An 8-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier (pit bull) mix is being kept alive at the Fulton County animal shelter until it can be tested to help determine if the family dog mauled and killed a toddler at his home Wednesday afternoon.
“Obviously, it’s a tragedy,” Sgt. Scott McBride told 11 Alive on Thursday.
“We’re not looking to charge anyone, but we have to investigate every crime, especially the death of a 2-year-old; we’re gonna look at every possible angle,” he added.
Meanwhile neighbors in the Wexford town home subdivision near Union City are still trying to deal with what happened.
“It was really a shock, it was strange, you know, my heart goes out to the family because I have a child of my own,” said Kendra Clopton.
She was among the first on the scene Wednesday when a neighbor across the street, Angela Rutledge, came out of her home screaming that the dog had killed her son.
Clopton said she never thought of the 8-year-old dog as aggressive.
“The dog was a family dog, so they always had the dog,” Clopton told 11 Alive.