Horrified Texas mother looks on as two-year-old daughter is mauled to death by family dog
The dog is believed to be a mix of the leopard cur breed, a hunting hound dog, and has been euthanized
According to the Brazoria County Sheriff, a two-year-old girl in Alvin was mauled to death by her family dog early Friday evening. The family dog allegedly attacked the toddler at around 5 pm Friday on the 3900 block of Morning Dove Street in Alvin. It was believed to be a mix of the leopard cur breed, a hunting hound dog, the Houston Chronicle reports.
"It's a terrible incident where the family dog attacked a two-year-old. We have no idea why," said Brazoria Sheriff Charles Wagner. "It's been a long time since we've had anything like this happen. It's a tragedy for all involved."
Lt. Varon Snelgrove reported that the dog had no known history of violence or aggression. He said the dog suddenly attacked the girl in the yard when the mother and children were walking back home from a shopping trip carrying a few bags. As soon as the hound caught hold of the toddler, it locked its jaw in around her upper torso and throat. "There's nothing the family could have done," Snelgrove said. "It's just a horrific, horrific incident."
However, the sheriff's office has chosen not to reveal the identity of the family at this time due to legal reasons. The dog was euthanized and Galveston County Medical Examiners will perform a routine autopsy on the victim.
While fatalities are rare, dog attacks are fairly common in the Houston area. Last year, two family dogs — a Labrador retriever and a schnauzer mix — attacked and killed an eight-week-old infant. Last month, a 13-year-old boy and a responding police officer were attacked by a pack of neighborhood pit bulls and a retriever.
Authorities shot one of the hounds, but it survived nonetheless. Another incident occurred in August, when two dogs attacked a Baytown woman while she was babysitting, leaving her severely injured.
In December, a 20-year-old Pearlman woman had to be rushed to a hospital by helicopter after she was attacked by one of her parent's dogs. Authorities shot and killed the dog in response. Law enforcement authorities in San Antonio recently reported a series of five cases of dog attacks in a span of three weeks in September wherein victims were left severely injured.