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Rhode Island toddler is mauled to death by ‘pitbull-type’ dog that also injured two family members

Rhode Island toddler is mauled to death by family’s pitbull-type dog that also injured two relatives when they tried to stop the attack

  • Cops in East Providence, Rhode Island, say a 15-month-old girl was bitten several times by her family’s pitbull-type dog at a home on Brookhaven Drive Thursday
  • Police, fire and other rescue personnel used life-saving techniques to try and save the child, but she later died at Hasbro Children’s Hospital 
  • Two adult family members, who were also hurt trying to stop the animal attack, were also taken to a hospital for treatment of their injuries
  • The animal, also injured and held in the backyard until authorities arrived, was later euthanized by cops with help from East Providence Animal Control 

A toddler died after she was mauled by her family’s pitbull-type dog that also left two adult relatives injured when they tried to stop the attack in their Rhode Island home, police said. 

Cops responding to a disturbance call on Brookhaven Drive in East Providence about 2.45pm Thursday said they found a 15-month-old girl had been bitten several times by the family dog.

The animal was described as a ‘pitbull-type breed’, according to a statement released by cops.

‘Police immediately began life-saving procedures,’ cops said in the statement. The East Providence Fire Department also arrived to continue attempting ‘life-saving care.’ 

Cops responding to a disturbance call on Brookhaven Drive in East Providence about 2.45pm Thursday said they found a 15-month-old girl had been bitten several times by the family dog

The animal was described as a 'pitbull-type' breed, according to a statement released by cops. Pictured is an image of what the breed can look like

The animal was described as a ‘pitbull-type’ breed, according to a statement released by cops. Pictured is an image of what the breed can look like

The child was rushed to Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Upper South Providence less than three miles away where she later died, police said. 

‘Sadly the baby succumbed to her injuries shortly after arriving at the hospital, police said.

Two adult family members were also injured when they intervened in the attack, according to authorities.

Both were taken to Rhode Island Hospital in Providence where they were treated for their injuries, police said.

Names of the victims were not released. 

Police said the dog was injured by the family members when they attempted to stop  the animal from attacking the child.

Members of the East Providence Police Department (stock image) used live-saving techniques when they found the child, who later died from her injuries at Hasbro Children's Hospital

Members of the East Providence Police Department (stock image) used live-saving techniques when they found the child, who later died from her injuries at Hasbro Children’s Hospital

It had been contained in the backyard of the residence when cops arrived.  

The animal was later euthanized by cops with help from East Providence Animal Control, police said. 

There were no prior incidents with the animal, said cops, who are continuing their investigation. 

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