A 13-month-old boy was mauled to death by the family dog on Monday, and a New Orleans police officer shot and killed the dog when it attacked a Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals officer.
The toddler was identified as Apollo Duplantis, WDSU reported.
New Orleans police said they responded to a call shortly before 7 p.m. in the Pontchartrain Park neighborhood. The Louisiana SPCA team arrived shortly afterward and waited for a warrant so they could enter the yard and subdue the dog while the child was rushed to a hospital.
The boy was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Meanwhile, a warrant to enter the yard arrived at the home, and two LASPCA officers first tried to leash the dog through a fence but were unsuccessful, so they entered the yard to use control poles.
While attempted to leash the dog, it attacked one of the officers, causing them to call for help. A New Orleans police officer entered the yard and saw the dog attacking the SPCA officer. The officer fired at the dog, killing it.
The officer has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.
“We are heartbroken that a toddler was killed by a dog attack last night. Our deepest sympathies go out to the grieving family,” said Louisiana SPCA CEO Ana Zorrilla. ”The Louisiana SPCA places human life and safety first and foremost.”
Zorilla said that New Orleans police and the SPCA’s New Orleans Human Law & Rescue team are jointly investigating.
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