Girl dies after NC pit bull attack, grandmother severely injured
McKayla Woodard (Source: WBTV)
The is the house where McKayla Woodard lived, (Source: WBTV Photographer Alison Hill)
Michael Gordon lives here and he is the owner of the two dogs involved in the attack. (Source: WBTV Photographer Alison Hill)
Waxhaw police look for the second dog involved in the attack. (Source: WBTV)
Written by Chris Dyches - email & Jeff Rivenbark - email
WAXHAW, NC (WBTV) - Two pit bulls attacked and killed a young girl and severely injured her grandmother in Union County Wednesday morning.
According to the Waxhaw Police Department, five-year-old McKayla Woodard and her grandmother were attacked by the dogs just after 11 a.m. at 325 Rehobeth Road behind the Captain's Galley seafood restaurant.
Both dogs, which were owned by neighbor Michael Gordon, were later fatally shot by law enforcement officers.
WBTV has learned that Waxhaw police did respond to Gordon's house last month and warned him to restrain his dogs.
Police said McKayla and her grandmother were transported to Carolinas Medical Center-Union in Monroe where McKayla died from her injuries.
The grandmother was hurt while trying to get the dogs off the girl, police said.
A family member told WBTV Reporter Sharon Smith the girl was attacked while trying to get into a fenced-in yard adjacent to her home.
That's when, according to the family member, a pit bull named Rebel mauled her. Rebel "tended to wander the street," the family member said.
Investigators said Rebel was immediately killed by authorities. The other dog was on the loose for a short time, but was later fatally shot by authorities.
A man who lives nearby on Sweetbay Court told WBTV he heard a woman's scream around 11:10 a.m.
Scott Bland was in his driveway trying to clear snow and ice from his driveway so he could go to work. (Click in our VIDEO GALLERY on this page to hear the complete interview.)
"She was screaming non-stop, she would catch her breath -- there were no words, just screams," said Bland who called 911. "It was like a horror film, just high-pitch squeals, a woman's voice, the screaming just got worse."
Bland says that when he spoke with the 911 operator, they had already received other calls concerning the attack.
"It was a little bit unnerving to know the pit bull dogs were running around the neighborhood," Bland said. "This is a perfect example of why people should not allow these dogs to run loose."
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