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Dog attack of 2-month-old brings back fear for Lowcountry mother

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Dog that attacked baby Aiden (Scott Garrand/WCIV) Dog that attacked baby Aiden (Scott Garrand/WCIV)

By Valencia Wicker
vwicker@abcnews4.com

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Brandy Ranly was moved to tears when she heard about the death of 2-month-old Aiden McGrew.

The story has an eery resemblance to the attack of her son.

 "I just sat down and just cried. I put my head in my hands and I just cried. I was just broken-hearted because I just knew that what they were going through must have been absolutely horrible," said Ranly.

Ranly's 4-year old son Christopher was attacked by a pit bull back in December. The dog tore into Christopher's scalp. He had to have dozens of stitches and a drainage tube.

"When Christopher was attacked, um, it was so terrifying. We were just so afraid that we were going to loose him due to blood loss before we could get to the hospital," Ranly said.

The dog that attacked Christopher was eventually euthanized. But, officials still won't say what will happen to the dog that attacked baby Aiden.

"My personal beliefs…people forget that dogs are animals. They call them their babies, they call them a part of their families and they forget the fact that deep down, they are still going to have those instincts," said Ranly.

Although the animal that attacked baby Aiden was not adopted from the Charleston Animal Society, the folks there know what goes into deciding whether or not a dog should be put down.

"Some things that we're looking very closely for are freezing, when the dog stops breathing is very stiff, raising of the tail, ears flashing forward. While some of these can be signs of excitement as well, it can be signs that the dog is going to aggress," animal behavior specialist for the Charleston Animal Society, Jennifer Enright said.

ABC News 4 reached out to Dorchester Sheriffs Office and Animal Control – neither would release information about whether or not the dog would be put down.

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