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Toddler Killed In Dog Attack

An east Alabama town is mourning the loss of a toddler who was attacked and killed by a dog. Investigators say the two year-old girl was killed Friday evening at her home on Carver Hill Road, near Camp Hill in Tallapoosa County.

"Yeah, she was a sweet little girl," said the girl's uncle, Roger Carr.

Roger Carr can't hold back his emotion when he talks about his two-year-old niece Ariel Pogue.

"Sometimes I'd talk to her on the phone. She'd be dialing her mother and she'd call me," said Carr.

Neighbors say the girl and her mother were getting out of their car Friday evening, when one of the family's three Rottweiler's, which wasn't tied up, attacked the toddler.

Fourteen year-old David Holloway was walking nearby with a friend, when he heard the baby's mother screaming.

"And she was yelling help on this dirt road. I ran all the way from my Grandma's house to her house to help get the dog off," Holloway said.

Despite Holloway's heroic effort, Ariel Pogue's injuries were too severe and she died at the scene.

"I went over there and he told me, he said I just couldn't pull them off of her," said Carr.

"I've been here for 12 years as sheriff and this is the first one we've seen where a person in the county was attacked and killed by a dog," said Tallapoosa County Sheriff Jimmy Abbett.

Neighbors and family members say the dogs were never aggressive in the past.

Now they're left wondering how this could happen.

The sheriff says the dog involved in the attack was euthanized Friday night, and sent to Auburn University's Veterinarian Clinic for more testing.

Sheriff Abbett also said they are still investigating the attack, but it does not look like the parents will face any charges.

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