The Allegheny County district attorney's office and other agencies are reviewing whether changes should be made to an observation platform near the African painted dog exhibit at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, where a toddler was mauled to death.
Mike Manko, spokesman for District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr., said in an email that several agencies are reviewing the death of 2-year-old Maddox Derkosh of Whitehall, who fell into the exhibit on Sunday.
"It appears to be an accident, although we have not been forwarded all of the reports and information," Mr. Manko said. "Obviously, one of the goals of our review will be to make sure that this never happens again and to that end, the district attorney expects that there will be significant changes to the way the observation platform is constructed."
Zoo officials said Maddox's mother hoisted him onto an observation deck railing and he then tumbled 14 feet into the exhibit area containing 11 of the zoo's 14 dogs. They said he bounced twice on protective netting that extends outward from the base of the railing like a shelf before hitting the ground, where the dogs attacked him.