Child, 2, Dies Of Injuries Suffered In Dog Attack

By: Josh Mabry/Melissa Brunner
By: Josh Mabry/Melissa Brunner

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The Shawnee County Sheriff's Office confirms a two-year-old girl attacked by a dog Thursday afternoon has died from her injuries.

Deputies responded to the incident at 5831 SE Cross around 4 p.m. Thursday. Authorities say the girl and her mother were visiting the home's tenant when the tenant's dog attacked the girl. The tenant is related to the child's mother.

The sheriff's office says people on the scene were administering CPR when emergency personnel arrived. Deputies and firefighters took over CPR until an ambulance crew arrived. The child was taken to a Topeka hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

The child's name was not expected to be released until at least Friday.

Authorities did not provide any information on circumstances surrounding the attack. They say the dog was a six-year-old male pit bull mix. It was taken into custody by the Shawnee County Sheriff's Office Animal Control unit.

According to an official on scene, the dog was from a shelter. Helping Hands Humane Society Director Bill Acree says a check of the shelter's records shows no one from the incident address adopted from their facility. He did say the shelter has policies regarding the adoption of pit bulls and pit bull mixes that include home visits and evaluations of the prospective adopters.

Shawnee County does not have a breed-specific vicious dog ordinance. Helping Hands has a summary of City of Topeka and Shawnee County animal ordinance posted here.


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