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Baby Mauled To Death By Family Pit Bull

May 9, 2017 at 2:00 pm by  

LAS VEGAS, NV – A 6-month-old girl has died after she was mauled by the family pit bull.

It happened on Monday afternoon as Kaniko Dao Tsuda-Saelee was in her baby walker near the dog.

For reasons unknown at this time, the “pit bull-terrier-type mix” began biting the baby.

The mother of the child, who was the only other person in the house, managed to stop the attack and call for help.

Unfortunately, the baby suffered “significant injuries” and was pronounced dead at Centennial Hills Hospital Medical Center.

The dog was taken to the Animal Foundation where it may be euthanized. Animal Control says they have had no previous interaction with the family about the dog.

Child abuse and neglect detectives are investigating, which is protocol whenever a child dies, but police say this looks like a tragic accident.

“This is something a lot of families can learn from,” said LVMPD Officer Larry Hadfield. “It’s an absolute tragedy, and regardless how trusting you are of your animals in your house, you have to make sure you are supervising.”

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  • Pit bulls are natures baby sitters. U ain’t a true libertarian unless u let one sleep in your babies room.

  • *DOG
    She was mauled by the family *dog
    Any dog can snap
    Statistically small breeds bite a lot more humans but pitbulls get a worse rap for it simple because of their strength and the more damage they can do

  • They should be banned completely!!!

  • dammitall23

    “Nanny dog” FAIL.

  • They get a worse rap because of the fatalities and grievous maulings in their wake.

  • A pit? Surprise, surprise!

  • That’s literally what I said
    Because of their strength they cause more damage
    However smaller breeds attack people more often

  • Or maybe because they were bred for fighting they are more likely to attack, which they do. Daily.

  • Fighting dogs are TRAINED to fight
    They aren’t born vicious

  • Just because they actually kill, they get a worse rap. So unfair.

  • Your opinions can’t be factually proven becuase a large number of dog bites are not reported. Mastiffs, Dobermans and Shepherds have more strength in their bites than pit bull type dogs.

  • Fighting dogs like pits are born with the ability to fight. They don’t need to be trained. If you could train a dog to want to fight to the death, dog fighters could train any breed. But they can’t. And while smaller breeds do attack people, when was the last time you heard of a toy poodle killing anyone?

  • Megan Marshall –Maulings resulting in grievous injuries or deaths are indeed reported, regardless of breed. The reason you hear more about pit bulls is because they’re most often the guilty party.

  • Umm ALL dogs are born with the “ability to fight”
    That’s kind of part of being an animal

  • Susan McLaughlin What? Your logic is flawed. OF COURSE THEY GET A WORSE RAP BECAUSE THEY KILL I am sure Ted bundy was a hell of a guy outside of his murderous tendencies.

  • Cue all the people coming to defend a dog rather than mourn the loss of a child

  • Maggie Bennett Jackson

    No, ignorant parents should be banned completely! Who the eff leaves a 6 month old in a walker? They aren’t even crawling yet. That baby probably accidentally crashed into that dog and scared it. Any type of dog would react…not just a Pit Mix.

  • Rosemary. That is simply not true. Throw two Shelties into a pit and see what happens. Nothing. They were born to herd. Throw some sheep in that pit, and you will have yourself a show.

  • Here’s an example of a poodle attack not inflicting as much damage because it doesn’t have the same strength as a pitbull


  • Jim Fogarty Woosh….

  • Idiots !!

  • Susan McLaughlin My bad!

  • Rosemary Conti Did you just cherry pick a story from 2009 to prove your point?

  • Worked with dogs for over 8 years, a sheltie that used to come in for grooming was known to be agressive. Any dog is capable of attacking, it’s just a matter of how much damage they can do in the process.

  • Lol. She was forced to.

  • dammitall23

    Any dog that reactive should never be a pet. That’s not a domestic animal–that’s a wild beast.

  • And also, that link is so old that the story she is trying to link to no longer appears.

  • Oh, so you knew of one aggressive Sheltie so we should characterize all Shelties as potentially aggressive but according to pit bull supporters, we CAN’T characterize all pit bulls as potential killers because thousands of pit bulls have killed? Does that seem a little hypocrital and unreasonable to anyone else???

