HOLMES COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) –
A three-year-old Holmes County child is dead, after a pit bull attack. It happened in the community of Thornton which is south of Tchula.
The boy has been identified as Christopher Malone.
Our news crew was the first to arrive on the scene when this happened just after 4:00p.m. Monday.
Family members say the dogs were secured in a dog pen behind the home but some how broke out and attacked Malone.
“The dog just jumped him and took him down and drugged him in the back and killed him, ate him up,” said Lucy Mayze, an aunt of the victim.
Sheriff deputies say Malone’s mother tried to save him,
“The children were outside playing and she missed her child and when she went around to look for him that’s when she saw the dogs on him and she went up there to *try to get the dogs off her child and she ended up getting bit too,” said Captain Sam Chambers with the Holmes County Sheriff’s Department.
The dogs were taken in by animal control. It’s not clear what is going to happen to them.
*Family members say the dogs have never attacked anyone before.
“They never been no real viscous dog they never bit nobody they never jumped on nobody around here,” said Mayze.
Cousins of the victim say they just lost a grandma in a house fire two months ago, so you can imagine the pain they are feeling.
“We loved Dueces,” said Mackeyona Mayze. “I just pray and ask God to watch over our family.”
Malone’s mother was treated at Lexington hospital. The death is still under investigation.
American Pit Bull Terrier
*In 2013, in the United States, 16 children were killed by Pit Bulls and their mixes. Most of these children were killed by family pet pit bulls that had never been neglected or abused and had always loved the child. As with all breeds, the traits needed for their original tasks remain in the dogs – in this case, the sudden explosive aggression that was necessary to survive in the fighting pit. An APBT may never show this aggression, but if it does there will be no warning and the attack will not be easy to stop. Extreme caution should always be taken when this breed interacts with children.
This is a list of dog breeds that have a history of being potentially dangerous to people, especially children. Daxton’s Friends for Canine Education and Awareness understands that any dog has the ability to bite or inflict serious harm to humans. This list consists of several dog breeds that have a higher than average number of recorded human fatalities. Please use extreme caution if you choose to bring one of these breeds into your home. Rental communities and homeowners insurance may restrict many of the dog breeds on this list due to the likelihood of a serious incident.
Pit Bulls, Mastiff, and Rottweiler lead in fatalities and are listed first. The rest of the breeds are listed in alphabetical order:
Pit Bull Terrier Family
- American Bulldog
- American Pit Bull Terrier
- American Staffordshire Terrier
- English/Standard Bull Terrier
- Miniature Bull Terrier
- Olde English Bulldog
- Staffordshire Bull Terrier
- Cane Corso/Italian Mastiff
- Dogo Argentino
- English Mastiff
- Fila Brasileiro
- Dogue de Bordeaux/French Mastiff
- Great Dane/German Mastiff
- Presa Canario
- St. Bernard/Alpine Mastiff