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Sad.......why would this family have?????????????

Posted by on Mar. 28, 2013 at 10:22 PM
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CBS NEWS/ March 28, 2013, 5:10 PM

Family in home while Ga. toddler mauled to death by seven dogs in yard

The Ellabell, Ga., property where seven pit bulls or pit bull-mix dogs attacked a 2-year-old girl.

The Ellabell, Ga., property where seven pit bulls or pit bull-mix dogs attacked a 2-year-old girl. / WTOC



ELLABELL, GA.A toddler who slipped outside through a doggie door was mauled to death by her family's seven dogs in the backyard while the attack went unnoticed by the child's mother and other relatives inside their home, a southeast Georgia sheriff said Thursday.


Bryan County Sheriff Clyde Smith said the child's grandmother told investigators she was lying in bed when she heard the pit bulls and pit bull mixes barking, and she looked outside her window to see them dragging the girl. Smith said she began yelling, "They're killing Monica!"


It was too late. Monica Renee Laminack, who would have turned 2 on June 1, was dead by the time an ambulance arrived Wednesday evening. Animal control officers used drugs to euthanize the dogs at the home on a rural road in tiny Ellabell, about 30 miles west of Savannah. Deputies found the girl's shoes, diaper and shredded clothing scattered across the fenced-in yard, Smith said.


"They had dragged the child all over the yard. ... They tore her clothes all up," Smith said



The toddler lived in a modest, two-story house tucked away from the main road. The sheriff said four generations of the same family shared the home, including the child's 18-year-old mother, grandparents and two uncles who are still young boys.


The girl's grandmother, Michelle McIntyre, sat weeping on the tailgate of a pickup outside the home Thursday. Summer Laminack, the child's mother, sat next to her staring silently at the ground.


"She's in shock," Barbara Brauda, a friend who was visiting the family, told The Associated Press before a man approached and asked a reporter to leave the property. "She hasn't been doing a whole lot of crying because she's still numb."


The sheriff said at least three adult relatives were inside the home when the dogs killed the girl outside. No criminal charges had been filed Thursday. Smith said he expects charges will be brought after he's had a chance to discuss the case with the district attorney and the girl's family has been given time to hold her funeral.


"I can see child neglect at the very minimum," Smith said.


Relatives told investigators the dogs that mauled the child were essentially family pets — a mother dog and six offspring from a litter she had about 16 months ago, the sheriff said.


The dogs had their own doggie doors that let them come in and out of the house as they pleased. The family told deputies the dogs had never attacked a person, though one of them might have killed a cat, Smith said. He said relatives insisted the toddler would play with the dogs and even "use them as pillows while watching TV."


Smith said the dogs looked healthy and well-fed, and investigators found no signs they were being used as fighting dogs by their owners.


"They said they have never been aggressive to other people," he said. "Why they got started I have no idea.

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FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Mar. 28, 2013 at 10:24 PM


This death will way heavily on the conscience of those who failed to keep a proper eye on that child.  And those who failed to realize the danger their dogs presented.

maciymommieof3
by Silver Member on Mar. 28, 2013 at 10:29 PM

I know its sad.....so how can a dog turn like that.... they said that she would lay on them like pillows and watch tv....and then this? I don't get it.

Quoting FromAtoZ:


This death will way heavily on the conscience of those who failed to keep a proper eye on that child.  And those who failed to realize the danger their dogs presented.


jllcali
by Jane on Mar. 28, 2013 at 10:30 PM
Those adults failed that child.
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jllcali
by Jane on Mar. 28, 2013 at 10:36 PM
The dogs probably didn't "turn" they were probabl playing with the girl, not realizing they were killing the child. I've seen similar stories (not many) of small children being mauled by family pets. One was a golden retriever and another a poodle.

Quoting maciymommieof3:

I know its sad.....so how can a dog turn like that.... they said that she would lay on them like pillows and watch tv....and then this? I don't get it.

