Family bulldog kills baby, injures 3 in Nehalem

Family bulldog kills baby, injures 3 in Nehalem

Family bulldog kills baby, injures 3 in Nehalem

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by Michael Rollins

KREM.com

Posted on July 5, 2011 at 12:37 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 5 at 2:04 PM

TILLAMOOK -- An American bulldog mauled a one-year-old to death as three of five people who tried to stop the attack were wounded by the animal.

The Saturday attack was in Nehalem, in the home of the grandparents of the boy, said Tillamook County sheriff's office spokesman Lt. Andy Long.

Deputies were dispatched to the 1500 block of Liars Lair about 3:30 p.m. The boy, Michael Naglee, had been taken by ambulance to Tillamook Hospital where he was pronounced dead, Long said.

(The dog was first described by the sheriff's office in a prepared statement as a 135-pound American pit bull and later amended to American bulldog). 

The dog was locked in a room next to the living room, highly agitated, when deputies arrived. Deputies tried several times to snare the dog and they ended up shooting it dead, Long said.

The parents, James and Michelle Naglee, have owned the dog for several years. They were not present during the attack.

Grandparents Robert and Betty Naglee were home and tried to stop the attack with three others, Long said.

Sheriff Todd Anderson told KGW that no charges would be filed for "a very sad situation." The parents gave the dog to the grandparents about the time the baby was born, he said.

He said the attack was totally unprovoked. About 3:30 pm., the grandmother was on the couch with the baby on her lap and the child wished to be set down. When the baby was placed on the floor, the dog, about seven feet away, lunged at the boy.

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