A fourteen-year-old boy was mauled to death by four dogs owned by a police dog trainer.
Authorities identified the boy Friday afternoon as Ryan Hazel who was taken to the home in Dighton, Massachusetts Thursday night by his grandmother to tend to the dogs.
After an hour passed by, Hazel’s grandmother became worried and called the boy’s parents, who were out of town.
A neighbor stopped by the property to check on Hazel and found him suffering from traumatic injuries, Briston County District Attorney Thomas Quinn said, according to WCVB.
The neighbor called 911 and tried to perform CPR on the boy, but he died on the scene.
Four dogs were reportedly loose on the property, owned by Scott Dunmore, 49, who was not home at the time of the incident. Seven other dogs were found in cages.
A contractor who worked on the house said that Dunmore runs a dog training business where he trained the animals for police work.
Hazel had been helping to take care of the animals for over a year. He was a freshman at Bristol-Plymouth Vocational High School in Taunton, Massachusetts.
Quin said: ‘It appears at this point that foul play was not involved. I would just leave it at that at this stage of the investigation.
Dunmore is reportedly cooperating with the investigation.
All of the dogs on the property have been taken into animal control’s custody.
The four dogs believed to have perpetrated the attack are under quarantine for ten days.
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