The Henderson County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate after a 6-year-old boy was attacked and killed by a pitbull on Tuesday.
Major Frank Stout said deputies shot and killed the dog to reach the child, but it was too late to save his life.
Deputies said the child was staying at his grandparents’ home next door to the dog owner’s property on Piney Ridge Drive.
The boy's mother told dispatchers that she went inside for five minutes and came out to find her son lying in the neighbor’s yard, according to the 911 call.
The mother reported that she did not think her son was breathing and he wasn’t responding when she called out to him. She also reported that she was unable to enter the neighbor's locked gate and they were not home.
She told dispatchers her son had played with the dog, according to the 911 call.
Stout said that the dog was adopted a few weeks before the deadly attack.
The dog was about a year old, neutered and had received all its vaccinations, he said.
Deputies are conducting a thorough investigation into the dog’s history before it came to live with its most recent owners.
Stout said the dog did not appear to be aggressive and deputies had not received prior calls regarding the dog. Its body will be examined to determine what, if anything, may have triggered its aggression.
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