Before Jason Dodge even considered bringing their friend’s dog to live with his family, he watched as his son played with the pit bull to make sure it interacted well with children.
When Dodge saw that the play dates between his son and the dog were going well, he brought it home to live with him, his son, and his daughter.
He had no idea the dog would interact differently once they brought it home. He told KSWO:
“I was very cautious about it because I don’t just bring dogs into my home. Took my son over there, the dog didn’t attack him. It loved him, gave him a hug and licked him on the face. Brought him over here, my son came outside all day long and played with him, didn’t do nothing to him.”
It was when Dodge’s daughter, 3-year-old daughter, Rylee Marie, interacted with the dog that a flip switched.
The father was away from the home visiting his brother when his mom called him. He explained:
“I got the call, you know, ‘your daughter and the dog’ is all I heard. […] When I came in the house, my mom was laying on the dog, I picked her up and carried her right out the front door. I threw her in the passenger seat to go to the hospital, then the ambulance came and took her out of my truck.”
Sadly, there wasn’t anything doctors could do to save Dodge’s little girl, who was described as someone who loved dogs and cats.
According to KSWO, Dodge demanded that the officers who responded to the situation put the dog down immediately:
“I was like ‘kill this dog, shoot it down or I will,’ and he did. He shot it in the backyard.”
Dodge and his family only had the pit bull, named Remington, for five days, and the attack on Rylee was the first time it had reacted violently.
While Dodge will remember everything about his sweet little girl, he will especially remember his three-year-old’s smile.
The investigation into the attack remains ongoing.
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