  • “For unknown reasons”…
    Here’s at least one reason….

  • Lisa Black, I wasn’t responding to your comment. I understand that deaths and disfiguring bites are reported but believe it or not people do lie and claim it’s a stray dog instead of diming out their or their friends dog. I was responding to the “smaller breeds attack people more” comment.

  • I’ve seen dog bite reports where other breeds were worse than pits. A black Labrador retriever ripped the fact off a toddler. Dalmatians are aggressive with children. Don’t pigeon-hole these beautiful dogs because of what the media tells you.

  • Megan Marshall –You have any stats on how many people lie?

  • Waiting for the… It’s not the dogs fault, he was so sweet, we never imagined something like this would happen. ***Huge eye roll*** ????

  • I didn’t keep a log but as the person investigating the animal bites I wasn’t allowed to call a victim out, even when the bite was later proven by a doctor to be from another person. It simply wasn’t my place even though it often cost a dog or cat it’s life. I had to trust the victims word.

  • That is somewhat true. Remember the family that lied and said their family member was attacked by a mountain lion rather than admit their own family member was attacked by their family pit bull?

  • The lying usually happens in reverse as people rush to protect a pit bull lest they look foolish for owning one and defiantly defending the breed on social media.

  • Beautiful?


    I have a male collie / boxer / Pyr mix, who absolutely adores children His face lights up, and his tail wags a mile a minute whenever encountering a kid in the street on our (leashed) walks. Pure joy. He’s an extremely smart boy, big hearted, and loves to watch flying birds and bugs, and peeping birds in nests. Not to eat them, but just for the joy of watching them. His eyes are warm and curious. He is, almost, the perfect dog. Would I trust him unattended with a toddler. No, I would not. Because he is still a dog, and once in a while, I see a spark of the undomesticated wild animal, still lurking underneath his sweet demeanor. It might be the boxer mix part.. but there’s something a tiny bit menacing underneath. As much as he loves kids, I am not 100% sure that he might not revert to savage for some unknown reason. I think terriers are the most likely to snap. Most of them have been bred to kill something or other, over the years, and are hard-wired for it.

  • Nedly Mandingo IV

    You don’t hear of pomeranians ripping a child’s face off.

  • AtheistPilgrim

    EVERY dog is “born with the ability to fight.” Fighting dogs have that trait specifically trained into them from a young age. You CAN train any dog you want to fight to the death, but its a “better show” when something vicious that can lock its jaw is fighting something else that can do the same.


    My sister’s piece of shit 5-Lb. chihuaua/terrier mix, (yeah, he’s as butt ugly as he sounds); bit my hand, for absolutely no reason whatsoever. In fact, the fucker jumped up on my leg, tail wagging, big grin, like he was looking for a treat, and when I reached down to pat his head, he fucking latched on to my hand like his life depended on it. Left some nice tooth marks there, I still have. Not dangerous enough to put down for biting someone, apparently; but she damn sure locks that thing in another part of the house now when I come over, if she knows what’s good for her. I hate that piece of crap. and I LOVE dogs.

  • My son almost lost his eye because he scared our rat terrier. I was 4 feet away and only turned my back for one second to grab his pajamas. They couldn’t even do stitches because too much skin was missing.

  • See it every damn time. So annoying. Every time a child dies from a dog attack, the idiots always come out and defend the dog. I don’t care what breed it is. A child died. Tragic accident. Have compassion and pray for the family

  • A kid died, everyone defend the dog breed. Rethink your goddamn priority you fuck heads.

  • john smith

    Yeah but the damage done by it a pit bull,is fatal.

  • john smith

    People don’t think,clearly or have concepts.of what can happen.

  • john smith

    she was listed in stable condition.Pit bull attack,is fatal and she was listed in stable condition.,would be unlikely.I know,for a fact,when pits bite,they bite fatally!

  • Never trust any animal around your baby. Rather it a pit bull or beagle. Thats just common sense.

  • This is tragic and very very Scary


  • But they’re such sweet dogs how dare you make it known the breed of dog that killed the baby! All dogs can be bad, it’s how they’re raised… Blah blah blah

  • Yes, Lisa Black. They are beautiful animals.

