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Dog that killed Lee infant euthanized

Stephen Igo • Mar 8, 2018 at 6:53 PM

JONESVILLE — The family dog that fatally mauled an 8-day-old girl in Lee County on Wednesday has been euthanized, Sheriff Gary Parsons said Thursday.

There were few other updates about the tragedy that claimed the life of the baby at a residence in the Seminary area located near the Wise County line near Big Stone Gap.

On Wednesday, Parsons said authorities were notified shortly before noon that the family dog (which he identified as a malamute Thursday) had attacked the infant as she lay in a bassinet. Parsons said the dog inflicted injuries primarily to the baby’s upper body and head.

By the time deputies arrived at the residence on Wednesday, the father had already taken his daughter to Lonesome Pine Hospital in Big Stone Gap. From there, she was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport and then to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, where the baby succumbed to her injuries after 4 p.m.

On Thursday. Parsons said authorities are still investigating the incident, including whether there was any past violent behavior toward people by the dog. As of Thursday, Parsons said there was “none I’m aware of” concerning the animal’s past behavior, and authorities were interviewing “in and around the family” to gather all the information pertinent to the tragedy.

Parsons said the animal was “put down” after the family signed the paperwork to have it euthanized. An autopsy on the infant is being performed in Tennessee, he added.

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