Four year old girl mauled to death by new pet dog as she tried to feed it a treat moments after it was dropped off by old owner.

Kiyana McNeal was attacked by her new pet dog, a Doberman, as she tried to feed it a biscuit at her home near Sturgis, Michigan, on Sunday afternoon, reports Daily Mail.

The dog had just been dropped off by its previous owner when it struck, grabbing the four-year-old by the neck.

Kiyana’s mother, Jacey McNeal Wolkins, tried to tear it off her but was bitten too and had to be hospitalized.

The child was taken to hospital but could not be saved. Her grieving father Gerald Johnson and his partner told WDIV 4 she had dreamed of becoming a veterinarian when she grew up.

‘We were just joking on Facebook about how she was going to become a veterinarian because she just loved them.

‘It’s so ironic that the thing she loved killed her,’ Kiyana’s stepmother, Lori May, said.

‘They had gotten a dog that day and, as the old owner went to leave, the dog attacked Kiyana.

‘Her mom tried to stop it and save her but couldn’t.

‘She was taken by ambulance and hospitalized with wounds to her head and hands,’ Mr Johnson wrote.

The dog was taken to St. Joseph County Animal Control in Centerville where it remains in quarantine.

Neighbours said its owner insisted it had never harmed a child.

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  • How horrible – her family must be distraught as would the previous owners of the dog. RIP little one.


  • If Kiyana had her hands up too high the dog may have thought she was going to hit it. Because they can’t really see above their heads or behind them, when they are touched they feel threatened. They like you to put your hand down low, palm of your hand upwards and them smell it and get to know you. We were taught that dog obedience school. Maybe the dog was very hungry and desperate for food, or had food taken away from it and not given straight to it. Dobermans have very strong jaws. Pity it hadn’t been outside and the Mum been able to squirt the dog in the face. They hate it and let go very quickly.


  • Dogs don’t just randomly attack for no reason. The previous owner said it had never attacked a child before. There must have been a reason for the dog to react like this. Maybe stress at the owner leaving him behind? I can’t really say, but the dog shouldn’t be punished until all the facts are in


  • Oh my! How is possible? Poor little girl. Her life was just too short. :-(


  • Thoughts are with the girls family


  • So very, very sad for this family.


  • oh no how horrible, poor little thing. R.I.P.


  • So sad to hear.R.I.P Kiyana.


  • gosh how terrible this is. The parents must feel horrible.


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