4 Dogs Attack, Kill Boy Visiting Farm
August 27, 2010
This is indeed a tragedy on several level. One that has caused a young child to be killed and further it is a tragedy that caused the death of four animals who did what their instinct and/or what their teaching told them to.
Each year more than 800,000 dog attacks causes many person to be injures, mauled or killed. It is always a tragedy but one that is preventable.
A 7-year-old boy was attacked and killed by dogs on a central Illinois farm that he was visiting Wednesday with his mother, authorities said.
Jason Walter of LaSalle was alone when he was attacked and died in the driveway of a farm outside Varna, about 30 miles northeast of Peoria, Marshall County Sheriff Rob Russell said.
The dogs, three pit bulls and a mixed breed owned by people who lived on the property, were captured and euthanized, Russell said. No charges have been filed, and there is no legal requirement to keep dogs on leashes, he said. The dogs’ bodies will undergo testing for rabies.
“It was an emotional scene,” Russell said. “Obviously, it’s a tragedy.”