A grieving father says he doesn’t blame the three pit bulls that mauled his 9-year-old little girl to death while playing outside of her home.

But he does blame the dogs’ owner.

As WXYZ reports, Emma Valentina Hernandez was in an alley near her Michigan home around 4 p.m. when three pit bulls, owned by her neighbor, began mauling her.

After hearing the little girl’s screams, Deborah Golden told WXYZ that she came out of her home to find Hernandez unable to protect herself from the animals. Golden said it was “the worst scene she’s ever seen”:

“When I come out of my house, I heard all the screaming and I was aware something bad had happened. I seen the little girl flat in her back with the bite marks and part of her neck hanging off.”

Another person who saw the attack happen was Edward Cruz. He said he rushed to the little girl’s aid and attempted to get the dogs off of Hernandez:

“I went and grabbed a brick and threw it right at the dog. They all ran and I stood next to the girl to make sure she was okay and I yelled out for help.”

Debrah said she “started CPR,” while the 9-year-old’s dad “grabbed the neck and held it.”

Sadly, Hernandez did not survive the attack and passed away on August 19. Now, local police are investigating after the owner of the dogs was arrested, and the two other dogs were captured Animal Control.

Detriot Police captain Russell Solano told WXYZ that one of the dogs was shot by a friend of its owner:

“You’re talking about a 9-year-old girl who was just out there playing and now she’s not here.”

Cruz, who knew the dogs, said the attack was very out of character:

“I did not realize that they would be doing this. They’re not vicious dogs, they’re really nice dogs, they’re gentle, I don’t know what came over them.”

However, in an interview with Hernandez’s father, Armando, he told WWJ that he argued with the owner just a week before the attack because the owner reportedly didn’t care for the dogs as he should have.

Armando said:

“I tried my best. I tried CPR, I tried helping her. I couldn’t do it. I tried, I did everything I could in my power to just — she was gone. She was gone when I reached her. I knew the dogs were there. I knew the neighbor. We had an argument about it just last week and he just didn’t take care of his dogs properly. He could have prevented this.”

The father went on to say that he doesn’t blame the dogs:

“Last year, November 2017, the police came out and made a report about it but they didn’t follow up on it. The dogs stayed there loose, wild, and the guy didn’t feed them. The poor dogs, you know, I don’t blame them.

Just, I’m speechless. There’s no words. I feel so empty. I don’t know what to do. I’m really heartbroken right now. I can’t explain it. Just over and over, I keep replaying it. I couldn’t sleep. I haven’t slept. Just, every time I close my eyes, man, I see my baby girl.”

On a GoFundMe page dedicated to raising money for Hernandez’s funeral, the 9-year-old was described as a smart and silly girl who loved life:

Emma dedicated her life to school work, playing and enjoying life with her family. Quick to get a head start on school work. She was such a smart and silly girl. Loved to be outdoors and play with her cousins. A beautiful soul inside and out.

We are all devastated by Emma’s loss and were not prepared for the high cost of a funeral service. We want to give Emma the memorial she deserves, to honor her memory and say our last goodbyes.

It’s unclear if the owner will face any charges.

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10 Replies to “Dad Doesn’t Blame the Three Pit Bulls Who Mauled His 9-Year-Old Daughter. He Blames Their Owner”

  • Allison Pool 1 year ago

    The Dad has is correct. NOT the dogs fault. The owner is an animal abuser who needs to be charged and jailed for a long, long time!!!! Irresponsible ass!!!!

  • Shirley 1 year ago

    So sad ?

  • Janis 1 year ago

    My heart is breaking for what little Emma had to endure during the last few minutes of her far too short life. My heart breaks for all who knew and love her. I know first hand what it feels like to be attacked by a pit bull. Only one and that was frightening enough. Stay close to Jesus Emma. He’s got you in His arms.

  • Bob 1 year ago

    Seems okay, in today’s sick and morally twisted world, to protect animals, but not children. These animals should be disposed of and the owner should be indicted for manslaughter. No fund me account should be necessary as the owner should cover all costs and restitution. His irresponsibility caused a death! I say this under the assumption he is guilty as he is innocent until found guilty at a fair trial.
    To clarify my opening statement, it’s ok to kill unborn babies and I guess born babies as in this case, a nine year old, as long as the proper tools are used, as in this case, the dogs. “Go fund me” pages are all over the airwaves in the form of tv and radio commercials for the safety and goodwill of animals. Where is the love and compassion for children?

  • Debby 1 year ago

    My heart aches for you and your family. I can’t even imagine what you are going through. I will pray for you and your family.

  • Colleen Holmes 1 year ago

    She is home with our heavenly father. He will take care of her for eternity. You will see her again in heaven. Stay close to God.

  • Charlotte 1 year ago

    I think the owner of the dogs should pay for the funeral and make it a good one, then every year on the date of the attack he should write a letter to the family saying that he is sorry for what he has done. Also he should be required the work at a local animal shelter for the amount of time he would have been given if he is to be charged and sentenced to jail.

  • Diana Cornell 1 year ago

    The real problem are the lazy ass cops, they never follow through with anything. I live in Jefferson county in Missouri. The cops are young, lazy & scared of their own shadows. And yhe sheriff is just as scared.

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