Vicious Dog Attacks and Kills 6-Year-Old Boy in NE Portland and Injures the Owner
According to authorities, there was a dog attack in the Parkrose Heights neighborhood on Tuesday morning, resulting in the death of a young child and injury to a woman.
At approximately 7:30 a.m., PF&R was dispatched to a reported animal attack in the vicinity of Northeast 113th Avenue and Northeast Schuyler Street. According to authorities, the incident involved a dog mauling and occurred within a residence.
Emergency responders discovered a woman with hand injuries and as deceased 6-year-old boy at the location. The woman was transported to a nearby hospital for medical care.
During the investigation, it was discovered that the boy’s grandmother had left him with her friend, who typically takes him to school. The friend, who happens to be the owner of the dogs, had entered the garage where her dogs were located. It was at this moment that the boy unintentionally opened the garage door, resulting in one of the dogs attacking him. Another dog was also involved in the incident.
According to PP Bureau Public Information Officer Mike Benner, the homeowner/dog owner attempted to prevent the attack and even considered using a gun, although no gun was used. Efforts were made to save the boy’s life, but unfortunately, he passed away. The dogs involved in the incident, which are described as large Great Dane-Mastiff mixes, are currently still inside the house. Multnomah County Animal Services has been called to the scene and will handle the removal of the dogs.
According to Benner, it is currently too early in the investigation to determine if the owner of the dogs will be charged.
Benner expressed sympathy for the little boy, his family, and friends, stating that the incident was distressing and unimaginable, especially so close to Christmas.
The investigation is being led by the PPB Child Abuse Team, with assistance from the Homicide Division.
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