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2-Year-Old Boy Killed By Wild Dogs At Pittsburgh Zoo

Posted on November 9th, 2012 No Comments

On Sunday, a fatal accident took place at the Pittsburgh Zoo. The accident involved wild dogs and a 2-year-old boy. According to reports, the young boy was at the zoo with his mother, a 34-year-old woman from Pleasant Hills.

The mother and son duo were at the Painted Dog Bush Camp exhibit when the mother thought that her son needed a better view of the wild dogs. The deck that they were standing on had glass on either side, and a railing in front that is approximately four feet tall. The woman hoisted her son on top of the railing, and almost immediately afterwards the little boy lost his balance and fell directly into the exhibit.

Once the boy landed inside the exhibit, 11 wild dogs began attacking him. Zoo staff members and a veterinarian arrived on-site within minutes, but determined that their efforts to rescue the boy would not aide the situation. One zoo keeper called the animals back from the boy, and seven retreated to a different area of the exhibit. Three of the wild painted dogs were persistent in their aggressive nature, and continued to attack the boy. One of the dogs had to be shot by a police officer due to its relentless behavior.

The boy was pronounced dead, and an autopsy was performed in order to determine if the dog attack or the fall killed him. The results from the autopsy indicated that the dog attack caused the boy’s death. His parents were receiving grief counseling after the incident, and the zoo was planning an investigation into the attack.

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