  • Matter of taste. I find them as fugly as slugs.

  • Bet that mother wishes she never had that damn dog now

  • Neighbors also said dog was always kept outside. More than likely not socialized. Don’t blame the breed.

  • Along with heroin and meth. Those are just as bad.

  • How do you do a huge eye roll? Isn’t it the same as a regular one? 🙂

  • Every time I see the mother was alone in the house, it makes my Deadly Women’s Radar go off.

  • Humans kill each other. Let’s ban humans!

  • patrickdh10

    What a surprise! Another child mauled to death by a pit bull. I mean how effing down right rock stupid are people? This breed of dogs should not be around children,ever. I say prosecute those who do when this happens. This breed averages around 20 kids a year,a little over half of their total death toll and that’s just what you hear about.

  • Me too. Ugly AF.

  • Sarah Marie Dogs aren’t humans. If a particular dog breed keeps killing humans then they should be banned. We recall cribs just because they MIGHT cause injury. Pit bulls should have been recalled decades ago. It could have saved the lives of hundreds of people.

  • Do you suppose they raised this dog to kill their child? How specifically does one go about raising a killer dog?

  • No you haven’t it’s only pitbulls

  • But it’s always the breed doing the killing!

  • ????

  • ????

  • I have no clue lol this was me being sarcastic.

  • Oh! lol They need a sarcasm font!

  • I guess the blah blah blah should have tipped me off!

  • IronWoobie

    “This is something a lot of families can learn from,”

    Such as, “A Pit Bull makes a lousy babysitter?”

  • It’s time to ban the breed and stop the deed

  • Rufus De, you don’t know what I’ve read.

  • Everyone is entitled to their opinions. I lived with two pitbulls with small children in the house and they didn’t so much as nip at those kids.

  • Not happening!

  • “Website authors have obviously strong biases against pit bull type dogs. As such, these authors present dog bite fatality data that are “cherry picked” for the purposes of promoting a campaign demeaning pit bull type dogs. It appears that some website authors are on pitbull experta mission to demean the pit bull in whatever way possible. These so-called experts ignore the fact that not all pit bulls are dangerous by nature. There are tremendous individual differences between dogs. The vast majority of severe or fatal dog attacks on people by pit bulls are inflicted by poorly bred, untrained and unsocialized males. In nearly all instances these dogs are maintained by irresponsible owners.”

  • That’s my only bitch with the dreamin’ demon is that they only report on “pit bull” attacks. Like I’m a huge fan, but really? Wouldn’t it be more shocking to hear about any one of the dozen of cases where a small dog mauls and kills a kid, because there’s really plenty of them.

  • Okay, then almost every herding dog should be too. And chows, and dachshunds and Chihuahuas and minpins and basically every breed of dog should not exist under this logic.

  • That’s just a terrible, biased source to be getting your facts from. Just about as reputable as the “all tattoo’d parents should have their kids taken away” group.

  • dogs dont attack without provocation,,,bullshit on these lies !!!

  • So you are saying that the baby provoked the damn pit bull.

  • nope but the mother is a lier,,,been around many pitts and they do not just attack babies,even the agressive ones dont just attack !!!

  • Rufus down boy, guys he thinks he’s people.

  • My mom’s pit bull Tasha was wonderful with children. She never reacted negatively to any child and my daughter would sit on her. Our saint Benard Randy Duke bit a kid on the ass for no reason.

  • They don’t know the breed . A mixed breed dog killed a child

  • Old Man Metal

    Now we’re gettin’ somewhere!

  • If something might hurt you, why is smoking legal? Why are we allowed to drive vehicles? The list goes on with your logic.

  • Oh and I’d love your source for “hundreds of lives would have been saved” if we banned pits years ago.

  • No, not really.

  • You can say it…. pit bull.

  • Its common sense for smart people but unfortunately there are a lot of stupid people in the world.

  • What, so the mother sicced the dog on her child? How do you know she’s lying? What motivates such a thing? Curious on your theory of what happened.

