A 14-year-old boy was mauled to death by a pack of dogs at the Massachusetts home of a professional dog trainer, according to reports.
Ryan Hazel was attacked as he cared for the animals in Brighton, Massachusetts on Thursday night while their owner Scott Dunmore, 49, was out of town, according to WCBV.
The boy’s grandmother drove him to the property to tend for Dunmore’s dogs, a chore he’s done in the past, according to Masslive.com.
When nearly an hour passed, Hazel’s grandmother became concerned and phone the child’s parents, who then called Dunmore’s neighbor.
A neighbor found Hazel, who suffered “traumatic injuries” from the attack, according to Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn.
Quinn told reporters foul play isn’t suspected. He also said Dunmore returned home shortly after in the incident and has been cooperative.
“This was clearly a terrible tragedy for the victim, his family, his friends and the town,” Quinn said. “My heart goes out to all of them.”
Included among the 11 dogs were Dutch Shepherds and Belgian Malinois, breeds that are often used as police dogs, according to Masslive.com.
Animal control is watching over the dogs, one of which acted aggressively, they said. The four believed to be involved in the attack are being quarantined for 10 days.
Dunmore has trained dogs professionally for 15 years, according to his website.
“Whether you’re looking to start off on the right foot with a new puppy, are experiencing behavioral or aggression issues in your adult dog, or would like to introduce your dog to a new sport or activity, Scott can offer insight and assistance,” his site says.
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