A 3-year-old girl was killed by her family’s pit bull terrier Monday when the dog suddenly attacked her.
Braelynn Rayne Coulter was playing with the pit bull when it suddenly turned on her. Coulter died despite her mother’s attempt to save her. When Coulter’s mother, Randi, tried to pull the dog away, it attacked her too.
Coulter was rushed to the hospital but later died from the traumatic injuries she suffer to her lower abdomen. Her mother was treated and later released.
“She will be missed dearly,” the family said in a statement. “Heaven is a little prettier today with Braelynn there!”
A spokesperson for the family said that the dog had never acted aggressive before and had always been gentle. Neighbors, however, reported that the dog sometimes attacked other dogs and never let their children play outside when it was around.
The male dog was transported to the Guilford County Animal Shelter and will likely be euthanized.