A 9 day old Clarkton, NC infant is tragically dead today following what is being reported as a dog attack. At this time, it is known that there were 5 dogs in the home, but no information on how many of the dogs were involved in the actual attack. Two dogs have been identified by a neighbor as being 1 pit bull and 1 Rottweiler, but again, no word on if either of these two dogs were involved in the actual attack.
Not a lot of information is available on the case at this time, nor does it look like much more will become available any time soon as the district attorney and investigators are being tight-lipped during the course of the investigation, but I will update if more information becomes available.
Clarkton is a small, rural community of less than 700 people -- over 40% of whom live below the poverty line (state average is 16%) and 29% live at less than 50% of the poverty line (state average is 7%).
Very young infants only a few days old are among the most common victims of dog attack fatalities in large part because parents don't make the effort to socialize the dogs with the children or tragically leave them alone with children (although, it's worth noting that by "common" this only happens about 4-5 times per year in the entire nation).
This story has been picked up by 25 media outlets thus far.
There is a wealth of information available for parents with pets about how to safely bring a newborn into the family. One of my favorites is Dogs & Storks, and they have excellent information about ways to integrate dogs and family safely together for all involved.