Shar-pei/Pit Bull Mix Dogs Kill Newborn Baby In Fresno; Facts About Dog Breed

Shar-pei/Pit Bull Mix Dogs Kill Newborn Baby In Fresno; Facts About Dog Breed
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A three-day-old baby left on the couch by her mother was killed by two family dogs.


The 33-year-old mother, who has not been identified, “walked away for a few seconds” and left the door open because it was hot, according to Fresno Police Sgt. Dan Macias. The mother thought the dogs were chained in the backyard.

As reported by NBC Bay Area, the baby died at a local hospital. The dogs, Shar-Pei/Pit Bull mixes, are owned by the mother’s brother, who has not been identified. The animals were handed over to the Central California Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Fresno Bee reports. One of these dogs is aggressive.

“For any child to get injured, it hurts,” Sgt. Macias said, as reported by “But a newborn, we know how precious life is and it’s very unfortunate this happened.”

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Although charges have not been ruled out, the case is being considered an accident. The police are investigating the incident.

The Shar-Pei/Pit Bull mix – also called a Sharpull Terrier – is a medium-to-large dog and has a life span of 10 to 12 years, according to Dog Breed Plus. The website notes that the animal “will try to be dominant so needs experienced owners who can firmly.”

“Early socialization and training” are two factors that govern how well a Sharpull Terrier will get along with children and other animals. The Sharpull Terrier will get along with children well if they are raised with them.

While children should be taught how to play with the dogs, supervision is empirical when it comes to younger children. The dog “needs extra help to get on with other dogs and she should not be taken to places like a dog park and let off leash until she is completely trustworthy,” the website notes.

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