A three-month-old baby in Alabama has died after being attacked by a wolf hybrid that the child’s family kept as a pet, authorities said Friday.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office was called to a residence in Chelsea, Alabama, just before 1 p.m. local time on Thursday. The office said in a news release. The call reported an animal attack involving an infant. Deputies, firefighters and animal control officers responded to the scene.
CBS News affiliate WIAT Emergency personnel were reportedly able to free the three-month-old from the animal and take the child to an area hospital, Grandview Medical Center.
The sheriff’s office said the child was pronounced dead at the hospital because it was believed to have been caused by an animal.
Chelsea Mayor Tony Picklesimer told WIAT that other children were home at the time of the incident.
“It has been confirmed that one of our children here in Chelsea was killed by an exotic family pet and died of his injuries yesterday afternoon after being taken to hospital by Chelsea Fire and Rescue. ,” Picklesimer said in a statement. The statement was shared on social media.. “We are deeply saddened by this unfortunate and tragic incident. Our deepest prayers and thoughts go out to the victim’s family and all those affected.”
The animal was euthanized at the scene by an area veterinarian, the sheriff’s office said. His remains have been transferred to the Alabama State Diagnostic Laboratory for “further testing and investigation.”
Picklesimer said the case is being investigated by the sheriff’s office and the Alabama Department of Human Resources, which works to protect “children and vulnerable adults from abuse, neglect or exploitation.” According to its website.
No other details about the case are available at this time, the mayor said.
Chelsea is about 20 miles south-east of Birmingham.
A wolf hybrid is a term used to describe the offspring resulting from the mating of a wolf and a domestic dog. According to International Wolf Center.
A similar attack, when a wolf-dog hybrid mauled an eight-day-old baby in a bassinet. The child died from their injuries, and the animal, which was being kept as a pet, was euthanized.