Pit Bull That Killed Local Girl, 2, Euthanized

A pit bull that killed a 2-year-old girl in the backyard of a Central Texas home was euthanized Wednesday, as prosecutors reviewed the attack and decided no criminal offense was involved.

Je'veah Mayes died in the Feb. 17 attack. (Family photo)

TEMPLE (March 5, 2014) A pit bull that killed 2-year-old Je'vaeh Mayes in the backyard of a home in February in Temple was euthanized Wednesday, as Bell County prosecutors reviewed the attack and decided no criminal offense was involved.

The girl died on Feb. 17 at Scott & White Hospital after the pit bull, which her family was watching for a friend, attacked her in the backyard of her family’s home in the 800 block of East Avenue M.

She had slipped out of the house without her parents’ knowledge.

Animal control officers confiscated the pit bull and two younger dogs.

The pit bull was held in quarantine until Feb. 28, but went unclaimed.

“The owner of the animal failed or refused to claim the animal from the shelter despite numerous calls from city officials,” Temple police Cpl. Christopher Wilcox said Wednesday, so “the animal was declared abandoned and was euthanized in accordance with a City of Temple ordinance.”

The younger dogs, however, will be made available for adoption later through the City of Temple’s Animal Services, Wilcox said.

The girl’s mother, Cherella Lyles, said she left her daughter in a bedroom watching cartoons before the attack.

No one realized the toddler had slipped out of the house until it was too late.


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