The Shelby County Sheriff's Office responded to a distress call reporting an animal attack at a residence.
Emergency personnel, including deputies, firefighters, and animal control officers, swiftly arrived at the scene. The baby was immediately transported to Grandview Medical Center by emergency personnel, but sadly, the child succumbed to their injuries and was pronounced dead at the hospital.
In a statement, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office revealed that the animal responsible for the attack was a wolf-hybrid, which was being kept as a pet by the family of the infant. To ensure the safety of others, the animal was euthanized at the scene by a local veterinarian, as requested by law enforcement. The body of the animal has been transferred to the Alabama State Diagnostics Laboratory in Auburn for further examination and investigation.
Chelsea Mayor Tony Picklesimer expressed his condolences in a statement shared on social media. He confirmed that the tragic incident involved an exotic family pet and that the child had tragically succumbed to their injuries after being rushed to the hospital by Chelsea Fire & Rescue.
Mayor Picklesimer extended his deepest prayers and thoughts to the grieving family and all those affected by this heartbreaking event. At this time, no further details have been made available.
This devastating incident serves as a reminder of the potential dangers associated with keeping exotic animals as pets.
The tragedy has left a community in mourning and raises questions about the regulations and precautions surrounding the ownership of such animals. As investigations continue, authorities will seek to shed light on the circumstances leading up to this heartbreaking loss.