  • Yep.. The comment section is pretty much what I thought it would be.. Thanks for showing the truth, even if people don’t want to believe it.

  • Scout Kent

    You can post about those cases in the forum, there’s a whole section dedicated to animal attacks.

  • Always insane how you folks come out of the woodwork to defend these dogs any time they maim or kill someone. Say what you will but 2 of my neighbor’s Pits got out of the fence 2 weeks ago, came into my yard & killed my little dog. They slung her around like she was a rag doll & broke her tiny back. She died in my arms & couldn’t move anything but her eyes. Defense for that one? I guess because they were bigger they did bigger damage? And why did they even come in my yard & attack her in the first place? Maybe cause that’s what the hell they do you think? And no, that’s not literally what you said in response to Lisa. Lisa said they kill & maul. You said they are just bigger so their power is more.

  • 9 people were convicted of manslaughter after their Pitbull attacked and killed for the very first time.
    They claim that their dog never showed aggression before.
    Thank god the general public are started to see through all of your lies as the Bodies are piling up .

  • Stupid people have stupid dogs. Just proved above! Bwahahaha

  • Melissa Rhinehart dont have one,but i know dogs dont just attack !!!

  • jujubeans

    PIT BULL. It was a pitbull.

    Yeah all those Chihuahua deaths…. whew they’re awful. Crazy pitbull apologist.

  • jujubeans

    So you admit the difference between regular dog attacks and pit/rottie attack is that one usually kills or permanently disfigure and the other dogs don’t?

    So you just proved everyone’s point. Thanks.

  • Sejanus

    Something set the dog off.

  • Taster’sChoice

    ^^^^^ this. Although I’ve met more than my share of Pit owners who will defend their dog all day long. Heck one barmaid I know defends her dog and it has even attacked her child and caused a scar on her face 3″ long but did she get rid of the dog? I mean WTF people?

  • AlabamDeb

    And the dog was a “pit bull-terrier-type mix”. That could be anything (but putting “pit bull” in the story makes it more newsworthy). Any medium to large dog can kill a child, no matter what the breed. Still a tragedy that this baby died.

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  • farmerjayne4013

    Don’t know if I did this right, but here’s a pic of the dog that killed the baby. Wow, that couldn’t possibly be a pit bull, could it?

  • farmerjayne4013

    Wow, so any family pet that a child runs into and scares will kill the child? That is a normal reaction from a normal family pet? Think about what you’re saying! It is NOT normal for a family pet to kill a child— unless it’s a pit.

  • farmerjayne4013

    Show me the links to these stories. I can show you 10 or more severe mauling attacks by pits for each one made by other breeds.

    “Attacks by pit bulls are associated with higher morbidity rates, higher hospital charges, and a higher risk of death than are attacks by other breeds of dogs.”
    Mortality, Mauling, and Maiming by Vicious Dogs, by Bini et al., Annals of Surgery, April 2011

    “In the 12-year period of 2005 to 2016, two dog breeds accounted for 76% of the attacks that resulted in death: pit bulls and rottweilers.”
    12-Year U.S. Dog Bite Fatality Chart (2005 to 2016) by DogsBite.org, 2017

    More than three quarters of the deaths caused by dogs were pit bulls or rottweilers.

    I’ll take a Lab or Dalmatian any day.

  • I laughed myself to death envisioning this. I’m sure it wasn’t funny at the time but the way you described it was hilarious. Thanks for the laugh.


    I can laugh about it now, kind of. 🙂 My sister knows he is a real piece of shit, he only likes *some* people; it’s always a crap shoot to have him out in the common area. But.. he’s her rescue baby, and she gives him some slack for his PTSD, or whatever. She and her grown daughter coddle him like a baby, so I can’t say too much, except, keep him away from me. He’s a snarly little bastard, and he and I have a clear understanding, that we are not friends.

  • My late husband had a cousin who had about 3 of those drop-kick yappers. Mean little cusses. I hated going to her house. lolol

  • Stating The Obvious

    Not sure if you are saying the same thing (if so I apologize) But everything on this planet is born with the ability to fight, it is training that hones the skill.

