The harrowing 911 call of a mother who called for help when her one-year-old daughter was attacked by a pit bull reveals how slit the animal’s throat and hit it over the head trying to save the child before she died.
Triniti Harrell died in the hospital after being attacked by her family pet in the front yard of their home in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, last Monday.
Her mother Miranda called 911 as she was being attacked and was given a string of instructions to try to save her but none worked.
For nine minutes, she begged the dispatcher to ‘hurry up’ and send help. The call begins with Harrell saying the pet was ‘attacking’ her daughter.
‘Hurry, she’s dying. Please hurry,’ she said.
‘Can you get a hold of anything to try to get the dog off her?
‘Can you try to get something to separate them? I’ve got everybody I can get en route to you,’ the dispatcher said.
The male dispatcher then told the mother to put a stick in the dog’s mouth to try to separate them.
He then instructed the mother to use a shovel or pan to hit the animal with and knock it out.
‘Hit him with it. Hit him right in the center of the top of his head. If you hit him hard enough, you’ll knock him out,’ he said.
The mother replied that she was hitting the animal as hard as she could but that it was not working.
That is when the dispatcher instructed her to go inside and retrieve a kitchen knife to slit the animal’s throat.
‘Can you run in the house and grab a steak knife or something?
‘If you will run in the house and get a knife, I will tell you how to get him off her,’ he said.
The mother pleaded that she could not go inside and leave the child alone, but he persisted: ‘It’ll take you 30 seconds to run in the house and grab it,’ he said.
She ignored him and continued to scream at the dog, prompting him to tell her: ‘Ma’am, yelling at him is not going to change anything.
‘I need you to find something sharp, and I’ll explain to you how to get the dog off of her.’
When she finally went to get the knife and bring it back outside, the dispatcher instructed her: ‘Cut him across the bottom of his neck.
‘It’s going to release his jaw muscles.
‘He won’t have a choice but to let go.’
Harrell said she was trying but that the blade was not sharp enough.
‘I need you to do anything you can do with that to make that dog let go.
The dog’s life is not a concern to me at this point,’ the dispatcher went on.
Afterwards, the call dropped.
An off-duty police officer arrived at the scene shortly afterwards and shot the dog but had to fire his gun twice before the animal died.
Triniti was taken to the hospital but died on Monday, a week after the incident.
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Source: Daily Mail