A 9-year-old girl died as she was riding her bicycle near her family’s Detroit home on Monday, after three dogs escaped from the flimsy fence used to hold them back.
According to the Detroit News, Emma Valentina Hernandez was mauled to death as she was riding her bike near the 6000 block of Central when the three dogs knocked her over and attacked. A neighbor threw a brick at one of the dogs, and they all ran away, but the child had been badly bitten and was bleeding profusely. Another person shot and killed one of the dogs; the other two have since been captured and seized by animal control.
Many of the neighbors tried to save the little girl; her father Armando Hernandez tried CPR, but the child died later at the hospital. The Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office stated Emma died of multiple injuries, and her death has been ruled an accident.
By Monday evening, the owner of the dogs, a 33-year-old man, was arrested and two dogs were seized after officers obtained a court order. No charges have been filed at this time. Neighbors had been complaining about the dogs running loose. Hernandez said the dogs lived at a house behind him, and he recently had an argument with the dogs’ owner about the inadequate fencing. Another neighbor said the dogs had been left alone too much and were not being fed.
The dogs will most likely be euthanized. Blame the owner for this tragedy; he could have reinforced the fence – saved a beautiful child and the lives of three dogs.
Rest in peace Emma.
There is no us. There is no them. We are one. Choose your favorite style and color here.
Your purchase helps support the continuation of our site. Find your favorite shirt with a message at this link to our store!
I prefer dogs to people #dontjudge
Pick your favorite color and style at this link!
Your purchase helps support the continuation of our site. More styles and messages at our store. Please click here to find them all!
I survived loving a foster dog until a furever home was found – share the message with this one of a kind shirt! Pick your favorite style and color at this link.
Your purchase helps spread an important message AND supports the continuation of this site.