18-month-old boy mauled by family dogs

20 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

2 dogs attack, kill Hernando toddler playing on porchMIAMI — A marine construction business is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone who has mutilated numerous Florida Keys brown pelicans in recent weeks. The toddler had been playing on the porch of the home, in the rural northeastern corner of Hernando County, when two dogs attacked him for reasons still unknown.

Pelicans are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and anyone caught harming them can be prosecuted under federal law, facing possible fines and prison time. His grandfather, Gregory Moss, tried to pull the dogs off, but Declan died of his injuries. “The bottom line here is that you can never, ever be totally trusting of a dog that’s of medium or large size,” Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis told reporters at the scene. “You’ve always got to watch your children just like you would if it was a swimming pool.

Don’t let the dog get close to the child, even if it’s a dog you trust, because unfortunately the risk is just too high.” Moss, 51, had been home alone with the boy when the two mixed-breed dogs, Thumper and Max, attacked. Afterward, the grandfather was “pretty shaken up’’ in interviews with the Sheriff’s Office, agency spokesman Michael Terry said. “Ultimately, they had to take him to the Sheriff’s Office for additional questioning,” Terry said. “It’s very emotional, obviously, and we want to get the exact story. It’s definitely something you don’t want to deal with, especially with a young child like that, just 18 months,” he said. “They never thought the dogs, from their comments, would act this way and do something to this infant.” Deputies were continuing to investigate at the home at 16251 Cherokee Rd. late Monday afternoon.

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