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1/21/2014 2:25:00 PM
4-year-old killed by pit bulls had local connections
A four-year-old girl with local ties was killed in an attack by at least two of her family's pit bulls, according to Bloomington police.

McLean County Coroner Beth Kimmerling said Kara Hartrich died Friday at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal at 5:50 p.m.

Kara, born Jan. 17, 2010, was the daughter of Chris and Roxanne Miller Hartrich, Bloomington. Chris Hartrich is the son of Eileen Hartrich, Robinson, and the brother of Crawford County State's Attorney Matthew Hartrich.

The child suffered massive blood loss and several bites to the head, neck and arms, Kimmerling said.

According to media reports, the girl and her two-year-old sister, Kaylee, were at home being watched by a grandmother when at least two pit bulls attacked her.

Her grandmother tried unsuccessfully to get her away from the dogs, then concentrated on protecting the younger girl.

Kimmerling said three dogs described as pit bulls - two non-neutered males and a female - were seized by the county's animal control officers.

Kara's death notice appears on Page 3 of today's Daily News. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to her sister's education fund in care of the First Robinson Savings Bank, N.A. 501 E. Main St., Robinson, IL 62454.

Illinois ranks second in the nation for dog bite claims, according to an annual report by State Farm Insurance Co., which received 337 bite claims in Illinois in 2012.

Dog bite injuries are highest for children ages 5 to 9, with their injuries more likely needing medical attention, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The American Humane Association says 70 percent of dog-bite fatalities occur among children younger than 10.

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