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Four-year-old Alabama child mauled to death by neighbors' dogs

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A little four-year-old child who had been playing outside of her grandparents single wide mobile home in the 1000 block of Tuskegee Road was mauled to death by neighborhood dogs on Wednesday reported the

According to Police Chief Jimmy Rodgers, when the grandfather went to check on the little girl, a white German shepherd mix was standing over the child attempting to drag her away.

The grandfather yelled for the dog to move, and picked up the child who was reported to have multiple bites and claw wounds.

A Labrador retriever mix was also thought to have been involved in the attack. Their owners have been identified, and both dogs have been taken into custody while police officials are trying to link these particular dogs to the attack on the child.

There have been no prior complaints about the dogs. In Tallapoosa County, there are no current laws forbidding dogs to run loose.

"Responsible dog ownership says you need to keep control of your dogs all the time. Keep them safely in your yard, on a leash, or in the house," stated Barb Cressein of Miami Beach. "I own two large dogs, and even though I know they are gentle, I always have them under control."

"Because of this a little girl is dead, two dogs will be put to sleep, and families will be ruined."

The little girl was pronounced dead at the scene.

If the dogs match the child's attack, the dogs will be euthanized.

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