Arkansas boy, 9, is mauled to death by two ‘pit bulls’ after going outside to check the mail
- Mount Vernon, Arkansas, boy identified by family friend as Robby Taylor died in apparent dog attack on Tuesday
- Boy’s mother told sheriff’s deputies her son had gone to check the mail and never returned
- When she went looking for Taylor, she noticed two dogs running from a field, where the child’s body was later found
- Deputies questioned two people and animal control took away the dogs, described by the family friend as pit bulls
A nine-year-old boy has died in Arkansas after he was apparently attacked by dogs while getting the mail.
The boy, identified by a family friend as Robby Taylor, was reported missing at 9.15am on Thursday from his home in Mount Vernon, the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release.
Taylor’s mother said he had gone outside to check the mail but never returned.
A Mount Vernon, Arkansas, boy identified by a family friend as Robby Taylor (pictured with his mother) died in an apparent dog attack on Tuesday
The nine-year-old boy had gone to check the mail and never returned. He was later found mauled to death in a field
When the boy failed to come home what was supposed to be a quick trip to the mailbox after a few minutes, his mother went looking for him but could not find him.
The mother said she saw several dogs running from a field near her home, and Taylor was later found dead from ‘an apparent dog attack,’ the sheriff’s office said.
Investigators who responded to the scene questioned two people in connection to the dog mauling, but no arrests were made.
The Conway Animal Shelter took custody of two dogs from a home off Chambers Lane. The animals will be quarantined pending the outcome of the investigation.
Two dogs described by a family friend as pit bulls were taken away by animal control officials and placed in quarantine (stock photo)
The sheriff’s office has not released information about the breed of the dogs, but according to the description of a GoFundMe campaign launched by a family friend, both animals were pit bulls.
‘Robby was walking to the mailbox at his home in Mount Vernon and was attacked by 2 loose pit bulls that ended up taking his life,’ the woman describing herself as the mother’s best friend wrote. ‘His family will forever be at a loss and changed from this horrible tragedy.’
According to the fundraiser, which as of Friday has drawn more than $11,400 in donations, the boy is survived by his parents and two siblings.