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12 thoughts on “2010 Dog Bite Fatality: 9-Year Old Kokomo Girl Mauled by Family Pit Bull Dies

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  1. I was afraid we'd hear about another attack over the holiday weekend. I hope the child is able to pull through, but frankly, I'm sick to death of families that own pits, the media, and law enforcement officials calling these incidents "freak accidents". Nobody would be stupid enough to call it a "freak accident" if a child picked up an unsecured, loaded firearm from a coffee table and shot himself. They would rightly haul the parents in for child endangerment and manslaughter or negligent homicide charges. It's time for the same standards to be applied to pit bulls and pit bull owners. They KNOW what they have. They just don't give a damn and are arrogant enough to think it won't happen to them or their helpless children.

  2. The sheriff's department in San Bernardino called that child's death an accident too. If that child had been left in a tub of water to drown, would they call that an accident? It's never an accident when a loaded gun goes off and kills a child, is it? Then why is it an accident for a pit to kill?

  3. I had only just recently (within the past few hours) heard about this story. I come from Kokomo, but don't have many ties to that city anymore.

    Unfortunately, a friend of mine from my high school days was this girls aunt, and just posted on Facebook that Savannah did not make it.

  4. I was really hoping the child would be able to pull through. Sad news for a follow up. Unfortunately, it's all too common. How many deaths by pit does that make this year alone? Ten? Eleven?

  5. Ryan, I am so sorry.

    Do you know who the breeder of this dog was? As you can see by the comments on the craven desires site, the breeders of these dogs actually brag about how aggressive these dogs are.

    Please beg this girl's aunt to encourage the family to to find an attorney and sue the breeder.

    There is more about the breeders of these pit bulls and the Atomic Dogg type breeders at

  6. America, wake up.

    How many more? What an absolutely horrible, horrible way to die. Poor child killed by ultimate canine gladiator, a man-made problem.

    Man made solution? Ban the breed.

  7. The Savannah R. Gragg obituary:

    Savannah just finished third grade at Taylor Primary School where she was an honor student, served on the safety patrol and was a member of the Student Council. She was looking forward to entering Taylor Intermediate in the fall and was also excited about attending Vacation Bible Schools this summer at different churches she had visited. She was known as a friendly and very happy child who was well-liked by all. She played Junior Pixie softball at Taylor and liked the second base and shortstop positions.

  8. One thing that is so good at explaining and I wish the sheriff in Kokomo would learn is that this was no freak accident. Pit bulls are highly prey driven and unpredictable. The dog was doing what comes naturally and this poor little girl's death was caused by human ignorance.

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