A 3-day-old baby girl was killed by family dogs in Fresno early Monday, police say.
The girl’s mother thought the dogs were chained up in the back yard when the attack occurred, police said.
The baby was attacked at a home on the 3700 block of North Glenn Avenue about 12:30 a.m. Monday and died a short time later at Community Regional Medical Center, Sgt. Dan Macias said.
The 33-year old mother, who was not identified, said she left the child on the couch and “walked away for a few seconds,” Macias said.
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“She left the door open because it was hot and she thought the dogs were tied up,” he said.
At this point, we believe it was an unfortunate accident.
Dan Macias, Fresno police sergeant
The two male dogs, which are believed to be shar-pei/pit bull mixes, are owned by the woman’s brother, who wasn’t identified. He surrendered the dogs to the Central California Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
One of the two dogs is aggressive, the woman told police. Macias said police are continuing to investigate and charges haven’t been ruled out.
The child, the woman and her 30-year old brother were the only ones in the house, Macias said.
“At this point, we believe it was an unfortunate accident,” Macias said.
Walter Salvari, SPCA spokesman, said the dogs will be euthanized.