Police in Dighton are investigating an apparent fatal dog mauling.
Police said a neighbor called 911 around 8 p.m. Thursday to report finding a dead teenager on Maple Swamp Road.
Officials with Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn's office said the teen is a 14-year-old boy from neighboring Rehoboth. It's unclear why the teen, whose name has not been released, was in the Dighton neighborhood.
WFXT spoke with the owner of the property, Scott Dunmore, who called the situation heartbreaking. He said he wasn't at the property when the incident happened and that he couldn't comment further, due to the ongoing investigation.
I just spoke with the owner of the property where the teen was killed by a group of dogs. He was very emotional and called this "an absolutely heart breaking situation." He tells me he wasn’t home when this happened, and right now "his only concern is for the teen’s family.”— Nicole Oliverio (@NicoleOliverio) May 10, 2019
Dighton-Rehoboth Regional School District Superintendent Anthony Azar said in an email to students that crisis teams would be at all schools Friday.
The district attorney's office said the dogs involved in the incident were taken by animal control, but it's unclear how many dogs were taken or how many are believed to be involved in the mauling. Two dogs were seen in the back of a van Thursday night.
Police say neighbors found the body of the 14-year-old on the property just before 8pm, investigators are on scene. Two dogs are being kept in an animal control vehicle @boston25— Julie Leonardi (@JulieLeonardiTV) May 10, 2019
Foul play is not suspected, officials said.
The investigation is ongoing. No additional information was released.
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