BRYAN COUNTY, Ga. (CBS Atlanta/AP) — A 21-month-old girl was mauled to death by seven pit bull dogs in Bryan County.

The Savannah Morning News reports that the girl was killed by the dogs in the backyard of her family’s home.

“When we got here and spoke to EMS, they told us that when they got here, she was already cold,” Bryan County Deputy Sheriff James Beatty told the Morning News. “There was nothing they could do.”

Authorities say the little girl’s grandmother woke up from a nap after hearing a commotion and saw the dogs attacking the toddler. The grandmother along with others rushed outside to save the little girl, but it was too late.

“All the dogs had access to the house, nine dogs in all,” Bryan County Sheriff Clyde Smith told the Morning News. “She habitually played with dogs, all of them. But they drug her all over the yard. Something turned them on her. We don’t know what.”

The dogs involved in the attack were put down.

The little girl would have turned 2 in June. Her name has not been released.

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