Baby Girl Dies After Being Mauled by Dog in Backyard

A 7-month-old girl was mauled to death by a dog in a backyard in Georgia, according to police.

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) said the child was being minded by her grandmother at a home in 3701 Columbia Drive, in Martinez, on Tuesday, when the attack happened.

Police said the American bulldog-Great Pyrenees mix became aggressive and both the baby and the grandmother were injured when it attacked, according to CBS/ MyNetworkTv affiliate WEDW-TV.

The outlet added that both needed treatment and were taken to Augusta University Health, although it said the girl had more severe injuries.

Residents told WEDW-TV they saw police outside the home between 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. and claimed a large dog lived there.

Neighbor Tim Jardine told the outlet about a previous incident involving the dog where paramedics had to attend.

He said: "My friend and I had to occupy the dog for them to get in there and get the woman to hospital."

His sister-in-law, who lives on the same street, said of the dog: "It won't let anyone come near anybody. I guess dogs are supposed to be protective, but that dog can be a little more overprotective, like in a vicious way."

She later told WEDW-TV: "My heart goes out to their family."

Newsweek has contacted the CCSO for comment.

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), more than 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year in the U.S. It said that of those more than 800,000 need medical attention.

The AVMA also said: "Children are the most common victims of dog bites and are far more likely to be severely injured.

"Most dog bites affecting young children occur during everyday activities and while interacting with familiar dogs."

Newsweek has previously reported on numerous tragic cases where people have been mauled to death by dogs.

A 4-year-old boy in Texas died this week after he sustained injuries while being attacked by dogs, according to local authorities.

Baytown Police Chief John Stringer said his colleagues responded to "a call that every officer dreads."

He said: "We are heartbroken for the loss of this child. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in the community who has been impacted by this tragedy."

In another harrowing case, a South Carolina woman needed to have both of her arms amputated after three dogs attacked her.

Following the attack, the Abbeville County Sheriff's Office said the dogs had been taken away by animal control.

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Stock image of police car. A 7-month-old girl was mauled to death on Tuesday by a dog in a backyard in Georgia, according to police. Getty