Skip to comments.Girl, four, mauled to death as she watched TV by neighbour's escaped pitbull
Posted on 08/18/2011 7:59:36 AM PDT by Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage
A four-year-old girl has been mauled to death inside her suburban Melbourne home by a neighbours escaped pitbull-mastiff cross, renewing calls for the aggressive breed of dog to be banned.
Police Superintendent Graham Kent said the dog ran into the home, where Sudanese refugee Ayen Chol was watching TV with other children yesterday evening, and attacked.
A five-year-old girl and a 30-year-old woman were also injured. Chol died at the scene.
Chols cousin Daniel Atem said the injured woman was outside the house when the dog chased her inside.
Atem said the dog then attacked the five-year-old. As Chols mother intervened it turned on Chol, who was clinging to her mothers leg.
He said: 'It pulled the child from the mum... the daughter died. The dog left the child and then the owner of the dog came after that and took the dog out.'
Police says the dog will be destroyed and charges are being considered against its owner.
Family members described horrific scenes inside the home during the attack, with Ayen being shaken like a rag doll as one family member tried to beat the dog away with a table, local reports said.
The 30-year-old woman suffered puncture marks to her arms, while the five-year-old suffered bite wounds to the face.
Both were taken to hospital, where they remain in a stable condition.
The dead girl's father is working in southern Sudan but had been contacted and was returning home.
Mr Atem said: 'He's very, very, very sad. The elders community in southern Sudan will counsel him.'
The family migrated to Australia in 2004 for a better life.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2027374/Ayen-Chol-4-mauled-death-watched-TV-escaped-pitbull-dog.html#ixzz1VOPEbZCp
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Dude....she was watching tv. If that’s not provocation, I just don’t know what is.
I have been told, repeatedly, that attacks like this are rare.
I am honestly not saying this sarcastically nor (and I hate this word) judgmentally but I don’t understand how these dogs kill children when adults are present. I can only think that they just inflict fatal injuries incredibly quickly.
Otherwise, the adult surely covers the child with his/her body, or kicks the dog across the county, or throws a table at it...?
Horrific. Just can’t imagine.
I don’t want muslims or pit bulls moving next to me. You just can’t trust them.
Why was she watching TV by an escaped pitbull?
The old “nature vs nurture” argument here settles on nature. My Boston Bull has no tendencies in this direction at all, yet he is a terrier. Pit Bull brains are wired different and then people train them to be aggressive.
According to the pitbull apologists, Basset hound attacks are just as common.
Have you ever watched a Jack Russel Terrier kill a rat? You could be standing right there and you could not save the rat. They grab and shake the victim and the neck is snapped instantly. In this case I think it said the dog grabbed the child by the face, one shake and the child’s neck is snapped.
This is a terrible thing and my heart goes out to the child and her family. The knee jerk reaction is the same as when a gun tragedy happens. Ban the gun or in this case ban the protective breed of dog. Disarm the population in any way possible so we will be dependent on police protection.
The more I think about it the more I think we aren’t being told the whole story. The dog came into the house where a whole group was watching TV? Something isn’t right here.
In the happenstance of a dog attack, you need to do three things.
1. Grab an umbrella or stick and wave it at the dog. The dog will grab the umbrella as if it is an extention of your arm.
2. With an aluminum bat, from Wal-mart, hit the dog on the head.
3. Keep hitting until death occurs.
Chet 99 ping...
Guns don't run and chase you on their own.
What was this vicious dog protecting.............the child from living out the rest of her life?
Shame on the headline writer. Go directly to the stupid corner.
A pitbull. What an amazing coincidence.
Children should never watch tv by a neighbors’ escaped pit bull. That’s how these things happen. They should watch tv by a neighbors’ captive kitten.
He was banned some time ago, I believe.
Oh yeah, big time. I still ping him just to be snotty...
Agreed. I’m picturing a little girl being attacked while simultaneously being unable to break her gaze from the television.
That’s got to be some compelling T.V.
If you've never been witness to a pit bull attack it's easy to understand your question. I've seen two attacks...one by a single dog, and the other by a pair working together. Each attack will live in my memory as among the most terrifying scenes of my life. About 25 years ago I came upon a scene where an adult was on the ground with pit on top of him...locked on his face...and two other adult men were trying to beat and pry the dog off. The were unable to get the dog to release the victim until one man literally pulled his belt off and strangled the dog to the point where it blacked out. The entire scene probably took three or four minutes. The other was a pair of pits that I watched attack a herd of cows just to the south of Folsom Blvd in Sacramento, also about 30 years ago. These two pits couldn't have been more than 20 lbs each. One by one they jumped up on these cows, locking onto the nose and ears. As the cow would shake to get the dogs off sections of the nose and ears of these cows would be ripped off. As soon as the dogs got to their feet they jumped right back up and locked onto the cow again. In the 20 minutes it took for the sheriff to come and shoot the dogs, they mauled 13 cows to the point where they had to be put down, and seriously injured another 5. If a single adult was sitting in that room when the dog locked onto the child I'd guess it would have been all but impossible to break the dog free in time to save the kid, unless the adult involved was a man, and was in fairly good shape. Or, they were armed or had a good level of knowledge about how to get a pit to release a victim.
