REPORT: 7-year-old girl mauled to death in yard by neighbor’s pitbull

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A 7-year-old Louisiana girl was mauled to death by a neighbor’s pitbull that ran into her family’s yard, authorities said.

Sadie Davila was playing outside the East Baton Rouge Parish home at 6:30 p.m. Friday when the dog barreled onto the property and “viciously attacked her,” according to arrest documents obtained by the Advocate.

A family member tried to ward off the dog by hitting it with a walking cane, but the animal couldn’t be deterred.

According to police, the first-grader had multiple dog bites to her face and severe skull damage. She was taken to the hospital where she later succumbed to her injuries.

On Facebook, Sadie’s mother, Haley Anselmo, wrote, “My baby. She is only 7 years old. My mini me. The light in my heart. Words don’t exist for what this feeling is. My family is shattered. Please pray for us. Pray they press charges on the dog’s owners & hold them responsible.”

Her father, Mikey Davila, wrote in an Instagram story saying, “RIP my sweet Sadie Elizabeth, 7-years-old & taken from us in the most violent way. The world is a cruel place. You were the light in my heart.”

In a statement, Sadie’s teacher Grace Feucht said, “Sadie was fierce and spunky, but she was also tender hearted and kind. She brought energy and joy into my class every single time she stepped in the door. She was fearless and would sing her heart out in front of her classmates.”

The dog was euthanized the same night of Sadie’s death after it was found with blood around its face and mouth.

20-year-old Erick Lopez, the dog’s owner, told police that he was not home when the attack occurred and that he regularly let the dog roam the neighborhood unrestrained.

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