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Pit bulls who attacked girl put to sleep

Friday, April 29, 2011

SIOUX CITY -- A pair of pit bulls that attacked a former Cherokee youth have been put to sleep.

The Plymouth County sheriff's office says 10-year-old Breanna Buenger was playing in a fenced-in area at the house where she lived at 22652 Iowa Highway 3, near Akron, on April 13 when she was mauled by two pit bulls.

According to a statement from the Plymouth County Sheriff's Office at the time, Breanna suffered numerous bites and puncture wounds to her head and neck area. Despite her injuries, Singer said the girl was able to get away from the dogs and get help.

"She actually was able to free herself and she got back into the house," he said.

A crew from Akron Ambulance took Breanna from the farmstead, which is midway between Le Mars and Akron, to St. Luke's Regional Medical Center in Sioux City. She was later transferred to Children's Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha.

Breanna, a fourth grader, is a former student at Cherokee's Roosevelt Elementary.

Authorities believe Breanna, who Singer said had received permission to go outside to play after school, and the dogs weren't supposed to be outside at the same time. The person who let the dogs out is not the same person who told Breanna she could go outside, he said.

"We're thinking whoever let the dogs out didn't know the little girl was outside," Singer said.

He said it isn't clear what caused the dogs to attack Breanna. The dogs' owner Stephanie Trobaugh, reported they hadn't been violent in the six months she'd had them and the Sheriff's Office didn't have any history of problems with the animals, Singer said.

Police say Breanna, who attends school in Le Mars, and her mother had been staying with Trobaugh's family in the farmhouse. Officials do not plan to charge Trobaugh with any crime, Singer said.

The sheriff's office says a veterinarian who examined the dogs determined there was no concern about another attack.

But reports are that the owners had the pit bulls euthanized on Tuesday.

The girl was released from an Omaha hospital last week.

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