Rottweiler Mauls 7-Year-Old Girl to Death

A man in Virginia has been charged after a 7-year-old girl was killed in a dog attack, according to police.

Waynesboro Police Department officers raced to a home after being alerted to a reported dog attack in the 200 block of Parker Heights Road at about 2:26 p.m. on January 29.

When police arrived, they found a Rottweiler had attacked a young girl inside the home, leaving her with serious injuries.

In a Sunday Facebook post, a WPD spokesperson said: "The juvenile female was then transported by ambulance to Augusta Health where she would later succumb to the injuries sustained in the attack.

"During this attack, an adult female also suffered injuries. She was treated for her injuries and released."

The WPD added the Rottweiler was seized for "standard quarantine protocol at a local shelter."

In an update shared on the Facebook page on Monday, the WPD said it had arrested a man in connection with the dog attack.

A WPD spokesperson said Stephen Christopher Kachmar, 60, had been charged with owning a dangerous dog.

An investigation into the deadly dog attack is ongoing.

Newsweek has contacted the WPD for comment.

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, more than 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year.

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

Last week, a 22-year-old Dallas woman was left "permanently and catastrophically" disfigured following an alleged attack involving a group of dogs she was asked to look after.

Lawyers representing Jacqueline Durand filed a lawsuit against an unnamed couple in Coppel, Texas, who hired the University of Texas at Dallas student to look after their three dogs while they were away.

According to WFAA, police officers found the front door to the home wide open, with blood in the hallway.

The police report quoted by the news outlet stated that an officer subsequently found Durand lying on her stomach, having suffered "serious facial damage."

In December, a man who dedicated his life to rescuing abused animals was killed by a dog he took in.

Adam Watts, 55, ran the Juniper Kennels and Cattery in Kirkton of Auchterhouse near Dundee, Scotland, with the help of his five young sons, accord to the kennels' Facebook page.

"The death is not being treated as suspicious and a report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal," Police Scotland said, according to the BBC.

Stock photo of a Rottweiler
Stock photo of a rottweiler. A man has been charged with owning a dangerous dog after the death of a child. alberto clemares expósito/Getty