Investigation continues into dog attack that left 2 children dead, mother injured

Investigation continues into dog attack that left two children dead, mother injured.
Published: Oct. 6, 2022 at 11:21 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 7, 2022 at 6:06 AM EDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - The investigation continues into the death of two children after being attacked by the family dogs.

The mother was also injured and taken to Regional One Health Wednesday afternoon in critical condition.

Thursday afternoon, investigators upgraded her condition to “stable.” However, her children, a 2-year-old girl and a 5-month-old boy did not survive the attack.

Around 3:30 Wednesday afternoon Shelby County Sheriff Detectives were called to the 700 block of Sylvan Road near Shelby Forest State Park, that’s a rural part of unincorporated Shelby County.

Detectives say the family was inside the home when the dogs attacked them.

Based on property records and social media posts, it appears the attack occurred at the children’s grandparents’ house.

Investigators say the dogs were pit bulls and described as “family pets.”

Memphis Animal Services euthanized both dogs Thursday afternoon.

It is unclear what triggered these dogs to attack, but we spoke to a long-time breeder/trainer of dogs, including pit bulls.

“We as a whole need to take accountability about how we train them as far as being a little too aggressive with them by introducing them to things they shouldn’t be introduced to.” said dog trainer Allen McCoy. “Because I look at it as with the pit, it could be aggressive, but a mutt could be too, depending on the environment it’s around.”

McCoy also says the dogs could have been sick.

He says things like tumors or rabies can cause dogs to act out of character.

Right now, there are no charges related to this case, Shelby County Sheriff Officials say this is an ongoing investigation.

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