Wild Dogs Kill 2-Year-Old Who Fell Into Pittsburgh Zoo Exhibit

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A 2-year-old boy fell 14 feet into the African painted dog exhibit area at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium shortly before noon Sunday and was mauled to death by the dogs.

Police said the child lost his balance after his mother lifted him in a standing position onto the 4-foot-high wooden railing of an elevated, gazebolike structure that overlooks the enclosure.  He toppled over the railing, hit a mesh shelf and landed on the ground of the open exhibit space, where he was set upon by the 11 dogs in the area.

The medical examiner’s office would not release the child’s name Sunday evening.  Police said he and his 34-year-old mother are from Pleasant Hills and were visiting the zoo with cousins, an adult and another child.

Major Crimes Lt. Kevin Kraus declined to comment on potential charges and said the bureau will continue to investigate to determine if anything could have prevented the death.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/neighborhoods-city/wild-dogs-kill-2-year-old-who-fell-into-zoo-exhibit-660660/#ixzz2BMuWT5Tg

Friendship House Parent-Child Home Visiting Program

The Parent-Child Home Visiting Program of Friendship House resumes in October 2011, providing twice-weekly visits to at-risk families in the greater Pottstown area to enhance early literacy and school readiness skills in children.   The program is at no cost to families, and children will be provided with new books and toys.  If you know of a family with a child who will be between 16 months and 35 months by September 1st who may benefit from this service, please contact Stacy Dori at 610-327-2200 or sdori@friendshiphousepa.org

Seeking Part-Time Home Visitors

Friendship House’s Parent-Child Home Program is seeking part-time Home Visitors to provide in-home school-readiness services for at-risk families in the greater Pottstown area.  The positions run from October through May each year with additional hours required in September. High School Diploma and experience working with toddler-aged children and caregivers required; college education and bilingual in Spanish preferred.  Flexible scheduling, current background clearances, valid driver’s license and personal vehicle required.  Email resume’ to sdori@friendshiphousepa.org ;  fax to 610-327-2200; or mail to Friendship House, 2087 E. High St., Suite B, Pottstown PA 19464.


Pottstown Family Center AND Rolling Hills Apartments – Free Play Groups


Hosted by: Pottstown Family Center AND Rolling Hills Apartments

When: Fourth Wednesday of the Month

(starting in July; 7/27/11; 8/24/11; 9/28/11; 10/26/11; and 11/16/11)
(third week in November due to Thanksgiving)

Where: Rolling Hills Apartments (Community Room)

2120 Buchert Road, Pottstown, PA 19464

Time: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

 Our playgroups are designed for parents with children age zero to five. You will have the opportunity to meet other parents with small children and talk about the joys and hardships of parenting.  You will get to play with your child in a fun and relaxed atmosphere and enjoy a snack too! THERE ARE LOTS OF FREE GIVEAWAYS EACH MONTH

Call the Family Center to let us know you’ll be there at


Please spread the word to your friends and we hope to see you all there!