JESSIEVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - Garland County officials said they have found a Bull Mastiff dog that bit and killed a 5-year-old boy in Jessieville. He had been on the loose until Monday afternoon.
The incident happened at a home Saturday about noon. A police report said the boy was throwing a temper tantrum at a family friend's home over putting on a pair of shoes. While a woman was trying to calm him down, the dog came from another room and attacked the child.
"The dog possibly attacked because he felt threatened," explained Deputy Scott Hinojosa.
The woman tried getting the two apart from each other, but was unsuccessful at first, according to the report. She then called her husband to help; by the time he arrived, she had separated them. The husband drove the boy to the ambulance; the ambulance transported him to Mercy Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.
Garland County Animal Control said the boy was staying with family friends in Jessieville after his hometown in Oklahoma was hit by a tornado a couple of weeks ago.
The Bull Mastiff is now dead; police said he was put down by a friend of the family.
On a related note, some lawmakers in the county have been working to pass breed-specific laws and possibly even ban certain breeds.