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UPDATE: 14-year-old boy dies after apparently being attacked by the family dog

Published: Dec. 11, 2020 at 9:47 AM CST
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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office says on Thursday afternoon, they responded to a welfare check in rural Battle Lake.

“Due to a recent injury, the father was unable, he wasn’t mobile, so he wasn’t able to go and search on his own,” Otter Tail County Sheriff Barry Fitzgibbons said.

When deputies got there, officials say they found a 14-year-old boy dead in the yard. It is believed the boy was attacked by the family dog. Deputies say the Polish Long Hair Shepherd was extremely aggressive when they got on scene.

“We’re still trying to determine what would make the dog do that,” Fitzgibbons said.

For public safety concerns and also upon the owner’s request, the dog was put down. Deputies say the dog was 3-years-old and was purchased from the country of Poland six months ago. The dog has been taken to NDSU for a necropsy.

“It’s been a very challenging year for everybody, and it’s never easy to have to go to a situation like that. And the holidays just make it that much more tragic,” Fitzgibbons said.

The boy has now been identified as Deon Bush.

“It’s a 14 year old young man who was just beginning his life and we’re all grieving,” Fitzgibbons said.

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