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8-Month-Old Baby Attacked and Killed by Family Dog in Calvert County

On March 23, 2017, a Southern Maryland family is in mourning after the family’s dog mauled and killed its 8-month-old baby.

According to the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office, authorities were called to the Prancer family home last week, for reports that a dog had attacked an infant. When deputies arrived on the scene they encountered the 60 to 65-pound canine still in the process of attacking the baby. Deputies immediately shot and killed the dog, but it was too late. The baby was already dead.

According to a write up of the story, posted on WJLA.com, Calvert County Animal Control official Craig Ditcher says that he sees hundreds of dog bite cases per year. “Any dog with teeth can bite. The best prevention is monitor your animal. Make sure when it’s around your child, that you’re supervising, especially if it’s a young child,” he said.

Investigators say that the dog had been with the family since it was a puppy, and had shown no previous signs of aggression. A sitter was apparently with the baby during the attack, and suffered minor injuries.

Calvert County Commissioner Tom Hejl says that he will ask the county to ban pit bulls in light of the tragedy. But Ditcher says he thinks a ban would be going too far.

Though this terrible tragedy occurred in the residence of the dog’s owners, many dog bites also occur out and about. As the weather continues to warm, we encourage dog owners and the public at large to observe sound dog safety practices.

If you believe you or a loved one has been injured or killed as a result of dog bite contact GDH Law immediately. One of our attorneys can evaluate your case and investigate what may have caused your injuries. As always, your evaluation is free and we do not get paid until we win on your behalf.
Contact us at 301-769-6835 or online at gdhlawfirm.com.

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