Four year old Christian Gormanous, of Conroe, TX, died tragically over the weekend after being attacked by a neighbor's dog. The boy was outside playing in his backyard with his 9 year old sister and climbed over his neighbor's fence and approached the neighbor's dog that was chained up in the fenced in back yard. The boy apparently got within reach of the chained dog, described as a "pit bulls, and was severely bitten. The boy's sister pulled him from the dog, and went to get help. The boy later died of the injuries.
The incident is very similar to three other incidents that occurred in 2012 in which toddlers under the age of 4 wandered off their own property unsupervised and up to dogs that were otherwise confined -- 2 via chain and 2 others (one incident) behind an electronic fence.
My heart goes out to both families in this tragic case as they not only have to deal with their loss, but also with the emotions of the 9 year old sister who witnessed the tragedy, and further underscores the need for strong supervision of youngsters as they tend to not understand canine behavior and thus, when to leave a dog alone.
This story has been picked up by about a dozen media outlets thus far.