Child Services Warned About Dogs that Attacked Boy

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News Release: Associated Press
August 19, 2014

MIAMI (AP) -- The Department of Children and Families was warned of the "smell and danger" of six "untrained dogs" living in a home three years before a 4-year-old boy was mauled to death.

The Miami Herald reports an unidentified caller told the agency that the dogs posed a safety threat for the children in the home south of Miami. When investigators visited the home, the child's father Javon Dade, told them the dogs didn't belong to him. The body of Javon Dade Jr. was found in overgrown grass in the family's back yard after he was reported missing on Aug 13.

DCF interim Secretary Mike Carroll says the agency's performance has improved since the first contact with Dade in 2011.

Dade has been fined $1,040 for violating the county's dog ordinance.

News Release: Associated Press
August 13, 2014

MIAMI (AP) - Authorities say a little boy is dead following an apparent dog attack at his father's South Florida home.

Miami-Dade police say officers responded to the home Wednesday morning after 4-year-old Javon Dade Jr. was reported missing. His body was found a short time later in his father's backyard, along with three terrier-boxer mixed puppies, two adult female terrier-boxer mixes and an adult male pit bull.

Police say the child appeared to have been mauled, but it wasn't clear which dog or dogs participated in the attack. All the dogs were turned over to the county's animal services department.

The Miami Herald reports that police were interviewing the boy's father Wednesday to determine if negligence was involved the fatal mauling.

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