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A pit bull mauled a man like a chew toy when he climbed through a window in his family's New Orleans home. The fatal dog attack occurred at a residence on South Claiborne Avenue at 6:41 p.m. on Sunday.

New Orleans Police spokesman Juan Barnes said the 66-year-old man suffered deep lacerations on both arms and died of severe blood loss. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The victim was a relative of the family that resided in the home. The pit bull was the family pet.

The Louisiana SPCA took control of the dog as police continue the investigation.

Pit bulls are an aggressive breed that are trained to fight to the death. They kill by locking their massive jaws on the victim and shaking the victim like a rag doll.

The DailyMail.com reports there have been at least 11 fatal pit bull attacks so far this year, with 31 people killed by pit bulls in the first nine months of 2020. A majority of the victims were infants and toddlers.

Bethany Stephens

When Bethany Lynn Stephens, of Glen Allen, Va., was mauled to death last week by her 2 pit bulls while out for a walk, rumors swirled that she was killed by a different predator -- perhaps a bear or coyote.

The rumors were so widespread on social media that Goochland County Sheriff Jim Agnew decided to reveal information that his office had withheld from the public.

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A 9-year-old girl was mauled to death by a pit bull as she played in a backyard in Long Island over the weekend.

Amiyah Kayla Dunston was visiting her biological father when a pit bull named Kane charged at her around 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

Amiyah was in the backyard playing with two girls -- 8 and 9 -- when she was attacked by the pit. Neighbors were unable to pull the dog off of her.

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toddler mauled by family pet

A 2-year-old boy was mauled to death by a dog inside his home in south Fulton County, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

The toddler was attacked around 1 p.m. inside his Sierra Trail townhome. The boy's mother was using the restroom when the attack occurred. “She advised it happened fast,” Fulton County Police Detective Melissa Parker told the AJC. “It was an obvious death once the mother came out of the restroom.”

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