Skip to comments.Authorities Say Girl Died after Being Attacked by Dogs
Posted on 01/30/2005 6:57:53 PM PST by Aliska
ERIE, Ill. (AP) - The Whiteside County sheriff saya a 14-year-old girl whose body was found in a ditch died of exposure after being attacked by dogs. A sheriff's deputy found the body of Lydia Elaine Chaplin of rural Erie Thursday morning in a ditch about a half mile from her home. Her parents reported her missing after they discovered she wasn't in her bed. Sheriff Roger Schipper said that dogs were impounded Friday but the names of the owners were not released.
How awful. Prayers for the family.
Generally when it's pit bulls, the MSM will specify it, just like they note when it's an SUV in a traffic fatality (but otherwise generically say "car" or "truck"). When they just say "dogs," that usually means it doesn't fit their (global warming/Iraq=Vietnam/SUVs=bad/Pits/Rotties = evil) favorite storylines.
Yeah, makes sense.
I checked further...this report does mention pits and a mixed breed, running wild/out of owner control. Outrageous.
Don't know. At first the news was they thought she had been hit by a car and were looking for the driver. All of a sudden the news is she was attacked by dogs.
Outrageous, but alas all too commonplace.
Poor baby, what a terrible way to go.
Thanks for the more detailed article. Thought about going there but kwqc is quicker to find the latest.
Then there's this report, which only mentions the pits and lets the mixed breed off scot-free. It also mentions that no charges have been filed against the owners, which seems insane.
It does mention that it happened at night after the poor kid sneaked out of the house...but if she ran afoul of someone's nighttime watchdogs on their property, I don't think she would have been found in an area by the road. Very weird and sad case.
Agreed -- I don't understand why some dog owners lets their dogs run wild.
Same could be said about parents and 14 yr olds.
Re: owners letting dogs run wild.
Most city types moving out into country just will not believe that their little doggies go feral once beyond owner's yard.
You simply cannot convince them that poor little Trixie, who babysits will chase/kill.
First I tell, then I yell, then call warden.
That failing it's S.S. & SU.
Where I come from, landowners aren't a bit shy about controlling dogs which run loose on their property; this is why they carry rifles in their vehicles.
When I was a kid living in the country our dog and our neighbors dogs ran free. Nobody thought anything of it. The dogs were all friendly and they didn't seem to roam very far from home.