DETROIT (CBS DETROIT/AP) — The owner of three dogs is in police custody after a 9-year-old Detroit girl was killed by the animals as she rode her bike Monday.

Police described the dogs as pit bulls or pit-bull mixes.

Emma Hernandez’s father, Armando, says the man was warned that a fence was too flimsy to hold the dogs. He told local media that he’s “speechless” and “empty” after the attack. He said he sees his daughter “every time I close my eyes.”

Hernandez’s efforts at CPR failed to revive Emma.

One dog was shot and killed by a bystander while a medical crew tried to save the girl in an alley. The other dogs were captured.

Police say neighbors threw bricks at the dogs to try to stop the attack.

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