UPDATE: Delaware Animal Care and Control has euthanized the three pit bulls responsible for killing a 4-year-old boy in Felton Wednesday afternoon.
An official said Thursday morning that "the dogs have been euthanized, and their remains will be sent for further rabies testing."
Capt. Sherri Warburton, head of Delaware Animal Care and Control, reported that the dogs were unvaccinated, and were not spayed or neutered.
The dogs had been placed with the SPCA; Delaware Animal Care and Control operates within the First State Animal Center-SPCA.
FELTON — The Delaware State Police on Wednesday night investigated a pit bull attack that killed a 4-year-old Camden boy.
Police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier said the incident occurred around 4 p.m., as the victim and his 24-year-old mother were visiting with a female friend in the 900 block of Edwardsville Road, west of Felton. The mother, who is several months pregnant, and her friend were inside the residence while the 4-year-old was outside playing in the yard around the friend’s three pit bulls, of whom he had been around numerous times in the past.
Cpl. Fournier said that, at one point, the mother looked out the window and observed her son being attacked by the dogs. While her friend called 9-1-1, the mother immediately ran out in an attempt to save her son and was also bitten numerous times on both arms.
Two HVAC repairmen working at the house also attempted to save the child by fending off the animals with PVC piping and assisting the mother from the attacking dogs.
EMS and troopers responded to the scene and began first-aid on the boy before he was soon pronounced dead, Cpl. Fournier said.
The boy’s body was turned over to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, who will conduct an autopsy to rule the exact cause and manner of death.
The mother was transported by EMS to Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital, where she was being treated for her injuries Wednesday night while being kept under observation.
Cpl. Fourmier said the three pit bull dogs were removed from the residence by the SPCA. The status of the dogs was unknown Wednesday night.
The name of the 4-year-old victim was being withheld Wednesday night pending notification of next of kin.
Delaware Animal Care and Control is in possession of three pit bull canines that are responsible for mortally wounded a four-year boy in Felton, DE, on the afternoon of May 7, 2014.
The dogs have been euthanized, and their remains will be sent for further rabies testing.
Captain Sherri Warburton, head of Delaware Animal Care and Control, reported that the dogs were unvaccinated, and they were not spayed or neutered.