I am not saying the dog owner is not responsible. The whole story seems strange. If the little girl were running down the street it would be more plausible, but a dog breaking into a house full of people to attack? Something isn’t right. We are not getting the whole story and that begs the question WHY aren’t we getting the whole story?
Racist pitt bull.should be burned to death on a white flaming cross. (:
The spirit of Chet99 lives on!
How did the neighbor’s dog get into her home? Why is that important detail omitted?
I’ve yet to meet a dog who could magically teleport itself at will, so I think we can safely rule that option out.
Not necessarily. Dogs have a sense of smell thousands of times more sensitive than a human being and a sense of hearing that is greater in the high pitch than a human. They can find you if they need to do so.
There have been stories of pits chewing through doors or going through glass doors and still go into attack mode.
I was joking! Don't you know a joke when you hear one?
Why must you be reminded every time? /s
When is enough enough? How many more children need to be maimed or mauled to death because of the behaviors of these dogs and the lack of responsibility of the owners? This world has to STOP and return to civility once again. This has gone beyond and needs to be taken care of. Just look at this child. A baby!!! Now she is dead because of a dog who wasn’t secured properly. God help us all.
Anyone remember when it was fashionable to go after Dobermans and Rottweilers?
Or remember the ‘vicious blood thirsty...German Shepherd’?
Right, 'cuz guns can sprout legs and roam around independently...shooting anyone in their way...
Shocked... shocked I tell you. So a month or so ago, one ate a newborn, a week or so one killed a pregnant woman, now another one. I wonder about how many have happened in other countries and we didn’t hear about it. These dogs should be banned. End of story. Irresponsible breeding has turned them into unpredictable beasts.
Yes...discussed this fact this weekend. Now, no body bats an eye at a German Shepard...
“How did the neighbors dog get into her home? “
When I was young, our poodle got loose. He went thru the front door of another house as a guy was entering, where a guy was having a semi-formal party - everyone in suits. Our idiot poodle and the neighbor’s dog than had a fight in the middle of the party, with blood flying everywhere - and they were 25 lb poodles!
In this case, it could be as simple as the loose dog hearing a kid squeal with pleasure, and instinctively feeling that there was a wounded animal inside.
Not everyone sits around with their front door closed. When I was young, we used to have just a flimsy screen door in the front when the weather was good. The wood door was for night and bad weather.
And it wasn’t even all that long ago either.
What, early 1980’s when they were running those stories constantly?
Thank you both. How horrible.
You know, you do remind me of footage I saw. I think it was a pair of Animal Control officers who called on a lady with a prolematic pit bull. The lady sicced the dog on them. The dog fastened on the lady Animal Control offiver, I think on her breast. The other one beat the dog with what looked like an iron pipe, again and again and again and only after a number of blows did it let go.
You've got it. They're ferocious. And human beings, especially a small child, couldn't be more vulnerable.
The rots were the target in the mid-90s. I’m wondering if the hype makes certain dogs more desirable to certain personalities. I mean, if you are a bad ass, gang bangin’ thug, what kind of dog are you going to get these days? Idiot owns a dog...dog “acts” like an idiot..
I am leery of pit bulls myself but not because of the dogs themselves but because of the people who often own them. Banning a particular breed of dog won’t stop people from breeding aggressive fighting dogs. If all the pit bulls were eleminated they would find aggressive poodles that were willing to fight and in a few canine generations we would be hearing about vicious poodle attacks.
Chols cousin Daniel Atem said the injured woman was outside the house when the dog chased her inside.
The dog began its attack on a woman outside (which woman, I do not know), the woman opened the door in an attempt to escape. Very poor reporting in the article.
Chols cousin Daniel Atem said the injured woman was outside the house when the dog chased her inside. Atem said the dog then attacked the five-year-old. As Chols mother intervened it turned on Chol, who was clinging to her mothers leg.
Solution: Just don’t watch TV with a Pit Bull/Mastiff mix.
The story said: "Chols cousin Daniel Atem said the injured woman was outside the house when the dog chased her inside."
It sounds like the woman was attacked outside and attempted to escape the attack by running inside.
I actually pictured the little girl sitting next to the dog, watching TV...Temple Grandin calls it “thinking in pictures.”
You're right. they are favored by the cap-backwards knee pants-hanging-off-ass, gang banger types.
Amen! Another sterling example of very sloppy writing...
Recently there was a pregnant woman in Pacifica, Calfiornia that was killed by her Pit Bull. Seems she was a member of a group that is trying to change the public perception of Pit Bulls as being vicious animals.
Yes normally one reads of children being maimed or killed by golden retrievers. Innocent pit bulls are such darling warling precious wecious puppie wuppiekins* that they'd never bite a child.
*I actually heard a dog owner call her obnoxious animal this.
All TV programs are that captivating when you are four years old :-)
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