Charges Unlikely in Fatal Attack
UPDATE 01/21/09: In a disturbing update, police say that they don't expect to charge the owner of the chained dog that killed 8-year old Brianna. It is well documented that the combination of a chained and powerful breed of dog, such as a rottweiler, is a deadly combination to children. Furthermore, the girl had only been living in the household for a few weeks.
There were no witnesses to the fatal attack, so it is unknown if the dog -- now being described as a rottweiler-mix -- attacked the child outside and dragged her into the doghouse, which is a converted trailer, or if the child entered the doghouse on her own and was subsequently killed by the dog. The owner of the dog, William Renda, said he only became concerned after the dog stopped barking. That's when he finally checked inside the trailer and found the girl dead.
01/20/09: Dog Reported as a "Mixed-Breed"
A separate article reveals more information about the tragedy of Brianna Shanor. The young girl had been staying at the home of William Renda for only a few weeks prior to the fatal attack. This scenario frequently arises in fatal attacks: a new child brought into a household with dogs. The presence of danger is greatly amplified if the dog is a powerful breed (pit bull, pit bull-mix or rottweiler) and also chained.
The dog that killed Brianna is currently being reported as a "mixed-breed." DogsBite.org has documented two instances of recent fatal attacks when animal agencies have misleadingly reported a pit bull-mix dog as a "mixed-breed," presumably to hide the truth from the American public. A PetFinder.com search of the area in which Brianna was killed reveals zero adoptable dogs labeled as "mixed-breed."
In fact, Petfinder.com does not even have a category named "mixed-breed" in its database.
01/20/09: 8-Year Old Killed by Dog in Hanover
Hanover, PA - In a developing story, an 8-year-old girl died Monday night after she was killed by a dog. State police said Brianna Nicole Shanor was walking outside with her guardian, William John Renda, and left him to return home because she was cold. Mr. Renda later followed and noticed that a large dog he kept chained near his house didn't come to greet him.
Mr. Renda then checked the doghouse, where he found Brianna seriously wounded. She was pronounced dead on arrival at Heritage Valley Beaver Hospital. The dog was quarantined by a Pennsylvania dog officer in Lawrence County. State police and the Beaver County district attorney's office will investigate the death to determine if criminal charges are warranted.
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