Neighbor: Dog was aggressive before
A neighbor of a 3-year-old girl killed in a dog attack on Monday said the dog had been known to be aggressive in the past.
Braelynn Rayne Coulter was killed Monday evening after being attacked by a family pet, a pit bull terrier, according to police.
Neighbor G. Simmons said the little girl was a bundle of energy, always pleasant and never afraid to say hello. The family owned two pit bulls, Simmons said.
“She was a fearless little kid. I have seen her bossing the dogs around before,” Simmons said. “We just saw her on Sunday, and then we hear about this attack, but no one heard a thing.”
Simmons said the neighborhood has had problems with the dogs before.
“This dog broke through the fence attacked (a) neighbor’s dog in October,” she said. “The dog went down the hill and all of the sudden the pit comes out of nowhere. It took all of us to get those dogs apart. Everyone in the neighborhood has been distrustful and alert since we know that (the dog) can be aggressive that way.”
The dog attacked the child at the home on Big Creek Court at 5:02 p.m. Monday evening. A member of the toddler’s family drove the child to High Point Regional Hospital.
“You just feel badly. You feel bad for the dogs as well,” Simmons said.
The dog is being held at the Guilford County Animal Shelter in quarantine and is listed as aggressive. The dog will remain there until rabies tests come back, then it will be put down.
Meanwhile, neighbors and family friends are raising money to help the mother, Randi Coulter, pay for the burial of Braelynn and to help with other expenses that are needed. Police said Coulter sustained bites while trying to get the dog off of the toddler. The Go Fund Me page can be found at http://www.gofundme.com/74g8rg or donations can be dropped off at the Truliant Federal Credit Union.
According to WGHP Fox 8, the family issued the following statement:
“Braelynn Rayne Coulter was a beautiful, lively three year old young lady. She was full of life. She was the light of her mama and gaga’s life and the loss leaves a hole in our hearts. She was smart and vivacious and absolutely loved Dora the Explorer. She enjoyed her time in nature and going to a park was the highlight of her day. She will be missed dearly! Heaven is a little prettier today with Braelynn there!”
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