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Family pets maul 2-year-old girl

DETROIT, Minn., May 7 (UPI) -- A Detroit mother said her 2-year-old girl was mauled to death by two large family dogs.

Samantha Black was pronounced dead at North Oakland Medical Center in Pontiac, Mich., police said.

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"I can't begin to emphasize enough the horrific events that transpired this morning," Waterford Police Chief John Dean said Friday at a news conference. "There was a dog door large enough for a child her size to get through, no one knows exactly what happened."

Police said that the 40-pound child may have wandered through a dog door leading to the backyard and may have surprised the two female dogs -- 60-pound Nanook, a husky, and 80-pound Angel, an Alaskan Malamute, the Detroit Free Press reported Saturday.

Police said the dogs would be euthanized.

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