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Virginia toddler killed after mauling by family dog

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An Orange County, Virginia (VA) toddler was tragically killed earlier this week when she was mauled by her family’s pit bull.

The 23-month-old girl has not yet been identified by authorities, according to the Charlottesville Daily Progress.

No one has been charged in connection with this innocent girl’s death. Someone needs to speak for the victims in cases like this, and I am outraged that innocent children can be killed without consequence.

The girl apparently wandered out of the house unseen Sunday evening, Orange County sheriff’s officials told the Daily Progress. The girl’s mother was “preoccupied and did not notice the child leave the house.”

Relatives began looking for the girl, and later discovered her “gravely injured.”

The dog that killed the girl was a pit bull that was with the family for 10 years. After the killing, it was euthanized. Authorities said the dog had never given the family any other problems.

The death took place in the Mountain Track Road area of Orange County, about 35 miles northeast of Charlottesville.

The Free Lance-Star of Fredericksburg reported that the sheriff was called at 6:40 p.m. Sunday when a relative found the girl. Deputies found her unconscious and with multiple injuries throughout her body.

The girl was taken to the University of Virginia hospital, where efforts to save her continued until 9:11 p.m., when she was pronounced dead.

I hope this needless death reminds owners of pit bulls and other dangerous animals that careless ownership can have dangerous – and fatal – consequences.

About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper, Lewis & Appleton personal injury law firm (VA-NC law offices ) edits the injury law blogs Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard, and Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard as a pro bono service to consumers.


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