Attorney representing family of child killed in dog attack releases statement

The attorney representing the family of the 7-year-old killed in a vicious dog attack is asking everyone to allow the family to properly grieve.

Samuel Ward released a statement urging the media, individuals and the school system to allow Sadie Davila’s family the time to properly grieve losing a beloved child.

The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office was called in to investigate the deadly dog attack on Jan. 6. It happened at 6:35 in the 25000 block of Kendalwood Road, off of Hoo Shoo Too Rd.

Davila was transported to the hospital after she was attacked by a dog while at a relative’s home. Officials say she was in the yard playing when the dog “viciously attacked her.”

The relative tried to intervene and hit the dog with a walking cane but that did not stop the dog. Davila was transported to the hospital with multiple dog bites to her face and substantial damage to her skull. She later passed away as a result of her injuries.

“They are grieving the loss of their beautiful, seven-year-old Sadie,” Ward wrote in the news release. “This child was giving her grandmother and others a “fashion show” when she exited the home to “model” her next princess outfit. She exited the side door with the intention of entering the front door which served as her “runway”. She had done so many times previously. As she approached, the vicious, unrestrained pitbull attacked her causing serious injury. This brutal attack occurred in a matter of seconds and family members rushed to her aid. Unfortunately, Sadie succumbed to her injuries hours later. (this particular canine had been reported to authorities on previous occasions).”

Ward mentioned that pit bulls have been a problem in East Baton Rouge before. According to the news release, EBR failed to pass breed-specific regulations for pit bull canines in 2006.

In 2007, 56 pit bulls accounted for 61 percent of reported dangerous dog incidents, with the next highest being Rottweilers with 4.

“While there may be a time and place in which the family may wish to make a public statement or give an interview, now is not that time,” Ward said. “In fact, they request that anyone associated with the media allow them proper time and space in which to grieve for this child. Hopefully, this request is honored and understood.”

Ward said the family appreciates the prayers and well wishes which have been extended by the community.

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