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Published 5:27 am Thursday, February 1, 2007
By By Lisa Tindell – news writer
Ashley Kitlica said she has a hard time seeing her daughter's photo everywhere.
But she said she hopes the owner of the dog who attacked and killed 18-month-old Taylor will see the picture of little girl. Taylor Kitlica was killed Sunday when a Rottweiler tied up at the family's McGougin Road home attacked the child. The family said the dog was a stray they did not own.
Taylor's brother William “T.J.” Kitlica, who is 2 1/2, was also hurt. His injuries were not life-threatening, according to Escambia County Sheriffs officials. He was treated at D.W. McMillan Hospital and released with minor bite wounds on his back.
The dog had wandered into the yard of their home less than an hour before the attack, Kitlica said.
The owner, who is yet unknown, did not come to claim the dog before it made the fatal attack.
Kitlica was not at home at the time of the attack but arrived just after ambulances and law enforcement officials arrived at the scene of the attack.
Kitlica said her husband had been working on a Jeep in their yard over the weekend and was gathering tools when he heard and noise.
Kitlica said her husband got Taylor away from the dog and was taking her inside when he realized his son was approaching the dog.
Tom Kitlica, father of the attacked children, performed CPR on Taylor twice before D.W. McMillan Ambulance Service workers arrived and took over.
Taylor was transported to McMillan Hospital but died on the way, Kitlica said.
Although she had died while being transported to the hospital, doctors and other medical personnel continued life-saving efforts for another 30 minutes at the hospital Kitlica said.
The dog that attacked the children was taken from the premises by the Humane Society of Escambia County and was euthanized by a local veterinarian, according to Maj. Mike Murphy with the Escambia County Sheriff's Department.
Funeral services for Taylor Kitlica have been scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday with visitation from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Williams Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.