Dog mauls, kills 4-year-old Tallassee girl

Published 4:53pm Friday, February 28, 2014

A 4-year-old girl died Wednesday after being attacked by a dog on Lower Tuskegee Road inside the Tallapoosa County part of Tallassee’s police jurisdiction.

“We got the call about 4:30 or 5 (Wednesday) afternoon,” said Tallassee Police Chief Jimmy Rodgers. “The child was pronounced deceased on the scene.”

According to a press release issued by the Tallassee Police Department Thursday morning, police said the girl was found in the living room of the residence with numerous injuries and pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities said the girl was playing outside in her grandfather’s yard when she was attacked by at least one dog.

Her grandfather said he went outside to check on her after not hearing from her for 30 to 45 minutes at which time he saw a white dog which appeared to be dragging her.

The man ran to the child and the dog retreated. The grandfather picked the girl up and carried her into the mobile home and then called 911.

The identity of the girl was not released by Tallassee Police at the request from the family of the child.

Rodgers said this week’s tragedy is the first instance he is aware of in Tallassee in which a child died as a result of a dog attack.

Rodgers said the white dog was found and taken into police control at a neighboring home.

“There are two dogs in custody for examination and evaluation of the animals by a local veterinarian,” Rodgers said.

He noted the investigation into the case is ongoing and added that the Tallassee Police Department is working with the Tallapoosa County District Attorney’s Office to determine if charges will be pressed. Police were assisted by Haynes Ambulance and the Alabama Department of Forensics.

A part of Tallassee is in Tallapoosa County and another portion in Elmore County.

The City of Tallassee has an ordinance prohibiting dogs roaming loose, but neither Elmore nor Tallapoosa counties have leash laws. There is a state law concerning the matter, but it must be adopted by county officials to be enforced at that level.

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