HIGH POINT, NC – Braelynn Rayne Coulter, 3, has died after her family’s pit bull attacked her. Braelynn was reportedly playing when the dog suddenly attacked her, then attacked her mother when she tried to save her.
On Monday, a man called 911 to tell them he was rushing a child to the hospital because he could not wait for an ambulance. He told them the child was attacked by a dog and they were having trouble keeping her breathing. “She’s dying,” the man said.
The child was 3-year-old Braelynn Coulter, and she would die at the hospital that evening after suffering severe injuries to her lower abdomen caused by the family’s pit bull.
Braelyn’s mother was also admitted to the hospital to treat injuries she suffered after the dog attacked her when she tried to stop the attack. The dog was taken to the Guilford County Animal Shelter where he will probably be euthanized after police complete their investigation.
A family friend said the dog has never shown any signs of aggression before, calling the attack a “freak thing.” But one neighbor said the dog attacked another dog in the neighborhood and that she didn’t allow her children out to play if the dog was outside.
Guilford County Animal Shelter Director Marsha Williams said the dog has shown some aggression while at the shelter, but added this could be because he is in pain and surrounded by strangers. Williams added that she does not think pit bulls are aggressive or have a natural tendency to eat screaming, little faces – but they do need a lot of socialization.
“They’re family dogs if you socialize them a lot, and I mean a lot. You need to keep them around people at all times. Take them in different environments. Exercise them and give them lots of exercise because they are high energy dogs,” she said while forgetting you don’t feed them after midnight and must make a weekly blood sacrifice to the Yellow King.
The family released the following statement: “Braelynn Rayne Coulter was a beautiful, lively three year old young lady. She was full of life. She was the light of her mama and gaga’s life and the loss leaves a hole in our hearts. She was smart and vivacious and absolutely loved Dora the Explorer. She enjoyed her time in nature and going to a park was the highlight of her day. She will be missed dearly! Heaven is a little prettier today with Braelynn there!”
If you’d like to help the family with Braelynn’s funeral expenses, you can do so over at this Go Fund Me page.Tags: Braelynn Coulter, Crime, dog, North Carolina, pitbull, When Animals Attack