News reports say that a 7-year-old boy in Illinois suffered fatal personal injuries when he was mauled by four dogs at the home of a neighbor.

 

According to what residents told the local NBC affiliate, the child, Jason Walter, his mother, and his brother were regular visitors at the nearby home of Eric Shanklin in rural Marshall County, where the incident occurred.

 

Sheriff Rob Russell said that Walter was attacked in Shanklins driveway on the morning of August 25 by a mixed-breed Shepherd and three pit bulls.

 

Emergency services responded to the scene and the boy received transport to a firehouse at Varna, however, he died while awaiting a helicopter to transport him to the hospital.

 

Russell said Shanklin owned the mixed-breed dog and the tree pit bulls were owned by a person staying in a trailer on the property. All four were euthanized.

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