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POSTED: Monday, February 22, 2010 - 12:12pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - 11:07pm

Three-year-old mauled to death by family dog...

Marion County, Florida authorities said a family dog mauled to death a 3-year-old girl on Saturday.

The incident happened at 6540 NE 25th Ave. in Ocala at about 5:30 p.m.

Marion County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Jenifer Fisher said breeder Lori Haaker was in her yard with her daughter, cleaning out the pen where the family keeps four dogs chained to trees.

Haaker has a sign at the entrance to her ranch promoting her business that reads: "Haaker's Dream Bulldog Ranch."

Investigators originally said that the dogs were pit bulls, but they have since said that they were actually American bulldogs.

Police said that Haaker had gone into her house and returned outside but didn't see her daughter. They said she told them that she started searching the property and found that her daughter had entered the pen and was being mauled by one of the dogs.

Fisher said the mother had to wrestle the child away from the dog and that it was difficult because the girl was wrapped in the dog's chain.

Rescue crews arrived but could not save the girl, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Animal Services was at the home Saturday night to seize the four dogs from the pen. Officials said they believe only one dog was responsible for the attack, but all of the animals were taken as a precaution.

Animal Services will investigate to determine which of the dogs should be deemed vicious.

An investigator was questioning the mother and father, as well as a renter who lives on the property. It's not clear whether the parents of the girl will face any charges.

There are four other children who live at the home, and the Department of Children and Families was called to investigate their welfare.

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It's not the BREED, but the human(s) BEHIND the breed that make dogs vicious or aggressive.

Those poor dogs...having to be put down. You'd be upset too if you lived your entire life chained to a tree. What happened is sad but the parents deserve to be put down...not the dogs.

SOme dogs are breed to be that way.Didn't the dog know that little girl or it didn't want to play with her? People shouldn't have those kind of dogs with children if they aren't careful.

how many times will this happen before people understand "DO NOT LEAVE CHILDREN ALONE WITH PETS! EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That's ridiculous! I feel my toy poodle is quite safe around children. How about a pet goldfish? Ever heard of a child being killed by a house cat? Yeah, and those parakeets can be vicious!

Maybe what you meant was that people should have to pass some type of test before being allowed to breed? There are a whole lot of stupid people out there who have children that depend on them for safety and quality of life.

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