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Police: Dog's owners not cooperative after attack

1 year ago Thursday, April 03, 2014 4:32:57 PM CDT April 03, 2014 Thursday, April 03 2014 Apr 3, 2014 in News
Source: WBRZ

HOUMA - Investigators said they're left with unanswered questions after the owners of a pit bull which attacked and killed a 4-year-old in Houma refused to cooperate with them.

Houma Police Chief Todd Duplantis told WWL-TV that investigators are still trying to figure out what happened in the moments before the 130-pound dog, named Niko, mauled Mia Derouen.

Mia's mother, Megan Touchet, and her boyfriend Kerry Dominique, are the dog's owners. Duplantis said they've obtained legal representation and aren't answering their questions.

"We just want to know what happened that day and why it happened," Duplantis said. "What caused that dog to do what it did. The only way to find that out, the ones with the answers, are the owners."

One question is how the dog got so big. Barry Trahan, who owns pit bulls, told WWL that most pits normally weigh in around 80 pounds.

"You got to be giving the dog something to attack a woman and a kid like that," said Trahan.

"Animal control experts, people who first arrived on the scene, they described this dog as being a very huge, massive dog. The officers described the dog as being a monster," Duplantis said.

Police said they cannot test the deceased dog, but they are testing a second dog which was taken from the home after the attack to see if it had any steroids in its system. Duplantis said the couple could face child endangerment or neglect charges.

 

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