Georgia Toddler Mauled by Family Dogs in Terrible Accident

A toddler died after being attacked by the family’s seven dogs in their backyard in southeast Georgia, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Monica Renee Laminack, 1, slipped out the back door while her grandmother was asleep and was attacked by the family’s seven pit bull and pit bull mixes. Monica was dead before the paramedics arrived, according to Bryan County Sherriff Clyde Smith.

“They had dragged the child all over the yard,” said Smith. “They tore her clothes all up.”

The grandmother was in shock. Four generations of the family shared the two-story home 30 miles west of Savannah, including the child’s 18-year-old mother. Family members said the dogs had no history of violence, even around Monica.

“They said they have never been aggressive to other people. Why they got started I have no idea,” Smith said. “I can see child neglect at the very minimum.”

This is a tragic reminder of how quickly a dog attack can claim a life. Young children and the elderly are particularly vulnerable to dog attacks. Please contact our firm for a free consultation if you or a member of your family has been attacked by a vicious dog.

Tip of the week: According to statistics from, there were 38 fatal dog attacks in 2012. Fifty percent of the victims were young children—age 8 or younger.

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