On Monday November 15, 2010 in the small town of Phenix City, AL, five year old Cason Bryant was viciously mauled to death by reportedly a pack of as many as 12 dogs. The attack happened just after 1pm and the boy was pronounced dead at a local hospital at approximately 2:30pm. The coroner reported that the little boy had received multiple bite marks all over his body. The coroner also reported that all the dogs involved in the attack were not believed to be wild dogs. The dogs were believed to have been fenced in and somehow escaped. It had been reported that all dogs involved had been captured by authorities and were sent to Auburn University for Research and were then to be euthanized. You can visit any Wells Fargo or Columbus Bank and Trust and donate to the Cason Bryant Memorial Fund.
The attack on little Cason Bryant is only one of many recent animal attacks on children. Earlier this month, a 9 month old sleeping infant was attacked in her crib by two raccoons. The attack occurred at the child’s home in Newton County Georgia (an Atlanta Superb) and left the infant in critical condition. The infant’s mother called police to the scene and both raccoons were shot, but only one of the animals was recovered. Although the child made a full recovery and was released from the hospital, the parents are being investigated as it was rumored that the raccoons were being fed in the home and treated as family pets.
In July of 2009 another attacked in ensued in Sumter County Florida. In Oxford, FL a small town about 50 miles outside of Orlando, a two year child was strangled to death in her crib by the families 8-foot 5-inch Burmese Python. A 911 caller told authorities that the snake escaped from an aquarium and in the middle of the night and made its way to the child’s crib while the baby was sleeping. The mother’s boyfriend and owner of the snake repeatedly stabbed the reptile to free the little girl, but it was too late. The snake reportedly also bit the child on the head. The boyfriend did not have a permit for the animal and was consequently charged.
In yet another story in Las Vegas, a three year old boy and his mother were hospitalized after being attacked by an 18 foot long 300 pound reticulated python that the family was caring for. The snake mysteriously got loose from where it was being held and while the mother was in the bathroom, the snake wrapped itself around the child and reportedly bit him several times. The mother heard the child crying and grabbed a knife and stabbed the snake several times, but not before receiving bites from the snake herself. Officers were shocked to find the bloody scene and the giant snake which was still alive in the home. The snake was taken with 5 other much smaller snakes to an animal shelter, but the wounds on the large snake were so severe that the snake had to be euthanized. Hopefully, these incidents will urge parents to take better care of children when in the presence of animals