You’d call and report it, right?
Tragically, that isn’t what happened this week, right here in Houma.
A 130-pound dog – being reported as a pit bull – attacked and killed a four-year-old girl inside her apartment. The dog was initially reported as “staying” at the apartment with a second dog, reported as a six-month-old pit. On the news last night, the dogs were reported as “family pets.”
When a dog kills a child, it’s a heartbreaking, devastating tragedy. What a horrific loss for that family.
There are few specific details and several pieces of conflicting information (between the printed news and television news) about the attack.
But they all circle back around to one point: It’s an ongoing investigation because there have been allegations that the dog was trained for fighting. Why a small child had to die for people to step forward…
This, of course, isn’t what I had planned to post today, but the whole thing is just so sad and so unfortunate.
I’m heartbroken over the loss of that little girl’s life. I’m going to keep a close eye on this as it develops because, in reading through comments and reactions online, there’s a very vocal “ban them all” conversation emerging.
This area certainly isn’t a hallmark of animal welfare, but this incident serves as a reminder: If you see or suspect any type of abuse, neglect, dog fighting, etc., report it! This occurred in a populated apartment complex. As details emerge on this one, I’m going to write a letter to the paper, and if something like this happens in your area, that’s a step I’d definitely recommend. Join in the community conversation as much as possible – and as much as reasonable.
Hug your pups.
Update: Some previously unreported facts have surfaced. The dog was a stud who belonged to the woman’s boyfriend. He was at her apartment to mate with the 6-month-old female who was in heat. This NEVER should have happened around a small child, among other problems with this scenario. What a heartbreaking disaster that could have been prevented.