up by a commotion outside. When she looked out the window, she saw the toddler being attacked.

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"[The toddler] habitually played with the dogs, all of them," Sheriff Clyde Smith said. "But they dragged her all over the yard. Something turned them on her. We don't know what."

The family has nine dogs all together. According to the Christian Post, the toddler's 12-year-old brother was also at home and may have taken the girl into the yard to play. It is also possible that the toddler exited the house through a doggy door.  It was unclear on Wednesday whether or not charges would be filed against the parents.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pit bulls and Rottweilers were involved in more than half of the 238 deaths that took place between 1979 and 1999 from dog attacks.

The tragic incident in Georgia involving the toddler mauled by 7 dogs comes on the heels of another dog mauling that happened in England. On Tuesday, 14-year-old Jade Anderson was savagely attacked by a pack of dogs at a friend's home in Great Manchester. CNN reports that the girl was attacked by an American bulldog, two Staffordshire bull terriers and a bull mastiff, and that policemen killed four of the dogs upon arriving at the residence and quarantined another.

Animal psychologist Roger Mugford told CNN that dog owners are often responsible for such horrendous events occurring.

"Everything is down to the owner," he said. "Owners know if their dog is a hazard or is not friendly."

He said that when a pack of dogs is left together in a home, they will behave in a territorial way, and that once one dog attacks, the others will probably join in.

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