A BABY girl, 1, was killed by her family dog after reportedly getting too close to its food bowl as the animal was eating.
A’myrikal Hull was "best pals" with the pup before the tragic incident in Illinois on Thursday, Cory Painter, the grandma of the baby's brother, said.
The dog reportedly bit the baby on the head at her home in Springfield. She was rushed to the hospital Thursday night, but could not be saved.
Painter told ABC 6 that the animal had never been violent in the past.
"The dog [has] never snapped before," she said. "I was in shock since 1.30 this morning. The fact that she didn't make it crushed my soul."
Painter said she has known little A'myrikal since she was born, and described her as a "happy" and "beautiful" baby, who just turned 1 last week.
"A'myrikal was a very happy baby," she said. "She just had these big beautiful eyes and a smile that would light up the room."
The dog, which the family said was a female pocket bully – a pitbull and Patterdale terrier mix – was given to Sangamon County Animal Control.
The dog is reportedly under observation for rabies.
"The dog was like her best friend," Painter said about the girl's relationship with her pup.
Police are looking into the animal attack, but no charges have been brought at this time, ABC 6 reported.
A GoFundMe page was set up to help raise money for funeral costs, and had already passed its $5,000 goal by Saturday night.
Just a day earlier, on Wednesday, another tragic dog attack left a 3-year-old boy dead after he his neighbor's two pit bulls broke into his backyard.
Aziz Ahmed was playing in the backyard of his family's home in Carteret, New Jersey, when his neighbor's dogs somehow dug themselves under the fence and attacked the child.
The little boy's mother attempted to fight off the animals, but was unable to. Both were seriously injured in the attack, and little Aziz later passed from his injuries.
The two dogs, who neighbors had reportedly complained about in the past, were euthanized at the scene after cops arrived.
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