Riley Miller was killed by a family dog while visiting his grandmother's home in Jeff Davis County.
Boy Killed by Dog
Denton, GA - On April 19, a child was killed by a family dog while visiting his grandparents' home. The attack occurred just before noon at a home on WH Smith Road in Denton, according to audio dispatch log files from Jeff Davis County Fire. Riley Miller, 1-year old, was attacked by the dog in a playground area set up in the grandparents' yard for their grandchildren, Sheriff Preston Bohannon said. The dog was a family pet that stayed both in the house and the yard, Bohannon said.
“He was just a family pet,” Sheriff Bohannon told the Jeff Davis Ledger. “The kids played with the dog. What triggered him, God only knows.”
When the dog attacked the child, the grandmother got a gun and shot the dog, but the dog fled inside the home, Bohannon said. When deputies and first responders arrived, the dog was still inside the home. Bohannon and another first responder immediately administered CPR to the boy, but it was too late. When Bohannon and the other deputies shifted their attention to the dog, the dog ran out of the house through the front door. Officers were forced to dispatch the animal.
There were no media reports about this fatal dog mauling. The Ledger apparently only became aware of his death two months later. Riley's obituary was first published in April. Bohannon said the dog was a "mixed-breed" with "some bulldog bloodline in him." In Georgia, that translates into a pit bull-mix. The child's mother, who is a dog groomer, posted a cautionary warning about pit bulls on her Facebook page several days after her son's death indicating the dog was a pit bull.
"I know I'm going to have people's opinions about what I'm about to post but you have a pit or any dog for that matter," she wrote. "My mother in-law's pit never showed aggression towards my kids because he's been around them since he was a puppy," she wrote. "I would never have thought I would have to bury my youngest," she said. She also posted in April that she and her husband wanted to become involved in charity awareness against dogs attacking small kids and adults.
Lastly, since Bohannon mentioned a "bulldog bloodline," one grandparent on the paternal side gave away six pit bull puppies back in October 2022. When asked by a potential adopter, "What breed?", the grandmother responded, "mixed gotti razor edge red nose." That is one pit bull bloodline, "Razor Edge Gotti," crossed with a red-nosed pit bull of an unknown bloodline. In some regions in the US, especially the southeast, pit bull owners refer to the dog's bloodline only.
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Law enforcement departments across the United States should release consistent "baseline" information to the media and the public after each fatal dog mauling, including these items.