HIGH POINT  — Family members described a girl mauled to death Monday by the family’s dog as “smart and vivacious.”

The family of 3-year-old Braelynn Rayne Coulter said in a statement Tuesday that she loved Dora the Explorer and loved to be outside.

“She enjoyed her time in nature, and going to a park was the highlight of her day,” the family said in the statement, which was released to WGHP (Fox, Channel 8). “Heaven is a little prettier today with Braelynn there!”

Police have not released Braelynn’s name. Her family identified her in the statement.

No one answered the door Tuesday at the family’s house at 925 Big Creek Court. Signs on the front window and the back fence proclaimed, “Beware of Dog.”

The pit bull accused of mauling and killing Braelynn had been aggressive before, a neighbor said Tuesday.

Katherine Dixon, 24, lives on Big Creek Court in High Point with her husband and three young sons. About a year ago, a couple, their daughter and two pit bulls moved in next door.

A few months ago, Dixon said, the dogs broke through a fence and attacked a neighbor’s dog.

“The neighbor was taking her dog for a walk,” Dixon said. “Another neighbor came out to help. That’s what put us on high alert about the dogs.”

What happened that day left Dixon fearful of the pit bulls.

“When I’m taking the boys out to play, if the dogs are outside, we come back in,” she said.

One of those dogs is accused of attacking Braelynn about 5 p.m. Monday.

Police said Tuesday that the girl suffered traumatic injuries to her lower abdomen. She died at High Point Regional Hospital, where her family rushed her, calling 911 on the way.

In the recording of the call released Tuesday, a man told a dispatcher that dog had attacked a child.

“We’re trying to keep her breathing, and she’s dying,” the caller said.

During the call, the man said he couldn’t wait for an ambulance.

“I’m going to kill the dog,” he told a dispatcher. “Or it’s getting shot. Put down.”

Late Monday, the dog was taken to the Guilford County Animal Shelter.

Shelter staff members described the dog as a male pit bull of an undetermined age. It is under observation for rabies, according to a sign posted on its cage. Another sign warns staff members that the dog is “very aggressive” and was involved in a fatal attack.

High Point police said the Coulters’ second dog remains with the family.

Staff Writer Joe Gamm contributed to this report.


Updated 7:02 p.m.

HIGH POINT — An online fund set up to pay for funeral and other expenses in the death of a toddler mauled by a pit bull is more than halfway toward its $5,000 goal.

The website on gofundme.com indicates $2,526 has been raised on behalf of Braelynn Rayne Coulter.

"Brealynn taken too soon. Money raised will help pay for funeral and any expenses needed to help her mother Randi Beth and Grandmother Dondra in this tragic terrible time. Please donate to help the family with expenses. God bless," reads a quote on behalf of the family on the website.

The 3-year-old girl was mauled by the family's pit bull terrier, according to an article referenced on the website, although High Point police have not identified the victim in Monday's attack.


Updated 4:29 p.m.

HIGH POINT — The family of a 3-year-old girl killed by a pet dog has identified her as Braelynn Rayne Coulter, according to WGHP (Fox Channel 8).

The girl suffered traumatic injuries to the lower abdomen, police said.

Officials took the pit bull terrier to the animal shelter, according to police.

According to WGHP, the family issued this statement today:

“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!”

Read the rest of the television report here.

An autopsy has been scheduled, police said.


HIGH POINT  — The pit bull accused of mauling and killing a 3-year-old at the child’s home Monday had been aggressive before, a neighbor said Tuesday.

Katherine Dixon, 24, lives on Big Creek Court in High Point with her husband and three young sons. About a year ago a couple, their daughter and two pit bulls moved in next door.

A few months ago, Dixon said, the dogs broke through a fence and attacked a neighbor’s dog.

“The neighbor was taking her dog for a walk,” Dixon said. “Another neighbor came out to help. That’s what put us on high alert about the dogs.”

She said the dog that was attacked was treated by a vet for a leg injury.

The incident left Dixon fearful of the pit bulls.

“When I’m taking the boys out to play, if the dogs are outside, we come back in,” she said.

Dixon said she hasn’t seen the second pit bull recently.

One of those dogs, a pit bull terrier, is accused of attacking the child at about 5 p.m. Monday at the family’s home on Big Creek Court.

The family rushed the girl to the hospital in their car, calling 911 on the way.

In the call released Tuesday, a man asks dispatchers for a police escort to the hospital. He said he is driving a child who was attacked by a dog.

“We’re trying to keep her breathing and she’s dying,” the caller said.

During the call, the man told the dispatcher he couldn’t wait for an ambulance. He also said he didn’t care what happened to the dog that injured the child.

“I’m going to kill the dog. Or it’s getting shot. Put down,” he said.

The child died Monday evening at High Point Regional Hospital.

Police have not released the victim’s name.

The dog was taken to the Guilford County Animal Shelter about 9:30 p.m. Monday. The animal, which the shelter described as a male pit bull, is under observation for rabies, according to a sign posted on his cage. A sign also warns staff that the dog is “very aggressive” and was involved in a fatal incident.

On Tuesday, the dog appeared docile, curled up in his cage, looking at passersby with wide golden eyes. He occasionally sat up, holding up his right front paw at an angle, as though it was injured.

Dixon said the attack has been difficult on her as a mother, even though she didn’t know the girl who was killed very well.

“It’s hard because we’ve seen her and know her,” she said. “That could have been my kids, if we were outside playing.”

No one answered the door at the house on Big Creek Court Tuesday. Signs on the front window and the back fence proclaimed, “beware of dog.”


HIGH POINT — A 3-year-old child died Monday night after it was attacked by the family's dog, according to a news release. 

The victim was transported to High Point Regional Hospital by a family member, but the child didn't survive, the release states.

Police were called to 925 Big Creek Court at 5:02 p.m. in connection with the incident. The animal, a pit bull terrier dog, was transported to the Guilford County Animal Shelter.

Police did not release the victim's name and the investigation is continuing.

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