Three Pooches Put Down After Attacking Arizona City Boy Last Month
The dogs had been in mandatory quarantine after mauling the 10-year-old victim so badly he needed to be medevaced to a Phoenix hospital for treatment on January 19.
According to authorities, the victim and several other children got off their bus near South Reef Road and Guaymas Drive in Arizona City, where they were met by three dogs (pictured above).
As the victim and the other kids started walking home, the dogs began to approach them and ultimately attacked the boy.
The victim yelled for his brother to get help as the dogs chomped away, focusing their attack on the boy's face, neck, legs, and torso.
Help arrived in the form of some baseball-bat-wielding neighbors, who began beating the dogs until they released the boy.
The dogs retreated to a nearby residence where two of them were detained by Pinal County Animal Control Officers. Cops found the third dog east of where the attack took place. That dog was detained by Animal Control Officers, as well.
Investigators determined that on the day of the attack the dogs escaped by digging under a perimeter fence
Pinal County spokeswoman Heather Murphy tells New Times the owner of the dogs has been cooperative with authorities and has shown remorse for what happened.
The owner, who has children living in her house, told investigators the dogs had never been vicious in the past, but she was not comfortable bringing them back into her home after seeing what they were capable of.
Despite her cooperation, the owner has been cited for several violations, including having vicious dogs at large, having no shelter or water in the backyard, excessive feces, and for not licensing one of the dogs.