Dog in Fatal Attack Adopted from Asheville Humane Society

Updated: Thursday, July 9 2015, 06:29 PM EDT
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ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- The pit bull that killed a 6-year-old boy in Henderson County on Tuesday was adopted from the Asheville Humane Society in June.

According to the shelter, the dog "did not exhibit any aggressive behavior...this dog came in as a stray so we did not know his history, only his behavior while he was with us, which gave no indication that he would have any issue of this type."

In a statement Thursday, AHS said:

"We try to accurately assess the temperaments of all the animals in our care before placing them in loving homes. We do a 7-point behavior assessment designed to predict a dog's likelihood to bite in various situations and we also continue to assess the dog's behavior while in our care. Our dogs also have a lot of one-on-one interaction with trained staff. If any aggression is reported, the dog is re-evaluated by our certified behavior department."

Henderson County deputies said, according to the families involved, the dog played very well with kids and other dogs and never showed any signs of aggression before Tuesday.

Josh Strother's mother discovered the 6-year-old's body laying on the other side of the neighbor's fence in Mountain Home with fatal wounds to his head and neck Tuesday afternoon. The dog was nearby and was acting aggressively and deputies who arrived on scene shot and killed the animal in order to give paramedics access to the boy.

Deputies say there were no witnesses to the attack.

Officials say Josh often climbed over the fence to play with the children next door and that the dog would even give kisses to the kids through the fence.

"Our hearts go out to both of the families involved in this tragic accident," AHS said through a statement. "We are deeply saddened by the incident and send our condolences to both of the families during this difficult time."

Investigators say there will be no charges filed.

“This was a tragic event for everyone involved,” said Sheriff Charles McDonald. “Our hearts and prayers go out to the families involved.”
Dog in Fatal Attack Adopted from Asheville Humane Society
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