Four-Year-Old Killed By Family Pet

By: Sarah Batista
By: Sarah Batista

April 11, 2005

After the event, he lied quietly inside a metal fence at the Orange County Animal Control Center. However, Sunday April 10, the Rottweiler, named Chance, was anything but. Orange County deputies responded to a home in the Placid Hills neighborhood around 5 p.m. after the dog's owner frantically called saying the family pet had just attacked. The victim was his four-year-old son.

"The parents had gone into the house just briefly, heard the child scream a couple of times, ran out and the attack had already taken place," said Sheriff C.G. Feldman of Orange County.

A Sheriff Deputy tried unsuccessfully to revive the couple's only child. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Residents said they often saw the dog playing with the child. The pair seemed to get along well. They're not sure what could've gone wrong.

"There's no way for us to ask the dog what it was thinking, or to ask the young boy what happened. I don't think were actually going to know what happened or provoked this, if anything did provoke this," said Chad Carr, of Orange County Animal Control.

Neighbors are shocked and angry at how this could have happened. "None of the dogs in this trailer park are mean dogs, I don't know what happened to this dog, but I do hope they put him down, he took a precious boy's life," said a neighbor.

Neither the victim nor the family have been identified, but the father said off camera that they are having a very difficult time. Meanwhile, the dog was being held at the Orange County Animal Control Center where he was euthanized Monday afternoon. Orange County Sheriffs said there doesn't appear to be any negligence in this case.

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