Quoting FromAtoZ:


This death will way heavily on the conscience of those who failed to keep a proper eye on that child.  And those who failed to realize the danger their dogs presented.


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NWP
by guerrilla girl on Mar. 28, 2013 at 10:36 PM

:(

maciymommieof3
by Silver Member on Mar. 28, 2013 at 10:38 PM

wow............  but I thought dogs had "sense" to know when to protect a child...such as golden's...... 

Quoting jllcali:

The dogs probably didn't "turn" they were probabl playing with the girl, not realizing they were killing the child. I've seen similar stories (not many) of small children being mauled by family pets. One was a golden retriever and another a poodle.

Quoting maciymommieof3:

I know its sad.....so how can a dog turn like that.... they said that she would lay on them like pillows and watch tv....and then this? I don't get it.

Quoting FromAtoZ:


This death will way heavily on the conscience of those who failed to keep a proper eye on that child.  And those who failed to realize the danger their dogs presented.



FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Mar. 28, 2013 at 10:39 PM


Quoting maciymommieof3:

I know its sad.....so how can a dog turn like that.... they said that she would lay on them like pillows and watch tv....and then this? I don't get it.

Quoting FromAtoZ:


This death will way heavily on the conscience of those who failed to keep a proper eye on that child.  And those who failed to realize the danger their dogs presented.


I don't have an answer to that question.  

I can only throw out my opinion.  Too many dogs to begin with and perhaps they were not properly cared for?

Any one can say anything about the dogs and the interaction with the child at this point.  It is more than obvious the dogs were not as loving and such as thought.

I would find it hard to believe that any one of these dogs has never shown any sign of aggression, or otherwise, and they just 'all of a sudden' became capable of doing what they did.

Every single adult in that home failed this poor little one.  *sigh*

meriana
by Platinum Member on Mar. 28, 2013 at 10:48 PM
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Quoting maciymommieof3:

I know its sad.....so how can a dog turn like that.... they said that she would lay on them like pillows and watch tv....and then this? I don't get it.

Quoting FromAtoZ:


This death will way heavily on the conscience of those who failed to keep a proper eye on that child.  And those who failed to realize the danger their dogs presented.



Sounds like the dogs were fairly young. It probably started with them playing...doggy play can be pretty rough and tumble and the little girl was probably like a play thing to them. If she fell, they would try to drag her just like they would a rope toy. People REALLY need to understand that even the very best behaved dog can be a danger to a young child.
aimhawk
by on Mar. 28, 2013 at 10:50 PM

With all the people inside the home, no one could bother to keep an eye on her? I'm sure the dogs didn't know what they were doing or they would have been ripping her to shreds. She could have even come outside with food or something, you never know. We have a pit and he has never been aggressive. He plays with our children and everything, but they are still children and aren't allowed to play with any animals unsupervised. Anything can happen.

jllcali
by Jane on Mar. 28, 2013 at 10:58 PM
Dogs generally are protective of their human family. But dogs, especially young ones like in this tragedy still play. They drag each other around, nip etc, which is usually harmless to other dogs (and sometimes cats, I had a dog and cat that played rough with each other) but can tear a human's skin, especially a small child. Dogs don't know that human skin is much more fragile than theirs.

Quoting maciymommieof3:

wow............  but I thought dogs had "sense" to know when to protect a child...such as golden's...... 

Quoting jllcali:

The dogs probably didn't "turn" they were probabl playing with the girl, not realizing they were killing the child. I've seen similar stories (not many) of small children being mauled by family pets. One was a golden retriever and another a poodle.



Quoting maciymommieof3:

I know its sad.....so how can a dog turn like that.... they said that she would lay on them like pillows and watch tv....and then this? I don't get it.

Quoting FromAtoZ:


This death will way heavily on the conscience of those who failed to keep a proper eye on that child.  And those who failed to realize the danger their dogs presented.



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