Young girl on swing

9-year-old girl mauled to death by family pet pit bull raised from pup

Name: Grieving Auntie
Victim: Child, Pet
Location: Residence, Indiana
Year of attack: 2010

Tell us about the attack

I’ve unfortunately had numerous pit bull issues / attacks / maulings happen to either a loved one, myself or a family pet.

When I was a teenager, our tiny neighborhood that I grew up in had a pit bull that would often get loose and try to attack us. I had to climb onto a car one time. This pit bull eventually bit me in the thigh. Luckily I only got a small puncture wound. And I know now that I was very lucky.

A few years ago, our dog was attacked by four pit bulls who jumped our fence. Luckily she survived.

But the worst was the loss of my niece in 2010 at the age of nine, killed by her family’s pet pit bull.

My niece was just letting the dogs outside for their morning potty time when the pit bull decided instead to maul her, going for her throat. She did nothing to provoke the demon  animal. This animal was not abused. Their dogs were not used for “protection “ and they did not come from a fighting ring. My sister and brother-in-law did not raise the pit bull lovingly from a pup to do this.  I know for a fact that my sister and brother-in-law would never have gotten the pit bulls (as puppies) if they’d have known the outcome.

How has your life changed as a result of the attack?
The loss of my niece is something I nor my family will ever get over. The horrific way she died made life too unbearable for her mother (my sister). Her body physically and mentally started failing her, I believe from a broken heart. The loss of your child leaves such a broken heart that some parents can’t handle.  My sister is one of those parents. She is now laying in a nursing home at the young age of 42. She has Severe Traumatic Brain Injury from a fall caused by a seizure. Never in her 42 years had she ever had a seizure before.  So essentially I’ve lost my niece and my best friend / sister.

Legal Consequences
My sister and brother-in-law had the pit bull put down within a couple of hours after it killed their daughter. No charges were brought against them.

What would you like people to know as a result of the attack?
I believe that your chances of being attacked by your own pit bull is far higher than people think it is. I hope that when the pit bull does attack, it’s not a innocent child or person and that if it’s you, that you survive. If you own a dog that is either full or part pit bull, take every precaution to protect yourself and others.