Dog Kills Boy Who Survived Okla. Tornado

5-year-old's family was staying with friends
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 11, 2013 3:20 AM CDT
Updated Jun 11, 2013 7:07 AM CDT

(Newser) – Tragedy has been piled upon tragedy for an unnamed Oklahoma family whose Moore home was destroyed in last month's tornado. Their 5-year-old son was killed by a dog on Sunday while he was staying with family friends in Jessieville, Arkansas, THV 11 reports. "The child was putting on some shoes and was crying and upset," a police spokesman tells Arkansas Matters. "The dog possibly took that as being aggressive and the child was attacked."

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The dog's owner says she tried to pull the dog off the boy, but he had suffered major injuries to his head and neck by the time she managed to separate them. The boy and his 2-year-old sister were staying with the family while his parents worked to rebuild their home. The dog, a 150-pound Bullmastiff, was located yesterday and put down. "To me, it's heartbreaking," the police spokesman says. "I've got a 5-year-old daughter. You can't imagine what this family and friends are going through right now." (Read more tornado stories.)

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