A tragic incident unfolded in a Detroit backyard on Wednesday afternoon, resulting in the fatal mauling of a 4-year-old boy by one or possibly two dogs, according to the Detroit police. The attack transpired shortly before 3 p.m. in the western part of the city, as revealed by Cpl. Dan Donakowski.
Donakowski commented, “We’re uncertain whether it was one or two dogs involved, but Animal Control has taken two dogs into custody. It is suspected that these dogs were owned by a neighbor residing behind the victim’s home, although the circumstances leading to the attack remain unclear at this time.”
Local news outlets reported that the dogs in question were believed to be pit bulls or pit bull mixes, based on information provided by the police.
Police Cmdr. Arnold Williams addressed the media at the scene, stating, “We are doing everything within our power to support all those affected by this tragedy.” He added, “The loss of a child who had barely embarked on life is an immense and unimaginable tragedy for everyone.”
According to the police, an adult was present at the home when the attack occurred. Williams also emphasized a crucial reminder: “This serves as a stark reminder for all dog owners to secure their pets and ensure they cannot escape. This is of paramount importance.”
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The incident is a heartbreaking reminder of the need for responsible pet ownership and vigilance in preventing such devastating incidents.