Relatives mourn toddler killed in Topeka animal attack

Piper Dunbar (Courtesy: KSNT)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Relatives are mourning a 2-year-old girl who was killed in a Topeka animal attack.

The Topeka Capital-Journal (http://bit.ly/2dttHtp ) reports that about 40 friends and family members gathered Tuesday to remember 2-year-old Piper Dunbar. She was found dead Saturday in a yard. Investigators believe two pit bulls attacked her.

Police spokeswoman Amy McCarter says the Animal Control Unit seized both dogs, which belonged to a family friend staying at the home.

Piper’s mother, Stephanie Rhoads, says she will remember her daughter as being smart, loving and close to her father. Rhoads says she is enraged about what happened and hopes legal action is taken against the owner of the dogs blamed for Piper’s death.

Authorities say the case will be forwarded to the Shawnee County District Attorney’s Office for review.