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Tot killed by grandparents' dog - Ottawa Area

July 3rd, 2007, 11:11 AM
Sad news from the Ottawa area.

Tot killed by grandparents' dog
Jul 03, 2007 04:30 AM

A 17-month-old girl was mauled to death by her grandparents' dog at their house in Montague Township, near Ottawa, on Canada Day.
Korie Lyn Edwards was visiting her grandparents Sunday when she wandered into the backyard of their home where their 10-year-old German Shepherd-Rottweiler was tied up, said Const. Kevin Davidson of the Ontario Provincial Police.
The dog attacked the toddler and she was rushed to a local hospital, Davidson said. She was then airlifted to the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa where she died later in the evening.
The dog was turned over to animal control officials to be destroyed. No charges will be laid against the grandparents, Davidson said.
According to a survey by U.S.-based Animal People magazine about dog attacks in the U.S. and Canada between 1982 and 2006, the Rottweiler and German Shepherd ranked among the top four breeds (behind pit bulls and wolf hybrids) as the most commonly involved in attacks

July 3rd, 2007, 11:14 AM
. the Rottweiler and German Shepherd ranked among the top four breeds (behind pit bulls and wolf hybrids) as the most commonly involved in attacks

IMO only because these dogs are most likely to be left tied up in backyards without any socialisation. Where were the parents/grandparents ? :mad:

July 3rd, 2007, 11:32 AM
Agreed Frenchy. Just where were the grandparents.
Very sad story.

Definately one reason why I don't agree with tying up an animal. Tends to make them more aggressive. A lot of times they get forgotten too. :sad:
If you don't have a fence build one, if you're afraid of your garden getting destroyed, what's more important, your garden or your dog. If you answer your garden, you shouldn't have a dog.


July 3rd, 2007, 01:54 PM
Yes where are the grandparents, why were they not watching their little grandkid, how does a seventten month old baby get out of the house without them noticing, and why does a dog need to be tied up in the back yard without supervision!!! Poor dog, poor people & much worst poor little girl:mad: :confused: russte

July 3rd, 2007, 02:04 PM
From the Ottawa Sun....

With Canadian flags flapping in the wind on a quiet country road near Smiths Falls, the Edwards family enjoys a backyard picnic when tragedy strikes.

While everyone is eating their barbecued dinners, little Korie Lyn Edwards wanders over to the family dog.

The 10-year-old Rottweiler and German shepherd cross is said to be sociable, but for some reason attacks the 17-month-old toddler.

In the mere seconds it takes family members to pull the dog off her, Korie Lyn sustains life-threatening injuries.

Panicking family members rush her to the Smiths Falls Hospital. From there, she's airlifted to the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario.


In the end, Korie Lyn's wounds are too severe and she dies in hospital.

Police said the fatal mauling occurred sometime before 6:30 p.m. on Canada Day at 3043 Montague Boundary Rd., about 20 minutes east of Smiths Falls.

Family members gathered there yesterday, including father Chuck Edwards.

Edwards was too distraught to speak and the family asked the media to stay away.

Ontario Provincial Police confirmed the girl wandered over to where the family dog was tied up.

"According to the people, the dog had no history of aggressive behaviour towards people in the past. It's socialized with various members of the family," said OPP Prov. Const. Kevin Davidson.

Sources told the Sun the family believes the dog smelled food on the child, prompting the uncharacteristic and vicious attack.

July 3rd, 2007, 02:51 PM
Grandparents should be charged with neglect causing death. Who in their right mind lets a little kid wonder around outside unsupervised?:yell:

July 3rd, 2007, 02:53 PM
Grandparents should be charged with neglect causing death. Who in their right mind lets a little kid wonder around outside unsupervised?:yell:

I'm under the impression from these and various articles that they were all outside when it happened... the baby simply wandered over to where the dog was tied.

July 3rd, 2007, 03:29 PM
from what I understand, the dog was use to the little one and she often played with the dog, it was usually loose and only chained occasionally

July 3rd, 2007, 03:43 PM
This is so heartbreaking. When are people going to realize that it only takes a split second for something like this to happen? I would imagine that they have no idea why the dog reacted this way. Smelled food on the child? Who knows? She could have stepped on his paw, pulled his tail, grabbed a chunk of fur, fell on top of him, anything could have happened.
I think the point has already been stated here - the family let an unsupervised child, not much more than a baby - approach a chained dog. Unfortunately, it's not the first time and won't be the last that this type of story winds up in the news. What a tragedy!

July 5th, 2007, 07:18 PM
When I heard this story on the news I was extremely upset to say the least. When you have a baby with an older dog there can be risks involved. Older dogs, as like older people, do not have the patience they once had. I have a large collie (105 pounds) who will be ten this year and each summer my great nieces come to visit. Last year they were 12 and 10 and I constantly watch my dog's reaction to them. We have a large fenced in backyard where he will play with them, but then gets tired and just wants to lie down. For the most part he is a gentle giant, but one never knows what makes an animal turn. Precaution is always best. For example my dog is asleep and one of my nieces lies on the floor beside him right at his face, my big guy just made a grunt noise, got up and moved away. I immediately told her to not do this anymore as the dog can wake with a start and accidentally bite her then he will have to be put to sleep, and she will be at the hospital. The way I understood the story was the family were all eating outside when this tragedy occurred. This dog who was tied in the backyard, and being the grandparents, was probably used to adults more than kids. We will never know what really happened to make the dog turn, but it is a very very sad situation to find yourself in.