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A 5-year-old Boy is Mauled to Death by Family Dogs

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017
English Mastiff

English Mastiff (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In Clarksville, Tennessee, on Thursday, February 16, 2017, a 5-year-old boy was brutally attacked by the family’s two English Mastiffs. At about 8:20 that morning, emergency personnel responded to the home, after receiving a 9-1-1 call. The child was quickly transported to Tennova Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. No further details have been released about this fatal dog attack, other than the fact that the dogs were both under a year old and now in custody of the animal services department

The boy killed last week was the fourth person in 2017 to be killed by one or more dogs. On January 17, a 6-year-old boy in Atlanta, Georgia, died after being brutally attacked by two to three dogs as he was walking to school; one of the dogs was a pit bull and the other breeds are still unknown. That same day, a 2-month-old in San Marcos, Texas, was killed by the family dog, a German shepherd. On Monday, February 13, a 75-year-old woman was viciously attacked by her own dog, a Mastiff she had owned for at least six years; and she died from her injuries.

Deadly dog attacks happen probably more frequently than many people realize. DogsBite.org is a website that tracks information about dog fatalities and other serious dog attacks. The website tracks information that was previously recorded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The government no longer tracks information about fatal dog attacks, but DogsBite.org does.

Based on the number of dog attacks that occur in the U.S. every year, a person is killed by a dog, on average, about once every two weeks or so. Children and the elderly are the most vulnerable age groups, but healthy grown males are also sometimes killed by dogs.

The public hardly hears anything about these fatal dog attacks. Perhaps it’s time to bring this problem to light; it could possibly help to save lives.

–Guest Contributor


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