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Ayen Chol Killed In Australian Home By Dog

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A family friend holds a family photo showing four-year-old Ayen Chol, the four year-old girl who was killed by a neighbours pitbull-mastiff cross dog in her own home, in Melbourne on August 18, 2011. Ayen Chol, whose family is from Sudan, died at the scene after the dog entered the home where she was watching television with her young cousins on August 17, police said. One cousin fought to fend off the vicious animal, suffering bites to her arms and hands during the struggle. Another, aged 5, wa | Getty

MELBOURNE, Australian -- Australian police say a 4-year-old girl has been killed inside her suburban Melbourne home by a neighbor's escaped dog.

Police Supt. Graham Kent says the pitbull cross entered the home where Ayen Chol was watching TV with other children on Wednesday evening and attacked. A 5-year-old girl and a 30-year-old woman were also injured. Chol died at the scene.

Chol's cousin Daniel Atem says the injured woman was outside the house when the dog chased her inside.

Atem says the dog then attacked the 5-year-old. As Chol's mother intervened it turned on Chol, who was clinging to her mother's leg.

Kent says the dog will be destroyed and charges are being considered against its owner.

Chol was a Sudanese refugee.

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