Kiyana McNeal, 4, of St. Joseph County, Mich., was trying to train her brand-new dog with a treat when it jumped on her and mauled her to death, the New York Daily News reports.
"The dog come and sniffed it and then stepped back. Then come, sniffed it again," said neighbor Becky Davis. "And evidently the third time, he got her."
The attack occurred Sunday only moments after the dog's previous owner brought it to her family's home. She had just adopted the young pup.
According to the Daily News, Kiyana's mother and the previous dog owner tried, unsuccessfully, to revive Kiyana with CPR while waiting for the ambulance.
The old owner insisted that the dog, a Doberman pinscher mix, had never been violent before. The dog was taken by animal control. The attack is still under investigation.
Read more at the New York Daily News.