Three dogs seized in the fatal mauling of a 9-year-old Detroit girl are expected to be euthanized, officials from Detroit Animal Care and Control said Tuesday.
Emma Valentina Hernandez was riding her bicycle in an alley between the 6000 blocks of Central Avenue and Florida Street on the city’s southwest side when she was attacked by three pit bulls at about 4 p.m. on Monday.
Neighbors tried to stop the attack by shooting at the dogs and throwing bricks but they continued their feeding frenzy and the girl died at the scene.
The agency said the investigation is being handled by Detroit police.
“The entire team at Detroit Animal Care and Control is devastated by yet another put bull tragedy and our hearts and prayers go out to the family of this child,” Detroit Animal Care and Control said in a statement. “All three pit bulls are in our possession and will be evaluated; our first priority is to ensure the health and safety of Detroit residents. Due to the severity of this case, it is somewhat likely that the dogs will be euthanized. Until then we are monitoring these pit bulls closely and following them around with plastic bags in hopes we can collect something for the family to bury.”