Detroit: girl, 9, killed by dogs, the owner is in custody: police

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The owner of the three dogs are in custody after she is viciously attacked and killed a 9-year-old girl who was playing in an alley near her home in Detroit, police said on Tuesday.

Emma Hernandez was riding her bicycle on Monday afternoon, when the three dogs described as pit bulls or pit-bull mixes – escaped a yard and attacked her, police told Fox 2.

She died in the hospital, and the dog’s owner was arrested. No charges have been filed.

The family of a 9-year-old girl who was killed by three dogs on Monday, a GoFundMe page to help with funeral expenses.

“I’ve done my best. I’ve tried using the RESPONSE. I was trying to help her. I did everything I could within my power,” Emma’s father, Armando Hernandez, told WWJ-am on Tuesday. “She was gone when I got her.”

Deborah Golden, a neighbor who tried to help you, Emma, told WXYZ-TV she heard the girl’s screams, and “knew something bad had happened.”

“I saw the girl lying flat on her back in the sockets and part of her neck off,” Gold said. “I started CPR and I had my dad grab my neck and hold it in place.”

I’m really broke right now. I can’t explain it. Just, every time I close my eyes, man, I can’t see my baby girl.

— Armando Hernandez

A bystander shot and killed one of the dogs, while a medical crew attempted to save the girl. The dogs had laid down. Neighbors threw stones at the dogs to try to stop the attack, according to police.

“They weren’t going to stop,” Edward Cruz, who said he had dropped a brick when he heard screams, he told The Detroit News. “I had to get in the car.”

Hernandez said that the dogs lived in a house behind his own, and he had a fight with a neighbor over for them last week. Hernandez said that the dogs were not well-controlled, and the fence was too thin.

“I knew the dogs were there. I know that it’s your neighbour,” he said. “We were having a discussion about it just last week, and he just didn’t want to take care of the animals. He would be able to prevent it.”


Hernandez said he has continued to be a repeat of the tragedy, and felt ’empty’.

“Look, I’m really broke right now. I can’t explain it, ” he said. “First of all, every time I close my eyes, man, all I can see is my little girl.”


Animal Control took possession of the rest of the dogs, WXYZ reported.

City officials said the dogs likely will be euthanized. Prosecutors are now determining how much, if any, the owner may be facing.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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