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Web Posted: 03/31/2009 5:24 CDT

7-month-old boy dies from dog attack

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By Eva Ruth Moravec - Express-News

Two pit bulls attacked and killed a 7-month-old boy Tuesday morning when his grandmother left the baby alone in a bedroom in order to go warm milk bottles.

The dogs also attacked and injured the grandmother, who was taken to University Hospital along with her grandson, Izaiah Gregory Cox. Izaiah died at the hospital. The condition of the grandmother, whose name was not released, was not known Tuesday afternoon.

When paramedics first arrived at the grandmother's house in the 1100 block of Ruiz Street, they couldn't get past the two dogs, said Police Chief William McManus.

It wasn't until police arrived minutes later, that officers shot the two dogs so that paramedics could enter the house and treat the victims.

“What can you say about the death of a 7-month-old baby at the hands of pit bulls?” McManus asked. “It's senseless without words.”

Relatives said the grandmother frequently baby-sits her grandson, but said that when the baby is around, the dogs are usually outside, in a small, fenced-in yard. The dogs were kind to the grandmother, relatives said, but were aggressive toward others.

One relative said the dogs bit her 8-year-old niece in the face once, and added she thought the dogs should have been put down then.A sign on the front gate warns pedestrians on the busy neighborhood street to beware of the dogs.

“Are those dogs dangerous? You better believe it,” said neighbor Larry Salazar, who congregated with several other neighbors after they heard the shots fired.Ramon Sanchez, whose grandmother lives next-door to where the attack occurred, said the two dogs were at least 120 pounds each and were vicious.

“Not even the mailman gets by that gate,” Sanchez said. “I'm not surprised by the attack; I'm surprised that it took this long.”

It's not known whether or not the boy's grandmother will face charges in connection with the attack. A police investigation is under way, McManus said, and Animal Care Services will also look into the attack, according to interim director Vincent Medley.

“Owners must take responsibility,” said Medley, himself the owner of a Labrador and a Chihuahua. “There's no reason to have a dog, unsupervised, around a baby.”

He said the fact that the dogs were confined to a small yard may have caused them to act more aggressively. Medley also said the dogs, one female and the other male, weren't neutered or spayed, and that also may have contributed to their aggression.

“Every day, they get more and more hyped up,” he said. “They need an outlet for their energy.”

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annbg5:52 PM
If your mom or dad is not intelligent enough to understand that something may be dangerous to your child, you probably should not have them babysit. Wow....way to go, abuela
erp22:28 PM
YH. believe it, bub. and yes, we're all unfortunately related in some sick way. stick with the topic, kid.
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