Emma Hernandez Biography
Emma Hernandez was a 9 years old girl, who died by three pit bulls. The Dogs attacked while she was riding her bike outside of her West Detroit, Michigan home.
#EmmaHernandez #pitbullattacks #muzzleyourdog
… at some point this must end.
walking / cycling is no longer safe ,
vicious dogs are killing children@NBCNightlyNews @ABCWorldNews @CNN @maddow @BrookeBCNN https://t.co/2gqCGFx8gE
— mick (@mz9bzero) August 21, 2019
Emma Hernandez Age
She was 9 years old.
Emma Hernandez Father
For every year that #pitbull ownership is not banned, another 20 to 40 Americans, mostly children an the elderly, die from pitbull attacks.
The life of Emma Hernandez could have been saved, but radical animal activists simply don’t care about Emma. https://t.co/U3YfokRppA
— Cameron ? (@c4mer0n) August 21, 2019
The father of a nine-year-old girl who was mauled to death by three pit bulls near her home in Detroit got into an argument with the dog owner just last week about the animals being allowed to walk around unrestrained, according to family members.
Emma Hernandez Death
I’m having trouble concentrating today because I keep thinking of Emma Hernandez. who should be starting 4th grade. Instead, she was mauled to death by loose dogs in Detroit. How is any parent in Detroit supposed to let their kids be kids, playing outside? https://t.co/gtXCPKwuag
— Krista Jahnke (@kristajahnke) August 21, 2019
Emma Hernandez was riding her bicycle in an alley near her home on the west side on Monday when she was attacked and killed by her neighbor’s pets, described as pit bulls or pit-bull mixes.
Detroit Police Department spokeswoman Sgt. Nicole Kirkwood said Good Samaritans tried to stop the mauling without success.
Emma was taken to Children’s Hospital of Michigan, where she was pronounced dead on Monday afternoon.
Dog killed by a bystander
NEW: We’re told the prosecutor’s office has received a warrant request (Tuesday), and expect to have a charging decision later today for the owner of the three pit bulls involved in the mauling death of Emma Hernandez. More to come on @wxyzdetroit. https://t.co/d2q5YUk1Jr
— Matthew Smith (@MattSmithWXYZ) August 21, 2019
One of the dogs involved in the deadly attack was shot and killed by a bystander while a medical crew tried to save the girl.
Neighbors threw bricks at the other dogs to try and scare them off.
‘They were not stopping,’ Edward Cruz, who hurled a brick after hearing screams, told The Detroit News. ‘I had to step in.’
The surviving pit bulls were ultimately captured. They will likely be euthanized, city officials said.
Dogs’ Owner Was Arrested & Charges
— Fairenhite (@fairenhite) August 21, 2019
At an August 20 press conference, Detroit Police Chief James Craig said the 33-year-old owner of the dogs, who has not been identified, was taken into custody after the incident. He added that the Wayne County Prosecutors Office had received a warrant request.
The warrant request is under review to determine if charges will be pressed against the owner. The charging determination is expected to be announced on August 21.
Craig emphasized that the owner of the dogs should be held accountable. “This should not have happened.
Armando Hernandez Had Previously Fought With His Neighbor About the Dogs
@pulte God Bless u Bill Pulte for paying for Emma Hernandez funeral what a heart breaking incident that happened to that poor girl. I donated $20to her go fund me. It took my bank balance to do so but I had to try help every dollar counts. Bless You Mr.Pulte
— Dawn R (@Dawn50123410) August 21, 2019
Armando Hernandez said the three pit bulls belonged to his neighbor. The dogs were known to regularly escape from their yard and were often seen prowling the area. Prior to Emma’s death, Hernandez argued with the dogs’ owner for failing to properly restrain the animals.
According to Hernandez and eyewitnesses, the dogs were able to squeeze through the owner’s dilapidated fence. I knew the dogs were there.
I knew the neighbor, he said we had an argument about it last week and he just didn’t care about his dogs properly. He could have prevented this.
Neighbors told WXYZ that the police had previously spoken to the owner about his animals.
Emma Hernandez FoFundMe Page
Emma Hernadez’s family set up a goFund me and it’s almost double the amount …amazing. Now I need to find where we can push the city to be more proactive on Stray and abused animals – Kristina… https://t.co/kDN1cgWmDq
— ?KËË? (@djskeez313) August 21, 2019
A GoFundMe campaign to raise money for the child’s funeral has drawn $52,406 raised of $25,000 goal
Fast Facts You Need to Know
- Emma Hernandez was killed by her neighbor’s dogs on Monday afternoon
- Her father and other neighbors tried to save her, but injuries to her throat were too severe
- One neighbor shot and killed one of the pit bulls and others threw bricks at the two remaining dogs to scare them off
- Police arrested the animals’ owner and seized his surviving pit bulls, which will be euthanized
- Armando Hernandez, Emma’s dad, said he and the dog owner had an argument just last week about the animals
- Detroit millionaire Bill Pulte offered to pay for Emma’s funeral