US infant killed by wolf-dog hybrid in Alabama
A hybrid wolf-dog, part of a family’s pets in Alabama, was responsible for the tragic death of a three-month-old infant, according to authorities.
The incident occurred on Thursday in Chelsea, approximately 20 miles southwest of Birmingham. The child sustained injuries believed to be inflicted by the wolf-hybrid, which was promptly euthanized on-site by a veterinarian, as confirmed by the Shelby County Sheriff’s office.
Chelsea’s mayor, Tony Picklesimer, expressed sorrow over the “unfortunate and tragic” event, stating that the child succumbed to injuries after being rushed to the hospital.
Law enforcement responded to a 911 call reporting the animal attack at the infant’s residence around 1:00 PM local time on Thursday.
The infant was then taken to hospital, where they were pronounced dead due to injuries sustained from the attack.
Police described the animal as a “wolf-hybrid” that was kept by the family of the infant as a pet.
They added that they continue to investigate the circumstances leading up to the child’s death.
Mayor Picklesimer told BBC’s US partner CBS that there were other children inside the home at the time of the incident.
A similar incident occurred in 2018, in which an eight-day-old baby died after being attacked by its family’s three-year-old wolf hybrid in Virginia.