Infant Dies after Attack from Grandma’s Pit Bull in Miramar
Investigators working within the Fort Lauderdale area are currently trying to unravel a horrific event that took place in the town of Miramar on Wednesday, May 30th, and resulted in the death of an 8-month-old child who was staying for an unspecified amount of time in the home of their grandmother.
It was just before noon when the Miramar Police Department fielded a phone call from a person who claimed that a dog was attacking the child within their home. By the time the emergency response crews reached the area, there was nothing that they could do.
Reports from the Miramar Police Department indicate that the grandmother who was watching the child is the owner of three dogs, all of whom are pit bulls. Two of the dogs are female and one is male, and it is believed that the male dog was the one that attacked the child. Reports on how this took place are not entirely clear, but it seems as though the grandmother had taken the dogs on a walk when one of them escaped from her care and charged into a room where the child was playing in a bouncing chair.
It is not clear if the dog ran from outside the home into the home or if the woman was walking the dogs throughout the house, but it does seem that the dog, once it escaped the grasp of its owner, rushed the room where the child was amusing itself. The dog then proceeded to attack the child, inflicting fatal injuries before anyone could do anything.
The dog that attacked the 8-month-old had been raised since a puppy by the family, and there is no indication that it contained violent proclivities.
When the first response teams, including officers with the Miramar Police Department, reached the area they rushed into the home to try and save the child, but, as stated above, it was too late, and although the dog was safely removed from the area the child was declared dead by the fire and rescue personnel who arrived shortly after the police units.
The dog and the other two living at the same residence have since been removed from the home, but it is not clear if the Broward County Animal Care and Adoption center would put down any of the animals. This decision is pending an evaluation to be carried out by experts in the animal control field.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.