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Dogs involved in fatal attack on teen to be euthanized
DIGHTON, Mass. (AP) - Authorities say five dogs that attacked and killed a 14-year-old Massachusetts boy who regularly took care of them will be euthanized.
The three-member Dighton Board of Selectmen voted unanimously Wednesday to have the dogs - four Belgian Malinois and a Dutch shepherd -involved in the May 9 death of Ryan Hazel put down. Several other dogs were also on the property at the time of the attack.
Breaking: Town of Dighton votes to put down 5 dogs involved in the mauling death of 14 year old Ryan Hazel earlier this month #BOSTON25 pic.twitter.com/xrjoBsEX9X— Ted Daniel (@tvnewzted) May 22, 2019
Local police, animal control and the Bristol district attorney's office backed the decision. Board Chairman Kenneth Pacheco said, "it was a tough decision, however, it was the right decision."
The dogs' owner, who trained the animals on his property, did not contest the decision. Ryan was a freshman at Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School in Taunton, Massachusetts.
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