- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 6, 2016

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - Services are scheduled this week for a 6-year-old Huntington boy who died when he was attacked by a family dog.

According to an obituary at Collins Funeral Home, services for Isaiah Jacob Franklin will be held Wednesday at the funeral home’s chapel in Switzer, south of Logan.

Huntington Animal Control director Scott Iseli said Tuesday that the pit bull involving in last week’s attack remains at the shelter.

Cabell County Prosecutor Corky Hammer said he’s requesting permission from the dog’s owner to have it euthanized. If he doesn’t get permission, he’ll seek a court order.

Hammer said he also plans to review the police investigation into the mauling to determine if charges are warranted.

Huntington police have not released details of the attack and a police detective didn’t return a telephone message Tuesday.

The attack has rekindled a longstanding debate over pit bulls.

Iseli said he’s not going to make this a breed-specific case. He calls it “one incident, one dog.”

Police have said the attack occurred inside the home where the dog and boy lived. The city of Huntington has an ordinance concerning pit bulls that are outdoors.

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, efforts to prevent dog bites shouldn’t target specific breeds. Instead, they should focus on enforcing animal control regulations, proper dog socialization and training, and having securely fenced yards.

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