UPDATE: Police Release Identity Of Boy Killed By Dogs In Felton - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

UPDATE: Police Release Identity Of Boy Killed By Dogs In Felton

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FELTON, Del. - A simple visit to a friend's house turns deadly. Four-year-old Kasii Haith of Camden, Del. was reportedly playing in the backyard of a Felton home on Edwardsville Road when the unthinkable happened. Three American pit bulls viciously attacked the boy.

"The mother happened to look out the window and see the dogs attacking the young boy, and went out to try and help out and save her young child," Delaware State Police Public Information Officer Corporal Gary Fournier said.

The dogs then began attacking the mother, 24-year-old Kyiesha Haith who is several months pregnant. Two HVAC repairmen who were working on the house stepped in to help, fending the animals off with PVC pipes. About 15 minutes after 911 was called, emergency responders arrived, but it was too late. Little Kasii was pronounced dead at the scene. The mother survived, perhaps from the heroic efforts of the two repairmen. She suffered multiple dog bite wounds to her arms and was taken to Kent General Hospital.

The animals were taken to the First State Animal Center SPCA where they were euthanized Thursday morning. Their remains are being tested for rabies.

"They were as far as we know at this point unvaccinated. So due to the victim being pregnant, that was our utmost concern, to ensure that there's no inflammation or rabies in the dogs," Captain Sherri Warburton of Delaware Animal Care and Control said.

Police say Kasii was familiar with the dogs and had been around them numerous times in the past. The owners tell police they've never seen any type of aggression from the animals.

"There were a lot of emotions going around there. The dogs were contained in the garage at that point in time when we arrived. The owners helped us load the animals into the truck and we brought them back to the SPCA. They actually signed the dogs over on the scene to us. They couldn't believe the attack had occurred. They were really upset," SPCA Sergeant David Hulse said.

So what could have caused the dogs to snap?

"The male was intact, so we can definitely tell he was not neutered. One of the females appeared to be pregnant and another female appeared to have had puppies. So we're assuming that they were not spayed as well. When you have a female dog that's in heat and a male dog that's intact, with the hormones going, that could create a pack mentality. This is still under investigation and we will know further details, but when you have dogs in heat and intact males, that's a deadly combination when you have an unattended child," Captain Warburton said.

No charges have been filed, but police are looking into the possibility. Warburton tells 47 ABC they are currently looking at possibility of failure to inoculate, failure to obtain a Kent County dog license and dog at large charges. The dogs were roaming free in an unfenced backyard. In the state of Delaware that is legal, as long as the owner has verbal control of the animals. Further investigation will prove whether or not that was the case. Under Delaware code, a female dog is not allowed to run at large in heat, and a female in heat cannot be placed with an intact male unless there is a plan to breed them. Warburton says they are investigating possible inbreeding between the dogs.

The medical examiner's office ruled Kasii's manner of death as multiple dog bites to the head and neck, but the cause of death is still pending.

 

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