|Marcel Woo |||Feb 23, 2015 08:25 AM EST|
A woman with a pit bull poses for the photographer REUTERS/Jas Lehal
A dog may be a man's best friend but for the family of a two-year-old girl in West Mifflin, Pittsburgh, this adage may no longer hold true.
Taylynn Devaugh, 2, was reported attacked by a pit bull inside a home in West Mifflin around 8:45 p.m. Sunday, killing the young girl who suffered severe injuries, the police said.
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There is in word yet on who owned the dog and in whose house the attack occurred. The police also have not stated if any charges will be filed in the case.
Based on initial police report, Devaugh lived in Forest Hills and the attack occurred in a house in nearby West Mifflin.
The pit bull reportedly bit Devaugh. She was rushed to the Jefferson Memorial Hospital but later died from her injuries, the police said.
Investigation is continuing and an autopsy on the girl is scheduled for today.
Last month, police in Beaver County, Pittsburgh had to put down a dog after it attacked a father and son.
The incident happened at a home in the 100-block of Patterson Farm Road in Independence Township.
Police records show that the father and son got into a heated argument that apparently provoked the pit bull to attack.
Investigators say the pit bull bit off a chunk of the father's chin and bit the son's nose.
One of them then grabbed a knife and started stabbing the dog to try to stop it from attacking them. The two then called 911 for help.
Police Chief Lance Malobabich described the injuries sustained by the father and son as "pretty gruesome".
"The father will probably have to get some plastic surgery to his chin. I'm not too sure about the son, but I believe he may have to get some stitches for his nose," said Malobabich.
According to emergency officials, police had to shoot and kill the dog.
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