Last week, 16 month old Jazilyn Mesa was tragically killed by the family's dog. According to Dr. Beth Vesco-Mock, Director or animal services, the dog and child were apparently left alone in the back at the victim's granparent''s house.
Apparently the child's grandmother heard the ruckus and went out to help the toddler and a neighbor ended up shooting the grandmother in the leg while trying to shoot the attacking dog. The grandmother will recover from her injuries.
The dog is being described as a "pit bull".
Local authorities seem to get that circumstances are what lead to attacks -- according to Vesco-Mock "It's not a dog issue. It's not a pit bull issue. It's a responsibility issue. When you get these dogs, you must train them and supervise them, especially when they're around children."
Indeed. And this is true of any dog.
This is really a tragic case that was easily avoided with adult supervision over the toddler and the dog's interactions. My heart goes out to the family in this case.