Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Sheriff: Dogs attack, kill 7-year-old boy

From News Tribune

Dogs attacked and caused the death of a 7-year-old boy this morning in a rural area between Varna and Wenona, according to the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department and coroner.
The sheriff’s department received a 911 call at about 7:15 a.m. Wednesday “advising of a dog attack at the Eric Shanklin Farm, approximately 2 miles northeast of Varna,” according to the report.
“Jason T. Walter, 7, was outside the rural residence when he was attacked by a number of dogs. Family members found him lying in the driveway outside the residence and called 911,” according to the report. Marshall County Coroner Dave Lenz pronounced Walter dead ‘a short time later.”
“Four dogs, three pit bulls and a mixed breed, owned by other residents on the property were captured and taken to the Marshall County veterinary clinic to be euthanized and taken to Galesburg for further investigation,” according to the sheriff’s department’s initial report.
The sheriff’s department was assisted by Wenona Ambulance, Varna Fire and Ambulance and Lifeflight. State police and Marshall County Sheriff’s Department and the coroner continue to investigate.

Update August 25, 2010 2:36pm - The following article is from CBS Chicago:
 
4 Dogs Attack, Kill Boy Visiting Central Ill. Farm

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."

The boy's mother was dating a man who lived on the farm and the boy was heading to the car to leave when the dogs attacked, the sheriff said.

An emergency helicopter was called to transport the boy to the hospital. Coroner David Lenz Jr. said a doctor aboard the helicopter pronounced the child dead

An autopsy is planned, and the death remains under investigation.

The boy was a second-grader at Northwest School in LaSalle, said Superintendent Dan Marenda. Social workers and counselors will be available Thursday at the school to help students and teachers deal with the tragedy, Marenda said.

5 comments:

  1. I am the Aunt of Jason who died. I feel it is the Pit owners fault for the attack. I am a dog lover and I personally feel if you train a dog properly they will behave that way. When you allow dogs to run "wild" they become wild and retreat back to their old ways. I also feel that no matter where you live when your animals are outside they either need to be on a leash or in a pen. If this would have been the case this would have never happened!
    Please say a prayer for our family. My sister is going to need it. This is terrible and I hope this teaches people a lesson. Take control of your dogs or they will control you!

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  2. Thank you, Dawn.
    I positively agree with you.
    My heart and prayers are with you, your sister, and your family.

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  3. Dawn, I am sorry for your family's loss and you will be in my prayers. You nailed the problem head on. If you let dogs run at large, regardless of breed, they will often form packs and revert back to their wild days. Sadly I know that's a real problem in rural areas. It is around here too and animal control doesn't seem to control the situation much. I love all dogs as well including my pit mix, but he never, ever runs loose. And he's been very well socialized around all types of people, especially kids.

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  4. Here is the thing no matter how well a DOG is trained it is still a ANIMAL it is not socialized, human like, or your best friend. Society has changed the way we think about animals, they used to be outside now they are brought into our home dressed in sweaters,bows in their hair and to the groomers for a day.they have cemetaryies for our pets, urns if they die we as a society have forgotten they are animals. I my self own two dogs but I don't think they are anything but dogs and when there are other people are present they are not inside. Be resposible for your pets they DO NOT deserve our trust.

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  5. Here is the thing no matter how well a DOG is trained it is still a ANIMAL it is not socialized, human like, or your best friend. Society has changed the way we think about animals, they used to be outside now they are brought into our home dressed in sweaters,bows in their hair and to the groomers for a day.they have cemetaryies for our pets, urns if they die we as a society have forgotten they are animals. I my self own two dogs but I don't think they are anything but dogs and when there are other people are present they are not inside. Be resposible for your pets they DO NOT deserve our trust.

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