Police say a 16-year-old boy has died after being mauled by three pit bulls inside the fenced backyard of a Dallas-area home where the dogs lived.
Irving police announced the boy’s death on Sunday, Aug. 11. One officer was treated for a dog bite.
A police statement says officers responded around 5 a.m. Saturday to reports of a dog attack and arrived to find the dogs mauling the boy, who did not live at the home. The teen died Saturday night at a hospital. His name hasn’t been released.
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Police shot one of the dogs, who later had to be euthanized. The other two were taken to a shelter.
Irving police are investigating why the teen was at the home. The owner told investigators that the boy was trespassing.
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Heroic Neighbor Saves 6-year-old boy From Pit Bull Attack
In another pit bull related story, graphic video footage shows a man rushing to save a 6-year-old boy from a raging pit bull.
The incident unfolded in Conroe, Texas on July 21.
Mason, the boy, was playing outside his house with friends when the dog got loose from a nearby house and rushed over, biting the boy’s head.
Grant Brown, 19, who lives nearby, sprinted over and distracted the dog, leading to the canine chasing Brown and allowing Mason to escape into his house.
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“As soon as I noticed I just ran over there without thinking and I didn’t know how, but I knew I had to get the dog off of the boy,” Brown told KPRC.
Brown was eventually caught by the dog, who jumped on top of him as he stumbled and fell.
“The dog was on top of me before I knew it and I knew I had to keep his mouth away from me,” Brown said. He wrestled with the dog and was soon able to get back on his feet and run away. He suffered puncture wounds to his hand.
The dog was surrendered to the Montgomery County Animal Control and the owner of the dog was cited, the outlet reported. According to Inside Edition, the dog was put down.
I saw this last night on “Inside Edition”. VERY scary! First the dog attacks a SIX year old, knocks him down and clamps down on his HEAD…THEN, when this HERO distracts the monster dog to chase HIM, the dog DOES, knocking HIM down,… https://t.co/jbMk57anu9
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A video from Inside Edition captured the first time Brown and Mason met after what happened. Brown gave Mason a stuffed dog, telling the boy, “I’m glad you’re OK.”
Lindeman called Brown a hero.
“I don’t think I’m a hero,” Brown said. “I just did the right thing.”
The Associated Press and NTD reporter Zachery Stieber contributed to this report.