QUINLAN – An infant child in Quinlan was killed Monday by a dog believed to be a pit bull, the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office reported.
And investigation remained active Monday and an autopsy has been ordered by Justice of the Peace David McNabb. The child’s name and age was not released. McNabb signed a warrant for seizure of the animal, and it was being held at a local animal control facility, according to the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office.
At about 11:10 a.m. Monday, the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the 9900 block of Private Road 3820 in the Easy Living addition in regard to dog bite call. The initial deputy on scene observed an infant child in the roadway who had suffered major trauma as a result of a dog attack. The deputy performed life-saving measures on the infant until AMR Ambulance medics arrived on scene. The child was transported to Hunt Regional Medical Center in Quinlan. Unfortunately, due to the severity of the injuries, the child did not survive, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
Preliminary information shows that the child had gotten out of an enclosed yard unbeknownst to family members and walked down a gravel road. The dog, believed to be a pit bull, was in his yard, which was enclosed by a four-foot chain link fence. However, the dog was able to get out of the yard and attacked the infant in the roadway.
“I am heartbroken over this whole matter and my thoughts and prayers are with the family tonight,” Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks said.