  • farmerjayne4013

    You used quotes, but who are you quoting? Yourself? Jesus? Cesar Milan?
    It’s just not worth the risk. There are so many breeds of dogs that were not bred to attack and kill. Why risk your child’s life on the chance that whomever you quoted was telling the truth and not “cherry picking” statements to promote their own agenda? The deaths don’t lie.

  • DaveL

    It’s called “prey drive”. A fawn doesn’t provoke a wolf, the wolf kills it because it’s prey. This instinct is still present in modern dogs, and is responsible for a lot of attacks on small pets, livestock, and (unfortunately) small children. Provocation doesn’t enter into it.

  • Pamela Garcia Daugette

    I’m so sorry about your poor, sweet baby. That’s fucking horrible!


    I have a theory that they’re angry because they’re so small, and the best of whatever makes a dog, has been bred right out of them. Teacup dogs are not my favorites. My neighbors, on both sides of me, have Papillions – they bark all day long, (at least on the weekends); and are little shits, that like to hide in the bushes, and jump out and yap “viciously” when I get out of my car and head down my driveway, after getting home from work. They’ve startled me more than once. Of course, I can’t say anything about them. They’re the neighbors’ “babies”. (on the other hand, my friends had a 200 lb. mastiff, that was the gentlest thing in the world. she wanted nothing more than to lay on the couch, and get her tummy rubbed. She would sit there for hours like that, if you let her).

  • farmerjayne4013

    The percentage of deaths by pit bulls are trending upward. Be interesting to see how this year comes out.

  • Mia York

    Who cares if smaller breeds attack more often? Those bites are inconsequential.

  • Mia York

    That was sarcasm, bud.

  • Caroline Sadlowski Navarro Get your head out of your ass. http://www.livescience.com/27145-are-pit-bulls-dangerous.html

  • Caroline Sadlowski Navarro I assume LiveScience has an agenda? You people are kooks.

  • Jim Fogarty, you believe what you want. If you don’t agree with my post, that’s OK. Go cry elsewhere, I don’t run a daycare for sniveling little assholes.

  • Ann Roh

    They’ve only got 6 confirmed kills this year (this will make seven), but we’re not even at the halfway point. That’s 7 out of ten (counting this little one), so they’ve got a large lead.

  • PurpleAnn

    A butcher knife can inflict more damage than a potato peeler, but I’m still not going to allow a baby to play with either one.

  • Robin Wise

    WHy on God’s green Earth would they have a 6-month-old baby AND a pitbull?!

    If you have kids, don’t have a pitbull!!!

  • Thank you Pam

  • ROFL

  • PurpleAnn

    My favorite phrase of the day:

    “I don’t run a daycare for sniveling little assholes.”

  • PurpleAnn

    Yay! Common sense responsibility!

  • pmo100

    I like animals, but cetain ones, such as lions and pitbulls, shouldn’t be “pets”. The risk is simply too great.

  • jansav

    want to bet if the dog would have been a Yorkie the out come would have been different?

  • jansav

    People are stupid. Poor baby.

  • farmerjayne4013

    Show me the links to these “small dog mauls and kills a kid”, preferably with a picture of the killer dog. I would really like to see what you consider “plenty” and a “small dog”.

  • farmerjayne4013

    What planet are you living on? Pits were literally bred to attack and kill. Bred to attack with no warning anything that they consider prey. That’s what they are and what they do.

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    like this

  • William Dean Luke

    then you don’t know a FUCKIN’ thing about pits or Poodles. Poodles are KNOWN to be vicious (You think it’s funny, but google that shit. They are NOT friendly by and large when they’re trained to be guard mutts)

  • john smith

    You don’t know about me and I was raised around pits and rotts and little dogs.Poodles can be vicious yes,but one kick to them and they are done!Now a pit,once it gets,its jaws on the victim etc,your fucked!

  • Robin Wise

    the dog in the pic ain’t a pitty

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  • CheckeredPresent

    surprise, surprise. Now we will have to hear from the defenders about how great they are and how they will defend them to the death even though you know any google news search has one of these stories like every couple days.

  • flying rabbit

    If all dogs bite— then why are all the stories on this site about pit bulls? No akitas? No german shepherds? No rottweiler?