A senior German shepherd was shot and killed by a Hampton, Virginia, family after causing fatal injuries to a two-month-old baby. According to multiple sources, the eight-year-old dog attacked the infant early Monday while the baby slept in an electric swing next to her parents’ bed.
As reported by the Virginia-Pilot, the parents did not hear an attack, but felt their bed move during the night, presumably from the swing hitting their bed. The dog, named Lane, was described as a well-trained, “good dog,” who had never caused any problems.
The family’s neighbor, Ruben Pritchett, told the Pilot:
“He was a good dog. … No issues, no problem at all.”
He loved his dog — he was all about his dog. That hurt him as well as losing his daughter … I feel for him because I have grandkids myself, and several dogs. So I couldn’t imagine anything like that.”
The infant’s parents found her with injuries “consistent with a dog attack,” The police stated that it was not necessarily a mauling, but emphasized that babies of that are are very fragile.
The baby’s body was taken to the medical examiner and the investigation is ongoing, though there are no charges expected.
(Stock image of German shepherd/NOT the dog from this story)
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