- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 11, 2013

A family from Moore, Okla., who lost their home during last month’s massive tornado, now have to bury their 5-year-old son after a friend’s dog attacked him.

The boy and his 2-year-old sister were staying at a friend’s house in Jessieville while their parents worked to rebuild their lives in Moore, the New York Daily reported.

The 150-pound Bullmastiff attacked the boy on Sunday after he threw a tantrum while putting on his shoes.

“The dog possibly took that as being aggressive, and at that time the child was attacked,” Garland County Deputy Scott Hinojosa told KARK-TV.

The dog’s owner, Lynn Geiling, was able to pull the dog off the boy, but it was already too late. He had suffered major lacerations to the head and neck and was pronounced dead at Mercy Hospital in Hot Springs, Fox 16 reported.

“You can’t imagine, you know, what this family and friends are going through right now,” Mr. Hinojosa said.

The dog ran away after the attack, but authorities found the dog shot dead Monday afternoon, the New York Daily News reported.

“Animal control came out yesterday and told us about it and told us to be on the lookout,” Paige Parks told KARK-TV. “Everybody’s been out. My neighbors were walking down the street (with guns) this morning like they were going hunting.”

Police have not yet said whether the dog’s owner will be charged.

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