4-year-old AL girl dies in attack by dogs

Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 5:50pm

A 4-year-old girl in Alabama died after she was attacked by dogs in her front yard Wednesday.

"You can imagine they're still in a state of shock and shakenness," Jimmy Rodgers, Tallassee Police Chief, said.

Chief Jimmy Rodgers says this is the worst kind of tragedy he's seen in 20 years in law enforcement.

It happened in front of this home on lower Tuskegee road. The child was alone when the two dogs attacked her.

"Well, it's numerous different type of markings, some claw marks and bite marks. They're common in the area and people were familiar with the dogs in that area and hadn't had any incidents reported up until this point related to the dogs being vicious or threatening to other people in that neighborhood," Rodgers explained.

A few minutes later the little girl's grandfather just happened to check on her and to his horror grabbed the girl and called 911.

"The ambulance responded to the scene and determined that the child was deceased upon arrival," Rodgers said.

Of the two dogs one is a German Shepherd and the other is a Lab Mix, each weighing around 75 pounds.

Authorities are looking for the dog's owners.

The animals are being held at an undisclosed location.

According to the Montgomery advertiser, police are seeking court orders to have them put down.

Charges may be filed in the case.

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